Fourth Annual Lake Superior Storm Festival in Lutsen and Grand Marais Nov. 11-13

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Fourth Annual Lake Superior Storm Festival in Lutsen and Grand Marais Nov. 11-13

Cook County, Minn. – August 30, 2016 – Storm-lovers will brave the November gales at the fourth annual Lake Superior Storm Festival to witness the power and beauty of the big lake in Lutsen and Grand Marais, Friday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.   The family-friendly festival has cool weather events, including a history lesson on transit on the Big Lake, a fashion show, wave dash, musical performances and more.

“There’s nothing quite like a November gale — wind howling, icy waves lashing the rocks, a shiver of awe running down your spine,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County.  “Whether the lake is stormy or serene, Storm Fest offers plenty of excitement and one last nature’s getaway before holiday activities begin.”

Those who have visited the North Shore during the fall months know that it requires weather-appropriate clothing, as the North Shore’s storm season can get a bit chilly.  Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in Grand Marais is hosting “Taking Fashion by Storm”, featuring the latest fall inspired outdoor and lifestyle fashion trends on Friday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The event is FREE, and donations for the Cook County Food Shelf (canned goods/non-perishables/money) will be accepted.  Stone Harbor’s doors will remain open until 9 p.m. for post-show shopping.

Visitors sip wine and take home a painting with a stormy Lake Superior theme on Friday evening (time TBD) at the Kah-Nee-tah Gallery in Lutsen.  The event will be led by local artist Kathy Fox-Weinberg.

Watch as a few brave-souls shed their fall clothes before the annual “Wave Dash”, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 12 at noon at Lutsen Resort. This quick and chilly dash into Lake Superior supports the YMCA Member Scholarship fund and rewards its participants with bragging rights, and a logo fleece beanie.

Join local historian Jim Shinners in Lutsen at the Caribou Highlands Mountain View Conference Room at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, as he speaks about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its 29 crew members during the 1975 storm that claimed it.

Peter Geye is the author of the popular book, Wintering, set in Northern Minnesota. Come join him at the Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais, Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. as he reads a stormy section of his new novel. He’ll discuss why he chose the North Shore as the setting for all three of his books. He’ll conclude with a Q & A session.

Singer and Songwriter, Timmy Haus from Northern Minn. will perform favorites from Gordon Lightfoot including “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Moguls Grille in Lutsen.  A dinner after the concert at 7 p.m. will  showcase local fare from in and around Lake Superior, as well as a selection of storm related cocktails and beverages for $39 per person. There will be four courses and each course is paired with a story of a shipwreck on Lake Superior. Call 218-663-7241 ext. 4507 for more information. Reservations required.

About Visit Cook County

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage commonly referred to “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior.” Cook County, Minn. has earned numerous accolades recently including “2015 Coolest Small Town in America” contest by Budget Travel and “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016” list by Outside Magazine. Visit Cook County invites visitors to rekindle their sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest, paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and discovering the Lake Superior watershed basin. Be inspired by connecting on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Discover more www.visitcookcounty.com or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.

 

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Kjersti Vick Visit Cook County MN kjersti@visitcookcounty.com 218-387-2788

Grand Marais, Minn. named one of “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016” by Outside Magazine

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Grand Marais, Minn. named one of “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016”

by Outside Magazine

Grand Marais, Minn. – August 23, 2016 – Grand Marais, MInn. has been named one of “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016” by Outside Magazine this month.  Outside Magazine holds an annual contest where readers can vote for 64 pre-selected towns across the country, and then features them in “The Best Places to Live in the U.S”.  The towns vary from mountain escapes to beachside getaways and powder hot spots; they included towns, such as Seattle, Wash.; Bend, Ore.; Hanalei, Hawaii; and Denver this year.

 

“We are very proud of Grand Marais being in the company of these other great U.S. towns,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County.  “With a population of only 1,327, we know that this honor extends  beyond our small town’s border to our surrounding communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Gunflint Trail, and Grand Portage. We appreciate the efforts of all Cook County residents who leverage our area’s natural beauty with their friendliness and welcoming attitude toward nearly 1.8 million visitors who come to our area each year.”

 

According to Outside Magazine, “this one-stoplight town, nestled between Superior National Forest and Lake Superior, is the only municipality in Cook County, which is nearly three times the size of Rhode Island. That makes it the de facto gateway to the 1.1-million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to the north. This attracts an action-ready crowd: ‘Canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, sailing, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, and rock climbing are just some of the outdoor activities that draw people,’ says Dave Freeman, a local who’s been there 15 years and, in 2014, was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, alongside his wife, Amy, for completing an 11,700-mile kayak and dogsled traverse of North America. ‘It’s a small, welcoming community with vibrant arts and music scenes, a host of great restaurants, microbreweries, and art galleries. It’s also a great place to relax and skip stones, enjoy a cool breeze off the lake, read a book, or just be.”’

 

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.

 

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Kjersti Vick 218.387.2788 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com