ELY, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ely is naturally offering families, adventure-seekers and sports enthusiasts alike plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy wintertime with a wide range of recreational experiences this year. Visitors to the northern Minnesota town can choose from an à la carte menu of winter sports to seasonal packages to create a weekend or midweek rediscovery of the real outdoors. And there’s already plenty of snow! (Thanks, polar vortex!)
Ely offers endless opportunity for exploration—literally. Novice and seasoned explorers alike can snowmobile across the 170-mile Taconite Trail and the 80-mile Tomahawk Trail, glide through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCAW) on eight user-tracked cross country trails, mush around the Sled Dog Capital or trek across our popular snowshoeing trails.
“Everyone’s looking to disconnect — so why not in Ely? We did announce we were banning social media around here last April 1, so we’re the perfect place to reconnect with friends and family, even if you’ve never been north for winter before,” says Linda Fryer, Ely Tourism. “It’s not like it’s easy to use that smart phone when you’re wearing mittens anyway. So give up and pick up some ski poles — or the reins to a dogsled — here instead. Don’t worry — we’ll show you how.”
To embrace winter for once, try Ely, less than four hours from the Twin Cities. The town, named “Coolest Small Town in America” by Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, still has accommodations—from remote campsites to resorts and lodges—available for the popular winter season. For information, please visit www.ely.org. And don’t forget your handwarmers!