A Northern Retreat for Women (Ely Winter Fest in Ely, MN)

  • January 31, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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ROOM for 16!!!


We Have OPENINGS!!!
Contact Janelle if you would like to attend.  Since you missed the first two meetings, I am sure you have questions.  We have room for TWO!!  This will be a fun weekend of skiing, enjoying the small town vibe of Ely during Winter Fest - there is even a Polar Bear Dance.  (for those interested).  ;)  It's a great group, you don't want to miss this trip.

Lodging fees must be paid in full to keep your spot.


Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE due to resort policies on reservations.


IF list is full and you are interested, sign up in waiting list.  If there are cancellations, we will go down the list!!

This adventure is best for people who:
~  Have some outdoor winter experience
~  Have been on some OSL meet-ups already (at least one)
~  Are interested in cooperative travel, can fit in with a group
~  Friendly
~  Positive

Thanks.


NEW VENUE~~~~~  NEW VENUE ~~~~~~  NEW VENUE
I was able to find a cabin that will lodge 15 of us super comfortably.  
The great thing about this cabin:  
No bunk beds
two kitchens,
two dining rooms,
two living rooms,
a PRIVATE SAUNA, 
8 bedrooms (15 beds),
4 bathrooms, 
a fire place,
outdoor fire pits, 
the lodge has a restaurant with great food and a bar.

It's close to Ely, (4-some miles?) yet nestled between two lakes, out in the woods so we can get the feel of being in a remote setting instead of "in town."

SILVER RAPIDS Lodge has graced us with
a 10% discount,
even during peak snow season
and we THANK THEM!

If you missed this trip with us, go to their website
and check them out so you can plan your own getaway:

http://www.silverrapidslodge.com/


NEXT MEETING:

First weekend of November.


This will be a FUN meeting
so we can get to know each other! 


The REMAINDER of your lodging fee will be due at this meeting. 
If you do not know what amount this is, email or call Janelle.  
Be prepared to pay it, or you may lose your first deposit and your reservation.
If you cannot make the meeting, please mail your remainding fee to Janelle.   
This is non-refundable.  
If you must cancel, you can find a replacement and they can pay you.

There will be one more meeting in January.
Food money will be due at that time.  ($34.00)

Updated Fee Totals: Confirmed, in writing from the lodge: $[masked]/3 Nights

Private Room:  $100 Lodging Fee for Weekend

Deposit:  $50
Remainder Lodging Fee Due in November :  $50

Food:  $34 (tentative) (due at January meeting)
Gas:  $17 (have in hand when we leave, give to driver).

Twin Bed in Shared Room:  $83.12 Lodging Fee for Weekend
Deposit:  $41.56
Remainder Lodging Fee due in November:  $41.56
Food:  $34 (tentative)(due at January meeting)
Gas:  $17 (have in hand when we leave, give to driver).

ROOM ASSIGNMENT:
Upper Level
Bedroom One (Private, DBL bed):  Sherry
Bedroom Two (Private, DBL bed):  Bette
Bedroom Three (Shared, 2 Twins):  Janelle / Barb
Bedroom Four  (Shared, 2 Twins):   Cathy / Vicky

Lower Level:
Bedroom Five (Shared, 2 Twins):  Ruth / BJ
Bedroom Six  (Shared, Dbl and Twin):  Janet / Elizabeth
Bedroom Seven (Shared, 3 Twins):  Heather / Barbara /  Beth P.
Bedroom Eight (Shared, 2 Twins): Karen  /  Tricia

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DRIVERS!!!  We need Drivers!
Email or Call Janelle with information of how many passengers you can transport and if you can haul skis, luggage.  Thank you!!  


Janelle's Car: 3 passengers (Bette, Ruth, Beth P.) plus skis and luggage. FULL

Heather's Car: 2 Passengers plus skis and luggage.

Barb's Car: 1 Passenger (Sherry).  FULL

.

What's the best way to get the most of Cooperative Travel?
~  Have an idea of what you want to do ahead of time - research, know what you need (money?  equipment?  map?  reservations?)
~  This is COOPERATIVE TRAVEL, not Guided Travel.  
~  Remember:  Each traveler is responsible for her own joy in the journey, but we are all in it together.  Sense of humor, tolerance, and coping skills will be employed.  :)  
~  Talk and plan with one another.  Some of us are skiing, some are snowshoeing, some are shopping.  Email, call, talk to one another if you want to plan something with others.  
~   The intention of this event is to enjoy time at a rustic cabin for a good price (that has all the basic amenities we like), make new friends, explore new lands (well, maybe Ely isn't that exotic), and have a good time.

Sound good?  GOOD!!  Can't wait!!!  It was a cool crew at the meeting, looking foward to getting to know you gals a bit better.

Things to Do:

Snowshoe
Ski
Rentals for both skis and snowshoes available 
Snowmobile rentals available
Ely Winter Fest
Hike
Shop the cool stores of Ely
Wolf Center
Bear Center
Root Beer Lady Museum

Links:

Shops:  http://www.ely.org/category/places-to-shop.html

Winter Fest:  http://elywinterfestival.com/

Nearby ski trails:  http://www.motelely.com/hiddenvalleyext.html

Pictures of The Retreat my mom took while visiting.  Keep in mind, it will be Winter, but still -- pretty and private.  

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  • Barb

    Janelle, you did an excellent job of planning and organizing. Thank you for all the hard work finding, booking, shopping and communicating. I had a great time and met wonderful adventurous women. I hope to see many of you in the future at more activities.

    1 · February 7, 2013

    • Sherry

      I second this too!

      February 7, 2013

  • Rita L

    Thank you for planning and organizing this, Janelle. And thank you to everyone for the good company and a great weekend.

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • Bette L W.

    Had a great time this weekend! It was a great trip, with great women,
    Hope we do it again next year!

    1 · February 3, 2013

    • Sherry

      I SECOND THIS TOO!

      February 4, 2013

  • Janelle

    Well, we can always learn and do better "next time," but I am most pleased with this trip and I genuinely want to thank all the amazing women who participated!! THANK YOU!!! :)

    2 · February 3, 2013

    • Sherry

      YEAH! THANK YOU JANELLE!

      February 4, 2013

  • gayle

    Best women's weekend ever! This must become an annual event. Janelle, you rock! EVERYONE was friendly and the accommodations, location, planning, food and activities were superb. Thanks for the memories everyone.

    1 · February 3, 2013

    • Sherry

      I SECOND THAT!

      February 4, 2013

  • gayle

    I am taking Barbara's place. Looking forward to meeting everyone. If there is anything special that i should bring, please let me know. i will bring money for our communal food.See you Thursday afternoon.

    1 · January 26, 2013

    • gayle

      My mom is making brownies tonight that I will bring along. They are good.

      1 · January 30, 2013

    • Sherry

      They were delic! THANKS!

      February 4, 2013

  • Sherry

    GREAT! & COLD! FIRST TIME SNOWSHOEING WAS AWESOME!

    February 4, 2013

  • gayle

    I am able to give a ride to two people if one does not mind riding in the back of a 99 Subaru hatchback. I will be leaving Thursday morning around 9:00 from Brooklyn Park. Sorry for the late notice.

    January 30, 2013

  • Sherry

    BJ. I checked the agenda that Janelle gave us at our first meeting & it says that check out time on Sunday is 9:00a.m. Janelle, it would be nice if you could confirm that. Thanks.

    January 26, 2013

    • BJ

      I see, it says here that the event goes until 3:00pm on Sunday, but I didn't know if that meant the time we would get back to the cities ....

      January 26, 2013

  • BJ

    What time is check-out on Sunday?

    January 26, 2013

  • gayle

    Hi janelle-I see there are two openings. I want to grab one. Let me know where I need to send my deposit or whatever is needed. I am so excited that I can still go.

    January 25, 2013

    • Barbara

      I am still looking for someone to take my spot. I've paid for the room charges.

      1 · January 25, 2013

  • Rita L

    Hi all,

    I would like to car pool in someone else's car. I won't have skiis but probably will have snow shoes. Does anyone have space in their car?

    January 4, 2013

    • Janelle

      I do!!!

      January 5, 2013

    • Rita L

      That's great, Janelle. Im looking forward to meeting you and everyone this coming Thursday.

      January 6, 2013

  • Janelle

    Girls, there are a ton of member changes again, give me a day to get caught up, I am out of town!!! Thx. If you need to cancel, finding a replacement is how you receive your refund. Thx

    January 5, 2013

  • Sherry

    I sent you an email. Thanks.

    January 4, 2013

    • Janelle

      Sherry -- Me? You have my email address, right? I am not getting them from this site for some reason.

      January 5, 2013

  • Melanie A

    Great thks

    January 4, 2013

  • Sherry

    Janelle, who is in charge will connect with you, but I am pretty sure there is a spot available.

    January 4, 2013

  • Melanie A

    So I unsure is this event full or is there still rm what is the total $? Thks :-)

    January 4, 2013

  • Bette L W.

    Oh, disregard that last comment, I just saw the email you sent out early this a.m......

    January 1, 2013

  • Bette L W.

    When is the meeting next week? This is the first I have heard about it too, and the location?

    January 1, 2013

  • Ruth

    Janelle,
    I'm not sure if you got my email because I never rec'd a reply. I'm not able to attend the trip. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Have a great time everyone!

    December 31, 2012

    • Janelle

      Oh man, I am not receiving emails and I am not sure why. :( Bummer, Ruth!!! We will try to find a replacement. When we do, I will send you your money.

      December 31, 2012

    • Ruth

      Thanks Janelle. I figured you might be out of town or something for the holidays. Anyway, I'm bummed that I can't go. Have a great time and wishing you all lots of snow!

      January 1, 2013

  • Sherry

    Something is definitely wrong with your email. This is the first that I am hearing about a meeting next week. YIKES!

    December 31, 2012

  • Janelle

    Something might be up with my yahoo mail -- if I am missing emails, I am sorry!! I will send out a group email tomorrow updating everyone of happenings and next week's meeting.

    December 31, 2012

  • Janelle

    Okay, ONE spot open. Welcome to Rita!!

    December 19, 2012

  • Heather P.

    I'm happy to help, BJ; however, it sounds like you might need a truck.?? If we ride together, I would probably not take a third passenger. We can sort out the details at the November meeting. My humble Subaru might be better assigned to a couple of travelers looking to put their x-country skis on the rack if that turns out to be a need for some attendees. It'll all work one way or another!

    October 9, 2012

    • Janelle

      BJ, if not - I have room in my SUV now.

      1 · November 27, 2012

    • BJ

      Awesome Janelle!

      December 15, 2012

  • Janelle

    Anne and Linda - you were automatically added when others had to change their RSVPs. If you are unable to attend let me know. If you have questions - Call me! I sent you emails. Hope you can join us! :)

    December 1, 2012

    • Linda W

      I would love to go, but as I am a teacher, it is the last week of workshops and new semester classes, and I cannot be gone from school. Please let me know if you do another trip like this.

      December 1, 2012

  • Barbara

    Hi everyone! I still haven't confirmed transportation. I offered to drive and take one passenger. Just checking on status if everyone has a ride or not.

    November 25, 2012

  • Janelle

    Just want to get this date and time stamped in case it ever becomes important -- We have two on the waiting list who don't have profiles -- Mary and Mary.

    October 11, 2012

    • Janelle

      This has become important. As we see, I added these on October 11 - making them first on the waiting list. :)

      November 9, 2012

  • Janelle

    Don't delete stuff ftom me ... just jokin....been so busy..away from computer...on phone. Will resend late tonite

    November 5, 2012

  • Barbara

    Thanks. I must have deleted it then. Looking forward to it!

    November 5, 2012

  • Janelle

    Thursday. 6:30 social... start at 7:00. I copied..pasted all the info and sent in email. Will chevk your address.

    November 5, 2012

  • Janelle

    Sorry, I have been mega busy. Barbara, Sherry, I emailed info on the Nov. meeting. Check Spam/Bulk. I will try to get it out again to you. Just a reminder that I need deposits to confirm spots and next week the rest of lodging will be due. I will move to the waiting list (eager people on it) if I do not receive all money needed on time. Thanks for cooperating and understanding!

    November 1, 2012

    • Barbara

      I found the email but it says the event is no longer available. We're meeting next Thursday at the Finnish bistro on Como right? What time?

      November 1, 2012

    • Barbara

      Can someone please confirm date and time of the meeting on Thursday?

      November 5, 2012

  • Janelle

    Waiting on one last deposit - hope I am not missing any important email messages from anyone. Sometimes I don't seem to get emails from Meetup for some reason (and yes I check spam). Thanks!!

    October 22, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am not on the wait list but....I do live in Ely half-time and will be in town that weekend so let's keep in touch. Love to catch for a ski:-)

      October 22, 2012

    • Janelle

      sounds great, cecilia!!

      November 1, 2012

  • Barbara

    Janelle, I recall you reposted the meeting in November but for some reason I can't find the details. Do you mind sending it out again?

    October 30, 2012

    • Sherry

      I lost the email too Janelle. Can you resend through email? THANKS!

      October 30, 2012

  • Janelle

    Waiting List Update: Mary, Mary, Louise. 10/14

    October 14, 2012

  • Janelle

    Okay, Gals, we have a waiting list. In order to keep your spot on the RSVP list, I need a reply ASAP that you have your check in the mail. I do not assign beds until I have deposit in hand. I am giving those on the list first chance to get their deposits in, but need that to be happening now in order to keep your spot. Let me know! Thanks!

    October 11, 2012

  • Janelle

    FYI for all -- there are also cross country ski trails connected right to the lodge - these ones are private and the maps will be at the Lodge - ranging in difficulty from easy to hard. A short drive will get you on endless trails all around Ely. I'll try to bring as much info on that in November. :)

    October 10, 2012

  • Janelle

    Hi Girls -- the Lodge is right on two lakes. The view above is the view from our cabin. I would call the Lodge to find out about best spots to fish, and safety, but yes, I am sure fishing is a possibillity. BJ -- here is the number for the Lodge. I would call, but not being an ice fisherwoman, I wouldn't know what to ask. ;) [masked]

    October 9, 2012

  • Barbara

    I will have room once I confirm if my friend is interested or not. Willing to make it work either way but may need to find bigger wheels.

    October 9, 2012

  • BJ

    Hi Barbara, I have all the ice fishing stuff too, and an auger and portable mini heater, I was just wondering from Janelle if the cabin is on the lake so you can do it right there? Also, I don't have a car so would need to ride with someone - Heather? Barbara?

    October 9, 2012

  • Barbara

    Fishing sounds fun! Got tip ups and auger but not sure how it all works. I have AWD and room for one more and gear. Not sure about skis.

    October 9, 2012

  • BJ

    I don't see fishing on the "Things to do" - it looks like this place is on a lake, so could be an option too??

    October 6, 2012

  • Bette L W.

    Great job Janelle, thanks for all the planning, preparation and hard work. Also, thanks for fitting me in your car!

    October 2, 2012

  • Sherry

    That discount is unexpected. Thanks again for all the hard work. Don't worry about when you figure out the price reduction. You can do at your leisure, just so glad that we are RESERVED!!! Yeah!

    October 2, 2012

    • Janelle

      yup... now the fun begins. ;)

      October 2, 2012

  • Heather P.

    Wow, Janelle! You are doing a terrific job of organizing what sounds like fun adventure! Thank you, thank you, for all of your time, hard work and creativity in sorting through the details. You're a rock star!

    October 2, 2012

    • Janelle

      lol.. thanks, Heather. All I really did is make a few calls, though.... and do some number crunching.... I am glad some of you are signed up so early, making this possible. Another week, I am sure the cabin would have been booked. Thanks for committing early!!

      October 2, 2012

  • Sherry

    Thanks for all you hard work and effort. It looks great!

    September 30, 2012

    • Janelle

      Thanks, Sherry. ;)

      October 1, 2012

  • Bette L W.

    Hi Janelle,
    Got your email, sent you money. Does anyone have room for me in their car? I would rather ride than drive if possible. I would have camera gear and snow shoes. Let me know if anyone has room. Thanks.

    September 30, 2012

    • Janelle

      sure. You can ride with me, Bette!

      September 30, 2012

  • Bette L W.

    Oh, I live in Oakdale but can meet-up with you anywhere to catch a ride.

    September 30, 2012

  • Janelle

    Let me know what bedroom number you want to be in. I do not know what rooms the pics represent, so do not go by those. It will be by who you room with. Thanks!

    September 30, 2012

  • Sherry

    I sent you an email that I'm IN & I would greatly appreciate a private bedroom as between the CPAP machine and insomnia, I just don't want to disturb anyone else. Thanks. Looking forward to this trip. The new place looks great.

    September 30, 2012

    • Janelle

      Got it Sherry. I think we can accommodate your request. I am glad you are still in.

      September 30, 2012

    • Janelle

      and yes, it looks much better than it did on their website, their marketing could use some improvement.. lol.

      September 30, 2012

  • Janelle

    By the way, this WILL be fun once we get the business stuff out of the way, I am sure of it! :) Sorry for all the changes, next time I do this I will be a pro. Thanks for teaching me. :)

    September 30, 2012

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