Summer is our favorite time of year here on the farm. Not only do we have a full house with guests, but it’s the time of year where we get to play outside, grow things and enjoy the lovely northern Minnesota summers. Plus, this summer we have the extra fun of our new flock of chickens to entertain us. 

If you’re planning a trip up north, there are great festivals, classes and county fairs that should definitely be on your itinerary. Here are a few of our favorites: 

Take a Class at the Ely Folk School

If you enjoy handmade crafts, growing and making, then check out the schedule at the Ely Folk School. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite classes below, but there are a lot more to check out! This is an amazing organization just 30 minutes from the B&B. Jeff and I are thinking of taking the Craft a Cobweb Broom class on July 29th — come and join us!

Head out to the Fair!

Are you a sucker for deep fried snacks, award-winning veggies and a gang of barnyard friends? Then plan on heading out to the St. Louis County Fair or our very own Embarrass Fair this August. While the St. Louis County Fair might have everything from carnival rides to homemade jam, we’re partial to the Embarrass Fair just a mile from the B&B — we’ve still got a few rooms available so book now for some small town fun!

Art and Music Festivals

Northern Minnesota is home to amazing art and music festivals! If you love hand thrown pottery, jewelry, textiles and more, then plan on heading to the Blueberry Arts Festival with more than 260 artists and crafters, 30 food vendors and more than 40,000 visitors over the three-day festival. If music is more your style, then check out the Northern Lights Music Festival this July — we’re happy to be hosting musicians and production folks from the festival again this year. We also have the Ely Blues Fest in August with some of the best blues music and top musicians from across the country and beyond.

Looking for more fun things to do during your stay at Northern Comfort this summer? Please drop us a note and we’ll help you plan your trip.

Recurring Events

Open Knitting at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop

Every Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm Location: Sisu Designs | 31 West Chapman Street, Ely, MN 55731 30 minutes from the B&B From the website: This is your time to come and hang out with other knitters (and crocheters). Enjoy a cup of tea, good conversation, get inspired by other knitter’s projects etc. It’s not a good time to come and get major help with a project since it is usually a full house. (no need to sign up for this class since the shop is open and we are here.) Fees: Free


Ely Farmers Market & Artists Market

Begins Tuesday, May 30th | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Location: Whiteside Park | 721 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN, 55731 30 minutes from the B&B Tuesday nights, Ely is the place to be! Not only is there a great artist and farmers market in the park, but many of the local merchants stay open late and there’s usually music on the porch at Front Porch Coffee!


Tower Farmers Market

Begins Friday, June 2nd | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Location: Tower Mini-Park (near the train) 20 minutes from the B&B This small weekly market is a fun place to visit on Friday afternoons! Local makers and growers set up in the parking lot near the Tower Civic Center and offer a variety or items from fresh veggies and flowers to handmade soaps and local, organic raised beef and pork. Definitely worth a visit!


July Events


Northern Lights Music Festival

July 2, 2017 – July 23, 2017 | various times Location: various locations across the iron range From the website: One of Minnesota’s largest music festivals, the Northern Lights Music Festival offers lovers of classical music three weeks of opera, chamber music and orchestra concerts presented by an international roster of guest artists, performing faculty and prize-winning young artists. Fees: varied More information

Make Your Own Pasties

July 15, 2017 |  1-5 p.m. Location: Ely Folk School, 30 minutes from the B&B Fees: $45 More information 

Intro to Herbalism

July 19, 2017 |  1-5 p.m. Location: Ely Folk School, 30 minutes from the B&B Fees: $60 More information

Hoyt Lakes Water Carnival

July 20, 2017 – July 23, 2017 | all day Location: Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota 30 minutes from the B&B Four-day celebration including Softball, Volleyball, 5K Race, Turtle Race, live music, queen coronation, Shockwaves Water Ski Show, a Parade, Fireworks and much, much more! Fees: $7 in advance, $10 at the door More information

Rosemaling Class

July 22, 2017 |  9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Ely Folk School, 30 minutes from the B&B Fees: $95 More informatio

Blueberry Arts Festival

July 28, 2017 – July 30, 2017 | all day Location: Ely, Minnesota 30 minutes from the B&B From the website: The Blueberry/Art Festival, Ely’s signature summer event, features more than 260 artists and crafters, 30 food vendors and local musicians. The Ely Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event, which celebrated its 37th year in 2017. It draws some 40,000 people over a three day period to enjoy fine art, quality crafts and great ethnic food. More information

Craft a Cobweb Broom

July 29, 2017 | 1-4 p.m. Location: Ely Folk School, 30 minutes from the B&B Fees: $52 More information  

Click to See all Ely Folk School July Courses

August Events


36th Annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship

August 4, 2017 – August 6, 2017 | various times Location: Mt. Iron, 30 minutes from the B&B More information

St. Louis County Fair

August 9, 2017 – August 13, 2017 | various times Location: Chisholm, 45 minutes from the B&B More information

Carve Your Own Canoe Paddle

August 11, 2017 & August 12, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location: Ely Folk School, 35 minutes from B&B More information

Ely Watercross

August 13, 2017 – August 14, 2017 | various times Location: Longbranch Event Center, Winton, 40 minutes from B&B More information

Ely Blues Festival

August 17, 2017 – August 20, 2017 | various times Location: Ely, 35 minutes from B&B More information

78th Annual Embarrass Region Fair

August 25-August 27, 2017 | various times Location: Embarrass Fair Grounds, 1 mile from B&B More information 

Wild Colors: Natural Dyeing with Local Plants

August 26, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Ely Folk School, 35 minutes from B&B More information  

Click to See all Ely Folk School August Courses

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