This was by far one of the best trips my husband and I have taken. We had so much fun! I am not a big skier but we wanted to do a winter vacation that was action packed. This was it!
Our guide Dave was incredible. He has been doing this for a while now and was an amazing guide. We loved the dogs and the hands on part of it.
Our cabin was great. We were on the trip with just 4 people so it was us and another couple. The cabin was very large with a nice kitchen and sitting area. And the cabin was WARM. No worries about being cold while inside. The bathroom and kitchen had heated floors and there was a gas fireplace. We were comfy and cozy after our long days out on the sleds.
The food was also delicious. It was brought every night and there was always plenty to go around.
The dogs were great. When we went to get them from the lodge we got to meet the puppies they had which were so cute. We then picked up our teams and got on our way. We went through all kinds of terrain and Dave knew everything about the area from the wildlife to the flora. He was full of fun facts. He was also a great lunch time chef. We did hot meals for lunch every day over a little camp site fire. We also got to see the camp site of the group that camped out all night. It was cool to see since we weren't doing that option. As we got more familiar with things Dave let my husband and I go on the "zip-ships" which are smaller sleds for 1 person as opposed to 2. We had way too much fun with these. We also got to try ski-jouring which is where you hook yourself up to a dog and put on some cross country skis and let them go over the lake. That was awesome.
Too many nice things to say about this trip. It is a must try for anyone! Your guide will be sure to make it the best trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ranked by MPR among "Minnesota's Best Lodges" and by PBS among "America's Best Adventure Lodges," Wintergreen is the nation's premier recreational dogsledding center and (since 1987!) the only lodge devoted exclusively to dogsled vacation fun. From December through March, Wintergreen provides lodge-based dog sledding vacation packages and dogsled camping trips. Mush your own team of our friendly Canadian Eskimo dogs on beautiful northwoods trails with training by our expert guides. You'll be in good hands: National Geographic Adventure ranks Wintergreen as "Best in the Business" and it's directed by Paul Schurke, recipient of the "Explorers Award", "Adventurer of the Year Award," and "Environmental Hero" award. Winter is what we're all about -- we do it very well! Wintergreen offers a dog sledding experience to suit all ages and interests: Our Lodge-based Dogsled Vacation Packages are suited for persons ages 8 to 80 and require no experience or gear. On these unique get-aways, you'll enjoy mushing your own dogteam on spectacular wilderness trails each day accompanied by our guides & naturalists. Each evening you'll enjoy great Northwoods cabins and mouth-watering meals. Offered in 3- or 4-night itineraries, standard or deluxe packages. Our Beginning Dogsled Camping Trips are 5-night comprehensive winter camping courses suited for complete beginners. You'll spend your first two nights at Wintergreen learning dogsledding, snowshoeing, skiing and winter camping skills. Then with our guides you'll enjoy a 3-day, 2-night trek exploring the boundary wilderness -- capped off with a final festive evening back at Wintergreen. Lots of learning and lots of fun. Our Advanced Camping Trips and our Arctic Treks get you deeper into the wilderness by dogsled, ski and snowshoe, and offer more in-depth skills instruction. These 1- to 2-week trips are suited for persons who've had previous summer or winter camping experience. They are led by Wintergreen director & polar explorer Paul Schurke and are ranked by Outside Magazine as "the adventurers of a lifetime". Wintergreen Dogsled Vacations are open to all ages: no experience needed, warm clothing & boots available in all sizes, discounts for kids, youth, family & groups. Feed your soul with REAL fun. Canned vacations are like canned food -- uninspiring. You deserve an authentic experience to recharge and rejuvenate. While ski trips are as common as clover the world over, there's only one dogsled vacation package. That's here at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. Refresh and relax in the sparkling snowscape of a northwoods winter. Enjoy our fun-loving guides, sumptuous meals, lovely lodging and our furry 4-legged friends. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wintergreen Dogsled Hotel Ely