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!

(800) 642-6036

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.

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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!

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 mnevents@lifetimefitness.com 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 crossriverheritage.org. 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

Endless Winter More Chances to Ski

The seemingly endless snowfall this winter has one notable upshot: Lutsen Mountains are open to skiers and snowboarders for an extra weekend this year. The resort was originally scheduled to close during the “Mountain Meltdown” event on the weekend of April 12-13, but the deadline for that last chance to carve up the mountains in one’s chosen fashion has been extended due to the 11-plus feet of snow that has fallen atop their manmade base of 40-60 inches, and the year will now end after the Easter weekend celebration on April 18-20.

Jim Vick, Marketing Director with Lutsen Mountains, says that the ski resort is able to present an Easter event for the first time in several years, due to the way the winter has played out. On Sunday the 20th, there will be a non-denominational service on Moose Mountain at 7 a.m., followed by an Easter-egg hunt at 9.

“We’ve been able to add Easter activities in,” Vick says, “both a sunrise service and then a giant Easter-egg hunt. 500 eggs will be hidden on the mountain, some of them candy-filled, and some of them prize-filled. It makes for a fun day.”

Vick and Lutsen are excited to be able to have an Easter celebration this year, due to the aforementioned snowfall totals and some simple calendar luck. “On the years where Easter falls really late, we don’t have this opportunity,” he says. “This year, we do.”

The expectation is that hundreds of people will make their way to Lutsen for the final weekend of skiing, Vick says. It’s less than the thousands they might see in a usual weekend during the regular season, but it’s more than none at all, which had been what the plan originally was. “We announced [Easter weekend] a few weeks ago, and we’ve already seen traction on our reservations,” Vick says.

Skiing and snowboarding during the quote-unquote “spring” is much the same as during the regular season, but people are advised to protect their eyes from glare with sunglasses or goggles, to layer their clothes as preparation for any kind of temperature fluctuations or weather-condition changes, and to be aware of snow conditions so as to be as safe as possible on the slopes.

Full information on the weekend is available at www.lutsen.com/easterweekend, or by calling 218-663-7281. A special Easter Weekend half-price-ticket deal is also available on the Lutsen website, as well.

How to Pack for A Ski Trip

It’s ski season! Are you ready? Whether you’re going to Lutsen for a whole week with the whole family or just a weekend with a friend, packing can be the hardest part. What you’ll pack depends on who’s coming, where you’re staying, and what kind of gear you already own.

If you’ve skiied before, here’s the simplest approach: Before you go, lay everything out on your bead. Now, close your eyes and visualize that you are completely ready to go down the hill. Imagine being fully dressed and fully equipped. Now, starting at the top of your head and going down to the soles of your feet, slowly check for each item. Hat? Goggles? Scarf? You’ll know what to do.

Now, to get a little more specific:

Skis and Poles

If you already own skis, bring two pairs just in case. If not, kids who stay with us get free rentals! And for the adults, Lutsen Mountains rents skis.

Socks, Gloves, and Hats

You can never have enough, especially if they get wet. Bring several pairs of socks and at least two pairs of gloves. Bring an extra hat, too—if you don’t end up needing it, someone else will.

Goggles and Helmet

Easy to forget. Hard to do without.

Lift Tickets

What goes down, must come up! We offer our guests special rates on lift tickets and kids 6-12 ski free, stay free, and rent free with a family package.

Extra Washer Fluid, Fix a Flat, and Jumper Cables

Trust us. You’re driving to a northwoods ski resort, and honestly you just never know. Plus, maybe you’ll be the hero that gives someone else a jump.


Everyone has a different opinion on this, so go with what works for you. Just remember to dress in layers. Unless it’s 20 below and windy, it’s better to wear an undershirt, a shirt, a fleece jacket, and a windbreaker than one massive parka. Remember if you overheat, you can start to sweat, which will actually chill you faster.

The Little Extras

Advil, sunscreen, Chapstick, sunglasses in a hard case, cough drops, mini candy bars …and a tough ziploc bag to carry it on the slope! Off the hill, you’ll want camera batteries, phone charger, playing cards, and duct tape, because this is life and things happen!

Best Spring Break Ski Vacation Ever

As far as we’re concerned Spring Break exists for one reason: to party on (and off) the slopes with your friends while leaving your worries and troubles at home. That’s why we’ve put together the Best Spring Break Ski Vacation Special Ever! And we’re not shy about it.


5 nights for $160 per person

Boom. All you have to do is round up five of your best friends and book our Spring Break Stay More Save More package in an Alpine Condo for 5 nights. Don’t have that much time? That’s ok it’s only a few bucks more. Have too many friends? We’ve got town-homes that sleep 12!




Lutsen Mountains’ most popular resort

Skiers and boarders in the know always choose Caribou Highlands when booking their Lutsen Mountains vacation. We’ve got an indoor pool, two whirlpools, two saunas, free s’mores, complimentary movies, and the area’s most talented massage therapists – our competition isn’t even competition! And this year, as you know by now, guests at Caribou Highlands will have the Best Spring Break Ski Vacation Ever!


Cherry Fired Prime Rib + Shot-Ski + Mountain Nightlife
= Good Times and Great Memories

Whether you’re staying in at Moguls Grille and Tap Room or hitting up the area’s biggest music venue, Papa Charlie’s – end your day skiing and start your night off right with hearty slice of our famous Cherry Fired Prime Rib and a Shot-Ski!



A Mountain of Gratitude: Thanksgiving on the North Shore

Thanksgiving is close. You can always tell the nearness of this holiday by the cold weather, the flurries of snow, the grocery store ads for cranberries, and by the endless Facebook posts about thankfulness.



Yeah, you know who I’m talking about. It’s probably you! And, in all honesty, it should probably be me too. Sure, some of these posts make you roll your eyes, but it can’t really hurt to make an extra effort to give thanks. While I’m a little late to the gratitude party, I decided to compile a list of my own.

What I discovered was that a lot of the things I’m thankful for correlate with the North Shore.

For starters, I’m thankful for family. Holidays are particularly tough for me since my mom passed away. Our family had the smallest house, but for some reason we were always the hosts for get-togethers. That tradition dissolved with my mother’s health unfortunately. But the simple fact that it is Thanksgiving reminds me of family I haven’t seen in a long while, and seems to bring them closer even though (with the exception of my cousin, Wally, and his family) are all at least 5 hours away. Seeing Wally was always my personal favorite part of Thanksgiving, and now I’m practically his neighbor. I wish I could see the rest of the fam as much as I see him now, but I’m grateful for their understanding. When I moved to the North Shore there was a lot of people that thought I was nuts, and have lost touch with me over the years. But not my dad and grandma. They understood how good of an opportunity this was for me. And adventure. And though they miss me (and are missed dearly in return) I’m thankful for their trust. And the occasional baked good via the US Postal Service. :)

I’m also very thankful to be able to say I’m a published author. No matter what happens to me tomorrow, next week, or 50 years from now, I can say that I fulfilled one of my major goals in life. I suppose a certain amount of thanks is due to North Star Press for trusting in a quirky wizard story set in the 80s, but a lot of thanks is due to this area as well. As I said in an interview, I instantly fell in love with the North Shore when I moved here. I suddenly wanted everything I ever wrote to be set in this surreal, magical place. Inspiring? Yes. But also serene. Peaceful. QUIET. I started and failed many projects living down in the Cities. In the five years after college, I had nothing to show for it, book-wise. Yet my first full summer on the Shore, I was able to hash out the skeleton of Coming of Mage, and spent the following year fleshing it out for publication. Proof’s in the pudding, as they say.

And, as hectic as it can be sometimes, I’m thankful to have a job. A job that allows flexibility to write, a job that has given me the chance to prove my skills in many areas outside of just bringing food to someone’s table, a job that allows me to mingle with people on vacation–and maybe help me feel like I’m a little on vacation myself, even when I’m on the clock. I’m thankful for my shift on Thanksgiving, where I’ll get to recapture some of that feeling of get-togetherness with many families. I’m thankful that my shift ends when most retail folks’ shifts begin. I’m thankful the trend of “Black Thursday” hasn’t bled to the North Shore, and that folk up here have no problem hanging “Closed” signs to spend a day with family.

Speaking of my shift, I’m thankful that I’ll get to take part in the epic feast at Moguls–and that Wild Game Meatloaf is going to be included in the spread. I love ya, Turkey, but you ain’t got nothin’ on buffalo, elk, and beef wrapped in bacon and smothered with mushroom gravy. (Okay, easy, everybody–of course there’s going to be turkey too.)

I’m thankful I won’t be stuck in traffic this holiday season. Or any season. For me, traffic is a thing of the past. Do you know what it’s like to go to work and rarely see a car on your commute? I only have one stoplight to worry about…and miles and miles of mountainside views and lakeside vistas. Now that’s something to be grateful for.

And lastly, I’m thankful for snow. Yes, I said it. I’m shocked enough to hear myself say it. But snow in Lutsen means skiing and snowboarding. To be honest, I’ve never once been on a slope, but even I realize skiing and ‘boarding is the lifeblood of this area. People will flock to this area this winter and I will serve them drinks, make them happy, and they’ll fill my pockets with their gratitude. It’s a long draught between summer and ski seasons and all of my friends up here rely on the dutiful adrenaline junkies that we see this time of year. So, thank you, Snow, for cresting those runs with fresh powder and breathing some life into my little world up here. Maybe I’ll even strap on a snowboard this winter to show my appreciation.


I could go on and on and will for the rest of the day….to myself. I’ll spare you all the nostalgic niceties I’ve kept bottled up all year. But, long story short, Thanksgiving is more than Turkey (or Meatloaf) and stuffing. It’s more than how close you live to your loved ones, or how far. It’s more than the sweet deal you’re going to get on that flatscreen TV at 3 in the morning.

Thanksgiving is remembering why you get to have these things, and who–or where–to thank for it all.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Got some wild traditions to share?

- Mikel




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