I try to make it up to Northern MN at least once during the cold months. This year was exceptionally (and somewhat alarmingly) warm, which made for more comfortable exploring. The little town of Ely becomes so quiet in the winter. Shops and restaurants shut down for the slow season and prepare to pick up where they left off come spring.
We took the long way this time, heading up to Duluth from the cities, then up the North Shore to Two Harbors. We then cut over on HWY 2, which goes through Superior National Forest to Ely. I was white-knuckling that drive more than I'd like to admit.. It was SO icy! But, alas, we made it just in time for dinner and enjoyed tacos with our friends at White Iron Resort. We spent the remainder of the trip walking through the snowy woods and reading.