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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

SOME MORE IDEAS ON HOW TO SPEND YOUR TIME AT CARIBOU HIGHLANDS  LODGE.

  • MTN ACTIVITIES

  • 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.

AVENTURE

  • 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

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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.

Clothing

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!

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