Cook County, Minn. - December 18, 2017 - The Danish concept of "hygge" (pronounced hoo-gah) has been around for a long time. It refers to the ritual of embracing life's simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire all encompass the idea of hygge. It began to catch on in the United States last year.
Trend-setting Grand Marais hosted the first annual Hygge Festival last February. In honor of the second annual Hygge Festival Feb. 9-15, participating resort and restaurant owners throughout Cook County will keep their fireplaces blazing during the month of February, so visitors can drop by to warm their fingers and toes, and possibly enjoy a warm or cold beverage. A dozen or more fireplaces will be featured on the tour, including wood, gas, outdoor hearths and fire pits.
"The whole point of hygge is to slow down and get cozy," says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County. "After enjoying activities like snowshoeing through the woods, stargazing, drinking hot chocolate and watching Lake Superior, we hope visitors will take time to sit by the fire and snuggle. And we hope some visitors rise to the challenge of relaxing next to all of the fireplaces featured on the tour."
The second annual festival will feature some new events:
- Fat tire biking demonstrations
- Knitting lessons
- Cross-country skiing tour at twilight
- Fireplace tour featuring some of the most historic fireplaces in Cook County
Favorite events from last year will also be back:
- Hygge themed menus
- Bonfires with live music
- Mukluk ball
For more info about the second annual hygge festival and for dates and times, please check out:
About Visit Cook County
Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as "the Arrowhead" and the "North Shore of Lake Superior". Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades -- most recently it was named USA Today's Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine's The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel's 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. "Naturally Unforgettable." Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Faceb