4 Night "Better"

Our most popular vacation option! Enjoy a deluxe 4-night northwoods get-away with your spouse, friend or family member in a lovely lakeshore home-style lodge. Features 3 days of guided dogsledding and a variety of other snow-country fun. Suited for complete beginners & all ages. Rental parkas & boots available as needed.


Number Of Guests:

These "BETTER" trips accommodate up to 6 guests. They're ideal for couples or pairs, but singles, 3-somes or 4-somes are welcome to register (& if you put together a group of 6, you'll enjoy your own private trip at a discounted rate.) NOTE: In comparison, our "GOOD" trips include about 8 guests. Our "BEST" trips are limited to 4 guests.


Meals & Lodging:

Each pair of guests has their own double-bed room (or 2 single beds or single rooms as they choose) and adjoining bathroom for each pair's private use. Dinners are prepared by our Wintergreen chef and served by your guides in your cabin dining room.  We're happy to accommodate any dietary preferences or restrictions.


Itinerary Highlights:

  • Dogsled instruction & training (& lots of time with our huggable 4-legged friends!)
  • 3 days of guided dogsledding fun on a beautiful variety of scenic trails
  • 4 nights in a lakeshore lodge shared by up to 6 guests maximum
  • Dinners prepared by our chef & served in your cabin dining area by your guides
  • Breakfasts prepared to your preferences in your cabin kitchen by your guides
  • Evening fireplace socializing & stories with your guides and other guests
  • Optional chance to try snowshoeing, skiing, ski-jouring and our Finnish sauna
  • Saturday evening timber wolf-viewing event at Ely's International Wolf Center
  • A special welcoming dinner & trip orientation with your guides on your first night
  • Send-off breakfast on your final "Mushers Graduation" morning

Sample  Itinerary (may vary with trip dates)

DAY 1:  Arrive in Ely early afternoon by car or airport taxi shuttle.  Stop at Wintergreen store for any rental clothing needs, continue to your lodge for check-in and site tour. Meet your guides & sled dogs. Welcoming dinner at 6 pm followed by trip orientation session and clothing check.

DAY 2: Sunrise kennel care (optional) followed by breakfast and "Dogsledding 101" training. The big moment arrives as your guides helps you launch your team and accompanies you on a dogsled training trip. Midday lunch in lodge, skills review, extended rest break. Afternoon dogsled trip. Return to lodge 4-5 pm. Treat & water your dogs. R&R. Dinner. Optional socializing around the fireplace.

DAY 3: Kennel care & breakfast. Depart on full day of mushing with trailside campfire lunch and rest stops at scenic sites. Your Wintergreen guides accompay you on skis, providing tune-up tips on your mushing skills and sharing natural history info along the route. Return to lodge late afternoon. Treat & water your dogs. Optional skiing/snowshoeing or R&R. 6 pm dinner. Optional evening activates include Finnish-style sauna, campfire gathering, fireplace stories, and/or 'film fest' to view the National Geographic documentaries on Wintergreen adventures.

DAY 4: Now that you "knows the ropes," the guides will plan the day based upon your interests -- choose between easy or challenging trails and a longer or shorter routes. Scenic stops might include the ice caves, the Murphys Falls overlook, the river bluff, the old growth forest and you may opt to include time for skiing/snowshoeing or to try "ski-jouring" (being towed on skis by a sled dog). Return to your cabin mid to late afternoon (or earlier if one or both pairs of guests would like more R&R in their cabin). Dog treats. Celebration dinner. Time to yourselves or optional evening activities which include (depending upon trip dates) "What's for Dinner?" program at the International Wolf Center to observe the wolves feeding or fireside arctic stories with Wintergreen director Paul Schurke.

DAY 5: Kennel care (optional), "bon voyage" breakfast buffet, "Mushers Graduation" event, kennel visit to bid your dogs adieu, check-out mid to late morning (or earlier if your travel plans require). OR if you'd like to extend your stay an extra day or two, we can often arrange for you to continue the same lodging at discount rates. If you weren't able to visit Ely's International Wolf Center (www.wolf.org) or North American Bear Center (www.bear.org)  during their winter hours (Fri/Sat 10-5) before your dogsled trip, we can sometimes arrange a special visit to the wolf viewing area or bear exhibits on your check-out day.

2016-2017

4-night BETTER Vacations

(NOTE: These trips are all fully booked for this season. Sorry!  Please email us to be wait-listed for openings that may develop this season or to receive next season's schedule when it is released later this winter.)

Check in 4-6 pm first day
Check out 9-11 am last day

  • Sat Dec 17 – Wed Dec 21 $1375 FULL
  • Wed Dec 21 - Sun Dec 25 $1475 FULL
  • Mon Dec 26 – Fri Dec 30 $1575 FULL

 

  • Wed Jan 4 - Sun Jan 8  $1275 FULL
  • Thur Jan 12- Mon Jan16 $1475 MLK Day FULL
  • Wed Jan 18 - Sun Jan 22  $1375 FULL
  • Wed Jan 25 -Sun Jan 29 $1475 FULL

 

  • Wed Feb 1 -Sun Feb 5 $1475 FULL
  • Wed Feb 8 - Sun Feb 12 $1475 FULL
  • Thur Feb 16 - Mon Feb 20 $1575 Pres Day FULL
  • Wed Feb 22 – Sun Feb 26 $1475FULL

 

  • Wed Mar 1 - Sun Mar 5  $1475 FULL
  • Wed Mar 8 – Sun Mar 12 $1475 FULL
  • Wed Mar 15 - Sun Mar 19 $1375 FULL
  • Wed Mar 22 - Sun Mar 26 $1275 FULL

Package rates are all-inclusive, per adult in double rooms.
Youth discounts: $200 off for ages 6-11, $100 off for ages 11-17.
Private single rooms $100 more when available.
 

Trip Details - 4 Night (Better)

Guest Profile:

speilmanlovebirds2.jpgLast year, 80% of the guests on these trips came as couples whose ages ranged 28-76; 20% came as pairs of friends or family members (and about a third of these trips were booked by private groups of 6). The small group size of up to 6 guests maximum plus 2 guides makes for very congenial socializing over meals and around the fireplace each evening. Our guests often comment how fun it is to make new friends with like-minded adventurous travelers from around the world.

Lodging:

STR240BH.jpgThese trips include 4 nights at Wintergreen Lodge OR 4 nights at Timber Trail Lodge's beautiful Diamond Willow retreat. Each pair of guests has their own private bedroom (with single or double beds as desired, or adjoining single bedrooms) and a full bathroom. At Wintergreen, the double bedrooms feature the larger of our 6 rooms, all with lakeshore views. At Timber Trail's Diamond Willow retreat, guests can choose among 4 larger and 2 smaller bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms.

Meals:

chef_bernard.jpg Dinners and first-day luncheons are generally prepared and served at Wintergreen (and catered for dinners at Timber Trail). We know exactly what our guests want after an invigorating day of dogsledding -- an interesting, tasteful meal with fresh top-quality ingredients. We call it "comfort food with class." Guests are welcome to bring their own wine or other adult beverages. We're happy to accommodate any dietary preferences or restrictions. Consider these mouth-watering sample menus:

  • almond-breaded chicken with light curry sauce and steamed rice, Brazilian Tres' Leche cake 
  • sliced roast pork with apricot sweet & sour sauce, cous cous, oven roast potato or corn fritters, baked caramel custard with almond lace cookies
  • roast turkey with sautéed Brussels sprouts and mashed sweet potatoes, fresh-baked herb bread, truffle chocolate mousse 
  • old fashioned beef pot roast with steamed pasta & vegetables, petite pans, baked Alaska

Sample Itinerary (may vary with trip dates) 

240dog-sledding1.jpgDAY 1: Arrive in Ely mid to late afternoon by car or airport taxi shuttle. Stop at Ely rental store for any rental clothing needs. Continue to lodge (Wintergreen or Timber Trail's Diamond Willow retreat) for check-in and site tour. Meet your guides & dogs. Welcoming dinner at 6 pm followed by trip orientation session and clothing check. Optional night visit to the kennel (a chance to 'howl' with your dogs at the moon and watch for northern lights!)

DAY 2: Sunrise kennel care (optional) followed by breakfast and "Dogsledding 101" training. The big moment arrives as your guides help you launch your team and accompany you on a dogsled training trip. Lunch in lodge, skills review and rest break. Afternoon dogsled trip. Return to lodge late afternoon. Treat & water your dogs. R&R. Dinner. Optional socializing with guests & guides around the fireplace.

DAY 3: Kennel care & breakfast. Depart on full day of mushing with trailside campfire lunch and rest stops at scenic sites. Wintergreen guides accompany your group on skis, providing tune-up tips on your mushing skills and sharing natural history info along the route. Return to your lodge late afternoon. Treat & water your dogs. Optional skiing/snowshoeing or R&R. 6 pm dinner. Optional evening activates include Finnish-style sauna, campfire gathering, fireplace stories, and/or 'film fest' to view the National Geographic documentaries on Wintergreen's arctic adventures.

DAY 4: Now that everyone "knows the ropes," the guides will plan the day based upon guest interests with such choices as easy or challenging trails and a longer or shorter route. Scenic stops might include the 'ice cave,' the Murphys Falls overlook, the river bluff, the old growth forest and you may opt to include time for skiing/snowshoeing or to try "ski-jouring" (being towed on skis by a sled dog). Return to lodge mid to late afternoon. Dog treats. R&R. Dinner. Time to yourselves or optional evening activities which include (depending upon trip dates) "What's for Dinner?" program at the International Wolf Center to observe the wolves feeding or fireside arctic stories with Wintergreen director & arctic adventurer Paul Schurke.

DAY 5: Kennel care, "bon voyage" breakfast buffet, "Mushers Graduation" event, kennel visit to bid your dogs goodbye, check-out mid to late morning (or earlier if your travel plans require). Happy trails!

 
 

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