Activity Spotlight: Caribou Falls!

August 27, 2018

Caribou Falls Guided HikeOur Caribou Falls guided hike begins with a short shuttle drive to a favorite Minnesota State Wayside.  A pleasant walk along the Caribou River leads to one of the most breath-taking waterfalls on the North Shore! We’ll descend four flights of stairs to the base of the stunning 35-foot waterfall and then hike back up to the top…remember to count the number of steps for bragging rights later on! We’ll spend plenty of time at the base of this incredible waterfall just taking in the sights and sounds of this pretty river gorge. Once we start our climb back up and reach the top of the stairs, we’ll continue north on the trail for a short distance where you’ll enjoy a large observation platform with an amazing view of Lake Superior and the falls below.

The Caribou Falls hike is a great family activity because of its shorter distance and relatively gradual incline. Those who do not want to tackle the long set of stairs to the base of the falls can choose to head straight to the observation deck where you’ll enjoy a longer pit stop for enjoying the view. This hike is wonderful in all seasons but especially in the spring when the waterfalls are really rushing and in the fall as the leaves are popping with color!

Why locals and guests love this hike:

  • A short drive (10 miles) from Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts
  • The trailhead has a large paved parking lot located right off Highway 61 complete with a restroom facility.
  • This is one of the more gentle and accessible trail hikes with a round trip distance of 1.5 miles.
  • It provides access to the main Superior Hiking Trail
  • The feeling of standing at the base of the 35-foot waterfall!
  • The large overlook platform with Lake Superior views and the Caribou River gorge far below. This spot is perfect for family photos or a romantic proposal!

Fall Senior Week Specials!

August 20, 2018

Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts CondoThe last week of  August and the first part of September is an ideal time for many adults to get away midweek. The North Shore of Minnesota is a little bit quieter with kids and families back to school, the weather is perfect (warm days and cool evenings), shops & art galleries are plentiful and open, and there are many great dining and entertainment options.

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 Senior Weeks Special includes 20% off midweek stays of two nights or more.

Fall & Late Summer Seniors Weeks: Valid Aug. 26-30, 2018, Sunday-Thursday and Valid Sept. 4-13, 2018, Sunday-Thursday.

Offer Details:

  • This offer is valid on any available lodging type for those age 60 years and older.
  • Offer is valid for Sunday-Thursday (midweek) reservations.
  • This offer is not valid with any other offer.

In addition to lots of time for relaxing and just watching the Big Lake, it’s is also a great time of year to take advantage of fun events and adventures!

  • Resort Activities! Take advantage of many complimentary resort activities: Wilderness Canoeing, Guided Hikes, Yoga, and Shuttles to the North Shore Winery!
  • State Parks! When you stay with us you’ll have easy access to four spectacular state parks featuring waterfalls, rivers, and pristine forests: TettegoucheTemperance River, Cascade River, and George Crosby Manitou. In addition to the parks in Bluefin Bay’s backyard, we encourage stops at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park. Both are located on Scenic Highway 61 on the drive north to the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.
  • Shopping! The North Shore has a very vibrant arts community and you’ll find wonderful local shops and studios with artwork, clothing, gear and North Shore treasures. Here’s a great resource for a complete list of North Shore Shopping.
  • Entertainment! Sit back and relax at the Bluefin Grille on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11pm and listen to a talented local musician while enjoying a cocktail or a bite from the late night menu. Hello, date night!
  • You can find other live music entertainment and special events happening around Cook County at the Visit Cook County Event Calendar.

Summer’s Last Blast!

August 13, 2018

Kayaking on Lake Superior at Bluefin Bay Family of ResortsSummer is still here in full force but there is just something about mid-August that makes us feel like time is running out and we need to do what we can to hold onto those summer vibes. That means it’s time to plan one last summer getaway!

Most of Minnesota is feeling a bit of a heat wave this summer and now is the perfect time to take advantage of Lake Superior’s built-in air conditioner!

In case you need a few more reasons to plan that one last summer adventure with family or friends to Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts:

  • Summer resort activities are in full swing! Check out our Activities Calendar to plan complimentary adventures like wilderness canoeing, Lake Superior kayaking, guided hikes, bike rides, Kids Adventure Club, and so much more! Plus, you’ll have plenty of time to just hang out by the shores of Lake Superior, roast marshmallows, dine with a view, and just watch the waves.
  • Special Offers! Visit our Offers page to find great last minute deals or take advantage of our new Bed & Breakfast Package, the Extended Stay Special, or the Stay & Play Golf Package.
  • A cool breeze off Lake Superior. Need we say more?


Bluefin Bay Wins Best of the Lake!

August 9, 2018

Lake Superior Magazine Best of Logo

Forgive us, but we need to toot our own horn for a moment, and more importantly, say thank you to our fans and guests.

Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior has been named 2018 Best of the Lake in the overnight lodging category, as sponsored by Lake Superior Magazine. The magazine’s “Best of” award covers all lodging options from Duluth to the Canadian border and, more importantly, it’s a readers’ choice award. This is the second year in a row Bluefin Bay was chosen the readers favorite in this category!

Awards like this one – where fans and guests vote for their favorite or the best – mean the most to us because our guests’ loyalty and confidence is the best barometer of our success creating memorable vacation experiences. So, THANK YOU to all who voted for us – especially our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts guests for your ongoing loyalty, comments and kudos over the years.

We are also excited about a few other winners from our neck of the woods.

  • Best Waterfall in Minnesota: Gooseberry Falls in Two Harbors and High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage
  • Best Local Landmark: Split Rock Lighthouse
  • Best ‘Locally Made’ Store: The Lake Superior Trading Post, Sivertson’s, and Joynes Ben Franklin – all in Grand Marais!
  • Best Walking Trail: Superior Hiking Trail…of course!
  • Best 1-Hour Stop Along The Route: Temperance River State Park. We couldn’t agree more! This beautiful park is a short drive or bike ride from the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and offers incredible hiking, waterfalls and a gorgeous Lake Superior beach.
  • Best Brewery: Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors, and Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais
  • Best Doggy Destination: Artist’s Point in Grand Marais. We are also pet-friendly at Bluefin Bay and love our furry friend guests!
  • Reader’s Choice: Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide and Gondola

Check out the full list here and be inspired to plan your Lake Superior getaway. We are partial to our lovely North Shore region of Lake Superior but we love how it also highlights the amazing places in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario.  Circle tour, anyone?


More awards

Check out a complete list of awards on our website here. The entire Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts Team is honored and humbled to be deemed the ‘best’ and your “favorite,” and we strive to continually live up to those titles.

So again, thank you. We hope you’re having a great summer.


Discover Sugarloaf Cove

August 6, 2018

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Area on Minnesota's North ShoreWe are really fortunate to be located just a short drive from a beautiful and very special place dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the entire North Shore of Minnesota: Sugarloaf Cove. Here you’ll find one of the most beautiful protected coves on the lake, interpretive nature trails, a nature center, and year-round programs on geology and wildlife. Sugarloaf Cove is the North Shore Stewardship Association and their mission is to “inspire the preservation and restoration of the North Shore’s unique environment through education and exemplary stewardship, especially at Sugarloaf Cove.”

Sign-up for one of our complimentary resort guided hiking trips to Sugarloaf Cove where our guides will lead you on a marked interpretive route through a Red Pine Plantation that showcases the logging history and geological history of the North Shore. This 1.5-mile round trip hike is easy and perfect for the whole family.

Or, head out on your own Sugarloaf Cove adventure. To get there it is just a short 5 – 10-minute drive from the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts properties and located just off Highway 61. Grab a trail guide from the nature center and enjoy a walk along the interpretive trail, visit the picturesque cove surrounded with 1.1 billion-year-old rocks, visit the interpretive center to talk with the staff about this incredible area, or participate in one of their nature programs. Here are a few of their other on-going weekly programs:

  • Bird Banding on Thursdays: Sugarloaf Cove is participating in bird research to learn their migratory patterns, how long they live, and where they nest. Get up close to a wild bird (and maybe even hold one!) during their bird banding sessions to see what’s happening with our Minnesota birds.
  • Stories in Stone on Sundays: The Sugarloaf beach has many different kinds of rocks and you can find out how they got there, how to spot an agate or Thompsonite, and how this area was formed on this casual walk with a Sugarloaf guide.
  • Friday and Saturday programs change weekly and include topics like Small Life in Big Lakes, The Story of Sugarloaf Cove, The world at Dusk, and Moose Stories.

Soak It All in This Summer with Resort Amenities!

August 2, 2018

Complimentary Bikes and equipment at Bluefin Bay on Lake SuperiorHere at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we frame your North Shore vacation with warm and friendly hospitality, in an environment that nurtures relaxation and escape, and with all the upscale resort amenities you desire. While our resorts share some common amenities – such as complimentary outdoor equipment and participation in resort hosted activities, our restaurants and Waves of Superior Spa – specific recreational amenities vary at each resort. Our favorite amenity is the shoreline of Lake Superior but we also have lots of other fun things you may want to take advantage of during your stay.


  • Our Resort Activities & Events are complimentary (except for Charter Fishing) and include a wide variety of activities – guided hikes, kayak tours, wilderness canoeing, kids adventures, yoga, winery tours, and more!
  • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Heated Pool and Hot Tub (year-round!)
  • Two Saunas
  • Fitness Center
  • Complimentary Recreational Equipment: Road and off-road bikes, tennis equipment, badminton equipment, bocce ball equipment, cornhole game sets, hiking maps and day backpacks.
  • Tennis Courts
  • Playground
  • Nightly Bonfires & S’mores!
  • BBQ grills located throughout the property
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free WIFI throughout the resort
  • Bluefin Grille – open for breakfast, lunch & dinner & Coho Cafe & Bakery – open for breakfast lunch and dinner


  • Our Resort Activities & Events are complimentary (except for Charter Fishing) and include a wide variety of activities – guided hikes, kayak tours, wilderness canoeing, kids adventures, yoga, winery tours, and more!
  • Indoor Pool and Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Fitness Center
  • Complimentary Recreational Equipment: Road and off-road bikes, tennis equipment, badminton equipment, bocce ball equipment, hiking maps and day backpacks.
  • Waves of Superior Spa!
  • Waves Cafe – open for breakfast and brunch/lunch
  • Tennis Courts
  • Campfire & S’mores!
  • BBQ grills located throughout the property
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free WIFI throughout the resort


Here, there are no schedules to keep. No must-do activities. We simply invite you to experience your North Shore vacation on your terms. Temperance Landing is located two miles from Surfside on Lake Superior and we’re pleased to offer our guests full access to the pool, sauna, Waves of Superior Spa & Café and more at our sister resort, Surfside on Lake Superior. This includes complimentary outdoor equipment and participation in resort activities hosted by the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.

  • Our Resort Activities & Events are complimentary (except for Charter Fishing) and include a wide variety of activities – guided hikes, kayak tours, wilderness canoeing, kids adventures, yoga, winery tours, and more!
  • Star of the North Sauna: Relax in our rustic cabin community sauna on Lake Superior’s edge – open only to private residents and guests of Temperance Landing. This old-fashioned, classic Finnish sauna is located on the south end of the property in a restored 70-year-old log cabin operating here since the 1930’s.
  • Free WIFI throughout the resort
  • Shuttle Service
  • BBQ Grills at each Temperance Landing Home