Runnin’ and Rollin’ into May

Me, at about mile 2

Me, at about mile 2

We have had splendid spring weather this past week on the North Shore. The vast natural environment  we have in Cook County allows us to host outdoor events such as running and biking races. Yesterday, the 2015 Ham Run Half Marathon took place up the Gunflint Trail. There were roughly 60 participants who prevailed through the hilly course in the whopping 72 degree weather.

On the drive up, we knew it was going to be a scorcher, but the breathtaking scenery along the course made every bound of the way enjoyable.



The course meandered through various bodies of water such as lakes, swamps, ponds, rivers, and creeks, which all looked very temping to jump in to. The lack of wind made the lakes and ponds look like sheets of glass reflecting the surrounding trees and homes on the shoreline. The sound of the flowing creeks and rivers alongside the road felt very refreshing to hear as we pushed ourselves mile by mile.

Rolling hills in the distance

Rolling hills in the distance

Creek alongside road

Creek alongside road

The finish line was right next to a big lake that many of us took advantage of. Immersing into the shocking 50 degree water actually felt amazing after the 13.1 hilly miles in the heat.It was definitely a challenging course, but the surrounding views, feeling of accomplishment and sense of camaraderie made the feat worthwhile.

Lake at end of course

Lake at end of course

Coming up next, we have the Superior Spring Trail Races  taking place on May 16 right here in Lutsen. The races take place on the Superior Hiking Trail starting at Caribou Highlands on the ski hill and traversing down and back along the Sawtooth Mountain Range. Racers have the option of either a 25k or 50k run through the rough yet spectacularly scenic terrain of the North Shore.

Switching gears, it’s also that time of year to lube up the chains and get the wheels rolling on our bicycles that have been oh so eagerly awaiting riding season all winter long. After all, May is National Bike Month, established by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 to celebrate the benefits of riding your bicycle.

Whether it be recreational trail and road riding or for commuting, Cook County caters to all. The Sugarbush and Pincushion mountain bike trail systems should be opening up pretty soon and the Gitchi Gammi paved bike trail is always a great option for a nice paved cruise.

To celebrate National Bike Month, Superior North Outdoor bike shop, located in Grand Marais, will be hosting bicycle related events in Cook County to promote bicycle safety, commuting, etc. throughout the month. But no matter where you reside, you can participate in National Bike to Work Week May 18-22.

Biking, running, walking and hiking are all sustainable activities that give you a reason to get in some great exercise outside. Take advantage of this wonderful spring weather we are having with the endless opportunities of recreation up here in Minnesota’s North land and join us for a relaxing visit before the summer bustle begins.

Fisherman in front of resort

Fisherman enjoying the calm morning in front of resort







New year, new look

Hallway1We started out the year working diligently to complete the residing of the hallway outside our Pub. It has a livening effect on me in the morning as I walk through that area to clock in and grab a cup of Joe. The fresh, new wood really does wonders brightening up the hallway, as the natural light from the courtyard and the lobby windows illuminates the light brown hues on the walls.

IMG_2375April is a month to celebrate and emphasize acts of environmental sustainability with Earth Day right around the corner. In that regard, the most exciting part of the renovation is the addition to our “boatwood” tables and chairs, which add more seating space outside our Poplar River Pub. These chairs are made of recycled Balinese fishing boats. The rustic splash of color complements the new wood walls quite well.

Bali Boat.4

Courtney & Leigh Interiors of Superior, WI turn the journey of retired fishing boats re-imagined into designer furniture.  Every piece is authentic and unique, built with boatwood from the exotic island of bali and crafted with original wood and paint from retired boats.

The hallway improvements also included a new quieter space for our computer station; new coffee station and a built-in bookshelf, which opens up a whole shelf for more reads.

Improvements in the resort will continue as we plan to replace all the windows on the West side of the Lodge this spring and a major portion of the Lodge exterior will be painted. Changes like these will give you something to look forward to seeing during your next stay while also enjoying the original Lutsen Resort tradition.