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September is the Best Month on the North Shore

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September is the Best Month to Visit the North Shore

Today on the blog we’d like to take on the controversial subject of the best month to visit the North Shore. All North Shore enthusiasts have an opinion on this topic and with good reason – there are plenty of lovely times to visit the area. But we’re here today to take the stance that September is, without a doubt, the BEST month to visit the North Shore.

Firstly, we’re starting with a surprise – one that we think will really tip the scales. Beginning on September 10th, your favorite North Shore resort will be serving up PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES complimentary in our lobby. You heard us right. Now you can bring two of your favorite fall traditions together. You can enjoy a Fall vacation at Lutsen Resort without leaving your favorite festive drink behind.

Coffee on the Porch

Secondly, did you know that there’s a great line up of area events happening in September?

September 7-8 | Superior Fall Trail Races – These are 100-mile, 50-mile, and marathon distance running events on the Superior Hiking Trail. They’re fun to run. What’s even more fun is to spectate while drinking a beer!

September 7-9 | Radiowaves Music Festival – Hosted by our local radio station, WTIP, this music festival takes place at the Recreation Area in Grand Marais. Bring a blanket or camp chairs!

September 14-16 | Unplugged Music Festival – Unplugged is North House Folk School’s annual hoopla in downtown Grand Marais. They have story tellers, music performances and an artisan craft fair.

September 26-30 | Oktoberfest – Oktoberfest Celebration is a series of events at Voyageur Brewing Company featuring live music, games food and of course – a special Oktoberfest beer.

September 28-October 7 | Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour – The Fall Studio Tour ranges from Schroeder to Hovland and gives visitors a chance to peek inside artists’ studios as well as chat with them about their work.

So here we are. Free pumpkin spice lattes + great events = a great month to visit the North Shore. But that’s not all. There’s something else about September and describing it is tricky. It’s more of a feeling. A fall-is-in-the-air-but-it’s-still-basically-summer feeling. A one-minute-it’s-raining-the-next-it’s-sunny-and-warm feeling. It happens when you see that first red Maple leaf fall from a tree. And when you feel that first burst of chilly, crisp northern air. September is a time of transitions. And the North Shore is a beautiful place to observe transitions!

No offense to the other months, but September is our favorite. To experience it is to be part of something special. If you don’t have any plans yet – book your stay! We’ll have the fireplace roaring and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes warm and ready.

Fall Lodge

 

Lutsen Resort Has Sold

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

Following 30 years of ownership, Scott Harrison and Nancy Burns have turned over the iconic Lutsen Resort to new owners. Historic Lutsen Resort sold on August 15, 2018 to North Shore Resort Company, a family company owned by Bryce Campbell and his mother, Sheila.

Scott and Nancy said of the sale, “It’s definitely a bittersweet moment for us.   We are looking forward to new opportunities.  At the same time, Lutsen Resort has been deeply interwoven in our lives for the past 30 years.   It’s hard to imagine what life will be like without it!   But it’s time for us to retire from actively running a business and time to turn it over to younger ownership.”

Former Owners Nancy Burns and Scott

Scott and Nancy intend to remain in Cook County and stay active in community organizations.

New owner, Bryce, said of his purchase of the resort, “I’ve always admired historic lodges, so I’m proud to be able to carry on with Lutsen’s legacy.”

Lutsen Resort History

Lutsen Resort is Minnesota’s oldest resort. Established in 1885, the rugged natural beauty of Lake Superior’s North Shore prompted Charles Axel Nelson, a young Swedish immigrant, to establish his homestead overlooking the lake. He called it “Lutsen.”

Soon married, he and his family supported themselves through fishing, logging and trapping. The original cabin, built on the site of the current Lutsen Resort lodge, grew into an ever-larger family home. In the early days, long before a road was built, travelers found Lutsen a stop of convenience as they made their way up the lake by boat, horseback or on foot. The Nelson children were asked to vacate their beds to accommodate overnight travelers.

As its reputation for welcoming guests grew, Lutsen began to attract visitors who came to stay – to hike, fish and hunt. Known as a friendly haven for weary travelers, the family home evolved into one of Minnesota’s favorite destinations for generations of visitors.

Through their 30 years, Scott and Nancy focused on maintaining the sense of tradition and history that the property evokes, while continuing to add new lodging options, guided outdoor activities and amenities for today’s travelers.

For more about Lutsen Resort’s history, as well as Scott and Nancy’s tenure, visit www.lutsenresort.com/our-history.

5 Popular Complimentary Activities at Lutsen Resort

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5 Popular Complimentary Activities at Lutsen Resort

Ahh, Complimentary Activities. Here at Lutsen Resort, we are committed to getting our guests outside to play. For many guests, the complimentary activities are the most memorable part of their stay. The purpose of this blog is to outline some of our most popular activities as well as provide some insider tips on ways to enjoy them.

“The best part was the activities. My husband and I did paddleboarding and hiking. We learned a lot and had fun doing it!” – Katie N.

What do we mean by complimentary activities? Let’s start by defining that better. Complimentary – meaning included in your stay. Activities –in this case means recreational adventures. In essence, we’re talking about free adventures.

PSA: I want to start this blog with an important reminder. This time of the year is busy and the resort has many guests in house. We do have 8 guides taking guests on more than 10 tours a day but sign-ups can fill up quickly. Here’s the key – sign up for tours begins at 8 am one week prior to the day of the activity. Log on to the website promptly at 8 am and get signed up! Have a few ideas in mind in case the one you want gets filled right away. Also, try to be considerate of others. If you’re bringing a large family – maybe try to sign up for only 2 or 3 of the guided activities so other guests can enjoy them too. There are plenty of non-guided activities to enjoy as well.

Now for the 5 most popular activities.

  1. Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior. There’s really nothing like it. Getting out on the “Big Lake” is an incredible experience. Doing it in aKayaking with Guide kayak takes it to the next level. You are right on the water. Insider Tip: Bring a phone or camera if you can! Put it in a waterproof case or bag and secure it to your lifejacket. The views of the Sawtooth Mountains are unforgettable.
  2. Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Have you tried it yet? This trendy watersport is fun and easier than it looks. You *typically* don’t have to get wet if you don’t want to. We also do it on an inland lake which is much easier than on Lake Superior. Insider Tip: Start on your knees! Then you can stand if you feel comfortable.
  3. Kid’s Camp. Three hours of nature-based exploring fun for kids. What could be better? We have three different themes. Monday’s focus is “Create!” where the kiddos can unleash their creative sides. Wednesdays were made to “Explore!” and discover new places and things. Thursday’s theme is “Challenge” emphasizing team work. Insider Tip: There is also Kid’s Pizza and Movie night on Saturdays from 6-8pm! Perfect for dropping the kids off and enjoying a meal in the dining room.Kids camp at Lutsen Resort
“As a busy working mom, I loved that Lutsen offers free activities for guests of all ages. [. . .] My kids did yoga, kayaked, and paddle boarded.” – Amy L.
  1. Fly Fishing Lessons. Have you ever wanted to try fly fishing but didn’t have anyone to teach you? Then this lesson is perfect for you. It’s very introductory and gives you a chance to practice on one of the best fishing rivers on the North Shore: The Poplar River. Insider Tip: Wear sunglasses! They also serve as eye protection.
  2. Naturalist Programs. Presented by members of the US Forest Service, these are insightful and fun campfire discussions about different nature topics. Topics change every year and this year our topics are Life of a Voyageur and The Amoosing Moose! These programs do not require advance sign up. Insider Tip: Don’t assume this activity is just for kids! Many of the facts and props the naturalist brings are very interesting for adults as well.

These are our top 5 activities and we have many more! From yoga to cross country skiing to winery tours, there are tons of wonderful things to do year-round at Lutsen Resort. See the full calendar of activities, updated through August, here.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! Our activities staff is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. They can be reached from 8am-5pm at 218-663-6695.

 

Top 6 Reasons to Experience Lutsen Resort this Summer

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Top 6 Reasons to Experience Lutsen Resort this Summer

Do you have a trip planned to Lutsen Resort for this summer? Are you thinking of perhaps planning a trip? Then we’re talking to YOU!

Because we’re having an adventurous summer up here in Lutsen. We’re kayaking on Lake Superior, we’re hiking to waterfalls and we’ve even seen a few early blueberries popping up. We want to share our 6 favorite summer happenings to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.

  1. The Lake Breeze. Summer is here! So are its two companions: heat and humidity. I’ve been peeking at weather reports in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Oof-dah. Take a break from the heat and enjoy the natural air conditioning effect of Lake Superior. It truly is cooler by the lake! See what I did there?
  2. Go on an Adventure. We know all too well that summers in Minnesota are short (but sweet!). When is the last time that you tried something for the first time? Here at Lutsen Resort we’ve got a lot of ways you can push outside of your comfort zone. But they’re all guided activities so it’s really more like taking a small step outside of your comfort zone. OK maybe even just a toe. Some ideas? Try one of these.
    • Sea kayaking on Lake Superior
    • Stand up paddle-boarding on an inland lake
    • Fly fishing on the Poplar River
    • Hiking to a nearby waterfall

  3. Have a Nature Moment. Recently I popped down to our Activities Desk and saw that they have a “Wildlife Sightings” book. Well that’s nice, I thought…a place for guests to write down when they see the Lutsen Resort eagles that hang out by the bridge. Shows what I know. The book was filled with wildlife sightings. Since May 1st, our guests have seen moose, wolves, bears, beavers, loons and all kinds of rare birds. Pretty cool, huh?
  4. Spend Quality Time Together. Whether it’s you and your honey or you bring the whole family, Lutsen Resort is a special place to spend quality time together.
    • S’Mores by the campfire
    • Adventures (see #1 in this post)
    • Picnics on the beach
    • Cribbage in the pub
    • Massages at the spa
    • Live music in the lobby


These are just a few ideas that come to mind. Take a night off from Netflix and chilling and make some new memories.

  1. Take it Easy. The Eagles said it best, “Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand. Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy.” Well it’s a bit warm in Winslow, Arizona this time of year, so come to the North Shore instead! Adirondacks on the beach…. enough said?! Add to that: complimentary guided activities (yes, this includes yoga and kids’ camp) as well as a bar and restaurant on site. We even have someone to light your bonfire for you. Too easy!
  2. New Menus and Fresh Fish. Chef Chris has batches of fresh lake trout from Lake Superior coming in weekly and is filleting it fresh in house. Yum! We recently published our new summer menus for the Lakeside Dining Room and the Poplar River Pub. There are classic summer dishes (buffalo chicken wraps, anyone?) as well as more extravagant dinners and decadent desserts.

So, there you have it – 6 reasons to come to Lutsen Resort this summer. It was hard to limit ourselves to 6, but we didn’t want to overwhelm you on a Friday. Thanks for reading and we’ll meet you at the Adirondack Chairs!

 

Now you’ve heard all the reasons – Plan Your Stay!

Menus for 2018 Spring Food & Wine Dinner

Lutsen Resort wine dinner

Our Guest Chefs Thomas Kavanaugh and Tim McCarty, along with our culinary team has finished the menus for our annual spring food and wine event! This spring’s event takes place on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 in our Main Lodge. Visit our dining page to learn more. You can register for one or both evenings below.

An Evening of Spanish Tastings, Friday, May 4
7 pm | $55 per person (21 yr+) | RSVP here

Classic Seafood Paella, Paella in “Our Style”

Cheese and Charcuterie
Prawns in Garlic Sauce
Creamy Leek with Manchego
Mushrooms in Sherry Cream
Wild Mussels, Garlic, Beans and Basil
Spicy Meatballs
Catalan Ratatouille
Patatas Bravas with Smoked Paprika Aioli
Chicken Livers, Chorizo, Cider
Seared Duck with Porto, Cherries, Figs and Walnuts
Grilled Bread and Tomato
Pork Cheeks Confit, Apples, Mustard, Red Wine Reduction

An Irish Journey, Saturday, May 5
6 pm | $90 per person (21 yr+) | RSVP here

Irish Cheese and Charcuterie

Crispy Day Boat Scallop

Polenta / Tarragon Hollandaise / Tomato-Cucumber Relish / Chorizo

Hot Smoked Salmon

Shrimp Bisque / Charred Leeks / Celeriac / Broccoli / Pea Puree

Oyster, Potato and Morel  

Quail Egg / Sorrel Puree / Crispy Bacon / Cashel Rye

Irish Pub Salad

Butter Greens / Sweet and Sour Beets / Pickled Beans / Roasted Fingerling Potatoes / Baby Carrots / Cucumber / Cahill Porter Cheese / Tarragon Mustard Vinaigrette

Killian Irish Red Sous Vide Duck Breast

Apple-Ramp Compote / Duck Cracklings

Corned Pork Cheek & Mustard Braised Pork Belly

Creamed Cabbage / Spring Potatoes / Dijon Caviar / Pickled Red Onion / Cornichon

Irish Apple Cake

Softly Whipped Cream / Muscovado Sugar / Candied Apple

 

Ballymaloe Brown Bread, Treacle Bread and Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Guest Chefs Named for the 2018 Food & Wine Dinner

We are pleased to announce Chefs Thomas Kavanaugh and Tim McCarty as our guest chefs for our 2018 Spring Food & Wine Dinner. Chefs Kavanaugh and McCarty bring over 60 years of combined culinary experience. They bring a wealth of experience and a long list of accolades which include working with renowned food personalities such as Anne Willin, Hartmut Handke and Jean Louis Palladin, judging numerous culinary competitions, competing in the World Food Championship and taking home 5th place, among others. Our culinary team and our guest chefs have wasted no time and are in the process of developing a delicious menu for the two-day event. The preliminary appetizer and hors-d’oeuvres menus look delectable.

About the Event

Our annual Spring Food & Wine Dinner will take place over two days, May 4 and 5. Our culinary team has teamed up with Tom and Tim to create special menus for each day, along with complementary wine pairings.

Cost per person

 

Saturday, May 5 | $90

Cost does not include tax and gratuity. Must be 21 years+ to attend. 

Registration 

You may register online via the links below or call 218.663.7212.

Friday registration

Saturday registration

 

Chefs Tim McCarty and Tom Kavanaugh will be the guest chefs for Lutsen Resort's 2018 Spring Food & Wine Dinner

Guest Chefs Tim McCarty and Tom Kavanaugh

Beer Lover’s Dinner a Great Success

Maine mussels from Lutsen Resort's annual Beer Lover's Dinner

Last Friday at this time our culinary team, along with Hoops Brewing was only minutes away from opening the doors for our annual Beer Lover’s Dinner. This year’s dinner was a great success! With numerous compliments on the food as well as the brews, this may have been one of the best ones yet.

This year’s menu featured mouth-watering beer steamed Maine mussels, beer sous vide beef brisket and turkey and pork beervarian sausage stuffed raviolis. Of course, what is dinner without dessert? The night was topped off with a fabbri cherry beeramisu!

fabbri cherry beeramisu at Lutsen Resorts annual Beer Lovers Dinner

Now that the beer dinner is over, we are turning our focus to our annual Spring Food & Wine Dinner. We have the dates set and you can rsvp online or by calling 218.663.7212. The dates are Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th. The cost for Friday evening will be $55 per person and Saturday evening will be $90 per person.

Please remember this is a 21+ years event. Registration links are provided below.

RSVP for Friday, May 4, 2018 | $55 per person

RSVP for Saturday, May 5, 2018 | $90  per person

 

 

 

 

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