Spring Escape!

March 25, 2019

north shore waterfall early springSpring is officially here. Yippee! It’s the time of year when 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). This amazing offer runs now through June 13.

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. This year we are predicting an exceptional waterfall season. Since we had huge amounts of winter snowfall we’ll see spectacular spring waterfalls! In fact, we are already seeing many rivers starting to put on their spring flow show.  You can easily spend a few days driving up and down highway 61 checking out all the wonderful falls.  Learn more and get great travel tips for waterfall season here.

We’ll be starting a weekly waterfall segment soon. Look for it on our social media pages where we’ll highlight a different not-to-miss waterfall each week!

In addition, here are a few upcoming spring events and activities you may not want to miss:

3 Reasons to Spend Spring Break on Minnesota’s North Shore

March 11, 2019

winter family fun at bluefin bayPlan a Spring Break getaway the whole family will love! 3 Reasons this year’s spring break will be sweeter at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts on the shores of Lake Superior…

  1. 1. Unlimited Family Fun! Does your family like to get out and enjoy every snowy adventure you can? For the winter adventure seekers, the snow and trail conditions will be top-notch through the month of April. In addition, the longer days and warmer temps help you enjoy more of your favorite activities. Spend your days skiing & snowboarding at Lutsen Mountains, or cross-country skiing the local Sugarbush or Norpine Trails. Continue the outdoor fun with some epic winter hiking or snowshoeing. Our experienced activities staff offer lots of guided adventures for the whole family. From cross-country ski tours to snowshoe hikes along a frozen river. Visit the Activites Calendar for a full list of complimentary guided trips. Equipment included!
  2. 2. Cozy Family Memories! Do you love to snuggle in, get cozy, and spend precious quality time with your family?  You’re in luck! It all starts with our upscale accommodations. Whether you select a stunning lakeside suite or a multi-bedroom condo or townhome you’ll get a front row seat to one of nature’s greatest shows. At Bluefin Bay, we bring you closer to the lake, and to each other. Enjoy the indoor or outdoor (heated!) pool, hot tubs, and sauna. Unplug and unwind as you put together a puzzle, play games, read books, or just enjoy a fire and the stunning views of Lake Superior. After a day of outdoor adventure or a day of indoor fun, Bluefin Bay is the place to be. Many accommodations have full kitchens, plus we offer two on-site restaurants to maximize your dining options: Coho Cafe & Bakery and the Bluefin Grille.
  3. 3. Great Deals and Special Offers! With savings from 20-40% off, your Spring Break will be even sweeter when you take advantage of these Great Deals and Packages! 

March Trail Report: Big Snow and Big Fun!

March 4, 2019

Lutsen Mountains March 2019March is here with the North Shore seeing the most snow in the state, longer days, and higher temps are almost here. It’s time to get outside!  With this in mind, 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 deep base of snow. As a result, all 65 kilometers are groomed and open!  With direct access to Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior, you can easily explore this beautiful area.

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 trail.

New this year are guided trips on the Norpine Trails. These beautiful trails are located in the Lusten area and wind through beautiful pine and hardwood forests. The Norpine Trail groomers are reporting excellent conditions and tons of snow!

Cook County has 400 kilometers of cross-country ski trails making it the largest network of trails in North America. The overall trail base ranges from 12-27 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: A long and snowy season has made for some epic ski and snowboard days. Because of this, Lutsen Mountains has a snow base of 48-80 inches on all primary runs. In addition, there is enough of a base to be open through mid-April and weekends into May! With 4 mountains and 95 runs, everyone will enjoy skiing or snowboarding at the Midwest’s only mountain ski area.

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, strap on a pair of snowshoes (complimentary rentals) to trek through the deeper snow. Many trails that you enjoy in the summer are packed and accessible during the winter!  A pair of winter boots or ice grips are all you need to experience a walk through the snowy woods. 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. Local snowmobile clubs are reporting excellent conditions on the trails and many riders are reporting the best riding they’ve had in years. The Cook County Snowmobile Club has updated trail conditions and maps for the local trails. Or, visit the North Shore Visitor website for info on snowmobile trails all along Highway 61.

See you on the trails!

 

MN DNR snow depth map