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Welcome to Cook County

There’s so much to see and do in Cook County, you’ll want to make the most of every minute. Let us help you plan the ultimate trip up north. We designed our website as a tool to guide you through planning your vacation, so browse at will and discover our unique communities and outdoor adventure possibilities. Check out our calendar for arts and cultural events, races, concerts, festivals and more. Up here, each season holds a bit of magic and we often find our visitors return again and again to experience it all. Our home is your playground. Welcome!


Do North Blog


With festivals and events nearly every weekend, there’s no shortage of things to do in Minnesota in Cook County. Check out our events calendar today.

This Weekend Upcoming Events

Waterfall season

After the snow melts, experience the raw power of North Shore waterfall season - a fleeting yet unforgettable spring wonder. Hundreds of thousands of acres of melted snowfall finds its way into Lake Superior and on the way, creates quite the show.


Storm Season

Fall is a tumultuous time of year along Minnesota’s North Shore. We’re battered by huge, icy swells that pommel our shoreline. Every day is a gamble. Will the Gales of November make it impossible to take to the water? Or will the lake be still as a...


Dark Sky Season

Catching a glimpse of the northern lights is at the top of many "Bucket lists" but the number one question we hear is "Where are the best places to view the northern lights in Minnesota?"


Leafy season

Cook County is the premier destination to view fall colors in Minnesota. Starting in early September, the air turns crisp and clear. Shortly after, the leaves begin to change, color painting the Superior National Forest with a palette of goldenrod,...

Special Offers

7th Night Free

  • June 3, 2022 - December 31, 2022

There’s so much to do at Gunflint Lodge & Outfitting that you may find you need a full week to fit it all in! Fishing, hiking, canoeing, days on the…

Senior Weeks Special

  • August 21, 2022 - November 22, 2022

The Senior Weeks Special begins early this year! Our guests ages 60 years and older receive a discount of 10% off midweek stays (Sunday…

Executive Lodge Fall Special

  • September 2, 2022 - December 9, 2022

For a Limited Time, Save 40% Off Executive Townhomes. Spend the ultimate fall getaway in style with one of the Executive Lodges at Caribou Highlands…

Fall Midweek 3 for 2

  • September 11, 2022 - November 29, 2022

Get a free night! Chase magnificent fall foliage and small-town vibes this autumn. Plus, there truly is no better place to experience the fall season…

3 for 2

  • October 23, 2022 - December 21, 2022

3 for 2 Thomsonite Inn October 23, 2022 - December 21, 2022 3 for 2 (Valid October 23-December 21, excludes Thanksgiving weekend) Stay two nights and…

Waves & Wellness Weekend

  • November 11, 2022 - November 13, 2022

Waves & Wellness Weekend November 11-13, 2022 Join us for a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend combining two of our favorite things: self-care and Lake…

Leave no trace

No matter where or why you get outside, it’s yours to protect.

Trails and recreation properties in Cook County positively impact the area’s tourism economy while still providing quality recreation experiences and health benefits to residents.

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