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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, plus top-notch grooming. The owners, Eric and Angela, were so helpful and nice. We ended up spending a couple hours skiing in the woods, warming up in the ski chalet, and checking out the awesome shop. We loved River Trail, and all the trails that shoot off from there. There are so many to explore! These trails are absolutely amazing and some of the best I have ever seen.

After skiing we were hungry again, so we went into town (it’s only a couple miles out of downtown) and went to Ben’s Place Diner. This diner is so cool and retro, a very unique experience. After eating, we decided to stay downtown and look at the many shops, art galleries, and historical sites. The Depot Park where the Ironwood Chamber is located was full of information and the historical museum was fascinating.

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 get more skiing in with another fresh snowfall from last night.  We went to get some breakfast and this time we went to the Pines Café in downtown Ironwood.  This place was a nicely remodeled diner setting with normal American breakfast options.  We were recommended the eggs benedict and pancakes and it was 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 to), check out the Wolverine Ski Trails, or the smaller Miners Memorial Heritage Park Trails.  We decided to do Wolverine Ski Trails.  These trails are beautiful with lots of hills and a bit more of a challenge, but the views are worth it! My wife and I took the kids on the novice loop. After that I took my older two on the Powderhorn Loop and Cliff Hanger. Cliff Hanger is aptly named for the cliffs with beautiful icicles and the old ski jump at the top. The others warmed up in the chalet with hot chocolate and cookies. I switched off with my wife so she could explore the trails too. What a workout, and so beautiful! Ironwood is very picturesque and it almost feels like your in the middle of no-where.

Miners Memorial Heritage Park

We were hungry in the 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 menu of sandwiches. I had The Laker and it was delicious! I will definitely be back to try them all. Everyone loved their sandwiches and baked goods. After that we decided to stick around town and check out the Miners Trails.

The Miners trails are in the Miners Memorial Heritage Park. This area was once a big mining operation and the historical names for the trails are very unique. We did the Pabst Loop and the Aurora Loop, after that we switched to snowshoes and checked out the trails. A beautiful spot that again makes you feel like your out in the woods, but it’s right downtown!

Relax time!

After the skiing and snowshoeing, we went back to our hotel room to change.  After we were rested up, we went Cold Iron Brewing for a drink.  This place is another great location, with amazing craft beer. The couches and games were great for the kids.  We stayed for a couple hours and ordered food from Brewster’s next door and ate it at the brewery. Their food was great! This definitely is a community place and we found the locals to be very welcoming and friendly.  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. What a great way to end our weekend trip to Ironwood. It’s amazing that over 100 kilometers of skiing are right there and so close to the cool downtown area. We will be coming back!

 

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