My wife and I have visited the Ely area many times, staying at a small resort. We've always enjoyed the beauty, serenity, great fishing, and friendly people.
This year we decided it might be fun to visit Ely in the dead of winter since neither of us had ever been there during the cold months.
Along with another couple, we decided to peruse the internet for a suitable resort in which to spend New Years eve and a couple extra days. (Our summertime resort is closed during the winter season.) Now those of you that do extensive traveling and book accomodations via the internet, are aware that the exercise can be rather daunting. You can't ever be sure if what you see, is necessarily what you'll get! We've had good, and not so good, experiences.
We decided on the Silver Rapids Lodge located just to the east of the City of Ely. We called the lodge to find out if there would be a New Years eve celebration, dinner, or dance. They indicated that yes, they were having dinner and a dance in the lodge that evening. That sounded great to us as there would be no driving involved that night. So, we booked cabin number six (Teepee) for Dec 31, Jan 1 and 2.
We arrived in Ely on the 31st much earlier than we had anticipated. We thought the roads might be bad and extra time would be needed. Such was not the case. So, we called the lodge and asked if it would be possible for us to have early check-in. They were extremely accomodating on the phone and said they would change their schedule so our cabin would be ready. We were impressed by that. We checked in and were greeted by a friendly and competent staff member who told us about all the activities that evening and other things we needed to know regarding our cabin.
Now I do need to mention that we picked a heck of a cold time period. The temperatures at night plummeted to the 30 below 0 range. But, being hardy Minnesotan's we knew it would be cold and had a van full of cold weather gear including snowshoes.
Our cabin was clean, warm, and perfect for the four of us. We kept the fireplace going and were never cold, even in those bitter temperatures. (There was regular, hot water heat as well.) The wood box on the deck was kept full for us. The cabin has a beautiful loft and a cozy bedroom. The kitchen has everything you would need. And....importantly the bathroom had copious amounts of hot water for showers! There's also a large sauna adjoining the lodge.
On New Years eve we had a great dinner in the lodge followed by dancing and a balloon and confetti drop complete with champagne at Midnight. It was great fun.
The next couple of days were spent tromping around on White Iron Lake and just generally enjoying the gorgeous surroundings. You will never see whiter snow or a more beautiful winter scene. It looked like a picture adorning the front of a postcard or travel brochure.
On Saturday night we enjoyed steak and lobster cooked on a lodge provided grill in front of our cabin. Awesome.
Needless to say, we were totally happy with our stay at the Silver Rapids Lodge and would highly recommend it. You won't find a more helpful and friendly staff.
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