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

Northwind Adventure Package for 2

This Adventure Package is just right for you!

Spend 2 days fishing on Jasper lake for small & large mouth bass, northern pike, perch, walleyes and bluegills or just relax and enjoy the northwoods.  Then, spend a day in the Boundary Waters wilderness with a guide looking for lunkers while enjoying the wilderness.

“Includes a Guided Wood lake fishing trip”

Your guide will take you on a wilderness adventure including portaging, and then fishing from one of our row boats in wild country.  A guided Wood lake experience is an extraordinary adventure of fishing from a row boat for excellent walleyes, northern pike and bass on a beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lake with absolutely no structures along any of its shores.    This trip will require a walk in on a portage and your carrying light gear.*

4 day/3 night Package includes:

  • Housekeeping Cabin
  • Boat & Motor on Jasper Lake
  • 1 day guided trip to wood lake*

$599.95 for up to two ppl. 

Call Now to reserve: 218-365-5489

*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.)

Reserving a Trip

Advance reservations required 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” due to guide commitments.  We will do our best to get you on the water for a great day out fishing.