Photographs by David Bowman
Left: Poplar Ridge rental unit at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen. Right: Steps down to guest cabins at
Left: Poplar Ridge rental unit at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen. Right: Steps down to guest cabins at Burntside Lodge in Ely.
Any conversation about traveling around the northland starts with the season. It’s a given that spring, summer, fall, and winter completely transform the region in their own powerful ways, and in that way, almost all of our travel destinations are really more like four: the blooming version, the sweltering version, the colorful version, and the frozen version. When we planned this feature, our intention was to tell four stories, about four places and how these destinations come alive during what we estimate are their most prime seasons. The result is ruminations on Ely’s Burntside Lodge before the crowds and ’skeeters set in, Madeline Island during peak summer, New Ulm in Bavarian fall, and Lutsen in its deepest freeze. They’re not the only destinations worthy of a seasonal getaway, nor are these seasons the only times worth the trip. They are simply crystalline examples of where Mother Nature and the nature of a place are perfectly symbiotic. Go forth and explore.
History comes into focus on an offseason family trip to Ely.
When making a summer pilgrimage to Madeline Island, keep your friends close and your enemies off the ferry.
A fall journey to New Ulm is as much about the Minnesota you pass along the way as the Minnesota you encounter when you get there.
Warming up to the idea of bringing the kids to Lutsen in the depths of winter’s freeze.