|Jasper Lake from the beach at Northwind Lodge, Ely, MN|
Northwind Lodge has been in the family since 1939 and has operated continuously as licensed resort sisnce 1939. This blog begins a tribute to our past 70 years of continuous operation under the same family for now three generations. Northwind Lodge is the "last of the Mohicans" in Ely, Minnesota. We are the longest operating resort under one family's ownership having never been sold since Grandpa Frank Baltich built the first trapping shack tucked in the side of a hill overlooking Jasper Lake.
In this blog, I will eventually describe our cabins, post videos, and give you a feel for what it is like owning and operating a family vacation resort in northern Minnesota. After pretty much spending my entire life here and growing up in the woods, the resort life in Ely, MN is more of a life-style than a living. It's a lot of work, has some entertaining moments, and requires a fairly broad skill set over a wide range of topics. Read on if you are so inclined. Thanks!