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Winter Wilderness Art Retreats

Winter is breathtaking in the Ely, MN area! It is less crowded and you have the freedom to move about as you like and at your own pace! Come up and stay just 5 miles south of the border for a Wilderness Art Retreat at Northwind Lodge! It’s a great way to explore your creative side either by yourself or with small group of friends or family. It is Art Classes and Vacation all wrapped into one unique experience at Northwind Lodge.

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Our forests are covered in white and our frozen lakes are your invitation to explore your creative side in art. Listen to the quiet. Howl for wolves at night. Then, let the thrill of wilderness living be your guide during Into The Brush art session! After classes, round out your vacation by doing outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, visiting the Fernberg Gallery (on premises), going to town (watch for wolves) or just relaxing. The entire experience is fun and and something you probably don’t do all the time at home. Plus, we are only about 4.5 hours from the Twin Cities (for perspective)!

The retreats are held all winter Northwind Lodge located 15 miles northeast of Ely, MN, 2267 Fernberg Rd.   The 2-Day Program includes: 8 hours of instruction, all painting supplies, after-class independent painting time if desired.  Meals not included.  Class participants may want to bring snacks but can also return to their apartment very easily. Basic kitchen facilities provided in the apartment.

Apartment Housekeeping Unit – Comfortable, housekeeping, apartment-style unit with private driveway and entrance.  Sleeps up to 4 in two bedrooms. One double bed in one bedroom, One double and one twin bed in the second bedroom. Located about 150 feet from the art studio building.  This unit comes with satellite TV, gas range, refrigerator, microwave, basic cooking and eating utensils, bathroom with shower, toilet and lavatory.  Bedding is provided.   Please bring your own towels.   Many of our guests request this rental year after year.

This 4 day/3 night Art Wilderness Art Retreat is only: $499.00* for up to the first 2 people*

*and $100.00 extra per person up 4 people

*Plus MN sales tax (6.875%) and local lodging tax (3%)

Call now for availability. Mid-week programming is available at 10% OFF the total package before taxes. 

1-218-265-5489 or 1-800-280-1078

Retreat Instructor
Joe Baltich will be your instructor. He is an accomplished, commissioned artist proficient in acrylics. For a quick sampling of his works of the past 3 years, please visit instagram.com/joebaltich. For more details and other art programming for summer, please visit intothebrush.org.

For more on our Fernberg Gallery, visit: Fernberggallery.com



Into the Brush Winter Art Class-In Studio at Northwind Lodge Schedule

Winter Art Class Schedule

Tuesday & Friday is just a travel day for guests who are staying here to attend the class.

We are very flexible and will try to accommodate you if the times don’t work.

Class participants are NOT required to stay at Northwind Lodge

  • During this 2 day class you will:
  •  Learn & apply basic painting techniques.
  •  Finish a painting on canvas.
  •  Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the northwoods.
  •  Have fun and be creative.

This Class will be held at Northwind Lodge located 15 miles northeast of Ely, MN, 2267 Fernberg Rd.   2 Day Program includes: 8 hours of instruction, all painting supplies, after-class independent painting time if desired, discount code for take-home supplies.  Meals not included.  Class participants may want to bring lunch.

 Up to 4 person max for each class

ALL for $150 per person.

Apartment type unit – Comfortable, housekeeping, apartment-style unit private driveway and entrance.  Sleeps up to 4 in two bedrooms.  Featuring two bedrooms. Located about 150 feet from the art studio building.  This unit comes with satellite TV, range, refrigerator, microwave, basic cooking and eating utensils, bathroom with shower, toilet and lavatory.  Bedding is provided.   Please bring your own towels.   Many of our guests request this rental year after year.

Rate is $69.95/night per person plus taxes.

Call 218-365-5489 to reserve a spot in the painting class.

Public Painting Classes Schedule August/September 2018

Hey Picasso!  Here’s the Into The Brush painting class schedule for during the next 30 days.  Come join us for a fun time with brush in hand and paint on palette.  (Sometimes people get that mixed up so wear an old shirt when you come.)  We are located at the Fernberg Gallery which is 15 miles NE of Ely on a nice, asphalt road.  Think of us being on Ely’s main street but only 15 miles out of town.  Easy to find.  Takes about 20 minutes to get here.

Check out the various painting topics offered and sign up by giving us a call.   All materials provided in each class.  Reservations are required for each class.  If you show up without reservations, please don’t be upset if you can’t have a seat or the class was cancelled and you didn’t know it.   If you have a question, you can call us (218-365-5489), private message us in Facebook by searching Into The Brush and hitting the “Message” button, OR send an email to: intothebrush@gmail.com

Click Here for Class Dates, Times and Costs

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Fall Cabin Specials

 It’s a great time to visit us at Northwind Lodge and take advantage of our Fall Cabin Specials!

Fall weather is very calming particularly when walking around and taking in the brisk and fresh air.  The scenery is beautiful with deepening blue of the sky along with tones of red and orange, the yellowing leaves and all new changes that come about in this wonderful time of year!

Come enjoy fall fishing on beautiful Jasper Lake.  Take painting classes at the Fernberg Gallery a short walk from your cabin.  Learn how to put “fall”
on canvas with a brush.  Making lots of color meet each other in a brilliant display is just plain fun.  Painting it like yoga without all the stretching.  We still breathe, however.  You can almost feel your blood pressure drop as you slow down and enjoy the feel of canvas meeting your brush.  Everybody can do it.

Treetop Haus and Guest Haus:

Weekly Rate only $499.00 (Regular rate is $699.00)  Boat and FREE motor rental included with week rental. $175.00 Value

Nightly Rate Only $69.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 2 people and $10.00 a nite extra person up to 4 max.


Cabin #2:

Weekly Rate Now $699.00!  (Reg. price is $899.00) Boat and FREE Motor rental included. ($175.00 Value)

Nightly Rate Only $99.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 4 people and $10.00 a nite extra per person 6 max.


Cabin #3:

Weekly Rate Now $599.00!  (Reg. price is $799.00) Boat and FREE Motor rental included. ($175.00 Value)

Nightly Rate Only $79.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 2 people.


Cabin #4:

Weekly Rate Now $759.00!  (Reg. price is $1099.00) Boat and FREE Motor rental included. ($175.00 Value)

Nightly Rate Only $99.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 3 people and $10.00 a nite per person up 5 people max


Cabin #5:

Weekly Rate Now $599.00!  (Reg. price is $799.00) Boat and FREE Motor rental included. ($175.00 Value)

Nightly Rate Only $79.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 2 people.


Cabin #6:

Weekly Rate Now $829.00!  (Reg. price is $1129.00) Boat and FREE Motor rental included. ($175.00 Value)

Nightly Rate Only $99.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 4 people and $10.00 a nite person up to 6 people max


Cabin #7:

Weekly Rate Now $599.00!  (Reg. price is $799.00) Boat and FREE Motor rental included. ($175.00 Value)

Nightly Rate Only $79.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 2 people and 10.00 a nite extra per person up to 4 max.


Cabin #8:

Weekly Rate Now $799.00!  (Reg. price is $1199.00) Boat and FREE Motor rental included. ($175.00 Value)

Nightly Rate Only $109.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 4 people and 10.00 a nite extra per person up to 8 max.


Island Adventure:

Weekly Rate Now $649.00!  (Reg. price is $999.00) Boat and FREE Motor rental included. ($175.00 Value)

Nightly Rate Only $94.95 a night with a minimum of 2 consecutive nights required. (Boat included and Motor is Extra with less than week stay)

Base rate is for 2 people max

Fall Specials are Good ONLY for all new reservations starting 8/23/2018. Not valid on existing reservations.


Reduce your Stress – Art Program Special

Into The Brush is an art program to teach people how to paint using our fabulously beautiful Boundary Waters wilderness as our subject.  Lessons taught by Ely artist, Joe Baltich.

In appreciation for your checking us out, we’ll deduct 10% from the cost of all regular programming options except the Micro Art Classes (first-time students to Into The Brush) when you reserve.  Just mention the promo code “Reduce your Stress” at the time of reservation.

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