Fabulous February!

January 29, 2018

Winter Couple by Lake SuperiorFebruary is almost here and it’s the ideal month to celebrate our enthusiasm for winter adventures as well as cozy times spent with those we love. Here are a few reasons to plan a North Shore getaway in the coming month:

  • Winter Offers! Visit our Offers Page and start making plans for your winter adventure. Take advantage of our winter 4 for 3 Special to receive great savings on your February or March stay.
  • Winter Adventures! Join our variety of complimentary guided activities during your stay at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Winter Hikes, Cross-Country Ski Tours, Snowshoe Tours, Wilderness Adventures, Kids Adventure Club, and yoga! We’re here to help you make the most of your winter vacation. Complimentary rentals for cross-country skis, snowshoes, and even ice skates for our two rinks are also provided.
  • Live Music! Join us at the Bluefin Grille on Mondays and Fridays for live music from accomplished local and regional musicians. You’ll also enjoy a large variety of wonderful musicians year-round up and down the North Shore. Check out the line-up at Papa Charlie’s at Lutsen Mountains for the Singer/Songwriter Series as well as Saturday Late Night Music and dance parties.
  • Valentine’s Day Specials! Join us at the Bluefin Grille on Wednesday, February 14th, Friday, February 16th, and Saturday, February 17th! In addition to our full menu, we’ll have a few sweetheart specials on these evenings: Steak Tartare Appetizer, Shrimp Crusted Trout entree and a Chateaubriand entree for two. Our culinary staff will also be creating some special dessert options!
  • Hygge Festival! February 9-15 marks the 2nd annual Hygge Festival in Grand Marais and the surrounding areas. This is a time to celebrate winter beauty, adventure and the coziness of spending time with those we love.
  • Northern Fibers Retreat! This special retreat on February 14-18 features a variety of classes, lunch-n-learn talks and demonstrations, and more. For more information and to sign-up for classes visit the Grand Marais Art Colony website.
  • Candle-light Ski! Join the Sugarbush Trail Association on Saturday, February 18th on our local Onion River Road Trail to enjoy a memorable evening of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking along the candlelit trails. A perfect way to enjoy the quiet beauty of the North Woods after dark by the flickering lights of candles in the snow.

A Hygge State of Mind

January 22, 2018

fireplace at bluefin grilleThere are some languages that have words for which there is no single or defined translation. In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is one such word. It’s basically a word for enjoying life’s simple pleasures. During the winter, especially, we embrace the feeling of hygge as we seek cozy spaces and meaningful time spent with family and friends. Hygge promotes emotional wellbeing and gives us a sense of togetherness and contentment whether we are at home or out, doing something ordinary or extraordinary.

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’ll help you get into a hygge state of mind. Imagine a day spent enjoying winter fun: carving out the fresh powder at Lutsen Mountains, gliding along freshly groomed cross-country ski trails, or exploring a local frozen river followed by a cozy dinner at the Bluefin Grille.  Afterwards,  curl up with a good book or jovial conversation with loved ones around a warm fire while listening to the waves of Lake Superior just outside your window.

Check out all the complimentary resort guided activities and entertainment available during your stay – We even have complimentary cross-country ski, snowshoes, and ice skate rentals. Indoors, you’ll enjoy upscale accommodations, fireplaces, and breathtaking views of Lake Superior. Everyone will be able to create their perfect recipe for hygge!

Here on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior, we are so into the embracing of hygge that there’s even a festival to celebrate it! Check out some fun local events happening February 9-15 during the Hygge Festival.

Winter Hiking Adventures!

January 15, 2018

Adventure Bonfire HikeThe Lutsen-Tofte area is home to some of the most beautiful and dramatic sections of the Superior Hiking Trail and winter hiking adds a whole new level of fun and adventure. This season, our Activities Director has been busy adding new hikes and adventures to the weekly activities line-up. Get ready to be inspired to book your Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts winter getaway!

The Wilderness Bonfire Adventure Hike is a 1.5-mile trek roundtrip and we’ll stop to explore 3 points of interest:

  • Caribou River Gorge from the top of the 40-foot waterfall
  • A fantastic observation platform overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands
  • Incredible ice formations from the base of the Caribou Falls.

Halfway on our trek, we stop at the campsite located on the East side of the Caribou River and enjoy a bonfire, complete with smores!

  • Guide Tips: Dress appropriately for the weather by dressing in layers. Bring along a small backpack to stash some layers if you start to get warm. You want to be aware of your warmth level and remove layers before you start to sweat. Also, we know they’re cute but winter fashion boots are not considered to be acceptable winter hiking attire. We are outside in the elements for approximately 2 hours. Our activity staff is happy to assist you in choosing the right items to bring along based on the current weather. We want you to have the best possible outdoor winter adventure experience!

The Kids Adventure Club activities are weather permitting but include kid size hikes, animal track identification, winter hibernation and much more. On poor weather days, we’ll make a craft or play bingo!

The Kids Adventure Hike starts out with a brief description of animal hibernation in the north woods and animal track identification followed by a short loop hike in Lutsen where we’ll search for tracks and make a visit to the Poplar River Falls. Kids and adults are encouraged to attend. Everyone should be prepared to be outside for approximately 1 hour. Winter jackets, gloves, hats, face masks and winter boots will keep you warm and toasty.

Kids Winter Adventure Hike

Skinny Ski Paradise!

January 8, 2018

Cook County, Minnesota has over 400 kilometers of ski trails making it home to North America’s largest ski system. We have 150 kilometers of trails in the immediate Lutsen-Tofte area making it a true cross-country skier paradise!

The Sugarbush Trail System connects directly to Bluefin Bay Resort providing access to 65 kilometers of groomed trails. From easy to expert, all levels of skiers will enjoy the experience while gliding through beautiful and remote forest service land in the Lutsen-Tofte area. Approximately ¾ of the ski trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. This handy guide on the Sugarbush Trail Association website details each trail section with distance, type of tracks and current conditions.

As a guest at Bluefin Bay, take advantage of our complimentary cross-country ski rental where you can check out skis, boots, and poles. During your stay, you can also sign-up for a Guided Cross-Country Ski trip with our Activities Staff. We’ll outfit you with skis, shuttle you to the ski trail access and lead you on a leisurely ski on the beautiful Onion River Road trail. This is a perfect activity for novice skiers and families. For the more experienced skiing enthusiasts stop by the recreation center for local trail maps, directions, trail advice, and take advantage of our waxing station.

For other cross-country ski trails in Cook County check out this list of trails on the Visit Cook County website. The North Shore Visitor website is another great resource for ski trails spanning the North Shore region from Two Harbors to Grand Portage. There are endless opportunities to explore this magical area on skis.

See you on the trails!

Ski and Stay in the New Year!

January 2, 2018

The new year has arrived and outdoor winter activities are in full swing here on the North Shore of Lake Superior. For downhill ski and snowboard enthusiasts, Lutsen Mountains is the place to be this winter. Early snowfalls, plus cold weather perfect for snowmaking, has created an awesome early base allowing 85% of the primary runs to already be open. This is going to be a great year to ski at Lutsen Mountains!

Mountain stats:

  • Elevation: 1008′
  • Skiable Vertical: 986′
  • Ski Area: 1000 acres
  • Longest Run: 2 miles
  • Number of Runs: 95
  • Annual Snowfall: 5′

As a guest at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, you’ll enjoy lakeside views & slope-side access. For those who love to downhill ski and stay at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, you’ll want to book a Ski & Stay Package for the best deal. We offer FREE daily shuttles to and from the base of the mountain, frustration-free equipment rental at our neighboring Sawtooth Outfitters, and a variety of Can’t-be-beat Ski & Stay Packages.

Want to stay longer & ski less? You can book a customized Ski & Stay Package where you stay longer and ski fewer days. Book your online lodging reservation first by clicking on BOOK NOW. Then, click on the link that will appear in your lodging confirmation email to purchase discounted ski lift tickets.  NOTE: Discounted lift tickets must be purchased at least 72 hours in advance of your stay.

Discounted lift tickets can be added to any of our Winter Offers located here.

Questions about how to create your own Ski & Stay Package? Ask a Guest Services Representative to assist you in finding the best deal. 1-800-BLUEFIN (258-3346)

See you on the slopes!