Grand Marais Leads “America’s Coolest Small Town” Contest Voting

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Grand Marais Leads “America’s Coolest Small Town” Contest Voting


COOK COUNTY, Minn. (February 9, 2015)—Grand Marais – the Lake Superior harbor village beloved for its scenery, tasty eats and quirky artistic vibe – is currently #1 in the Budget Travel Magazine “America’s Coolest Small Towns 2015” contest.


People can vote once a day through February 25 at the Budget Travel website. Here’s a convenient shortcut to the contest page:


“I’m surprised Grand Marais took the lead as fast as it did, but I’m not that surprised,” commented Linda Kratt, Executive Director of Visit Cook County. “Grand Marais visitors and residents know it’s a special place.”


That said, with regional pride at stake, the competition remains fierce. While Grand Marais holds the lead with 24% of the vote, Chincoteague, Virginia is nipping at its heels with 18%. Other contenders range from Hillsborough, North Carolina to Crested Butte, Colorado to Pismo Beach, California.


Kratt urged anyone who loves Grand Marais to vote “early and often.” “This is our chance to ensure Grand Marais is recognized nationally for the beautiful, one-of-a-kind place it truly is.”


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Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Visit Cook County to encounter Minnesota’s tallest mountains, grandest wilderness and greatest lakeshore.




KJERSTI VICK | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 ext. 103

Visit Cook County wins Travel Marketing Award of Excellence from Explore MN

Visit Cook County receives Travel Marketing Award of Excellence at Explore Minnesota Conference

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 4, 2015) –  During the annual Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in early February, several individuals, organizations and tourism-related businesses were recognized at an awards banquet for their contributions to the state’s travel industry.

Awards were given to recognize creative and successful travel marketing programs by Minnesota tourism entities. This year’s Travel Marketing Awards of Excellence went to Visit Cook County for its public transit-based awareness campaign. The award was accepted by Visit Cook County Executive Director Linda Kratt on behalf of Visit Cook County staff and its marketing agency Giant Voices of Duluth.  “We have a great partnership with Giant Voices, our marketing agency in Duluth,” says Kratt. “We received the Explore Minnesota award for wrapping Twin Cities bus shelters with scenes from Cook County, so bus riders could experience in a small way the feeling of being surrounded by the beauty of our area.”

The Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference brings together hundreds of Minnesota tourism partners and helps raise awareness of Minnesota’s continued growth as a travel destination, for both domestic and international visitors. Preliminary research indicates that Explore Minnesota’s spring/summer 2014 marketing campaign generated 2.3 million trips that would not otherwise have taken place, resulting in $231.3 million in visitor spending and $21.4 million in state and local taxes.

About Visit Cook County | 116 West Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN. 55604

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.  ###

KJERSTI VICK | Cook County Visitors Bureau 218.387.2788 ext. 103