Celebrating Mom

April 29, 2019

mother and child heart hands at bluefin bay Mother’s Day is coming up soon and you’ll find many ways to celebrate with Mom here on the North Shore and at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Lakeside dining, relaxation at a spa, golfing, waterfall viewing, or an outdoor adventure – whatever your Mom loves to do you’ll find it here!

  • Dine! Treat Mom to our Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 12th at Waves of Superior Cafe. Located at Surfside on Lake Superior, with views of the big lake, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a wonderful meal with Mom.  Our brunch buffet will feature a delicious selection of chef-driven and seasonal items like a fresh seafood display, build your own pasta station, carving station, a variety of yummy brunch and breakfast selections, seasonal salads, fresh pastries, and delectable desserts. Find more details and reservation info here.
  • Spa! Mom deserves a day of pampering and what better way than with a spa treatment from Waves of Superior Spa. In addition to many great massage options, we also have a nail technician. Treat Mom to a mani or pedi just in time for sandal season!
  • Adventure! If Mom loves to unwind in the great outdoors you’ll have endless activities choose from during a North Shore getaway. Hiking, biking, golfing, trail running, waterfall viewing, and wave watching are activities to enjoy with the whole family. Check out our seasonal recreation page or join in with the many complimentary resort activities & events available during your stay. In addition, there are fantastic events and activities happening in the local area.  Explore all the options on the Visit Cook Count Event Calendar. Top off a day outdoors with some great local shopping or a visit to a local brewery or winery for an extra special Mother’s Day treat.

Waterfall Mania! Our Top 5 Favorites

April 22, 2019

Temperance River in SpringThe North Shore of Lake Superior has the best waterfall viewing of anywhere in Minnesota, perhaps the Midwest. The unique geologic formations along the North Shore create breathtaking waterfalls that are especially spectacular in the spring.

There are so many wonderful places to stop for great waterfall viewing along the North Shore. Whether you want to keep your viewing close to Highway 61 or prefer a good hike along a river before reaching the falls, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 favorites.

1 – Temperance River Falls at Temperance River State Park – truly a Bluefin Bay guest and staff favorite and the most popular waterfall viewing because of its beauty and proximity to all three Bluefin Bay Resorts. You can even walk or bike to Temperance River State Park from either Temperance Landing or Surfside Resort! In addition, parking along Hwy 61 makes it an easy stop on the way up or down the shore.  Note: Join this hike as part of our complimentary guided resort activities.

2 – Cascades & Falls at Cascade River State Park   Just 10 miles from the resort with easy parking right along Highway 61 make this another favorite.  While hiking beside this beautiful river you’ll be treated to views of a series of stair-stepping ‘cascading’ waterfalls.   Note: Join this hike as part of our complimentary guided resort activities.

3 – Caribou Falls State Wayside A pleasant 3/4 mile walk along the beautiful Caribou River leads to one of the most breath-taking waterfalls on the North Shore! From the trail, descend four flights of stairs to the base of the stunning 35-foot waterfall.  Yes, you’ll have to hike back up to the top…remember to count the number of steps for bragging rights later on! Want even more views? Keep heading up the trail to a large observation platform with a view of Lake Superior and the falls below. Note: Join this hike as part of our complimentary guided resort activities.

4 – High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage State Park –This one is totally worth the drive that takes you right to the Canadian Border. After an easy half-mile hike, you’ll be greeted by a view of a 120′ waterfall drop. Watch out! This one creates a spectacular spray in spring!

5 – Cross River Falls at Schroeder You can’t miss this 100′ falls as you drive by on Hwy 61 as you head North to Bluefin Bay Resorts. We especially love this falls because of its accessibility to all and the impressive roar this time of year. The perfect waterfall to stop at every time you drive by in any season!

Discover more information on the North Shore waterfalls, travel tips, and links to area maps visit our Waterfalls Page. 

Follow us on social! We are highlighting a different waterfall on social media every week through May. Look for the Wow! Waterfall of The Week features or search #waterfalloftheweek.

Happy waterfall viewing!

North Shore Culinary School Scholarship Announcement

April 15, 2019

north shore culinary school logoBluefin Bay is happy to announce a scholarship for a student to come to learn, live, and play on the North Shore of Lake Superior!

In partnership with Hibbing Community College, credentialed culinary instructors will lead students through culinary certificate or diploma classes. Starting in the fall of 2019, students can choose either a 17-week Culinary Arts Certificate (16 credits) or a 34-week program to earn a One-Year Culinary Arts Diploma (31 credits). The recently completed culinary arts school is located in beautiful Grand Marais at the ISD 166 building.

Outside of the classroom, scholarship recipients will be provided a job at the Bluefin Grille to earn while you learn, putting skills from the classroom into real-world experience.  Housing and additional tuition assistance may also be available.

To apply, please contact Eric Frost at eric@bluefinbay.com or call him at 218-663-6886.


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Dining News!

April 8, 2019

beef skewers at bluefin grilleHere at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we are embracing Spring and the ‘Season of Change’. The entire Bluefin Grille restaurant will be receiving a beautiful renovation between April 14th and the 24th. Including, a fresh new color palette, new lighting, and the addition of some fun features.  We invite you to come for a visit and check it out when we reopen on Thursday, April 25th!

During the renovations, the Bluefin Grille will be closed but Coho Cafe & Bakery will be open daily 8am-9pm for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, Coho Cafe is also the perfect place to grab a morning coffee or afternoon sweet treat. Ice cream, anyone? Dine in with the full menu while enjoying a glass of wine or beer, grab a meal or snack to go, or order one of the gourmet take-and-bake pizzas.

Waves of Superior Cafe at Surfside will be opening for the season Thursday, May 23rd! Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Superior in a sunny, serene setting that complements our signature Waves of Superior Spa.

Our Food and Beverage team is also busy crafting and designing a few new menu items for the summer season at all restaurants. Stay tuned on social media for featured menu highlights as we roll out the new offerings.

Celebrate spring with us at one of these upcoming dining events:

  • Easter Brunch! Waves Cafe at Surfside on Lake Superior. Join us for an exquisite buffet on Sunday, April 21 from 10am – 2pm.
  • Spring Food & Wine Lovers Weekend! May 3-5. We are excited to announce that the guest chef for the spring event will be Chef Craig Vieira of the Caribou Restaurant + Wine Bar in Thunder Bay, Canada.
  • Mother’s Day Brunch! Waves Cafe at Surfside on Lake Superior. Sunday, May 12th.

For questions and reservation on any of these events please call: 218-663-6200 or 800-258-3346


2020 Calendar Contest!

April 1, 2019

2019 calendar contest grand prize winner - ben berndt

2019 Grand Prize Winner Ben Berndt

The 25th Annual Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts Calendar Contest is underway for the 2020 calendar.

Have you taken some awesome vacation photos during your stay at Bluefin Bay, Surfside on Lake Superior or Temperance Landing? We’re currently looking for photos from all three resorts plus pics from all along the beautiful North Shore. Keep in mind, we especially love receiving entries from the off-seasons or quiet times. By sharing your artistry, you allow us to showcase our breathtaking lake and beautiful surroundings.

Guess what? One of your photos may be chosen and published in our 2020 calendar! In addition, you’ll have the chance to win one of eleven resort gift cards worth $200 or one grand prize $1,000 Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts gift card!

The 2020 Calendar Contest entry deadline is June 30, 2019. You can view the full contest details and how to enter here.

Check out our 2019 Calendar Contest winners and get inspired to share your own photos of this beautiful area.

A special thank you to ALL of the participants who entered their prize photographs in our contest this past year.


‘There are no rules for good photographs, there are just good photographs.’ ~ Ansel Adams