Tall Ship Mist of Avalon featured at annual Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Aug. 12-14, 2016

Grand Portage, Minn. – (July 11, 2016) – Rendezvous Days, Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Grand Portage will be extra special this year, thanks to a visit by Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” as part of the National Parks Service Centennial Celebration.

The “Mist of Avalon” was originally built in 1967, but was not transformed into its current state as a Gaff Schooner until 1992.  Doug Prothru is the current captain in charge of the 100-foot long, and 85-foot high “Mist of Avalon”. Please visit the link provided for additional information on the Tall Ship “Mist of Avalon”: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_210/.

The annual Rendezvous is celebrated every year during the second weekend of August. The event is held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Days Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). The annual gathering is the community’s biggest and most grand celebration of the year, a time when Grand Portage comes alive and reflects on its rich heritage.

Re-enactors from across the country and Canada gather to camp and challenge each other to games and skills from our historic past.


Visitors can expect a weekend packed with cultural events from the 1800s to 1900s, including: an authentic Native American Pow Wow with Stonebridge singers & drumming, as well as chances to try blacksmithing, arts and crafts, Native American cuisine, and recreational activities. All are invited to take tours of the historical ship “The Mist of Avalon”, and much more.


“Grand Portage Rendezvous Days celebrates the incredible cultural collision that gave rise to a flourishing international business in the remote and virtually impassable, interior of North America,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County. “Local Native populations provided vital technical support to the fur trade – including transportation methods like birch-bark canoes – that allowed hardy voyageurs to paddle tons of furs and trade goods thousands of miles through a complicated series of rivers, lakes and portages to rendezvous at Grand Portage to rest, transfer company goods, conduct business, renew friendships, and celebrate.”

For additional info on the Rendezvous and schedule of events, please visit: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/?id=3737 and https://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/?id=3738

The “Mist of Avalon” will arrive in port on Friday afternoon.  Visitors who want a FREE tour of the ship can do so on a first-come, first-serve basis all-day on Saturday, and shuttles will be provided by Isle Royale’s boat the “Sea Hunter” throughout the day.  Visitors MUST wear tennis shoes or dock shoes for the tour.


The Rendezvous Days program is hosted by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Pow-Wow: The Traditional Gathering is hosted by the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa.  The combined event was rated Top Event by the American Bus Association in 2014.  Most activities take place at the Grand Portage National Monument is a U.S. national monument located on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  This historical place was the center of fur trade activity and Native American Ojibwe heritage. The monument is surrounded by 710 acres within the boundaries of the Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation. 170 Mill Creek Road, Grand Portage, Minn. 55605.

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. 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. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.




Kjersti Vick Visit Cook County MN 218.387.2788 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com

North Shore Winery July Grand Opening


North Shore Winery July Grand Opening

June 20, 2016 – Lutsen, Minn. – North Shore Winery owners, Chuck and Kim Corliss, are pleased to announce the official opening of North Shore Winery on Friday, July 1. The grand opening celebration will be held Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. The winery will offer wine and hard cider for tastings and purchase along with artisan cheese and meat products.


“We have been busy creating a special space for North Shore visitors and locals to relax and enjoy our wine and ciders,” states Chuck Corliss, North Shore Winery owner and winemaker. “We are looking forward to opening and hope our guests enjoy the ambiance of our tasting room and outside seating areas.”


The Grand Opening event includes music, food, and fun. Beverages will be available for purchase for tastings or by the glass and carafe. Bottles of wine and cider will also be available for purchase.

The schedule of events includes: Saturday, July16

  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – Tasting Room Open
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – BBQ by Double D’s
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Fun and Games for Kids
  • 2-5 p.m. – Music by Plucked Up String Band


Sunday, July 17

  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – Tasting Room Open
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – BBQ by Double D’s
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Fun and Games for Kids
  • 2-5 p.m. – Music by Black River Revue Band


The winery project began in 2012 when the couple purchased property on Ski Hill Road in Lutsen. The winery manufacturing facility and tasting room were completed in 2015. Wine production began last fall, and there will be five red wines, four white wines, and two ciders bottled and available by opening day.


The winery and tasting room, located on Ski Hill Road in Lutsen, Minn., is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The tasting room, managed by Rob Grubbs, will offer a flight of tastings for a fee along with carafe, glass, and bottle purchases of wine and hard cider. The tasting room will also offer a selection of Minnesota crafted cheeses and cured meats to enjoy while visiting the winery.


Available wines include:




  • Artist Point
  • Cascade
  • Chardonnay
    • Chenin Blanc Reds
    • Lutsen
    • Boundary Waters
    • Petite Sirah
    • Syrah
      • Zinfandel Cider


  • Kim’s Blend
  • Herbie’s Blend (made with Caribou Cream maple syrup)


About North Shore Winery

North Shore Winery, established in 2013, is owned by Chuck and Kim Corliss of Lutsen, Minn. The winery offers both red and white wines for tasting and purchase. Under the brand, Sawtooth Mountain Cider House, the couple offer hard ciders created with a local flair. The winery, located on Ski Hill Road in Lutsen, Minn., normal business hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.northshorewinery.us


202 Ski Hill Road P.O. Box 7 Lutsen, Minnesota 55612 t. 651-341-8864 schroederkims@gmail.com www.northshorewinery.us