Plein Air Competition Comes to Bluefin Bay!

August 25, 2019

Plein Air Grand Marais is an outdoor painting festival that has been happening for 16 years! This year the event will be held September 6-13 and has been organized by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and the Cook County Historical Society’s Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.

The annual Plein Air event brings outdoor painters of all ages and abilities to Minnesota’s North Shore. In addition to the competition of 75 juried painters, the event also includes workshops for kids and adults, demos, daily activities, mini-workshops, and public art activities.

New this year at Bluefin Bay!

In addition to all of the artsy fun happening in Grand Marais, we are excited to host a daily ‘Paint-Out’ and Artist Social here at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.  On Saturday, September 7th  artists will spread out around the resort properties during daylight hours to paint. The public is invited to stroll around and watch these talented artists paint along the beautiful Lake Superior shoreline.

Find the full Plein Air Grand Marais schedule here.


Lake Superior Magazine: Best of the Lake 2019!

August 19, 2019

Best of the lake 2019 - lake superior magazineIt’s that time of year!  The Lake Superior Magazine has posted results from their annual Best of the Lake contest. Votes came in from 23 U.S. States and 3 Canadian provinces! Thank you to the loyal readers who voted for Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Because of these votes, we are thrilled to have won in three Minnesota categories:

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE: Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts



In addition, our favorite trail – the Superior Hiking Trail – won for Minnesota’s Best Accessible Trail! We are also excited that Grand Marais’ Lake Superior Trading Post and Drury Lane Books won for Best Gift Shop/Bookstore. Two great places to visit on your day trip into Grand Marais. Check out the entire Best Of awards for a complete list of winners and categories from Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, and Wisconsin. We guarantee you’ll be inspired to plan your next Lake Superior getaway!


Relax and Recharge With a Hike!

August 12, 2019

Guided Hiking at Leveaux on superior hiking trail

Have you heard about the Japanese practice called Forest Bathing? Basically, it’s the act of being in nature with an awareness of the sights, sounds, and smells that are all around us in order to benefit our well-being. In other words, we allow ourselves the time to unplug, relax, and recharge in nature.

Here among the forests of Minnesota’s North Shore we have almost unlimited opportunities to immerse ourselves in nature. Hiking is the #1 favorite activity of our guests! Because of this, the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts activities department strives to make access to our incredible surrounding forests easy, inspiring, and fun. We offer many complimentary guided hiking opportunities year-round.  In addition, all of our hikes include a shuttle to and from the hiking destination and are led by an experienced guide.

We’ve listed just a few of our favorite late-summer hikes:

  • OBERG MOUNTAIN HIKE: If we had a signature hike this would probably be it! There is something about this beautiful little mountain that keeps people coming back time and time again. This gorgeous trail travels in a loop atop the mountain and follows the ridgeline offering panoramic views and several overlooks of Lake Superior, Oberg Lake, and The Sawtooth Mountains.
  • LOWER FALLS: New this year, this hike takes place in the heart of the beautiful George H Crosby Manitou State Park. Once on the hike, you’ll quickly realize that this is a hidden gem here on the North Shore. Most of the hike is on the Superior Hiking Trail where we’ll make a stop at a trail shelter to talk about the natural history of this wilderness paradise.
  • LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN: Enjoy the incredible views of Lake Superior and the eastern view of the Sawtooth Mountain range from Lookout Mountain in Cascade State Park! 
  • CARIBOU FALLS: A pleasant walk along the Caribou River leads to one of the most breath-taking waterfalls on the North Shore! The Caribou Falls hike begins at one of our favorite Minnesota State Waysides and also provides access to the Superior Hiking Trail.

Visit the resort activity schedule for more hikes and other fun outdoor adventures to enjoy during your getaway.

Remember… ‘Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.’ ~John Muir

More Summer. More Fun. More Packages & Offers!

August 5, 2019

Surfside on Superior ResortMake the most of the last days of summer with a visit to the North Shore. During the late summer months, the possibilities are endless for fun and adventure on and off the resort properties. Lake Superior kayaking, inland lake kayaking, biking, canoeing, hiking, golfing, fishing, complimentary guided activities and events, distinct onsite dining options, ultimate relaxation at Waves of Superior Spa, and enough resort amenities to satisfy every traveler. Let the summer fun continue!

Enjoy special savings and added amenities with these current packages and offers:

  • BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGE: Our popular breakfast package is back! Our Bed & Breakfast Package combines your choice of lodging with a discounted delicious breakfast buffet at the Bluefin Grille. This package is perfect for guests who want the convenience and savings of combining bed & breakfast.
  • STAY & PLAY GOLF PACKAGE: Enjoy great savings and amazing views when you stay at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and hit the links at Superior National Golf Course at Lutsen. Guests of Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing receive discounted lodging and green fees with our Stay & Play Golf Packages.
  • EXTENDED STAY SPECIAL: With this progressive savings deal, the longer you stay at any of our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, the more you save!
  • THE ROMANTIC RETREAT: Combine the ultimate in relaxation and romance with this package! The Romantic Retreat is our most popular romance package and includes lodging and dining at any of our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts — Bluefin Bay, Surfside, or Temperance Landing — all on Lake Superior. You can also personalize your package with any of our romantic add-ons.
  • LAST MINUTE VACANCY: Flexible travel dates? Visit the Offers page for sweet deals on last-minute vacancy opportunities and save big on your North Shore vacation!