After two decades of planning accommodations and food for our guests, we think we've found the perfect balance: lodging loaded with character yet conscious of comfort... and meals that satisfy your body's hard-earned appetite while stimulating your imagination.
The lodges we use (our own Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge and the retreat cabins at nearby Timber Trail Lodge) are small, intimate facilities in lovely lakeshore settings that feature fireplaces, featherbeds, full bathrooms and private bedrooms. Both are on the same lake chain (White Iron & Farm), are within 5 miles of each by road, about 10 miles from Ely and are connected by dozens of miles of beautiful dogsled trails.
Our 3-night & 4-night "Good," are based at Wintergreen Lodge or Timber Trail's White Pine Cabin. Our "Better" trips are based at Wintergreen Lodge or Timber Trail's deluxe Diamond Willow retreat. Our "Best" trips are based at Timber Trail's premier "Wintergreen" and "Evergreen" cabins. Our camping trips generally begin at Wintergreen and end at Timber Trail. We arrange to shuttle luggage and vehicles as needed between the lodges. Lodge dress is very casual (loafers & a sweat suit are just fine!) The rooms we use have lots of character & lots of quiet -- no phones, tv or internet (although these services are available if needed and cell phone reception is available in most areas.)
Tucked on a remote, pine-studded point of White Iron Lake, our little lodge includes a central dining/lounge/fireplace area, 3 upstairs bedrooms with a reading room and full bathroom, and 3 downstairs bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms plus half bath. Nearby is our sled dog kennel and wood-fired Finnish sauna. Bedrooms feature down comforters, Hudson Bay blankets and the original watercolor paintings from the classic dogsledding book "Born to Pull." The Wintergreen peninsula adjoins a wilderness area with dozens of miles of varied trails used almost exclusively by our groups. Wintergreen is the north country's only exclusive dogsled lodge. In fact we're only open December through March. We do one thing here and we do it very well: hosting people like you on great winter vacations. You'll find more details about Wintergreen and lots of great photos at our summer rental site:
A variety of cabins are available for our use here, depending upon trip type and group size. Most often our BETTER ("Deluxe") trip guests enjoy the spacious Diamond Willow Retreat while our BEST ("Star of the North") trip guests are indulged with the new luxury lakeshore Wintergreen & Evergreen cabins (stone fireplaces & jacuzzi master bath). Our GOOD trip guests and camping groups generally stay in Blue Spruce or White Pine group cabins. For private family groups, Aspen or Basswood cabins often work best. For evening talks and films we sometime gather in Timber Trail's main lodge with its lounge and stone fireplace. Visit their website at http://www.timbertrail.com/.
You're in for a treat! Wintergreen's food service is passionately overseen by our professional chef and assistants. Our kitchen crew knows food. And they knows exactly what our guests want after an invigorating day of dogsledding -- an interesting, tasteful meal lovingly prepared with fresh top-quality ingredients...and plenty of it! We call it "comfort food with class."
Meals are served family-style and guests & guides dine together. We are more than happy to accommodate any dietary requests including low fat, diabetic, allergies, vegetarian, vegan, gluten &/or lactose free (and be sure to let us know if your trip falls on a birthday or other event that calls for a special dessert!)
A couple sample menus: almond-breaded chicken with light curry sauce and 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. We're happy to provide vegetarian options (and we do so regularly since some of our guides are vegetarian!)
Wintergreen does not have a liquor license but guests are welcome to bring their own wine or other adult beverages. Beer (and sodas) are available for purchase at Timber Trail's snack bar. Dinners served at Timber Trail meals are catered at Wintergreen and delivered.
An indoor lunch is served the first dogsledding day of each trip (except 3-night trips) The other days include a trailside campfire lunch with soup, grilled sandwich and various snacks served by your guides, who happen to be great cooks! Breakfast is their chance to shine and they prepare a bountiful meal every morning with fresh fruits, hot entrees & baked items, juices, yogurts, cereals, breads, local jams and great coffee.