I moved to Ely because of my wife, Cherish. Her family has lived on the range most of her life and she was very rooted in the Ely community when we met, but I also loved the area and was excited to start a life and raise a family here. The Ely area offers so many recreational opportunities and both Cherish and I love the outdoors. Cherish’s family continually spent time in the outdoors camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, skiing etc. and I wanted to continue that tradition with our family. What better place to do that! What a perk to be able to be done with work at 5 p.m. and be in the Boundary Waters by 6 p.m.
There’s something special about the Ely small town feel even in a strong tourist town. You can get a small town feel a lot of places, but there’s something special about Ely in the summer months. Obviously, the outdoor recreation partnered with the beautiful scenery we have in Ely is remarkable. For that reason alone, it would be hard to leave Ely in the summer. The landscape in this area is rugged and unique.
In the winter, you really get the feel of truly being a part of the area. Winter is when the real locals stick it out. It brings a bond in the community. Fishing in the winter months is also amazing and the cross-country trails are sought after.
Simple advice if you’re thinking of moving to Ely is come and explore the area yourself and see if you don’t fall in love with it. Get to know the culture and people. It’s a welcoming town.
Our most fond memory in Ely is when Cherish and I had our first date walking the famous Bass Lake/Dry Lake Hiking Trail in the Fall and approximately three months later in the heart of winter I trekked out by myself on the same trail that I had only hiked once before to where she mentioned she loves to swim in the summer. At that location on Dry Lake, I spelled the words “Will you marry me” in the snow from a high overlook on the trail with the romantic thought that we will swim in this spot with the memory of “will you marry me” melted forever into this lake. After her excited response upon seeing my proposal in the snow, she ran down and proceeded to spell “yes” under my proposal. We have a picture on our refrigerator of that special day.
In the next 20 years as we raise our family here, we hope to see other growing families blend in through this most exciting community and bring more zeal to an already beautiful town.
There is a sense of healthy pride that comes from living in a town that is as culturally rich as Ely. I hope that any newcomer to the area will feel as welcome here as I have been.