Who We Are

Ely resorts are the largest group of family-owned and operated multi-season Minnesota resorts. Many Ely resorts have been in the same families for generations, while others are owned and operated by folks who were previous Ely area guests who fell in love with the Ely area and lifestyle and decided to make it their home.

Experience Ely difference. Just a four hours north of the Twin Cities awaits your personalized Minnesota vacation getaway. At our Ely resorts you’ll find the cream of small town “Minnesota friendly” people. To our guests traveling north, the scenic ride to the “end of the road”in Ely is just a taste of the natural beauty you’ll encounter during your stay at an Ely resort. Ely resort vacations are truly “the last great pure ‘resort’ experience.”

Talk of the town
The Ely area and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, (BWCAW), always leave a BIG impression on everyone who visits. “The coolest small town in America in 2010”is just one of the accolades ely earned by well-traveled voters across the country. It is just one award given to Ely by a national magazine in a prestigious row of popular travel publications. Here’s a sampling of what other travel writers and editors have penned about Ely:

  • Ely – Best Hometown in Minnesota; Minnesota Moments Magazine, August 2010
  • Ely – #12 America’s Top 20 Fishing Towns; Field & Stream Magazine, February 2008
  • Ely – #1 Vacation Destination; Charles Kuralt, late CBS newsman
  • Ely – Best Outdoor Sports Town in Minnesota; Sports Afield Magazine, February, 1999
  • Ely – Canoe Capital of the World; Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Canoe Journal,America’s Top 10 Paddling Towns – August, 1998
  • Ely – One of 15 Best Wilderness Getaways; Midwest Living Magazine, August, 1997
  • Ely – One of the 10 Best Incomparable Snowmobile Adventures; Supertrax International Magazine, Fall 2004
  • BWCA – One of 10 Great Places to Do the Old Snowshoe; USA Today, August 10, 2007
  • Ely – #26 of 100 Best Small Town Getaways; Midwest Living Magazine, June 2007
  • Ely – One of 10 Great Small Towns with Huge Backyards; USA Today, August 10, 2007
  • Ely – #7 America’s 10 Best Outdoor Towns; MSN City Guides, December 2007
  • Ely – One of the 10 Hidden Gems of the United States; Real Simple Travel Magazine, April 2008
  • Ely – Top Ten Lake City;LakeshoreDreams.com Magazine, October 19, 2009
  • Ely – One of the Top Best Small Towns in the Country; Outside Magazine, August 2009