Cross-Country Ski Weekend

Day 1

We woke up bright and early and went straight to Uptown Café in Ironwood. We heard so much about their amazing pancakes and a very affordable prices. Wow, what a gem this place is. After we let our food settle, we decided to check out the trails.

ABR Ski Trails

We went to ABR (Active Backwoods Retreat) ski trails. This place is huge, with 75 km of skate, classic, snowshoe, and skijoring trails. We ended up spending a couple hours at the shop and skiing the woods. These trails are absolutely amazing!

After skiing we were hungry again, so we went into town (it’s only like a mile out of downtown) and went to Ben’s Place Diner. These diners are so cool and retro, a very unique experience. After the diner we decided to stay downtown and look at the many shops, art galleries, and historical sites.

We then went back to our hotel, and relaxed. At the end of the evening, we decided to get some dinner. We went into Hurley at a place that was recommended to us, the Iron Nugget. There was a bit of a wait, but that means that the food is really good, and it was! Very unique setting with all of the historical pictures and old timey feel. The food was delicious and it was the best steak that I have ever had.

Day 2

We woke up early again as we were so excited to see what else Ironwood had to offer.  We went to get some breakfast and this time we went to the Pines Café in downtown Ironwood.  This place was nicely remodeled and a clean diner setting with normal American breakfast options.  We were recommended the eggs benedict and they were excellent.

Wolverine Ski Trails

After Breakfast we were faced with a few options for skiing.  We could go back to ABR (which we will most definitely be returning), check out the Wolverine Ski Trails, or the smaller Miners Memorial Heritage Park Trails.  We decided to do Wolverine Ski Trails.  These trails are pretty hilly and intense, and there was plenty of trail to choose from.  Ironwood is very picturesque and it almost feels like your in the middle of no-where.

Miners Memorial Heritage Park

We were hungry at late afternoon, so we were looking for a lighter option.  We heard about a new bakery in town called Bake Superior Bread.  We went to try it out, and they had a small menu of sandwiches.  They were very tasty and light enough for us to be able to check out the Miners trails.

The Miners trails are pretty short, but I can see them useful if you are strapped for time and just want a quick ski.

Relax time!

After the ski we went back to our hotel room to take a quick break.  After we were rested up, we went Cold Iron Brewing for a drink.  This place is another great location, with amazing craft beer.  We stayed for a couple hours and ordered food from Brewster’s next door and at it at the brewery.  We found out that the Historic Ironwood Theatre had a show that night, so we checked it out.  I had no idea that Ironwood had such a great theatre, it was beautiful and the show was great too.  Such a great way to end a great trip in Ironwood.


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