Find Your Hygge

It’s midwinter. The cold never ends and the busy holiday season has faded back to a sense of normality. With long nights and fridgid temperatures, winter in northern Minnesota can be a challenging time of year for a lot of people. In this cool blue season, it’s important to find your Hygge.

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Scandinavian term used to describe a feeling of coziness, comfort, happiness and togetherness. Hygge is all about wellbeing and feeling whole. Warm spring sunshine is still months away, but Hygge is how you bring warmth to winter, and it’s easy to find.

Who doesn’t love relaxing by a cozy fireplace while the north wind howls outside? That’s Hygge. So is enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal by candlelight, or cuddling up under warm blankets and watching a movie. Hygge is getting together with friends to play games, or enjoying live music at a local hang-out. Anything that warms your heart and makes you happy, whether alone or with others, embodies the meaning of Hygge.

Grand Marais has a Hygge festival during the week of February 9-15 that features a variety of fun activities to bring some warmth to your winter. You can find more information here.

Where do you find your Hygge?

Winter Wonderland

Snow on the ground and ice on the lakes means winter is here in the northland. While some folks prefer to hibernate the long cold season away tucked up next to a crackling fire, there’s plenty of fun to be had out and about for adventurous, hearty souls. Check out for all kinds of ideas! Please enjoy these wintery photos taken by Red Pine Realty staff and have a wonderful holiday season!

Grand Marais is much quieter this time of year!

Storm Season

An early season storm has brought snow, wind and waves to the Northland. The water is high this year, which means the waves are extra big. Our building has taken some damage and some landscaping items are buried in the beach. Never a dull moment with the big lake at the door!

Waves and Ice

March weather is always unpredictable in Northern Minnesota. This year we’ve had beautiful days with temperatures in the low 50s as early as February, but the chill is back with high winds and thermometers dipping below zero once again. This week we saw some impressive waves come into Grand Marais from the south, leaving a beautiful and dangerous coat of ice on everything along the harbor.

Stay warm out there! Spring will be here soon.




Goose, Goose, Duck

These three comrades, a pair of Canada geese and a mallard drake, have taken up residence on our East Bay beach instead of flying south this winter. Once in a while one will disappear from the crew, but they always show up together the next day – in all weather!











Chill in the Air

The autumn season is winding down and the last of the leaf lookers have left. This is the beginning of the quiet season in Cook County where locals can finally relax after a busy summer.

This property is for sale! MLS# 2309237
This property is for sale! MLS# 2309237

There is still much to see and do out in the woods as the days get colder. With the leaves down,  grouse and deer should be easier to find, and there are still plenty of fish to be had in our many lakes.

We’ve had a great season here at Red Pine, and while things are a little quieter we’re still busy showing and selling. Whether you’re looking for a great piece of hunting property all your own or your north woods dream home, check out our listings and get in touch – we’re here to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

Summer Fun

There’s nothing like summer in Cook County. Outdoor recreation opportunities seem endless and there’s always a festival or event to enjoy. Skip rocks on the big lake, hike in the woods, catch some walleyes, shop around town, listen to live music, and dine at a fantastic restaurant all in one day – it’s your playground!

Then when you’ve decided you want a little bit of the north woods for yourself, stop by and see us!

Waves of Lake Superior

You never know what kind of weather you’ll get during the month of March in Cook County. One day could bring sunshine, clear skies, and waterfalls. The next, a blizzard and a foot of snow!

These two videos taken outside our building only days apart show how Lake Superior’s mood swings with the weather. It’s never a dull day on the big lake!

During the storm the waves actually hit the building and the door had to be boarded up!


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