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 email@example.com
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!
Learn the Basics of Painting with a Summer Art Painting Workshop at Northwind Lodge and Into The Brush!
Just imagine spending time outside looking at our beautiful wilderness and then coming back to the studio to paint what you saw. Yes, you can do it! It’s great fun and the best way to try your hand at painting in a relaxed, casual environment which also serves as your vacation as well!
Sign up now and give painting in our beautiful wilderness a try! Bring your friends along! Into The Brush will take you into the woods and on to the canvas back at the studio!
During this 2 day class you will:
This Class will be held at Northwind Lodge located 15 miles northeast of Ely, MN, 2267 Fernberg Rd. 2 Day Program includes: 12 hours of instruction, all painting supplies, after-class independent painting time if desired, discount code for take-home supplies. Meals not included. Northwind Lodge housekeeping cabin guests are on their own. Non-registered (in cabins – see below for rates) class participants may want to bring lunch.
During this 3 day class you will:
This Class will be held at Northwind Lodge located 15 miles northeast of Ely, MN, 2267 Fernberg Rd. Price includes: 18 hours of instruction and all painting supplies, after-class independent painting time if desired, discount code for take-home supplies. Meals not included. Northwind Lodge housekeeping cabin guests are on their own. Non-registered (in cabins – see below for rates) class participants may want to bring lunch.
During this 4 day class you will:
This Class will be held at Northwind Lodge located 15 miles northeast of Ely, MN, 2267 Fernberg Rd. Price includes: 24 hours of instruction and all painting supplies,after-class independent painting time if desired, discount code for take-home supplies. Meals not included. Northwind Lodge housekeeping cabin guests are on their own. Non-registered (in cabins – see below for rates) class participants may want to bring lunch.
Shared Accommodations Rates include – one bedroom per person with all clean bed linens blankets included, a shared kitchen/living space which included basic cooking/eating utensils, gas range, electric refrigerator, microwave, shared bathroom with shower, toilet, lavatory.
Rate is $69.95 per person plus taxes.
Private cabins may be available and priced for up to two people minimum depending upon cabin availability at the following rates/dates below. Individuals may stay alone in a private cabin if available but the pricing for that cabin reflects up to 2 people at the rates in the box below. So, a husband, friend or partner may want to come up and stay with his wife, but go fishing instead of being enrolled in the art class programming. OR, one person may want to stay in the cabin alone while taking art class programming. For a total price, simply take the workshop price from above and add it to the the private cabin rate below with regard to the corresponding dates. Note that at least one person per private cabin must be enrolled in a Art Class to qualify for these rates: If you have a group of three or more, at your request, we can try to house you in the same cabin for the shared accommodations rates.
Rate is $99.95 per person plus taxes.
Taxes are not included in any of the above pricing. The above rate is for 1 person taking the program. Boat and motor rentals are available. You may also bring a private boat for a launch fee of $25. Please ask about details.
A cabin stay is not required to participate in class programming but it is very convenient. If staying off property, please be prompt in getting to classes and artist observation trips.
For Housing/Workshop Packages, we require an advance deposit of 50% of the combined accommodation and/or workshop rates OR if you are only attending the classes, payment for the scheduled program is required in full. Deposits are non-refundable. The balance of your stay is required upon arrival. Applicable MN state sales tax is not included (6.875%). A regional lodging tax of 3% will be charged additionally to the lodging portion of your invoice. A 2% discount for cash or check payments is available.
Disclaimers: Into The Brush, Inc. reserves the right to adjust/change/modify Into The Brush program information when deemed necessary to correct for typographical errors or omissions should they occur. We also reserve the right to make scheduling adjustments for weather or safety and comfort concerns. There is no refund for participants missing or failing to attend any part of the scheduled programming, nor will there be refunds of any kind for weather-related or other unplanned, unforeseen, cancellations of activities. While it is our goal to provide a top quality enjoyable experience every time, Into The Brush, Inc. reserves the right to adjust or cancel any scheduling order for any reason.
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
Rock Party: $40 Canvas Party: $45 Wineglass Party $45
Rock Party: $37 Canvas Party: $43 Wineglass Party $43
Rock Party: $33 Canvas Party: $40 Wineglass Party $40
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