When it comes to waterfalls we don’t like to pick favorites. We love them all for their unique settings and impressive displays of rushing water each spring, but the Caribou River is a waterfall hike we never miss this time of year. The Caribou Falls State Wayside is located on the border of Lake and Cook Counties and just a 15-minute drive from Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. The parking area was greatly expanded and paved last year adding to the ease and accessibility of visiting this waterfall.
The ¾ mile long trail winds right along the beautiful cedar lined river with a couple inviting spots to hop out on rocks during the drier months. Continuing on, the trail quickly starts heading up and you will have some great views of the river gorge below. About a half mile from the parking area is a long set of wooden stairs taking you down to a breathtaking view of the 40-foot Caribou Falls. The deep canyon walls and the loud rush of the falls creates a magical and exhilarating experience. Well worth the trek back up those stairs! At the top of the stairs, you will want to continue on up the trail to the large observation deck that sits just above the falls. A perfect spot for a water and snack break as you take in the awesome view of Lake Superior and the river valley below. If you would like a longer hike, this trail also continues on to hook up with the Superior Hiking Trail.
Check out our waterfalls page for more wonderful falls to visit, maps, and viewing tips. Your waterfall tour adventure is even better when you take advantage of our Spring Fever Offer through June 14th. Enjoy a FREE night when you purchase two nights (midweek night is free)!
At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we love all our guests – including the four-legged ones. If your family vacation just isn’t complete without the family pet, you’ll be happy to know your four-pawed pals are welcome in a variety of room styles, including select guestrooms, studios, condos and townhomes at the Bluefin Bay and Surfside on Lake Superior properties.
To reserve a Pet-friendly unit, simply specify that you would like a pet unit when making your reservation. You can do this either by mentioning it to our reservationist when you call or by noting it in the “comments” box as you make your online reservation.
Dogs enjoy their North Shore vacations just as much as their owners! You’ll find many outdoor adventures to enjoy in our very dog-friendly area. Minnesota State Parks and State Recreation areas all have dog-friendly trails. Your four-legged friends will also love hanging out along the shore of the Big Lake to watch the seabirds and chase a few sticks. The main rules to keep in mind are to keep your pets on a 6 foot or less leash and to clean up after them while hiking the trails or in public areas. Rushing rivers, cold Lake Superior waters, wild animals, and deep woods are other reasons to always have your pet on a leash.
We hope to see you and your furry friends soon!
Up here in Northeastern Minnesota, we love some spring snow. It helps to stretch out the spring skiing season and once it starts melting in a couple days, it will add to the dramatic rush of the waterfalls. Sweet!
Speaking of sweet, the maple trees have been tapped and the sap has been flowing. The local award-winning maple syrup producers have been busy boiling and boiling and boiling the sap turning it into sweet goodness. Yum! You’ll want to check out the operations and purchase syrup and other maple products at these local producers: Caribou Cream and Wild Country Maple Products.
It’s time to think spring and start planning a waterfall and maple syrup tour! Head to our waterfalls page for a list of not-to-miss waterfalls and travel tips to help you plan your adventure. We’ll also be starting a Waterfall Wednesday series on social media where we’ll feature a different waterfall each week with a video, photos, and viewing tips.
Don’t miss these great spring offers:
SPRING FEVER SPECIAL! Gushing waterfalls, breathtaking Lake Superior views, and crashing waves against the rugged North Shore are even better when enjoyed during a complimentary night’s stay! 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!
SENIOR WEEKS SPECIAL! 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 special runs through May 24th and includes 20% off midweek (Sun-Thurs) stays of two nights or more.
We are getting excited for the spring weekend coming up May 4-5!
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.
For our Spring 2018 Food & Wine Lovers Weekend we are partnering with Guest Chef Steven Schulz from the Toasted Frog in Fargo, ND. For Friday’s four-course dinner and Saturday’s five-course dinner, Chef Schulz is excited to feature New World cuisine with global influences. Here are a few of the delicious items you’ll find on the weekend’s menus: Cold Smoked Swordfish, Fennel Braised Pork Shank, Seared Salmon in Mussel Cream Sauce, Pepper Crusted Filet, Spiced Panna Cotta, and so much more! Johnson Brother’s Wine Company is busy choosing wine selections that will beautifully pair with each night’s menu. We’re delighted to partner with Mpls-St. Paul Magazine as our media partner for this long-standing event.
Reservations for the Spring 2018 Food & Wine Lovers Weekend may be made by calling the Bluefin Grille at 218-663-6200.
Find more details on the Spring Food & Wine Lovers Weekend Here.
During this weekend our area will be in prime waterfall viewing time! Take advantage of our Spring Fever Special and in addition to a weekend full of amazing food and wine you will also have time to head out for some incredible waterfall viewing. Enjoy a FREE night when you purchase two nights (midweek night is free).
This is the weekend to enjoy artfully paired food and wine combined with waterfalls for the perfect trio!
Have you taken some awesome vacation photos during your stay at Bluefin Bay, Surfside or Temperance Landing? We’re currently looking for photos from all three resorts and our amazing surrounding area. We love receiving entries from the off-seasons or quiet times and by sharing your artistry, you allow us to showcase our breathtaking lake and beautiful surroundings. One of your photos may be chosen and published in our 2019 calendar and you’ll have the chance to win one of eleven resort gift cards worth $200 or one grand prize $1,000 gift card!
The 2019 Calendar Contest entry deadline is June 30, 2018. You can view the full contest details and how to enter here.
Check out our 2018 Calendar Contest winners and be inspired to share your own photos of this beautiful area.
A special thank you to the nearly 100 participants who entered their prize photographs in our 2018 Calendar Contest.
‘There are no rules for good photographs, there are just good photographs.’ ~ Ansel Adams