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Median Home Price: $145,000
Nearby Activities: Canoeing, biking, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing
The Scene: Imagine an ice-fishing house on a frozen lake, mukluk boots made from moose hide, and a grocery store where the clerk knows each of your kids' names. Then add summer paddling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and all the walleye you can eat.
OPTIONS: Ely isn't just about lakes. Bike the trails in Superior National Forest or hike over to Secret Black Stone for the scenic overlook. Fishing in these parts is the equivalent of breathing, so take a rod out and catch some small mouth bass and trout.
OUTFITTERS: Canadian Waters Inc will fly you to remote reaches of the Boundary Waters for canoeing (www.canadianwaters.com). Ely's chamber of commerce has a comprehensive list of outfitters(www.ely.org/canoe_trips/outfitters.php).
GOOD EATS: Poticas, a rolled pastry with nuts and brown sugar, hot bologna and pastis, meat pies, foods of Croatia and Slovenia, are local favorites at Zup's (www.zups.com) a grocery that has been passed down through generations of the Zupancich family.
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