Visit Cook County
Kratt Chat – Memorial Day Weekend and more | May 13, 2015
Despite the snow falling from the sky yesterday, the summer season is just around the corner. Next week is already Memorial Day Weekend and we’re kicking off the season with Art Along The Lake. The weekend is chockfull of activities including hands-on experiences, a hot bronze pour, and galleries full of art – download a complete schedule of event. Art Along the Lake is a campaign bolstered by a weekend event highlighting our regional talent. If you have not yet seen our beautiful new gallery guide, you must. Stop in for your own guide or download one here.
(and don’t forget to welcome our Canadian neighbours over the weekend, it is Victoria Day on Monday 5/18)
Another event you won’t want to miss is the Opening Reception for the new mural installation at the Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center on Thursday, May 21 from 6-8pm. Painted by Two Harbors artist David Gilsvik, the mural celebrates the Grand Portage Ojibwe way of life.
We are only one month away from the first ever Boundary Waters Expo at the end of the Gunflint Trail June 12-14. Help us get out the word by promoting this event on your social media channels, e-newsletters, and website. Click to download a social media guide to help you connect and reach out to sponsors and speakers. You will also find images that have been created to fit properly in social media newsfeeds and as banners for your Facebook pages. With over 20 sponsoring exhibitors and 11 speakers it is going to be a really exciting weekend on the trail. We hope to see you over the weekend as a visitor participant or a volunteer.
Visit Cook County in action
It has been a busy few weeks as spring approaches. From Canoecopia in March to Midwest Mountaineering in April we have been on the road telling folks about why they should Visit Cook County this summer. I also attended Pedal MN and North Shore Scenic Drive Council meetings to see how we can better tie into the rest of the state as well as Zenith Social Media Conference to brush up on social media marketing.
Our summer marketing campaign is in full swing with busses, billboards, elevators, summer video pre-roll ad, emailers, magazines, and more scheduled to run throughout the summer. As part of the summer campaign we will be hosting a popular Twin Cities radio station, morning show hosts of KDWB on May 27-28. We will be giving them a taste of the activities to do in America’s Coolest Small Town before they broadcast live from outside our building on Thursday, May 28.
New content and maps
The past few months we have been working on updating our website to enhance the visitor experience. We recently completed a new Bike Map highlighting routes that have been blessed by our biking committee and U.S. Forest Service. If you would like a stack to hand out to visitors, stop by our office and we’ll send you home with some. The bike map is a general guide to show all the biking options in our area with detailed maps and descriptions available for download from our website.
With the spring comes the annual bird migration. This year we have focused on adding more content to our birding page. We have an excellent PDF guide to birding in Cook County as well as several great links to more information. We have also just launched our current Photo Contest around the theme of birding. Please encourage your guests and staff to submit photos by using #SuperiorBirds on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Check out my new feathered friends “Knock” and “Squirt”. They find life on the patio at my house pretty comfy.
Hopefully everyone had a successful fishing opener. With the number of boat trailers we saw passing through town, I expect a good time was had by all. While more work is still to be done, we have been updating our fishing page to help entice visitors to try breaking some of our state records fish. Also, we are looking for great fishing photos to use on our website and in ads, if you have any photos you are willing to share we would be grateful.
For those who are eligible, remember to update your Hot Deals. We will be scheduling tweets over the next few weeks highlighting some of the special deals in the area. Not sure if you have Hot Deals? Contact Anna for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 387-2788.
This weekend while you are out hoping to catch a lunker, don’t forget to show your mom a little love on Sunday.
6 tips for an epic Mother’s Day in Cook County MN
6.) Pick flowers (or agates). Give her something you found, made, or think is special. If it comes from the heart, she’ll love it.
5.) Take her fishing. Did you know mom can fish without a license on Mother’s Day? Bonus points if you cook and clean the fish for a special Mothers Day dinner.
4.) Go hiking. Along a Lake Superior beach, on a scenic overlook, up a waterfall trail – there are endless hiking trails in Cook County.
3.) Two words: Spa Day. Book a hot stone massage at a local spa and nurture the inner goddess for a day.
2.) Let her choose the adventure. She might want to go ziplining through the trees, or shopping in the local galleries and shops, or maybe she will want to sit next the fire with a cup of coffee and a good book – whatever she chooses, encourage it.
1.) Tell her you love and appreciate her – not just today but every day.