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Visit Cook County Celebrates the "Heart of Hospitality" with Free Coffee for Hospitality Workers and Awards this week

Sep 02, 2022 09:54AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Mike Kenneally 

From Visit Cook County - September 2, 2022

Visit Cook County is once again celebrating the area’s “Heart of Hospitality” by offering a free cup of coffee for hospitality and tourism industry workers Sept. 11-16, 2022.

“We are thrilled to continue this event and celebrate the hard work of those that support our hospitality and tourism industry,” said Linda Jurek, Executive Director of Visit Cook County.

Who is eligible? Front and back of house staff that work in hospitality-based industries like dining, retail, lodging, and activities. A short list includes servers, bartenders, housekeepers, receptionists, maintenance, cooks, clerks, managers, guides and so much more.

Where? From Sept. 11-16, these coffee shops are prepared to offer complimentary coffee beverages to hospitality workers. One coffee/drink per location.

  • Fika Coffee in Lutsen (hours: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday - Monday | Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Java Moose in Grand Marais (hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday | Closed Monday)
  • Loon’s Nest on the Gunflint Trail (hours: 7am - 1pm Monday - Saturday | Closed Sunday)

This event is part of a greater program initiated by Visit Cook County titled the “Heart of Hospitality” to celebrate the workers in the hospitality industry. Launched in 2019, local business owners and managers are asked to nominate employees who they believe exemplify hospitality excellence. An award is given to an employee from each tourism district. 

Nominations for this year’s “Heart of Hospitality” awards are now open. Deadline for 2022 submissions is October 9, 2022. To learn more about the award or to nominate an individual, please click here. Winners will be announced in late October.

View previous award winners' surprise awards here


 About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades -- most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #donorthmn, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at