Northern Minnesota celebrates ‘hygge’ Nov. 9-15

Cook County, Minn. – Feb. 6, 2017 - The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah), has traveled to the United States. Hygge is the Danish ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire. 

According to Kjersti Vick, marketing manager of Visit Cook County in Grand Marais, “hygge encourages us to embrace all of winter’s pleasures: Snowshoeing through the woods with someone special, feeling the fresh snow crunch beneath you, savoring each snowflake that lands on your eyelash, that’s hygge.

Grand Marais and surrounding Cook County communities are made for hygge

Winter beauty, adventure, relaxation and coziness for miles, this beautiful little harbor village on Lake Superior is the ideal hygge destination. This year Grand Marais is launching its first annual Hygge Week, February 9-15, 2017. Visitors will enjoy all the splendors of a classic North Shore winter vacation, dogsledding, stargazing, fireside gatherings, cross-country skiing, with the added bonus of unique events to encourage the celebration and enjoyment of the wonderful things that make North Shore winters unique.

Listing of events

Thursday, Feb. 9

  • 6 – 8 pm | Book Group at Drury Lane Books 
  • Time TBD | Dumpy Jug Bumpers: house concert at Art House B&B

Friday, Feb. 10

  • 4 – 6 pm | Trollbeads Party at Sivertson Gallery
  • 5:30 pm | Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books

Saturday, Feb. 11

  • 11 am | Brewery Tour at Voyageur Brewing 
  • 12 – 2 pm | Knitting by the fireplace at Voyageur Brewing
  • 5 – 7 pm | Mukluk Ball at Voyageur Brewing

Sunday, Feb. 12

Other weekend events: 

  • Enjoy a Hygge menu at Bluewater Cafe all week long
  • Check out the Family Night at Lutsen Mountains on Saturday, Feb. 11
  • Open Skate times at the Cook County Community Center throughout the week, don’t worry – skate rentals are just $1!
  • Go out to dinner at The Crooked Spoon Cafe, they will have a ’Cozy Couples Course Menu’ Friday through Sunday and Tuesday, 4:30-8 p.m.
  • Embrace the dark and ski 2 kilometers of lit trails at Pincushion Mountain
  • View the Events Calendar for many live music opportunities

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And you don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy hygge in Cook County. Star gazing and looking for the Northern Lights are spectacular hygge-like past times in Cook County. According to, the majority of communities in Cook County are rated above-average for darkness. At the end of the Gunflint Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the purest dark skies east of the Mississippi. 

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About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Cook County, Minn. has earned numerous accolades recently including “2015 Coolest Small Town in America” contest by Budget Travel and “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016” list by Outside Magazine. Visit Cook County invites visitors to rekindle their sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest, paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and discovering the Lake Superior watershed basin. Be inspired by connecting on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Discover more at or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.