Castle Danger, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) - Executive Chef Dan Lageson has finally completed work on the Ice Lounge in Castle Danger.
"It's almost unbelievable and surreal."
With the help of champion ice carver Chris Swarbrick, more than 200 blocks of ice were fashioned into a stunning attraction.
But it wasn't an easy task.
In the span of 72 hours, at least 36 of them were spent carving.
"It took a huge amount of time, a massive amount of labor and just manpower putting something like this together."
Visiting from Santa Monica, California, Emma Rainey and her husband stopped at the lounge to see what Minnesotans do during the long dark winters.
"This is probably what people in southern California think Minnesotans do all the time... just sit around on ice blocks all winter."
Blu, as the lodge is calling it, features a specialty drink menu served in ice glasses and a wedding chapel completely carved from ice.
The lounge even has a roaring bonfire... in case having a cold one gets too cold.
"It's definitely fun to be up here in winter and sitting here on a block of ice drinking a drink out of a glass made of ice."
"Obviously when the sun is out it's an extremely fun place to be, but you don't get the full effect until the sun goes down."
And it is quite the effect. Blue lights illuminate the bar inside and out... giving it a cool ambiance.
"That's what Blu is all about, an ice bar that's blue and having a good time. Come on up, have a cocktail, a meal, partake in some games; just come have a pitcher with friends."
So if cabin fever is setting in, there's no need to fret. There's a spot saved for you at the ice lounge... but don't count on it being warmed up for you.
The Ice lounge will be open on Saturdays for as long as the ice can stay frozen.
Written for the Web by Chris Axelson