From: February 3 to February 7, 2018

Destination: Tofte, MN

  • Dog Sledding and Winter Fun

    Combining lots of outdoor activity, natural beauty, and four nights in an award-winning resort, this wintertime adventure vacation is the perfect recipe for an interlude in your daily life that is at once invigorating and deeply relaxing. The invigorating part comes from the very fun activities of dog sledding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. The relaxing part comes from the rest of the trip. It's not just the hot tub or saunas, or even the optional massages. It's also the beauty and quiet of the condos, with their windows looking out over Lake Superior; delicious meals that you don't have to plan or cook; and the camaraderie of other women. We guarantee that by the end of five days you will have completely escaped the daily grind. Maximum group size: 10
  • Saturday, February 3:The trip begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Duluth, Minnesota, when we pick you up at either the Duluth airport (DLH) or your pre-trip hotel. Final arrangements will be made closer to the trip beginning. We will drive up to Tofte, about a two hour drive from Duluth, and share a welcome lunch at the Coho Cafe, a local gem. After taking time to settle in, we'll stretch our legs with a snow shoe walk on nearby Oberg Mountain (weather permitting). Following a short climb to the top (only in Minnesota would this be considered a mountain) there is a relatively flat loop trail leading to 8 different overlooks, a perfect introduction to the area. We'll end our day with a hearty dinner and afterwards enjoy a roaring fire, relax our muscles in a hot tub or sauna, or just sit in our comfortable living room and gaze out the window at the vast frozen lake.

    Sunday, February 4: This morning we'll go for a cross country ski near Bluefin Bay. The trails are appropriate for a variety of ski levels and your guides provide the instruction you need to improve your skiing techniques. In the afternoon you may choose to relax or read at our condo or do some snowshoeing, or perhaps go out for another ski. There's a run that's all downhill and lots of fun! And of course there is a massage therapist available by appointment. Those wanting down time are welcome to relax at the resort and take advantage of its many amenities.

    Monday, February 5: Today is our dog sledding day! We get up early to meet our dogs and guides - sled dogs are some of the funniest, friendliest, most quirky dogs there are and they love to pull. After learning how to harness and hook them up, we're off for a full day of sledding. We'll drive the sled across lakes and through the woods and learn how to assist the dogs by "poling." We will experiment with shifting our weight on the runners to help the sled turn and jump on and off the runners when we're going up hill. After an active morning we'll all need a break, so we'll stop to make a fire and have a hot lunch. With two women in every sled, you have the opportunity to switch between the very vigorous activity of driving the sled and a more relaxing time of sitting cozily bundled in the sled and watching the spectacular winter scenery go by. We guarantee that if you love dogs, you'll adore sled dogs!

    Tuesday, February 6: We plan to ski at Pincushion Mountain, a cross country ski area with a variety of trails and a great place on the North Shore for both traditional and skate skiing. If more snowshoeing is what you desire, we will explore a scenic trail at George Washington Pines. After a hearty lunch, we will have time to explore the shops and galleries of Grand Marais, or you can explore more trails by ski or snowshoe. Grand Marais is a charming and friendly town and though some of the stores are closed in winter, it's still well worth a visit. We'll head back to Bluefin and have a bit of time to relax and get ready for our last dinner out together.

    Wednesday, February 7: Today we will hike on one of the nearby frozen rivers giving us the chance to see a beautiful river gorge. The sense of power and nature is even more spectacular on this winter hike. We will plan to share a final lunch and leave Tofte by 1:00 p.m. We will be back at the Duluth airport not later than 3:30 p.m. The Duluth Airport is quite small and you can plan to fly out anytime after 4:30 pm.
  • $1765 Deduct $300 if you're coming with someone with whom you're willing to share a bed. (see this page for trip discounts) $300 deposit. You can check our cancellation policies here.

    Trip Includes

    • Experienced guides who are expert teachers and will teach you everything you need to know
    • Four nights lodging in a private room
    • All meals from lunch on Saturday thru lunch on Wednesday
    • Skis and snowshoes, ski passes
    • Round trip transportation from Duluth, MN
    • One full day of dog sledding with two women per sled
    Not included: Transportation to/from Duluth, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, pre- or post-trip lodging
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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Experience the exhilaration of mushing a team of sled dogs through pristine winter wilderness
  • Learn or improve your cross country skiing on endless miles of well-groomed ski trails
  • Snowshoe the loop on Oberg Mountain with its 8 overlooks
  • Luxuriate in your private room in a beautiful lakeside condo with a view of Lake Superior
  • Explore the totally charming town of Grand Marais
  • Relax your tired muscles in the hot tub and sauna

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