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Jasper Creek Falls at Northwind Lodge – Ely MN resort
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.
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.
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. Dec 13th 2019
1-218-265-5489 or 1-800-280-1078
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
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
We have art AND good fishing in the wilderness! Offering beautiful works of art by Joe Baltich and other local artists, Northwind Lodge is by far one of the most unique vacation experiences in northeast Minnesota!
Third & Fourth Generation Guides will outfit you for your fishing trip and we’ll help you and your family get started on the right foot. Fish for walleye’s, bass, and northern pike. Learn how to fish our region and experience wilderness fishing at its finest with a veteran guide.
1.) $290 per day with Bernie. Bait and tackle included – 2 person limit
2.) $250 per day with Dan. Bait and tackle is included – 2 person limit
Groups of four will need to hire both guides for the same day or go on two different day trips with one guide as the rowing can be difficult for some people to keep up with the guide boat particularly if rough weather develops.
Your guide will maneuver a rowing boat or canoe on Wood lake which is a Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness lake. There are no homes or structures of any kind in the BWCA. This trip will requires a walk in on a portage. Please Pack your own lunch and remember that no metal cans or glass bottles are allowed. Plastic bottles and containers are allowed but, of course, must be packed out as well. Duluth packs are available for people to help carry their day gear in the event that they do not have a day pack. PFD’s also provided as no extra charge.
$200 for 2 people and $20 for each extra person up to 4 total. Bait and tackle is provided and you may bring your own tackle to try as well.
Pack your own lunch. No cans or bottles as this trip can cross into the BWCA.
You must have a BWCA day-use motor permit. If you do not have a permit, the guide can attempt to find a permit tag (it’s confusing and difficult government mumbo-jumbo) to see if a Basswood trip is possible during the time you are here. Otherwise, for long-term reservations, please secure a day-use motor permit to Basswood in advance at recreation.gov (click link). Sorry, you must make a reservation in your own name. We cannot do that service for you. Day-use motor permits are severely limited and hard to obtain.
$350 for 2 people and extra $25 each extra person up to 4 total. Bait and tackle is provided and you may also bring your own to try.
This trip is in the BWCA. Pack your own lunch and remember that no metal cans or glass bottles are allowed. Plastic bottles are OK, but must be packed out.
For all guided trips you are required to bring your own fishing rods and reels, rain gear and appropriate clothing for the temperatures at that time. Flip flops are never recommended and Crocs are not suitable footwear for portaging. Preferably, closed toe footwear is recommended such as a running shoe or hiking boot. We also recommend full length pants over shorts as sometimes there can be insects. It makes for a more comfortable adventure.
Advance reservations are always welcomed due to planning, scheduling, preparation requirements and weather accommodations. Please reserve your trip as early as possible. Last minute trips are possible but can be hit-or-miss do to guide commitments. We will do our best to get you on the water for a great day out out on the water.
Payment in full at the time of the trip reservation is required – Sorry, there are no refunds for trip cancellations.
Call 218-365-5489 to make your guided trip reservation.
Artwork is hitting the walls in Ely’s newest,- the Fernberg Road’s only, Art Gallery! We just hung the Ensley watercolors and are waiting for photography to come in! Other artist’s works will be displayed as well. It’s an exciting new addition and venture for us at Northwind Lodge. Art is always fun!
Check out the new Fernberg Gallery Website: Fernberg Gallery
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.
Into The Brush is the honored to be recognized as the local winner of Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Community Award by Lake country Power for its work with Stones Of Uplifting Light (SOUL) in providing emotional support for those who become unexpectedly terminally ill. SOUL operations in April of 2017 as a new program designed to share art on stone with people who are suddenly in the final stages of their life by working with an intermediary (family member, friend, acquaintance, etc) to find out some details about the afflicted individual and a more joyous time in that person’s past. Joe Baltich, lead SOUL artist, then paints that moment on stone and sends the art to the individual. No fees are charged for SOUL stones. Donations to Into The Brush are accepted but not required. SOUL recipients are generally not acquainted with SOUL artists and there is no contact between either party. SOUL founder and artist, Joe Baltich wanted SOUL to represent the kindness of strangers through sharing art. Although feedback has been non-existent (neither expected, encouraged, nor required) from SOUL recipients, Into The Brush has been gratified to hear through a few intermediaries that the various recipients were very moved by the gesture-in-stone-art and their families also very appreciative of the lasting mementos. A small, positive effect in a most difficult time is the goal all Into The Brush with SOUL. If you know somebody who is having a rough time and faced with harsh realities, Into The Brush encourages you to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Into The Brush thanks Lake Country Power for their recognition of the SOUL program and is pleased to be a part of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives!