I stayed at Wintergreen for a 4-night dogsled trip with a friend. What a blast! It was beyond freezing (-20 degrees during the day and -46 degrees at night), but our rooms were warm and cozy, and we stayed warm on the trail thanks to many layers and plenty of exercise! Beautiful scenery, excellent guides, outstanding food and oh, the dogs!! We couldn't get enough of them.
You need to be in good shape for this trip, and don't be afraid to get slobbered on or fall in the snow a few (or many) times. That is a big part of the fun! The accommodations are basic but very cozy, and the upstairs part of the lodge is especially private and relaxing. But the focus here is the scenery, the fresh air and the dogs. You can take part in as little or as much of your team's care as you like. But believe me, by the end of the trip, you'll want to spend as much time as you can with those mutts! They are just so lovable.
Unforgettable trip... made me feel glad to be alive!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ranked by NPR among "Minnesota's Best Lodges" & by PBS among "America's Best Adventure Lodges," Wintergreen is the nation's premier recreational dogsledding center & (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," & "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 & require no experience or gear. Enjoy our fun-lovin' tail-waggin' world! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wintergreen Dogsled Hotel Ely