It’s Hygge season in Cook County! This beloved Danish custom is practiced around the world, including here on the North Shore. But are you still wondering how to pronounce it? Not to mention what it means. No worries! You’re not alone! And you’ve come to the right place. Here at Visit Cook County, we’ve been practicing Hygge for years, and are more than happy to share what we know and love about this cozy, cold-weather custom.


So, how do you pronounce Hygge and what does it mean? According to the Collins English Dictionary, Hygge is a noun, pronounced “HOO-gah,” defined as "a concept, originating in Denmark,  of creating cozy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing."


Sounds pretty good!  What’s not to like, right?  Sign me up!  But wait. First things first. Now that we’ve learned how to pronounce the word (HOO-gah), and what it means (coziness and conviviality), the question remains, where do you find it? How best to experience it? Well, you’re in luck!

This cozy custom is always embraced during the darker winter months. Whether curling up with a good book by the fire, organizing a sauna session with a group of friends, playing a few games at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, an afternoon shopping in Grand Marais, or imbibing libations while listening to local musicians - hygge culture is alive and well in Cook County, and we warmly invited you to celebrate with us! 


Here are 5 Easy Ways to Find Your Hygge in Cook County:

1.    Attend our annual Hygge Festival: Feb. 3 -14, 2024

2.    Take the Annual Fireplace Tour of Cook County during the month of February.

3.    Enjoy a fireside meal or hot beverage at a rustic Northwoods lodge. 

4.    Take a class and make new friends during the annual Fiber Week at North House Folk School, Feb. 12 - 19, 2024.

5.    See a concert or movie showing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.

Book your stay now for Hygge Festival in Cook County, Feb. 3 – 14, 2024. Explore a wide range of lodging types to suit your style and needs. Book now, reservations are filling fast. See Lodging.