By: Jennifer Bateman | Thursday, February 05, 2015
Cold, cold, cold …….. but what a great day!
I tell all my guests, "If I didn't own a Minnesota family resort, I'd most certainly be vacationing at one every summer." But the reality is that summer in Minnesota is when we are happily hard at work, so our family vacations have to be in the winter. This year a long family vacation wasn't going to work because college breaks weren't matching up, so I planned a quick trip to Ely and found, (you guessed it), a great Minnesota family resort that was open in the winter.
We stayed at Northern Lights Lodge and Resort just south of Ely, MN and had a great time. One reason I picked this resort is because it has no TV in the cabins and internet access only at the lodge, just like here at Two Inlets Resort. And while the notion of taking your teen or young adult children on vacation where there is no TV and limited internet access might cause you to think they will slowly melt in a corner, the opposite actually happens. We took advantage of simple family pleasures - playing games, reading, eating out, taking saunas, and most importantly, talking and laughing. You have to remember that when you go to a resort to "suspend" your kids from electronics and the internet, parents are suspended, too. We parents are just as inclined to stare at our devices when given the chance. So while you might think you'd never survive a vacation without TV and internet, I'm here to tell you you will.
I also picked Northern Lights Lodge and Resort for the chance to see some wolves and a moose. Marie, the owner of the resort, said they'd been seeing wolves cross the lake in the late afternoon. They also have a moose that passes through the woods behind the resort on occasion. Unfortunately we didn't see wolves or the moose during our stay, but that's just how wildlife viewing turns out sometimes.
One adventure we had on our family vacation was a little dog sledding. Of course it was the coldest day of our vacation at -16° F, but as the saying goes, "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!" So we bundled up and headed to Chilly Dog Sled Dog Trips. This one is for your bucket list folks! Picture a yard of 88 hyper-energized dogs all barking at once yelling "Pick me! Pick me!" After an hour of training on how to control the dogs and the sled, Bob drove the sled the first half of the trip, then we switched and I drove. Traveling at 8 mph, dog sledding is like sailing on the lake in the summer or cross country skiing. It's a quiet experience that makes you appreciate the great outdoors.
Here are a few pictures from our ride …………..
Getting started. Hooking up the dogs.
Bob's a good driver. This was the quiet time.
Thank you Chilly Dogs for the adventure!
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Outdoor adventure and wildlife viewing can be done at any Minnesota resort. Two Inlets Resort is located near Itasca State Park which offers many opportunities for this type of fun.