Temperance Landing summer – A bit quieter pace

July 29, 2020

Temperance Landing SummerWhat a beautiful summer morning at Temperance Landing! This morning’s walk around the property was a reminder that — of the three Bluefin Bay resorts in the family — Temperance Landing has a bit slower, more laid-back and quieter pace.

The rocky beach at Temperance Landing is the perfect place to enjoy morning coffee. Perch yourself on a big rock and take in Lake Superior’s expansive beauty. This morning Temperance was sunny and serene. The Temperance Landing Summer Beachbirds were chirping good morning as gentle Lake Superior  waves lapped softly at the shoreline under the warm July sun.

Temperance Landing joined the Bluefin Bay Family in 2006. The property is nestled on the edge of Lake Superior and set against the backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountains in Schroeder, MN. And, yes, it gets its name from nearby Temperance River State Park.

Luxury log homes on Lake Superior

Temperance Landing ResortIf you don’t know Temperance, you’re in for a treat. Our Temperance Landing three-story log homes boast two-and-half-story vaulted ceilings, Ponderosa Pine log walls, a grand ledgerock stone fireplace, a whirlpool tub, granite and tile shower, a grand porch overlooking the lake, and incredible Lake Superior views!

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom log homes are warm and inviting, and a great way to escape from our hectic — and maybe somewhat crazy right now — lives.

The sheer size and character of these log homes, as well as the breathtaking location, make them feel more like a solo rental you might find on VRBO. But, guests at Temperance Landing also get the benefits of the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts amenities, including access to the Surfside pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness area, plus complimentary outdoor equipment and guest activities. (That’s if you can break away from your perch on the rock enjoying your coffee by the big lake!)

Families, groups of friends and couples’ groups love Temperance Landing as it comfortably sleeps 6-8 people. There is plenty of quiet space, as well as “hang-out together” space. In fact, each couple can have their own floor! The full kitchen, dining area and grand porch overlooking the lake also make it great for entertaining.

Off the beaten path in Temperance Landing’s backyard

For guests who want to avoid people and explore the quieter, off the beaten path version of the North Shore, Temperance Landing is perfect. The resort is steps from the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail where you can hop on the trail and go (by bike or foot) all the way to Bluefin Bay (about 3 miles) and beyond.

A lovely walk or ride along the Gitchi Gami takes you to Temperance River State Park — which is less than a mile from the resort. Be sure to leave time to hike along the Temperance River and explore this great state park. [Note: This one does get a little crowded in the summer.]

Father Baraga’s Cross is another gem off the beaten path that is less than .25 mile from Temperance Landing. From Temperance, walk to Baraga Cross Road and then meander the .25 mile to the breathtaking Lake Superior shoreline where you can explore. A giant granite cross commemorates missionary Frederic Baraga’s safe passage across an angry Lake Superior in 1846. Read more here.

Check out this photo gallery of Temperance Landing & Father Baraga’s Cross.

 

No paddle? No problem!

July 21, 2020

Explore the North Shore from the water with a guided tour

Bluefin Bay Family of ResortsSo you’ve never worn a spray skirt, done a sweep stroke or dropped a rudder. Guess what? It doesn’t matter! With our complimentary kayaking tours, everyone – from absolute beginners to advanced paddlers – can have a great time exploring the greatest of lakes.

No paddle or paddling experience, no problem! We’ve got you covered.

Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior

KayakingUnder the watchful eye of our certified guides, kayak tours typically head northeast along the rocky shoreline, paddling past waterfalls and over sea cliffs, dipping into caves and witnessing lots of wildlife.

More inland sea than lake, wind can sometimes be a factor on Lake Superior. When this happens, our guides play it safe and take guests to explore one of our many gorgeous inland lakes. Whether out on the BIG Lake or inland, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Regardless of paddling experience, all physically capable guests ages 12 and older are welcome to join in the adventure. While we provide all necessary equipment, including the very safe and stable tandem kayaks, we do recommend wearing a swimsuit under the wetsuit and shoes that can get wet (take it from us – paddling barefoot is not a good idea).

Tours hit the water three to four times daily throughout the summer and can be booked here on our online Resort Activities Calendar to ensure your spot.

Inland Kayaking on Caribou LakeRecreational Inland Kayaking on Caribou Lake

This is the second year we’ve offered inland kayaking on beautiful Caribou Lake in Lutsen. In this guided adventure, we’ll recreational kayak for two hours on this peaceful, scenic lake. As we paddle along the shore, you’ll want to look for wildlife like beavers, loons, and ducks.

Inland kayaking is perfect for families and beginners or those who want to kayak, but don’t want to risk falling into Lake Superior’s chilly waters. This guided trip is kid-friendly for children ages 7 and up. We offer basic kayak stroke instruction, which makes it perfect for beginners.

Wilderness Canoeing Close to Home

Wilderness Canoeing ExperienceOur Wilderness Canoeing Experience on the Poplar River has become a guest and staff favorite. Guests meet at Bluefin Bay Guest Services and then drive or take the shuttle (one family group only) to the Poplar River in Lutsen. We then hike about a quarter of a mile to the canoes, and paddle two miles along the beautiful Poplar River.

No past canoe experience is needed and children as young as five can participate. The trip is leisurely, scenic, and within the whole family’s capabilities. This is definitely a family-friendly activity.

For those who love to stay at Bluefin Bay Resorts, but have always wondered what a Boundary Waters Canoe experience would be like, this 2.5 hour trip gives you a flavor for the BWCA but is shorter and closer to home. Because our Wilderness Canoe Experience is so popular, it fills quickly.

Check our Resort Activities Calendar for dates and times for all on the water adventures. All guided activities are complimentary and can fill quickly in the summer, so it’s best to register in advance via the online link.

Please note that all of our activities are operated under NEW health and safety protocols. Please check the online activity listing for social distancing and other rules prior to your visit. Read more on our Stay Safe page here.

Happy paddling!

Check out these fun videos:

Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior

Wilderness Canoeing Experience

Stay Safe: Wear your mask & help us stay open

July 13, 2020

wear your mask-protect yourself & othersWe want you to travel safely and stay well during the Covid-pandemic. The health and safety of our resort guests, our staff and the community at large is our top priority.

While visiting the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we ask guests to: 1) Be proactive about personal hygiene (frequent hand washing, etc.), 2) Wear a mask or face covering, and 3) Practice social distancing. Remember, for physical distancing the CDC recommends a safe social distance of six feet or more — or one moose apart.

One Moose Apart - Covid Social DistancingWe appreciate the new “Wear your mask” campaign created by the State of Minnesota as part of its Stay Safe MN initiative. You’ll see these signs on our buildings and badges on our website and in social media as a friendly reminder.

The “Stay Six Feet or One Moose Apart” campaign was created by Visit Cook County as a reminder to stay at least six feet or one moose apart in physical distance.

These two creative campaigns help us spread the message of how to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, and you’ll see these signs in and around the resorts during your stay with us. We’re getting lots of comments from guests who like the fun and friendly reminders.

Visit the Bluefin Bay Resorts Stay Safe page for updates on health and safety protocols and resort services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please remember, if you or anyone in your party is sick with any Covid-like symptoms we ask that you reschedule your trip and we’ll provide a full refund or apply it to a future stay.

Thank you for protecting yourself and others, and for helping us stay open during these challenging times. We appreciate you!

 

Take a hike off the beaten path

July 7, 2020

We’ve got the best hiking trails on MN’s North Shore

Hiking Superior Hiking Trail - Cascade River Overlook

In a world where “social distancing” is not only part of our vocabulary, but a requirement for health and safety, we’re sharing our favorite hikes off the beaten path. These trails are less populated than many, plus we love them — and we think you will too!

All three hikes are part of our resort-guided hikes this summer. If you decide to venture out on your own and need maps or directions, our Guest Services team is happy to help.

Dyer’s Creek

Dyer's Creek - Superior Hiking TrailThis hike starts at the trailhead on the east side of Cook County 1 and after a quick trek through a coniferous forest it crosses to the West Side of the road. Thick stands of fragrant Balsam/Spruce hug the corridor of the trail for 1 ½ miles until you reach your turn around point at a 40-foot A-frame bridge over beautiful Dyer’s Creek.

Check out one of the larger structures on the Superior Hiking Trail and learn how trail professionals and volunteers labored to install it. You’ll head back along Two Island River, cross over abandoned railroad tracks and return to the trailhead.

The hike is 2.2 miles and rated “intermediate” in difficulty.

Lake Agnes, White Sky Rock

White Sky Rock - Lake Agnes HikeThe Agnes Lake trailhead is five miles up the Caribou trail in Lutsen. Park at the Caribou Lake public water access. Expect a steep climb for about .2 miles, after that the trail levels off. The forest is mixed hardwood, with sections of maples and old growth cedars. Once at the lake keep your eye out for beavers and other wildlife. A good turn around point is the second campsite on the west end of the lake.

This trail is 3 miles and rated “moderate to difficult.”

Section 13

Hiking Section 13 - Superior Hiking TrailThough the name lacks creativity – it literally is section 13 of the Superior Hiking Trail – we love this down and back hike along the Baptism and Sawmill River Valleys. It’s considered by many through-hikers as one of the most scenic sections of the trail. This hike winds through deciduous forests slowly climbing to a beautiful overlook and is frequented by moose, wolves, and various raptor species. Caution: This hike isn’t for the faint of heart, the terrain is rough and the trail can be muddy. It’s 2.7 miles and rated “difficult,” but the view at the top is well worth the struggle.

For more great North Shore summer hikes along the Superior Hiking Trail, read more here.

To see resort-guided hikes & learn more about health & safety protocols, click here.

A new ownership duo for our beloved resorts

July 2, 2020

Bluefin BayOur beloved Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is officially under new ownership. We’re pleased to report that Silver Bay native, Joe Swanson, and his business partner, Pipasu Soni, are the new owners of Bluefin Bay Resorts, operating under the management company, BFB Management, LLC.

Dennis Rysdahl, co-founder and 36-year owner of Bluefin Bay Resorts, will remain in a leadership and advising role for a year or more until his official retirement.

In planning for his succession, Dennis sought to find a buyer who would carry on the legacy of first-rate lodging and amenities, warm and friendly hospitality, and the high quality of guest service for which the Bluefin Bay brand is known. For Dennis, that also meant developing the Resorts’ leadership team and selecting an owner who would continue the longstanding commitment to the Bluefin Bay staff, owner partners, and the local community.

“I knew when I saw Joe Swanson’s name on the list of potential buyers that he was one of us. He shares a history here, as well as our core values and commitment to the community. Pipasu Soni’s resume and skill sets are also exceptional. I’m confident we’ve selected an ownership team that is deeply committed to continuing the Bluefin Bay tradition of creating memorable vacation experiences for guests for years to come,” Dennis said.

New owner has North Shore roots and a love for Bluefin Bay

For Joe Swanson, owning Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is a dream come true.  A Silver Bay native, Swanson worked at Bluefin Bay for seven years during high school and college in housekeeping, dining, and maintenance positions.

Now a 401(k) and business advisor in the Twin Cities, when Swanson saw the resort for sale, he immediately contacted his friend and business partner, Pipasu Soni, to discuss the idea. Pipasu is chief financial officer for Winnipeg-based NFI Group, a bus and coach manufacturer. He previously served in several finance roles with U.S. Steel. The duo met through their wives who were friends and their children went to school together. Likewise, Joe and Pipasu became fast friends and eventually business partners.

“We’re deeply committed to advancing the culture and reputation of Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts developed by Dennis and his team,” Swanson said. “The Bluefin Bay team is the best I’ve ever met, bar none! That’s a tribute to Dennis’ leadership and hard work to create a community and experience beloved by so many.”

“We’ve had great success over the last two years building a capable and committed leadership team in preparation for an eventual sale, and the new owners will retain that team. I have a high degree of confidence that the operations of the resorts will continue to thrive,” Dennis confirmed.

Join us in congratulating and welcoming new owners, Joe Swanson and Pipasu Soni! And, thank you to co-founder Dennis Rysdahl for his vision, leadership, careful planning, and tireless commitment that has made the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts what it is today.

We are proud that Bluefin Bay has always operated like an extended family, where we care about and take care of each other and take great pride in creating memorable vacation experiences for our guests. Today, we welcome two new owners to that extended family who share that commitment.

Read more about the resort sale from today’s press:

 

 

 

Pre-planning makes your summer getaway more enjoyable

July 1, 2020

We all know summer travel is going to look and feel different this year. Many of the resort services we provide at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts – from dining to outdoor activities to access to resort amenities such as our pools and spa — have changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

These services are all operating under limited capacity and safety guidelines in accordance with the CDC and local and state health officials.

Here are some pre-planning tips to help you make the most of your North Shore vacation getaway this summer. We can’t wait to see you!

Indoor Dining Reservations

Reservations are now required for indoor dining at the Bluefin Grille, and we are taking those reservations via Open Table. If you know that you want to dine inside, we suggest you make a reservation in advance of your stay. Just click on the Open Table widget to make a reservation, or call us at 218-663-6200.

Takeout and outdoor seating at the Bluefin Grille does not require a reservation. Learn more about our hours, online menu and ordering information here.

Coho Café & Bakery is now offers counter service for takeout, limited indoor seating and outdoor seating on one of two outdoor patios. No advance reservations are required at Coho Cafe, seating is on a first come, first-served basis. See current hours and menus here.

Outdoor Activities – Sign-Up Suggested

We’re offering the full array of outdoor activities – hiking, biking, kayaking, inland kayaking, wilderness canoeing, yoga, kids’ activities and more – under new health and safety protocols. Learn more and sign up for each activity here.

Spa Reservations

Waves of Superior Spa is open at 25% capacity offering 60-min massage services. Waves of Superior Spa access is limited to spa clients and staff, and guests must make reservations in advance. Walk-in appointments are not available due to social distancing and other health and safety protocols. Please review the Stay Safe 2020 page for more information.

Make spa reservations online or call 218-663-6888.

Pools, Hot Tubs, Fitness Areas

The indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and fitness areas are all now all open under current MN Department of Health restrictions. Signage at each pool and hot tub area indicate the maximum number of people that can be in the area/facility at one time.

No advance reservations required, but we do ask guests to adhere to capacity limits and social distancing requirements both inside the pool and on pool decks, etc.

We can’t wait to see you at the resort this summer and fall! To learn more about our Stay Safe Initiatives, click here.

See you soon!