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Visit: Ely, Minnesota
When Highway 169 turns into Sheridan Street the feeling of the small town charm kicks in. This old mining town, Ely, MN, has a lot to offer for the folks who come to visit along with the locals who live there.
In the summer there is; canoeing with Way to Go Canoe Outfitters in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Wilderness (BWCAW); the Blueberry Arts Festival which takes place on the last full weekend in July; hiking; swimming at Shagwa Beach; and much more.
In the fall there is always the Harvest Moon Festival during the weekend after Labor Day.
On Thanksgiving Night, this small town sits with arms wide open awaiting for the towns folk and visitors to seek new finds in the homey shops along mainstreet.
Perfect time to purchase some mukluks from Steeger Mukluks, right before the snow flies in.
Then when the snow hits skiing and snowboarding at Giants Ridge is always a good way to spend your afternoon. As well as the many other options of; Dog Sledding, which I personally love going to Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips; Snowmobiling; Snowshoeing; The Ely Art Walk/ Winter Festival and etc.
Ely is great place to come for a good time and good food. The Ely Steak House, The Boat House and Brew Pub, The Grand Ely Lodge/ Antler Lounge and many other restaurants which are mostly located on the “main drag” of Ely.