Celebrate Spring!

March 26, 2018

Cross River springSpring is officially here and it’s the time of year we celebrate longer days, warm sun, rushing waterfalls, and even one last chance on the slopes or trails for spring skiing.

Got Spring Fever? We’ve got the cure. Take advantage of our Spring Fever Special and enjoy a FREE night when you purchase two nights (midweek night is free). Waterfall season is here. For best viewing stay 3 nights for the price of 2!

The Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is pleased to offer a special discount to our Seniors during several weeks of the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. The spring Senior Week Special is coming up April 1 and valid through May 24. This offer is valid for any available lodging type for those age 60 years and older. It’s the perfect way to enjoy all the North Shore has to offer with discounts on stays of two nights or more.

Waterfall season is almost here and it’s fair to say that the North Shore of Lake Superior has the best waterfall viewing of anywhere in Minnesota, perhaps the Midwest. Read more here.

Here are a few upcoming spring events and activities you may not want to miss:

  • Mountain Meltdown: April 6-8 at Lutsen Mountains. Enjoy spring skiing and a mountain bash with 10 bands, outdoor stage and a beer garden.
  • Spring Food & Wine Lovers Weekend: May 4-5 at the Bluefin Grille: Bluefin Bay has been hosting Food & Wine Lovers Events for more than 20 years, twice per year – in the Spring and the Fall. Each Food & Wine Lovers Weekend includes a host of activities revolving around food and wine — and of course all set against the backdrop of Lake Superior.
  • Kites at the Harbor in Grand Marais: May 4 will be the first annual kite festival in Grand Marais where you can view professional kite flying demonstrations and even make and fly your own!

 

 

Cravings: Coho Café & Bakery

March 19, 2018

Coho Cafe and BakeryWhether you are stopping by to relax and stay awhile, zipping in for a coffee fix, strolling by during a morning or afternoon walk and need a sweet treat, or if you are looking for some tasty goodies to take back to your room, this will be your go-to place in the Lutsen-Tofte area. Open 7 days a week, here are the Top 5 reasons we love Coho Café & Bakery:

  1. Take and Bake! In addition to our dine-in menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and pizza, we offer our full pizza menu available as take and bake. You’ll love this option to enjoy any of our gourmet specialty pizzas in your unit on your own time. Our full menu is also available as take out. Mealtime on vacation should be easy, relaxed, and delicious – we’re here to help!
  2. Grab-n-Go! Looking for some hearty fuel for the day’s adventures? Need to pick up some snacks for cocktail hour in your room? Stop by Coho Café! Pre-made sandwiches on homemade bread, gourmet salamis and cheeses, crackers, energy bars, bottled drinks, and more are available. Perfect for a picnic on the beach, tossing in a backpack for a mid-hike fuel, or happy hour in your room.
  3. Sweets! Hand-scooped ice cream, fresh bakery goods, cakes, pies, and cheesecakes. Yes, please!
  4. Coffee and Tea! A fresh cup of Duluth Coffee Company coffee is always a lovely way to start the day. Or, how about a specialty espresso drink made with beans from Alakef Coffee Roasters? We also offer an assortment of fine teas and other hot and cold specialty drinks.
  5. Mimosas and Sake Bloody Marys! We know that morning coffee occasionally runs right into cocktail hour. We have you covered and are now offering Mimosas and Sake Bloody Marys seven days a week! A nice wine and beer selection is also available to help round out any meal.

Mimosa and Sake Bloody Mary

Minnesota State Parks: Family Fun in the Great Outdoors!

March 12, 2018

Shovel Point Tettegouche ParkHere at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we have easy access to four spectacular MN State Parks featuring waterfalls, rivers, and pristine forests. These state treasures can be explored year-round and offer limitless opportunities for adventure seekers: hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing.

We are almost at waterfall season!  All of these parks have spectacular rivers and falls to view as the melting winter snow and ice makes its way to Lake Superior.

  • Tettegouche State Park: We love this park for its diversity of activity options – you’ll find hikers, bird watchers, climbers and waterfall viewers. Don’t forget your camera for the hike to the spectacular High Falls on the Baptism River. Their beautiful visitor center complete with gift shop and interpretive center is a perfect pit stop during a day of adventure.
  • George H. Crosby Manitou Park: Who doesn’t want to visit this great park when the description for it is ‘where waterfalls cascade through a volcanic canyon surrounded by majestic forest.’? This park is ideal for those looking for more challenging hiking options and the spectacular views are worth the effort!
  • Temperance River State Park: This amazing park is practically in our backyard. When the Gitchi Gami paved trail is clear of snow you can even bike or walk there right from all the Bluefin Bay properties! We love the hikes that wind up the river just as much as the walk that leads to the beach for some rock skipping and agate hunting. This is a not-to-miss park during waterfall season!
  • Cascade River State Park: The name says it all. We love the series of waterfalls that are easily viewed from hiking trails and wooden bridges that wind along the top of this beautiful river gorge.

In addition to the parks in our backyard, we encourage stops at Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls, Judge C. R. Magney and Grand Portage. Use this handy MN State Parks Map as you make your way up and down the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior.

 

Trail Reports: Two Thumbs Up!

March 5, 2018

Sugarbush Trails Snow GroomerMarch is here with the North Shore seeing the most snow cover in the state, longer days, and higher temps. It’s time to get outside!  Here’s an update on the area trail conditions and resources for planning your late-winter getaway:

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: The local Sugarbush Trails have a nice packed base of 6-12 inches of snow with all groomed trails open and in good condition. With 65 kilometers of groomed trails and direct access to Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior, you’ll enjoy all the opportunities to explore and discover this beautiful area on skis.

Visit the Sugarbush Trail Association website for weekly updated trail reports and maps. As a guest, you can take advantage of complimentary cross-country ski rentals and Guided Ski Tours on the Onion River Road Loop.

Cook County has 400 kilometers of cross-country ski trails making it the largest network of trails in North America. The current overall trail base in the area ranges from 6-25 inches creating some of the greatest groomed trails we’ve had in years. Check out the Visit Cook County website to discover all the wonderful trail systems to be explored in our area.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Recent large snowfalls have made for some epic ski and snowboard days. Lutsen Mountains has a snow base of 30-60 inches on all primary runs and they’ve reported enough of a base to be open through April! With 4 mountains and 95 runs, the whole family will enjoy skiing or snowboarding at the Midwest’s only true mountain ski area experience.

We provide free shuttles to the base of the mountain and you’ll love the Ski and Stay Packages for the best deals.

HIKING & SNOWSHOEING: Winter hiking is a favorite activity here on the North Shore and trails are in great condition right now. Just after a snowfall, you can strap on a pair of snowshoes (complimentary rentals for guests) to trek through the deeper snow. Many trails that you enjoy in the summer are packed and accessible during the winter – a good pair of winter boots and ice grips are all that you need to experience a walk through the snowy woods and views of stunning winter vistas from atop a mountain. Let our activities staff show you the way on a guided hike, snowshoe or river hiking adventure! Visit our Resort Activities & Events page for details on our guided adventures.

SNOWMOBILING: Explore the Lake Superior shoreline plus inland woods and lakes on the endless miles of groomed snowmobile trails in our area. Local snowmobile clubs are reporting excellent conditions on the trails and many riders are reporting the best riding they’ve had in a long time. The Cook County Snowmobile Club has updated trail conditions and maps for the local trails. Visit the North Shore Visitor website for info on snowmobile trails all along Highway 61.

See you on the trails!

Oberg Mountian Loop

Oberg Mountain Loop