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GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA

Lake Superior from Historic Naniboujou Lodge: Rugged Beauty and Gentle Exercise

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Program #10463RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 25, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: The colorful and historic Naniboujou Lodge is located on the rugged shores of Lake Superior, where the Brule River enters the lake. Near Grand Marais, Nanibouou Lodge is about 125 miles from Duluth, 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. At one end is the massive fireplace constructed from rounded, water-washed stones. At 200 tons, it is Minnesota's largest native rock fireplace. This Great Hall is where delicious single entree buffet-style meals are served. 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, except for those signing up for single rooms. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap (if you want a full-size bar) and other toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions; however, there is a public phone in the lobby. (Cell phone coverage is very spotty---if existent at all---in this remote location.)

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 20 - Arrival/Orientation
Afternoon: Plan to arrive between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Be sure to include extra time if you would like to make stops along the shore of Lake Superior prior to arriving at the program.

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal served in the spectacular Great Hall, which features the original work of Antoine Goufee, a French artist. Cree Indian designs cover the walls of this 30 x 80 foot room as well as the twenty-foot-high domed ceiling that resembles the form of an upturned canoe. A series of glass-paned French doors grace each side, and a huge native rock fireplace anchors the space on an end. Each single-entree meal is served buffet-style, so you can choose your own portion size.

Evening: Welcome and orientation with introductions is held in the solarium adjacent to Lake Superior. Review the schedule and meet your fellow participants and program staff.

Lodging: Naniboujou Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The colorful and historic Naniboujou Lodge is located on the rugged shores of Lake Superior, where the Brule River enters the lake. Near Grand Marais, Nanibouou Lodge is about 125 miles from Duluth, 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. At one end is the massive fireplace constructed from rounded, water-washed stones. At 200 tons, it is Minnesota's largest native rock fireplace. This Great Hall is where delicious single entree buffet-style meals are served. 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, except for those signing up for single rooms. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap (if you want a full-size bar) and other toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions; however, there is a public phone in the lobby. (Cell phone coverage is very spotty---if existent at all---in this remote location.)

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 21 - Local Artist and Author / Lighthouse Keeping Wome...
Local Artist and Author / Lighthouse Keeping Women / Gentle Exercise / North American Fur Trade

Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast with hot tea or coffee in the ambiance of the Great Hall.

Morning: Learn about lighthouses and lighthouse keepers of the Great Lakes Region, and in particular, individual women who kept the lights going.

Explore the fascinating trail of idea to published book with children's author and linoleum block-cut artist Kelly Dupre, as she takes you through the process for the publication of The Raven's Many Gifts.

Lunch: Enjoy a simple, but delicious lunch in the Great Hall. Soup and sandwiches are the usual fare, and for those falling in love with the creamy cheese tomato soup or the golden "breakfast" bread (a delicious sandwich bread with orange, carrot, and raisin), recipes can be found in the Naniboujou cookbook.

Afternoon: A short period of free time precedes dinner. Relax with others in the solarium, take a walk along the beach looking for agates or listening to the waves, or pursue something else on your own.

An introduction to gentle exercise kicks off the afternoon. Walking, stretching, and Ta'i Chi Chih are all activities which will be explored throughout the week. No one will be asked to go beyond the limits of their ability.

Dinner: Eat in the Great Hall.

Evening: Gain an understanding of the vast enterprise known as North American Fur Trade. Learn the role of Lake Superior and Grand Portage. An animated presenter brings to life this historical topic.

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, where the Brule River enters the lake. Near Grand Marais, Nanibouou Lodge is about 125 miles from Duluth, 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. At one end is the massive fireplace constructed from rounded, water-washed stones. At 200 tons, it is Minnesota's largest native rock fireplace. This Great Hall is where delicious single entree buffet-style meals are served. 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, except for those signing up for single rooms. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap (if you want a full-size bar) and other toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions; however, there is a public phone in the lobby. (Cell phone coverage is very spotty---if existent at all---in this remote location.)

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 22 - Local Author / Lake Superior / Gentle Exercise / ...
Local Author / Lake Superior / Gentle Exercise / Regional Plant Identification / Local Artist

Breakfast: Discuss with a table of fellow learners what you have learned so far this week, while enjoying a hearty breakfast in the Great Hall. Baked oatmeal is one of the favorites for the morning meal.

Morning: Retired country doctor Roger McDonald recounts tales from his medical practice through readings from his books, including "Tales from a Country Doctor's Case Book" with his wife Jacki.

Learn interesting facts about Lake Superior, and gain an introductory knowledge of geology and how it applies to the actual forces forming the largest of the great lakes. As time allows, there may be a "rock hunting" walk down to the beach.

Lunch: Enjoy another scrumptious lunch in the Great Hall.

Afternoon: Become invigorated with more gentle exercise, and perhaps a walk in Judge C. Magney State Park.

Learn how to identify the trees and many of the non-flowering plants of the north woods, particularly those in the Lake Superior region. This session includes both indoor and outdoor learning, and participants will be given a tree key to take home with them.

Dinner: Recount the day's events over another wonderful meal in the Great Hall.

Evening: Watch an artist at work, as he paints and tells of his life in the Lake Superior region.

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, where the Brule River enters the lake. Near Grand Marais, Nanibouou Lodge is about 125 miles from Duluth, 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. At one end is the massive fireplace constructed from rounded, water-washed stones. At 200 tons, it is Minnesota's largest native rock fireplace. This Great Hall is where delicious single entree buffet-style meals are served. 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, except for those signing up for single rooms. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap (if you want a full-size bar) and other toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions; however, there is a public phone in the lobby. (Cell phone coverage is very spotty---if existent at all---in this remote location.)

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 23 - Grand Marais Field Trip Day (Artists' Point, Cook...
Grand Marais Field Trip Day (Artists' Point, Cook County History Museum, North House Folk School, Art Gallery Tour)

Breakfast: Enjoy another nourishing breakfast in the Great Hall.

Morning: Meet the bus and depart for an all day trip to Grand Marias. Stretch or do Ta'i Chi Chih on Artists' Point, right on Lake Superior in Grand Marais. Learn and gain appreciation for the local inhabitants of this town, with a visit to the Cook County History Museum. Explore the folk arts and the folk school style of learning in an introductory session and tour of the North House Folk School. Expect to walk 16 to 20 blocks during the course of the day on this six hour field trip, which also includes some sitting and standing.

Lunch: Enjoy local fare at a small cafe in Grand Marais. Planned is lunch at Sven and Ole's, which claims national recognition and features pizza.

Afternoon: After lunch is a chance to explore several art galleries including Johnson Heritage Post Gallery and Sivertson Gallery, followed by additional time for exploration of the quaint community of Grand Marais on your own. Upon return to Naniboujou, enjoy afternoon tea and some free time before dinner.

Dinner: Hopefully you didn't eat too much at the afternoon tea, because another delicious dinner awaits you in the Great Hall.

Evening: Explore regional wildflowers with a naturalist.

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, where the Brule River enters the lake. Near Grand Marais, Nanibouou Lodge is about 125 miles from Duluth, 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. At one end is the massive fireplace constructed from rounded, water-washed stones. At 200 tons, it is Minnesota's largest native rock fireplace. This Great Hall is where delicious single entree buffet-style meals are served. 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, except for those signing up for single rooms. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own soap (if you want a full-size bar) and other toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions; however, there is a public phone in the lobby. (Cell phone coverage is very spotty---if existent at all---in this remote location.)

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 24 - Devil's Kettle Interpretive Hike / Free Afternoon...
Devil's Kettle Interpretive Hike / Free Afternoon / Folk Music and Dance

Breakfast: Enjoy another delicious breakfast in the Great Hall. Perhaps it is pancakes, fresh fruit, and a side of homemade granola this time.

Morning: An interpretive hike in Judge C. Magney leads to a beautiful waterfall, which in the fall, is often at a level where you can see half of the water flow disappear into a kettle, and the other half continues on. The catch? There are about 125 stairs to get to this scenic point of view on this roughly four mile hike. Regardless, the hike is rewarding for all who start regardless of how far one's abilities allow them to go, and returning early is an option. Generally two instructors accompany the group.

Lunch: Share stories of what was seen on the trail with your table mates at yet another delicious lunch in the Great Hall.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon on your own. Relax at the lodge, hike some more, return to Grand Marias, or head to Grand Portage to see the interpretive visitor's center there---highly recommended, particularly if you enjoyed the Great Lakes Fur Trade presentation.

Dinner: Reflect on the week during conversation over dinner in the Great Hall.

Evening: Enjoy a performance by the local folk music group "Over the Waterfall" and learn a dance or two. Even if dancing is not your thing, this enthusiastic group of musicians is truly something to experience.

Lodging: Naniboujou Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 25 - Gentle Exercise / North Woods Animals / Closing C...
Breakfast: Enjoy a final breakfast in the Great Hall.

Morning: Gather as a group to reflect on the week and "test" your new found knowledge of this region. Don't let the "final exam" portion of this program's Closing Ceremonies scare you---come and have fun as a group one last time before lunch and your departure.

Engage your body and mind in a short session in gentle exercise---perhaps a Ta'i Chi Chih routine, some stretching exercises, or a jaunt outside on a quick walk.

Conclude the rugged beauty theme of the program with a session on north woods animals. Some of what is here and what is not might surprise you. Learn interesting tidbits about a variety of animal inhabitants.

Lunch: Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow Road Scholar participants one more time while enjoying a delicious lunch.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch



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