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Top 5 winter activities to do while visiting the North Shore

There are many winter activities and sights to explore on the North Shore

To say it’s been a little chilly ‘up here’ is a bit of an understatement. We’ve had some brutally cold temps in the past two months and frankly, just in the last few days. Get ready, a heat wave is a-comin‘. With the temps set to warm up this week and through the rest of the month, there is no time like the present to venture up or over to the North Shore for some outdoor winter fun! Here’s a list of our staff’s top 5 favorite winter activities.

  1. Cross-country skiing

    The North Shore has the best cross-country ski trail systems in the state. We’d like to think so. With hundreds of kilometers of well-maintained trails, coupled with the plethora of terrain and beauty of the Northwoods, you just can’t have a bad day skiing. We have trails for all experience levels, trails that connect resorts and lodges where you can plan a stop for a cup of joe or to warm up midway through your ski and of course, trails with breathtaking views of this place we call home. Check out maps of various systems here.

    Did you know? If you are a guest of Lutsen Resort, you can join one of our guided cross-country ski tours or borrow ski gear (skis, boots and poles) for free. If you ski on a state trail, you will need to purchase a ski pass.

  2. Snowshoe hiking

    Not everyone is up for a go on the skinny skis and that’s ok. Heading out for a snowshoe hike can be just as rewarding. Hiking the Superior Hiking Trail is a popular option, but snowshoes also give you the flexibility to go “off trail” and explore the uncharted areas. Lutsen Resort guests can also borrow snowshoes or join a snowshoe hike, all complimentary.

    **Candlelight XC Ski & Snowshoe** 
    Sugarbush Trail Association will be holding their annual candlelight cross-country ski and snowshoe this coming Saturday evening, February 17th beginning at 6 pm. Meet in the Oberg parking lot and hit the trails lit by candlelight. When you’re done with your hike or ski, meet back at the bonfire and warm up with a cup of cocoa.

  3. Alpine skiing or snowboarding at Lutsen Mountains 

    When talking about things to do on the North Shore in the winter, Lutsen Mountains inevitably comes up in the conversation. Lutsen Mountains is the Midwest’s largest alpine and snowboard park and they are only a couple miles up the road from us. The park boasts four mountains, 95 runs, a 825′ vertical rise, new eight-passenger gondola and ample amounts of snow that make for the ultimate ski and snowboard experience.

    We offer ski and stay packages and we have a shuttle that runs to and from the ski hill. We’ll pick you up at your room (lodge lobby if you are staying in the main lodge) and take you to the ski hill and back. Please make sure to schedule a time with us in advance.

  4. Songwriter series at Papa Charlie’s

    If you are looking for something with a little less snow or you want to wind down after a long day of outdoor adventure, then you need to check out Papa Charlie’s Songwriter series. During the winter months, you can find live music every night of the week somewhere in Cook County. We are fortunate to have an abundance of talented, local musicians that play at various establishments and venues – however, the Songwriter series is a staff favorite. The series features the Midwest’s most talented songwriters in a theater-like setting. These are free to the public and run every Monday and Wednesday night during the winter. For a complete schedule, visit Papa Charlie’s event calendar

  5. Eat!

    After an eventful day in the great outdoors, you’re going to need to refuel. The area offers a number of great eateries, pubs and tap rooms. Whether you are looking for fine dining or a casual, sit-back and watch the game experience, there is something for everyone. We have two restaurants on site; our Lakeside Dining Room and our Poplar River Pub. The dining room provides a spectacular view of Lake Superior and the Poplar River Pub features Minnesota-made brews and spirits.

Valentine’s Day Dining Specials

Lutsen Resort will have a special menu for Valentine's Day

Make plans to take your valentine out next week and enjoy a delicious meal in our Lakeside Dining Room. Our culinary team has created a special menu for Valentine’s Day.

Dining Special | Receive an appetizer, choice of soup or salad, choice of one entree and dessert all for $70!

Items will also be available a la Carte. Please see below.

Valentine’s Day Menu

Appetizer

1/2 dozen Plymouth Champagne oysters on the half shell with Mignonette sauce, tobasco and lemon. $18

Entrees 

Lobster | Butter poached lobster tail with drawn butter, warm quinoa and cous cous salad with citrus vin and roasted asparagus. $45

Surg & Turf | Filet Tournedos with seared diver scallops, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, mustard pan sauce and roasted asparagus. $48

Dessert

Chocolate Mousse cake with smores strawberries, creme anglaise and raspberry coulis. $10

 

We highly recommend making reservations for Wednesday, February 14. Call 218.663.7212 for reservations.

Annual Beer Lover’s Dinner Menu Available

Lutsen Resort's Annual Beer Lover's Dinner with Hoops Brewing

Our fifth annual Beer Lover’s Dinner is right around the corner and this year we are pleased to welcome Hoops Brewing from Duluth. On Friday, February 23, guests will enjoy a delectable four-course meal, paired with brews from Hoops Brewing. There’s still time to register. Register here

This past week, our culinary team has put the final touches on the menu for the evening. Take a gander below.

First Course | Beer steamed Maine mussels with green curry and crispy fried ham hock.

Second Course Turkey and pork beervarian sausage stuffed raviolis with aged white cheddar beer cheese sauce.

Third Course Beer sous vide beef brisket with peppered potato hash and beer gastrique.

Dessert | Fabbri Cherry Beeramisu


When February 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Cost $50 per person (does not incl. tax or gratuity)

Payment will be taken at Lutsen Resort. Registering online secures your place at the event. For questions or to register via phone, call 218.663.7212.

Must be 21+ years of age to attend. 

Register Online