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GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA

Lake Superior from Historic Naniboujou Lodge: Fur Trade History, Culture, Walks

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Oct 19 — Oct 24, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: The colorful and historic Naniboujou Lodge is located on the rugged shores of Lake Superior, near Grand Marais, Minnesota. The inviting solarium is where classes are held, and it is a comfortable place to enjoy a book or each other’s company in the evenings. The brilliantly decorated Great Hall of Naniboujou features designs of the Cree Native Americans. The Great Hall is where delicious single entree meals are served buffet-style. Table lighting by oil lamp contributes to the historic ambiance. On the National Register of Historic Places, Naniboujou Lodge is a grand and unique North Shore retreat, offering the perfect spot for learning while enjoying a calm sense of being away from it all.

Contact info:
20 Naniboujou Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604 USA
phone: 218-387-2688
web: www.naniboujou.com

Facility amenities: Your accommodations at this historic resort are basic. The rooms are beautifully appointed, but not spacious and storage space for clothing is limited. Each room has a private bath, shared by two participants, or just one person signing up for single occupancy. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap and toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions, however there is a public phone in the lobby for calling card calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price is variable.
Please contact the lodge directly at 218-387-2688 for rate and availability information.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 19 - Arrival/Orientation
Afternoon: Plan to arrive between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Enjoy your welcome meal in the historic and spectacularly painted Great Hall.

Evening: Welcome and orientation with introductions is held in the solarium. Meet your lead instructors and site coordinator, as well as all of your fellow participants. Learn a bit more about what to look forward to in the week ahead.

Lodging: Naniboujou Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The colorful and historic Naniboujou Lodge is located on the rugged shores of Lake Superior, near Grand Marais, Minnesota. The inviting solarium is where classes are held, and it is a comfortable place to enjoy a book or each other’s company in the evenings. The brilliantly decorated Great Hall of Naniboujou features designs of the Cree Native Americans. The Great Hall is where delicious single entree meals are served buffet-style. Table lighting by oil lamp contributes to the historic ambiance. On the National Register of Historic Places, Naniboujou Lodge is a grand and unique North Shore retreat, offering the perfect spot for learning while enjoying a calm sense of being away from it all.

Contact info:
20 Naniboujou Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604 USA
phone: 218-387-2688
web: www.naniboujou.com

Facility amenities: Your accommodations at this historic resort are basic. The rooms are beautifully appointed, but not spacious and storage space for clothing is limited. Each room has a private bath, shared by two participants, or just one person signing up for single occupancy. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap and toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions, however there is a public phone in the lobby for calling card calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price is variable.
Please contact the lodge directly at 218-387-2688 for rate and availability information.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 20 - Wellness and Exercise / Lake Superior and Aquatic...
Wellness and Exercise / Lake Superior and Aquatic Wildlife / Regional Author / North American Fur Trade

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast in the Great Hall.

Morning: Be prepared to be inspired to activity by learning about wellness and participating in exercises that include yoga, tai chi, and basic stretching. Take a leisurely walk outdoors, usually in Judge C.R. Magney State Park. A second morning session introduces you to Great Lake Superior and aquatic wildlife found in the region.

Lunch: Eat a simple lunch (usually soup and sandwich) in the Great Hall.

Afternoon: Enjoy a bit of free time in the contemplative environment at historic Naniboujou Lodge on the shore of Lake Superior. Chuckle at some of the tales written and read by author Roger MacDonald and his wife Jackie, as they recount episodes in the life of a country doctor.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the Great Hall.

Evening: The fascinating history of the North American Fur Trade is brought to life with stories, specific details, and commonplace (or not) objects representative of that era, in a lively presentation.

Lodging: Naniboujou Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The colorful and historic Naniboujou Lodge is located on the rugged shores of Lake Superior, near Grand Marais, Minnesota. The inviting solarium is where classes are held, and it is a comfortable place to enjoy a book or each other’s company in the evenings. The brilliantly decorated Great Hall of Naniboujou features designs of the Cree Native Americans. The Great Hall is where delicious single entree meals are served buffet-style. Table lighting by oil lamp contributes to the historic ambiance. On the National Register of Historic Places, Naniboujou Lodge is a grand and unique North Shore retreat, offering the perfect spot for learning while enjoying a calm sense of being away from it all.

Contact info:
20 Naniboujou Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604 USA
phone: 218-387-2688
web: www.naniboujou.com

Facility amenities: Your accommodations at this historic resort are basic. The rooms are beautifully appointed, but not spacious and storage space for clothing is limited. Each room has a private bath, shared by two participants, or just one person signing up for single occupancy. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap and toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions, however there is a public phone in the lobby for calling card calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price is variable.
Please contact the lodge directly at 218-387-2688 for rate and availability information.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 21 - Wellness and Exercise / Natural History / Lake Su...
Wellness and Exercise / Natural History / Lake Superior Storms and Shipwrecks

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast in the Great Hall.

Morning: Build on the exercise movements learned yesterday, and continue to learn about wellness and being active. Expanding on the natural history of the area, a second session focuses on the landforms and forests of the region. Learn to recognize several of the tree species found here.

Lunch: Eat a simple lunch in the Great Hall.

Afternoon: A regional presenter shares their knowledge and expertise about one of many possible topics, relevant to the Lake Superior region of northern Minnesota. A close look at the Mataafa Storm of 1905 is one possibility, as is learning about the northern boat building tradition, brought here by early immigrants.

Dinner: Enjoy conversation with fellow participants over dinner in the Great Hall.

Evening: Learn about the lives---and responsibilities---of several women who served as lighthouse keepers in Great Lakes lighthouses.

Lodging: Naniboujou Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The colorful and historic Naniboujou Lodge is located on the rugged shores of Lake Superior, near Grand Marais, Minnesota. The inviting solarium is where classes are held, and it is a comfortable place to enjoy a book or each other’s company in the evenings. The brilliantly decorated Great Hall of Naniboujou features designs of the Cree Native Americans. The Great Hall is where delicious single entree meals are served buffet-style. Table lighting by oil lamp contributes to the historic ambiance. On the National Register of Historic Places, Naniboujou Lodge is a grand and unique North Shore retreat, offering the perfect spot for learning while enjoying a calm sense of being away from it all.

Contact info:
20 Naniboujou Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604 USA
phone: 218-387-2688
web: www.naniboujou.com

Facility amenities: Your accommodations at this historic resort are basic. The rooms are beautifully appointed, but not spacious and storage space for clothing is limited. Each room has a private bath, shared by two participants, or just one person signing up for single occupancy. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap and toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions, however there is a public phone in the lobby for calling card calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price is variable.
Please contact the lodge directly at 218-387-2688 for rate and availability information.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 22 - Field Trip Day --- Grand Marais / Free Evening
Note: Today includes several blocks of city (small town) walking on sidewalks, and standing while taking in exhibits in a small museum and a small art gallery.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast in the Great Hall.

Morning: Visit the charming lakeshore town of Grand Marais. Observe the energy and amazing (and inspiring) activities at the North House Folk School. A short period of time during the day is also set aside for you to explore this small community on your own.

Lunch: Experience a pizza lunch at a local cultural icon, Sven and Ole's.

Afternoon: Learn more about the early immigrants to the area through a presentation by, and exploration of, the Cook County History Museum. Stop by the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery, for a look at the works of several regional artists.

Dinner: Eat in the Great Hall, sharing stories from the day.

Evening: Enjoy free time spent in the quiet atmosphere of Naniboujou Lodge pursing activities with other participants. Games and puzzles are popular pursuits.

Lodging: Naniboujou Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The colorful and historic Naniboujou Lodge is located on the rugged shores of Lake Superior, near Grand Marais, Minnesota. The inviting solarium is where classes are held, and it is a comfortable place to enjoy a book or each other’s company in the evenings. The brilliantly decorated Great Hall of Naniboujou features designs of the Cree Native Americans. The Great Hall is where delicious single entree meals are served buffet-style. Table lighting by oil lamp contributes to the historic ambiance. On the National Register of Historic Places, Naniboujou Lodge is a grand and unique North Shore retreat, offering the perfect spot for learning while enjoying a calm sense of being away from it all.

Contact info:
20 Naniboujou Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604 USA
phone: 218-387-2688
web: www.naniboujou.com

Facility amenities: Your accommodations at this historic resort are basic. The rooms are beautifully appointed, but not spacious and storage space for clothing is limited. Each room has a private bath, shared by two participants, or just one person signing up for single occupancy. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap and toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions, however there is a public phone in the lobby for calling card calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price is variable.
Please contact the lodge directly at 218-387-2688 for rate and availability information.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 23 - Regional Natural History / Devil's Kettle Hike / ...
Note: The hiking today starts out easy with a gradual climb that becomes steeper, but the hike culminates in a descent down 200 stair steps and then up a dozen or more to view the actual Devil's Kettle. (The return trip is the same trail and steps, but in reverse.) Since the walking departure is from the lodge, participants can walk to a point comfortable to them and then turn back. Altogether, the hike is about 2.5 miles long, but the rougher terrain (and steps) can make it feel longer.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast in the Great Hall.

Morning: Learn more about the natural history of the area, in a session on the fall migration and winter animal activity. This is followed by an interpretive hike on the trail to the Devil's Kettle on the Brule River in Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Continue to learn about and recognize the various plant species (in their fall form!) along the hike, and watch for birds and other animals as they prepare for winter. The kettle itself is interesting, particularly in the fall when the water level is lower and the division of the river (with half of it "disappearing" into a pothole) is usually evident. It is just over a mile to the Devils Kettle, and to go that far commits you to walking both down and up about 200 stair steps. The trail continues beyond that point, and sometimes there is time to explore further. Some people opt to turn back earlier, depending upon their physical limitations. This is easy to do since departure is right from the lodge.

Lunch: Enjoy a simple lunch in the Great Hall.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon on your own.

Dinner: Exchange stories of the day with your tablemates at dinner, as you enjoy dinner in the Great Hall.

Evening: Enjoy a performance by the local folk music group "Over the Waterfall" and learn a dance or two. The mix of acoustic instruments---fiddles, guitars, penny whistles, cello, flute, and perhaps a hammer dulcimer---is marvelous. Meeting the musicians and hearing about their "daytime" jobs adds to the experience.

Lodging: Naniboujou Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 24 - Morning Stretch / Presentation / Closing Ceremoni...
Breakfast: Enjoy a final hot breakfast in the Great Hall.

Morning: The sessions for the morning may include another interpretive walk outdoors, an indoor session on yoga or tai chi or stretching, and/or another regional presenter. There will also be a break for packing, to be ready for check out. Join us for the Closing Ceremonies to reflect on the week and say goodbye to everyone.

Lunch: Enjoy one last opportunity to eat with everyone in the Great Hall.

Afternoon: Plan to check-out from the lodge by 1:30 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Grand Marais, MN
Grand Marais and the North ShoreVisit the Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce web site to learn about the unique aspects of this region.
For additional information, visit: www.grandmaraismn.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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