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Put the Winter in your Winter Vacation - A North Woods Get-Away in Grand Marais

Some people are just contrary.  While everyone else is heading south for the tropics, they are heading north to put the winter in Winter Vacation. Instead of crowded beaches, nightspots and pina-coladas they crave solitude,the silence of the snow bound North Woods and a fine brandy cuddled before a warm fireplace.

If you are of that mind, consider traveling to Grand Marais, along the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near the Canadian border in Minnesota. Harbored on Lake Superior, it is a resort town catering to visitors to the BWCA wilderness and those exploring the Gunflint Trail. The area around it is circled with several quality lodges and resorts, from the very rustic to the luxury and winter brings out their best.

Among the most established of them in The Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, just 36 miles from Grand Marais itself. Established in 1925, it offers a selection of private cabins - all lakefront - each with its own kitchenette and gas fireplace as well as Lodge Suites and townhouse settings. At the main lodge you will find a private spa, eight person hot tub, massage services, a general store to stock your kitchen or several fine restaurants to dine at near by. What you wont find is televisions in your room or phones. At the Bearskin Lodge the premium is on relaxation and privacy.

Yet the main attractions are outside and include cross country ski trails, lit for midnight outings under the northern stars, as well as ice skating, ice fishing, sleigh rides, dog sled excursions and the thrill of seeing timber wolves, moose, fox and other wildlife along the way.

The Bearskin offers varying rate, depending on the cabin selected, the time of week and the duration of your stay. Yet from January 1st thru March 15th they are offering their Mushing & Dining Weekend Getaway including 2 nights lodging, dinners at the Chez Jude, dog sledding and complimentary Trail Passes for two people at $595.00. For information on the varying room rates or the Mush & Dine Weekend Specials the toll free number is 1-800-338-4170 or visit their website at www.bearskin.com

Grand Marais is a few hours drive from the international airport in Minneapolis. If you prefer, there are connecting commuter flights to Duluth were you can rent a car to shorten your drive. For information on other available accommodations, sights and activities contact the Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce at their toll free number 1-888-922-5000 or send your email to gmcc@boreal.org.  Their website is www.grandmaraismn.com.

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