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 www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook. ###KJERSTI VICK | Cook County Visitors Bureau 218.387.2788 ext. 103 email@example.com
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: tiny.cc/voteGM
“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.”
Book your Grand Marais vacation now at VisitCookCounty.com/GrandMarais.
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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. www.VisitCookCounty.com
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January 26, 2015 Grand Marais, MN
The road to adventure is sometimes called Highway 61 North. It leads to Cook County, Minnesota where many tourists and locals alike can find a variety of outdoor experiences. Whether it’s the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Superior Hiking Trail or Lake Superior something calls out to people beckoning them to visit the North Shore.
Those adventurers will now have another compelling reason to visit Grand Marais in particular. Voyageur Brewing Company is using the clean, cold waters of the largest freshwater lake and making exceptionally tasting craft beer on the shore of Lake Superior. The brewery and tasting room is opening February 12th and the owners couldn’t be more excited.
“I’m thrilled to be able to make a local craft beer for people to enjoy not only in our taproom in Grand Marais but also out on their own adventures. Every type of voyage is made even better with a craft beer,” says Cara Sporn one of the owners.
Cara’s family along with the two other families involved in Voyageur Brewing Company moved to Grand Marais and beyond seeking their own adventures. Now each of those families wants to share in the adventures of those living in and visiting the area.
“There’s no better time to talk about a great fishing trip or canoe trip than when you have a cold craft beer in your hand,” says owner Mike Prom. “We want to hear what adventures our guests are having in our neck of the woods and give them another reason to want to return. The ambiance and friendliness at Voyageur Brewing Company will be that other reason.”
Who better to know about adventures than owner Mike Prom? He moved to the area over 20 years ago when he purchased Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. Living at the end of the Gunflint Trail 56 miles from the nearest town is an adventure in itself.
Voyageur Brewing Company will be the place for locals and visitors to talk about their own adventures while drinking craft beer brewed on site. Tasty appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages along with welcoming atmosphere and the view of Lake Superior will no doubt make the place a favorite of all who visit.
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Contact- Sue Prom 218-370-1352
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COOK COUNTY, Minn. – Grand Marais is currently in the lead in Budget Travel Magazine’s contest to crown the coolest small towns in America. The northern Minnesota town was nominated by a crowd-sourced voting process, which included over 200 nominations.
“This is a great honor for Grand Marais,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “We’re competing against towns located throughout the country, including Hawaii. If we win, the publicity we receive will mean more visitors to our area and more business for our local restaurants, shops and lodging owners. Grand Marais has some tough competition. ”
Other Budget Travel coolest small town contenders
Allegan, MI Hillsborough, NC
Berkeley Springs, WV Huron, OH
Blanco, TX Ka’anapali, HI
Chincoteague, VA Old Orchard Beach, ME
Crested Butte, CO Pismo Beach, CA
Delhi, NY Snohomish, WA
Fort Myers Beach, FL Washington, NC
Grand Marais, MN
Here’s what the magazine had to say about Grand Marais
“Get your canoe on! Here on the north shore of Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the world’s perfect paddling destinations, with miles of waterways to navigate. Whether you’re craving a romantic getaway or a real adventure, Grand Marais has a little something for everyone, including cozy B&Bs, a vibrant arts community, an annual Fisherman’s Picnic, Superior National Forest, and restaurants whose names say it all: Angry Trout Café, Crooked Spoon, and Sven and Ole’s pizza!”
Place your vote for America’s Coolest Small Town 2015
Voting in the 10th annual contest is open until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 25, when one town will be crowned coolest! The top towns will be celebrated in an online feature and an upcoming issue of Budget Travel. Individuals can vote daily up until the close of voting: http://bit.ly/1KbVL8X
And to see how Grand Marais is faring in the competition, click here: http://goo.gl/JuvnNu
About Visit Cook County
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 www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.KJERSTI VICK | Cook County Visitors Bureau 218.387.2788 ext. 103 firstname.lastname@example.org