Winding down summer, thinking about winter

Summer flew by far too fast.  We’ve had an excellent summer season, surrounded by some of the happiest people on the planet while they vacationed at Bearskin.  It was a joyous summer for our guests and our staff, as they all made the most of experiencing summer on the edge of the BWCA wilderness.

We’re looking forward to the slightly quieter pace of autumn on the Gunflint Trail. If you are a frequent reader of this blog or someone who regularly watches the Day by Day at Bearskin Lodge picture page (, it’s probably been obvious to you that the speed of updates to these pages has slowed down dramatically.  Call it “exhaustion.” 

But even though September at Bearskin is very busy, it doesn’t begin to approach the grueling pace of a full resort all summer.  We are envisioning some downtime in the near future, perhaps a few moments to catch up on living life again.  Maybe I’ll even finally post all my great summer photos for August.

Meanwhile, we’ve been working on plans for the winter.  We are enthused about two new winter additions that will make this winter at Bearskin exceptional.  

In December, fine dining returns to Bearskin Lodge on the weekends. Chef Judi Barsness will be bringing the contemporary cuisine of Chez Jude, one of the Star Tribune’s “Seven Restaurants Worth the Drive,” to Bearskin Lodge for the winter. (   Meals will be by reservation only and menus and meal choices will be available online.  Every single day at Bearskin somebody asks whether Bearskin will ever have a restaurant again, so we are thrilled to finally be able to tell guests that great food is returning to this resort.

The other fun piece of news is that dog sled rides into the BWCAW will be available at Bearskin this winter.  Musher Erik Simula will be providing dog sled trips on weekends at Bearskin. Erik has twenty years of dog sledding experience and has run the John Beargrease dog sled race numerous times.  He is also a Wilderness EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), a National Park Ranger with the Grand Portage National Monument, and a master birch bark canoe builder. His wilderness guide experience extends from the BWCAW to Denali National Park in Alaska. Bearskin is very fortunate to have such an extraordinarily qualified musher on staff this winter.

We’ll keep you posted as we firm up these plans over the next few months.   We’re wrapping up summer and looking forward to fall, but winter will be bringing the most anticipated changes.


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