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Happy 4th of July from Northwind Lodge

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US Flag – These colors won’t run…ever.

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful 4th!  Get out in the backyard and burn some good ol’ American hotdogs to celebrate!  Remember who you are and who we all are!  If you are in Ely, join the Patriotic March – line up by the school prior  1 PM.  It’s going to be hot, damn hot, and we don’t care.  I’m going to be there with bells on (or at least black jeans and a Fight For Mining Minnesota T-shirt).  Continue social distancing and wear your mask if that is not possible.  I’ll be handing out “IRON RANGE PROUD yard signs and will be wearing a blue stripe on my shirt to show my support for Law Enforcement Officers.  For those who don’t like the stripe, I dare you to come try to peel it off.  I’ll be carrying a roll of blue tape for anybody who wants to join the cause.  We need to take back our country.

Happy 4th, everybody!

Social Distancing Guidelines at Northwind Lodge – Ely Minnesota

Social Distancing Guidelines 

We’ve been social distancing for 76 years at Northwind Lodge on Jasper Lake by Ely, MN.  We just never had a fancy name for it other than “going out on the water” or “fishing”.  At Northwind Lodge, our guests “virtue signal” by disappearing in kayaks, boats and canoes.  We all feel safer when they are out on the water doing what people have been doing for the last 76 years here.    The closest human can be anywhere from 100 feet to a half mile away.  Some would conclude that some of our guests are less into virtue signaling & social distancing and more into being anti-social.  We all can appreciate that. It works well.  If you just want to wave and hit the water, that is your prerogative.

Whatever title you want to assign it, there is a lot of open space here at Northwind Lodge and our guests seem to really be enjoying it this summer and last summer, and the summer before that, etc.  We are very fortunate to have a lot of room for our guests to spread out and have a great vacation.  …and that’s not to imply we have guests who are anything less than wonderful people.  We have really great guests and they all get along.  It’s just times such as these (well, this IS the first) wherein having space and a beautiful wilderness resort makes sense to get out of the chaos of the world to hide for a very relaxing week.

Relaxation redefined: We’ve had a bear in the yard for the last 4 days.  People have shot videos of him.  He’s a big one and some people get twitchy around bears.  So far, everybody here has been OK.  Whacking garbage cans and making a little noise, then he’s gone into the night.  Typical bear….


The following photos are by one of our guests, Ashley Myhre.  She and family made a fun vacation great along with art lessons to boot.  Thanks, Ashley!

Jasper Lake evening - Northwind Lodge
Jasper Lake evening – Northwind Lodge
Jasper Lake morning - Northwind Lodge
Jasper Lake morning – Northwind Lodge
Sundown on Jasper Lake at Northwind Lodge, Ely MN
Sundown on Jasper Lake at Northwind Lodge, Ely MN
Heading home on Jasper Lake at Northwind Lodge, Ely MN
Heading home on Jasper Lake at Northwind Lodge, Ely MN
Out by the Rocks on Jasper Lake at Northwind Lodge, Ely, MN
Out by the Rocks on Jasper Lake at Northwind Lodge, Ely, MN
Through the narrows of Jasper Lake from Northwind Lodge
Through the narrows of Jasper Lake from Northwind Lodge
Jasper Lake evening - Northwind Lodge
Social distancing at its finest on Jasper Lake from Northwind Lodge, Ely , MN
Pointing west on beautiful Jasper Lake from Northwind Lodge, Ely MN
Pointing west on beautiful Jasper Lake from Northwind Lodge, Ely MN
3 kayaks from Northwind Lodge floating on Jasper Lake
Ignoring the rest of the world on Jasper Lake from Northwind Lodge

Painting Cool Art – in the Woods near Ely

From what I can see, there are not too many resorts in NE Minnesota who have a resident artist on staff who teaches painting lessons.  I’m not trying to toot my own horn here so much as point out what really makes Northwind Lodge a different northwoods experience than all the rest.  We are the only resort where our guests get to go fishing, paddling, and play outside in real wilderness with the option to  visit an art gallery and take art lessons – all just steps from one’s cabin.   Heck, you can even commission  a painting to be done, here.   That’s definitely not “in the ordinary” among “ma & pa” resorts.

So, think about this:  Your family comes up and avoids the crowds.

Go fishing.  Take a kayak out.  Sit outside the cabin and listen to the birds.  Take an art lesson with only your family members.  Barbecue.  Sit by a fire at the beach in the evening. (RULE:  Last one who leaves is responsible for putting it out dead with water – we don’t need a forest fire).  Go back to your cabin.   Avoid petting any bear in the dark.  Sleep like a log.  Ignore the outside-world insanity.  Take advantage of our variable internet connection and ignore the internet.   It’s win-win.

Most recent art lessons at Northwind Lodge.

 

 

Call to reserve your cabin at Northwind Lodge, 15 miles NE of Ely, MN.  We’re 5 miles south of the border and surrounded by the Boundary Waters park on three sides.  We’re easy to get to and enjoy.

218-365-5489

For painting-specific programming we offer, visit our education site:  intothebrush.org

Water is Where it’s at! (and a bear …)

Northwind Lodge, since the day it was started back in 1939 has always been about the great outdoors and water.  Fishing, paddling, moving, etc., you can’t do it in a parking lot at Walmart – although they DO have the seagulls.

When you visit Northwind Lodge, especially in May/June, you can’t help but notice the constant chatter of birds.  Everybody’s singing.  I have to pay attention for them because I grew up here and have become a bit jaded.  Yup, there are a zillion out there right now.  After 59 years of being in the woods, you only notice the unusual sounds, sometimes.  I notice the crashing of garbage cans as a bear is tossing it around and the barking of Delilah as she smells a bear in the distance sitting/waiting at the edge of camp for darkness to fall.

Three days ago, one of our guests in Cabin 3 when for a walk to Ojibway Lake.  As he was returning down the road past the Fernberg Gallery, he thought he saw a bear ahead going to Cabin 3.  So, he walked down to his cabin and the bear was nowhere to be seen.  He moved to the front of the cabin and looked down the slope to the lakeshore – nothing there.  He decided to walk back to the path at the corner of his cabin and intersect Cabin 7’s path right at the corner of Cabin 3.  He walked straight south and a  300 lb. bear walked east from Cabin 7.  Don and the bear met at the corner of Cabin 3.

Needless to say, there was a bit of shock had by all for one “Whoa!!!” moment!  Don said he could have reached out and petted that bear between the ears without bending forward.   They almost ran into each other and clearly, neither Don nor the bear makes any noise when they walk – an admirable quality for a human, and normal for a bear.   Both Don and the very startled bear, reversed course quickly.  Don went into his cabin and the bear went into his woods.   The bear was all about social distancing.

Just a day before Don met the bear, the Smith family had a great time outside in what was really spectacular weather on Jasper Lake.  It’s always been about being outside at Northwind Lodge.  Our guests seldom come to look out the cabin windows.  They can do that at home.  This is what is done at Northwind Lodge when we aren’t trying to pet the bears.  (Don’t mess with the bears, ever.  They only look cuddly.  Not cuddly at all. Opposite of cuddly.  Better off hugging a cactus.  Let them pass freely -scream loudly – and only observe, always!)

Are you sick of being cooped up with Covid drama?  If you are well, come on up!  Get away from the craziness!

218-365-5489  Northwind Lodge – Jasper Lake, Ely, MN

Update! We Are Opening As Planned for Summer 2020

Minnesota has never closed resorts during the Covid Pandemic.  So, with the ice having just come off the lake yesterday, we are in process of getting Northwind Lodge up and running!  Spring is here and we want to go outside and socially distance with the loons, swans and fish!

Everybody needs a hideaway place in the woods for a respite from world events  that ail us.

You can come up, unwind,  and enjoy our spectacular nature in NE Minnesota where it is naturally devoid of  crowds.   Social distance in your cabin and out on the water.  We personally need to get back to the basics and are pretty sure you do, too.

We understand your concerns:  We will be sanitizing our clean cabins even more deeply than usual this summer.  For that reason, we are need to allow ourselves a bit more time in between guest turnovers.  Check in for 2020 will be 4 PM and check out will be 8 AM.    (this is going from our 3 PM /9AM usual check-in/out times)  We apologize for this change but are taking extra steps that require a bit more time in between cabin guests.  Thank your for understanding.

 

Personal Shopper Option – Available to All Cabin Guests

NEW for 2020 – for a small fee (10% of your grocery total bill) we will buy your groceries for you.  You need not go into town and we will instead.

Please remember to bring your personal effects, a bath towels and fishing gear for all cabin stays.

 

 

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Enduring being stuck at Northwind Lodge, Ely MN

Here’s what I have to put up with every day when working at Northwind Lodge. I’m installing new front windows in Cabin 3, and this is what I am forced to look at every, single, day. Be thankful that you too, are NOT here having to endure this. You get to look at crowds, and cars, and buildings. All I get to look at is nothing. No noise, no distractions, no robberies, no murders, no great WIFI….just this lake and those pesky loons calling in the background. It’s tough to take.

If you would like to spend your time being miserable – ya poor lug – give us a call at 218-365-5489

Ugh – this is what June looks like at Northwind Lodge near Ely, MN.

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.

Click Here for more information

Mobile Paint Party-New at Northwind Lodge

Unleash your inner Picasso!   Host a paint party in your home!  With a group size of only four people or more, you can all be painting rocks for two hours of fun and something different to do!  All materials and instruction provided by Joe Baltich of Into The Brush.  This is a social/educational fun time for your family and friends.  Flexible scheduling is available so you can usually host a class during the day or evening plus on weekends.  Call to find a time that fits.   218-365-5489.  Please leave a message if we aren’t there.   Email: Intothebrush@gmail.com

 

Rates per 2 Hour Class per individual person:

4 Painter (minimum)

Rock Party:   $40         Canvas Party:  $45       Wineglass Party  $45

5-6 Painters 

Rock Party:   $37         Canvas Party:  $43        Wineglass Party  $43

7-8  Painters

Rock Party:     $33       Canvas Party:  $40      Wineglass Party  $40

10+ Painters

Rock Party:     $30       Canvas Party:  $38      Wineglass Party  $38

The Fine Print

$50 deposit is required at least three days prior to the event.   Deposits are applied to total cost.  Deposits are NOT refundable in the event of a party cancellation or for any other reason.   You CAN reschedule for a different date.   If a group size falls below the initial group reservation, the price will convert to the next lower group size price range.  In other words, if you made a Rock Party  reservation for  5 at the listed rate of $37 and only four show up to the event, the rate will go up to the 4 Painter rate of $40 each.   The minimum party price is Four (4) paying participants.

Serving the Ely Area – 55731 zip code 10 mile radius.  Call for mileage/travel rates beyond 10 miles from Ely.  

So, wanna do something really fun and creative in your home this week or month?  Give us a call and schedule a Mobile Paint Party by Into The Brush.

Guaranteed to be a great time!

WARNING:  Painting fine art can be addictive, plus therapeutic, relaxing, and immensely satisfying.  Don’t blame us if you find yourself wanting recommendations on what to buy and how to get started in painting on your own!  And this beats the absolute HECK out of adult coloring books!!!!

We also can do this here at Northwind Lodge call us to set up your painting party-we are very flexible

Call now!  218-365-5489 

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