Plenty of snow for Beargrease Marathon, skiing and snowmobiling in Grand Marais and surrounding communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Plenty of snow for Beargrease Marathon, skiing and snowmobiling

in Grand Marais and surrounding communities

 

Cook County, Minn. – January 27, 2017 – Although race officials have expressed concern about trail conditions for the 400-mile sled-dog marathon, there is plenty of snow for the upcoming Beargrease, as well as skiing and snowmobiling and other winter fun in Grand Marais and Cook County.  The 10-day weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the 15 – 25 degrees’ Fahrenheit range, with snow expected next week.

“We want visitors to know that Grand Marais, Lutsen and the rest of Cook County have enjoyed bountiful amounts of snow throughout this winter,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County. “Our visitors are enjoying downhill skiing at Lutsen Mountains, as well as hundreds of miles of cross-country ski and snowmobile trails.

“We hope visitors will come up to view the dogsled race, which will run January 29 through February 2, and enjoy all of the snowy activities our communities have to offer.”

400 miles in five days

The annual sled dog race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. this Sunday at the Alger Grade gravel pit on Lake County Highway 2, about eight miles north of Two Harbors.

The Beargrease will traverse the Sawtooth Mountains in Cook County, going as far north as Gunflint Lake near the Canadian border. The marathon typically takes five days to complete.

For more information on vantage points in Cook County, see:

http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_419/

About 30 of the top mushers from around the world and close to 500 volunteers from around the country will gather for this amazing event. For more race details and a map, visit beargrease.com.

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 as “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 at www.visitcookcounty.com or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.

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

Feb. 9-15 Northern Minnesota celebrates ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah and is Danish for cozy)

Feb. 9-15 Northern Minnesota celebrates ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah and is Danish for cozy)

Cook County, Minn. – Jan. 18, 2017 – The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah), has traveled to the United States. Hygge is the Danish ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire.

According to Kjersti Vick, marketing manager of Visit Cook County in Grand Marais, “hygge encourages us to embrace all of winter’s pleasures: Snowshoeing through the woods with someone special, feeling the fresh snow crunch beneath you, savoring each snowflake that lands on your eyelash, that’s hygge.

“Spending an evening listening to live music, drinking a craft brew, laughing with friends, that too is hygge. Reading a well-loved book, your dog curled next to you on the couch, both of you tired after a long ski through the beautiful boreal forest, that is definitely hygge.”

Grand Marais and surrounding Cook County communities are made for hygge

Winter beauty, adventure, relaxation and coziness for miles, this beautiful little harbor village on Lake Superior is the ideal hygge destination. This year Grand Marais is launching its first annual Hygge Week, February 9-15, 2017. Visitors will enjoy all the splendors of a classic North Shore winter vacation, dogsledding, stargazing, fireside gatherings, cross-country skiing, with the added bonus of unique events to encourage the celebration and enjoyment of the wonderful things that make North Shore winters unique.

Listing of events
Thursday, Feb. 9
• 6 – 8 pm | Book Group at Drury Lane Books
• Time TBD | Dumpy Jug Bumpers: house concert at Art House B&B
Friday, Feb. 10
• 4 – 6 pm | Trollbeads Party at Sivertson Gallery
• 5:30 pm | Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books
Saturday, Feb. 11
• 11 am | Brewery Tour at Voyageur Brewing
• 12 – 2 pm | Knitting by the fireplace at Voyageur Brewing
• 5 – 7 pm | Mukluk Ball at Voyageur Brewing
Sunday, Feb. 12
• All Day | Pincushion Mountain Family Ski Festival
Other weekend events:
• Enjoy a Hygge menu at Bluewater Cafe all week long
• Check out the Family Night at Lutsen Mountains on Saturday, Feb. 11
• Open Skate times at the Cook County Community Center throughout the week, don’t worry – skate rentals are just $1!
• Go out to dinner at The Crooked Spoon Cafe, they will have a ’Cozy Couples Course Menu’ Friday through Sunday and Tuesday, 4:30-8 p.m.
• Embrace the dark and ski 2 kilometers of lit trails at Pincushion Mountain
• View the Events Calendar for many live music opportunities
Lodging Specials
• Best Western Superior Inn in Grand Marais is offering 20 percent off.

And you don’t have to go any where to enjoy hygge in Cook County. Star gazing and looking for the Northern Lights are spectacular hygge-like past times in Cook County. According to www.darkskyfinder.com, the majority of communities in Cook County are rated above-average for darkness. At the end of the Gunflint Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the purest dark skies east of the Mississippi.

For more information, see:
https://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/hygge/

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 as “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 at www.visitcookcounty.com or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.
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Kjersti Vick Marketing Manager Visit Cook County MN 218-387-2788 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com