MEA Weekend at Caribou Highlands – Battle of the Families 2014

The trophies have arrived!

We can’t wait for the 2nd Annual Battle of the Families! The trophies for this year’s contest just arrived, and we had to show them off!

As of this writing there are still a few rooms available over MEA Weekend. Don’t wait much longer to book, though, we will fill up!

2014 Battle of the Families Schedule

Thursday October 16

6:30pm: Family Bingo
7:00pm: Campfire & S’mores

Friday October 17

9:00am: Camp Craft – Ceramic Painting
10:30am: Camp Craft – Photo Fun
2:00pm: Family Minute to Win It
7:00pm: Campfire and S’mores

Saturday October 18

9:00am: Mummy Wrapping & Runway
10:00am: Coloring Contest Submissions & Displays
10:30am: Pumpkin Carving Contest
2:00pm: Talent Show
5:00pm: Awards Ceremony
7:00pm: Campfire & S’mores

It’s going to be great, family fun! Call (800) 642-6036 to make your reservation.

Best Fall Color Destinations in Lutsen

Oberg Mountain

It’s a quick, 10-minute, drive from Caribou Highlands up the Onion River Road. There are a plethora of beautiful overlooks. The Autumn views are nothing but bright reds, oranges and yellows – with patches of Lake Superior’s blue waters.

White Sky Rock

This steep, but short, quarter-mile hike leads to an incredible overlook of Caribou Lake and the surrounding forest.

Look for a brown and yellow trail sign just four miles off Hwy. 61 on Caribou Trail.

Poplar River

Guided canoe tours on the Poplar River are available, free, to guests of Caribou Highlands Lodge.

Read the Odyssey Fall Newsletter for more Fall Color information



A Fall Hike

The Cascade River State Park

Minnesota is the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes, but sometimes it seems there are just as many state parks. The Cascade River State Park is popular in summer but perhaps even better in fall. At 20 minutes away from Caribou Highlands, it’s close enough for an easy drive but just far away enough to feel like an adventure.

There are 18 miles of hiking trails, mostly dry, that offer a great place to see the gorgeous fall colors. You’re settling into a boreal hardwood-conifer forest of aspen, birch, fir, spruce and cedar, so there’s plenty of diversity in the flora. Along the way, you may see moose, wolves, pine martens, or bears, although hopefully not all at once. There are scenic overviews and a long footbridge over the immense Cascade River. The river is one of the biggest around and cuts through ancient volcanic lava flows. You’ll be impressed by the roaring waterfall, too.

There are 5,392 acres
in the park, and the oddly specific website notes that there are 160,393 annual visits—160,394 after you come this year. You can even reserve the park’s enclosed picnic shelter for a group lunch by calling ahead of time. So whether you’re a serious hiker, a nature buff, or just a small child that likes waterfalls, this is a great place to see fall up close and personal.


Music on the Mountain: Bump Blomberg

Sunset over the lake, a long bike ride through the woods, and windflowers everywhere. There’s nothing like summer in the north country, especially on the mountain. The only thing that could make it better is a little live music. And if the guy had a name like Boyd ‘Bump’ Blomberg? Well, that would be the cherry on top.

If you’re here on August 27, you’re in luck. Outdoors on the patio of Moguls (or inside if it rains), the local singer and songwriter is bringing his blend of rock, folk and bluegrass, which has been heard from coast to coast and is now an area staple. The show goes from 6 to 8pm and there’s no cover.

Hungry? Snack on locally influenced treats like Pan-roasted Walleye Cakes, Apple Walnut Salad, or Cedar-Plank Salmon or grab a local or seasonal microbrew. If that isn’t summer, we don’t know what is.

Why August is the best time to visit this summer!

Late August is the best time of summer to visit Lutsen Mountains. Gorgeous weather, fewer people, and tons of activities. To help “paint the picture” of what your stay could look like, we’ve put together a little narrative with some sample itineraries to get your imagination going! Give us a call to book your August getaway!

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The sun rays beat down through the open curtain, the sun has already risen as you lay in bed looking through the window. Enjoying your coffee has never been so breathtaking as it is this very second as you look onto Moose Mountain. The trees are green, the breeze is cool, and the temperature is warm this time of year. Being outside seems like the only way to spend the day so you and your husband decide to play a round of golf at Superior National Golf Course.

golf superior national

The course gave many opportunities to test out your new driver, and the greens were quick.

After the 27-hole course both you and your husband are ready for a cold drink and some food. Heading to Moguls Grille and Tap Room is the next stop. Greeted with warm smiles, you are quickly seated and brought the cold beer you ordered. After struggling to decide what to order, sharing some appetizers seems like the best option to try a little of everything.

As you leave Moguls you decide that continuing your activity-filled day outside will proceed with a chairlift ride to the summit of Lutsen’s Eagle Mountain. At the top, the Alpine Slide is a must, the half mile ride to the base has many twists and turns, that not only kids will enjoy but adu


lts too. Given a taste of the views from Eagle Mountain, you decide to take things up a notch by taking the Gondola to the top of Moose Mountain. The views are spectacular as the Mountain is 1,000ft over Lake Superior. As you gaze at the lake your husband basically has to pull you away to go explore some of the Hiking Trails. At the summit of Moose Mountian, the famed Superior Hiking Trail is located along with many other trails. As you are hiking to the scenic overlooks the breeze rustles through the trees, and the sun spills in from above.

While returning to the resort you saw many bikers pedaling along, wanting to join in on the

fun you and your husband check out a pair of complimentary bikes from the front desk. There is a drop off service at Ski Hill Road with the perfect access point to the Gitchi Gami Path. After an hour or so riding the paved pathway you decide it is time to head back to the resort. Relaxing by the pool before dinner seems like the perfect way to spend the next hour.


Deciding to return to Moguls Grille and Tap Bar is no hard decision when the food and drinks from earlier in the

day were delicious. Greeted by the smiling wait staff, they seat you at a table while you share the events of your day. A cold beer is a must while deciding on entrees, you have the Chicken Ranch Flatbread while your husband enjoys the Prime Rib Sandwich. After a couple more drinks you decide it’s time to head outside once again.

Check out Moguls Grille and Tap Bar on our Pinterest Page,

The volleyball court allows you to reminisce about your high school days as you play your husband. The basketball court lets your husband do the same, as he was All-American in high school. The tennis court is open so you use the complimentary rackets to play a few sets. The day has passed by quickly, as you notice the sun is no longer in the sky. The moonlight guides you to the crackling bonfire where free s’mores await to be assembled. After roasting more marshmallows than you care to admit, you sit with your husband looking at the fire. Strolling back to your room hand in hand you can’t wait to replay this day tomorrow.




  • 7am Wake up, grab a bite to eat and enjoy your morning coffee overlooking Moose Mountain.
  • 9am Play a round of gold at the 27-hole Superior National Course*.
  • 12pm After a great round of golf, head in for lunch at Moguls Grille and Tap Room.
  • 1pm Take the chairlift up to the summit of Lutsen’s Easgle Mountain to ride the Alpine Slide (half miles ride to the base)*.
  • 2pm Now that you have a taste for the great views, take the Gondola to the top of Moose Mountain (1,000ft over Lake Superior). At the top there are many hiking trails (that include the Superior Hiking Trail) and scenic overlooks to enjoy!
  • 3pm Take out the complimentary bikes with drop off at the bottom of ski hill road located perfectly for a ride on the paved Gitchi Gami trail.
  • 4pm Relax by the outdoor pool.
  • 6pm Dinner at Moguls.
  • 7:30pm Play games at the tennis court, volleyball court, and basketball court.
  • 9pm Take a stroll down to the bonfire for free S’mores and reminiscing about your day.


  • 7am Wake up, grab a bite to eat and enjoy your morning coffee overlooking Moose Mountain.
  • 8am take the short walk to the Superior Hiking trail and head our for a morning of exploring and taking in the views from several overlooks.
  • 12pm Head back to Moguls Grille and Tap room for lunch on the patio.
  • 1pm Take a free guided Canoe Tour on the beautiful Poplar River.
  • 3pm Hop on of our free Trek mountain bikes and head into the woods! There are miles of great mountain biking trails right in our back yard!
  • 6pm Head back to the resort and have dinner at Moguls Grille and Tap Room
  • 8pm Sit around the bonfire for some free s’mores and story telling.
  • 10pm sit on the patio or your private balcony looking at the stars with your favorite beverage. Ah, what a day!

Your 2015 Beer Vacation


The WDIO Eyewitness News Team is ready for Hopped Up!

We just came down from the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival, and it was a blast. Several hundred people came out to enjoy beer from 15 Minnesota brewers including Schell’s, Summit, Third Street, and up-north favorites like Castle Danger and Carmody.

The Full Barrel package, which includes a special private reception with the brewers and appetizers like stout-drenched oysters and chocolate covered bacon, a Bloody Mary breakfast, and two nights of lodging in our beautiful resort, sold out early this year. But we like to reward those who plan ahead. If you book for 2015 by the end of July, we’ll give you this year’s rates. Check out this year’s offerings for prices.

Then, call to reserve at (218) 663-7241. We’ll see you soon!

Everyone Wants to Get Hopped Up

It’s less than two weeks from the northernmost beer festival in Minnesota, and everyone wants a piece of it.

Dave Hoops, the head brewer for Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, has travelled to a lot of beer events including the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. But is it true that our little Hopped Up is one of his all-time favorites? Here’s what he texted back:

“Yes, for a number of reasons, the amazing treatment of the brewers, the high quality food, the intimate setting to really talk to people, and the beauty of Lutsen it is one of my faves for sure.”

Jason Baumgarth, head brewer for Carmody, said:

“I’m looking forward to spending the whole weekend up there this year. The smaller crowd is nice, it allows the brewers more chances to talk with attendees and other brewers.”

The press has been equally positive. Growler Magazine had this to say:

“Join homegrown brewing Heroes—handpicked for their mastery of the craft and bravery in the face of homogenization- on the mountain above Lake Superior. Share Stories. Sample new recipes. And save humanity from itself, one glass at a time.

This unique festival is the northernmost beer festival in the state (92 miles up the shore from All Pints North in Duluth). With very affordable one day and weekend packages (that can include lodging) this event is more than a beer fest; It’s a beer retreat.

An opening reception will feature an impressive array of snacks and appetizers including but not limited to: Stout Drenched Oysters, Rosemary-Kölsch Shrimp Skewers, and Hefeweizen Banana Bread. The brewer’s breakfast is impressive as well: Duck Sausage Frittata, and a Brewer’s Bloody Mary bar. Plus, ANTLER HATS!”

And here’s weighing in:

“Would you like to get away this summer? If you’re like me, I’m ready to shake loose of the city and head north for some great beer with fun people in a super-relaxed environment. Here’s one option – the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen, July 11-13th. Minnesota’s northernmost beer festival (92 miles north of Duluth) is almost more of a retreat than your regular festival, complete with time at a nice resort, plenty of facetime with brewers and some awesome food.”

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. We couldn’t agree more, and we’re looking forward to the festival!

4 Ways To Do The Lutsen 99er

It’s one of the biggest, baddest bike races in the area. This year’s 99 mile race (there are also 39 and 19 mile versions) is on June 28th and it’s already sold out. The course description is this:

“We will start at Lutsen Ski Resort, in Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains overlooking majestic Lake Superior, as we begin a fantastic Category 3 climb. Once over the ridgeline, the course takes advantage of the glacially sculpted terrain, rolling hills, and numerous lakes and streams at the southern range of the Boreal Forest. You will be riding on sections of road and trail that see as much moose traffic as people traffic at any given time.”

Here’s how you can get involved.

Race It: We said it was sold out, and it is. But email and you can get on the waitlist.

Volunteer: This is a way to get involved in a hands-on way and do some good too! Races depend on volunteers to run smoothly so visit the volunteer page for information.

Spectate: Even easier than volunteering, though you won’t get quite as much of an insider look. Check out the course map to learn the best spots for spectating.

Ride It: The trail might be occupied June 28…but the rest of the summer? It’s all yours. Any race that draws 1,000 riders and a wait list has to have some pretty decent views, doesn’t it? And if you need a place to stay while you plan your bike weekend in paradise, well, we have you covered.

Cross River Heritage Center Opening

Built in 1929, Schroeder’s Cross River Heritage Center has become a place where visitors can take in local heritage and culture. The center, which opens for the season on Friday, May 23 and will throw an opening party on Friday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m., is a Tudor-style structure – the only one in Cook County, it’s said – that locals and tourists have come to recognize as a landmark.

During its life, the building has been a boarding house, a restaurant, a general store, a post office, a gas station, and a meat market. These days, it serves the mission of the Schroeder Area Historical Society, which is to “research, document, record, and preserve the unique history of the Schroeder area,” according to the Cross River Heritage Center website at Some of the stated goals of the center are to collect local artifacts and preserve them, develop exhibits that are educational and interesting, and to build community.

The center provides historical displays, as well as rooms that are furnished and renovated with the express purpose of telling the story of the history of the area. The Edwin Lundie room is a room that is meant to demonstrate the style of the Minnesota architect who designed a number of North Shore structures, and the Stickney Inn room aims to recreate the look of what a room at the Heritage Center might have looked like in the 1930′s, during the time of innkeepers Horace and Nell Stickney.

Displays in the center were created over some 5,000 hours in 2008. “Mapping Schroeder Area History: 150 Years” and “Building Community 1915-1950: Homesteads, Roads, and Resorts” are the names of the displays, and they collect audio and video oral histories, memorabilia, and photographs that tell the story of the region.

The Cross River Heritage Center is located at 7932 West Highway 1 in Schroeder. The opening party will go until 8:30, and refreshments will be served. There will also be an art show happening during the same time, so there’s most definitely something for everyone going on. Go to the Cross River website for more, or call 218-663-7706.

Brewers Confirmed For Hopped Up Beer Festival

We’ve been busy making plans for the second annual Hopped Up Beer Festival. Last year’s event was so much fun (partially due to the amazing caribou antler visors…see photo) that we had to do it again.

You can dip your toe in the water (beer?) with a one day ticket, with pours from regional brewers, the chance to meet some of these local heroes, tasty food, and music by a band from an Indiana funk-fusion-jam band called (what else?) Fresh Hops. True craft beer fanatics will take it to the next level by staying over for two nights, which includes a six pack sampler to take home, a private Brewer’s Reception Friday Night and a Bloody Mary Breakfast Saturday Morning!

Here are the local breweries confirmed, with more to come:

  • Bent Paddle
  • Boathouse
  • Fitger’s
  • Town Hall
  • Summit
  • Schell’s
  • Lake Superior
  • St. Croix
  • Castle Danger
  • Bell’s
  • Carmody
  • Third Street
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