North Shore Fall! If you want in, book now

August 25, 2020

Our Fall availability is filling fast!

Bluefin Bay - Fall on the North ShoreFall on Minnesota’s North Shore is one of the most breathtaking seasons and best times to visit. The star of the show is, of course, the vibrant fall color along Minnesota’s North Shore, including the Sawtooth Mountains and Superior National Forest.

Waves of red, orange and yellow extend as far as the eye can see Lusten in the Fallfrom the rocky ridges overlooking Lake Superior. In contrast are  the pine green forest and blue hues of Lake Superior herself.

Fall enthusiasts contend there are actual two fall peaks on the North Shore. First to turn are the inland maples,  followed by the yellow and golds of the aspen and birch along Hwy 61/North Shore Scenic Drive. So in a good year, calendar contestfall colors lasts for weeks! Lucky for us.

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we enjoy helping guests experience the North Shore on foot, by pedal, canoe, kayak, or car.

For those who prefer to hit the trails to experience the changing leaves up close and personal — our guided fall hikes are fantastic. Prefer to go solo? No problem. We can you point you to the best (and less-populated trails) and the best color during your visit. The cool days are perfect for hiking in your favorite sweatshirt, and best when followed by a campfire and smores’ from the Bluefin Bay beach.

If you prefer to explore by bike, you can choose from the Gitchi Gami paved trail along the shoreline or off-road biking trails that offer adventure and an up-close-and-personal leaf peeping experience. Wilderness canoeing and inland kayaking are exceptional ways to see the colors from a different vantage point – the water. Join a guided excursion or head out on your own and paddle at your own pace.

In the fall, the North Shore feels a bit more laid back and relaxed — and that’s why we love it! But this year, we’re seeing different travel patterns and more people favoring driving vacations. Our fall is booking in fast.

Book now for fall travel through October

So, if you’re planning to join us at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts for a fall getaway, we encourage you to plan and book ahead. Fall bookings are already strong and availability for Sept. is limited.

Here’s a tip: If you don’t see your ideal dates or unit style available online, consider midweek travel as there is likely to be more availability and the fall colors are just as great midweek. 😉 If you have the flexibility due to remote work and/or the kids are distance learning vs the classroom, midweek travel could be a great option. Our reservationists can help at 1-800-258-3346.

Fall dining — also good to plan ahead

Planning your dining in advance may also help with your travel experience. If you would like indoor dining reservations at the Bluefin Grille, we encourage you to book in advance of your stay. We seat by reservation only for limited indoor seating at the Grille due to Covid-19 restrictions. View our online menu or book your reservation here.

Tip #2: Pack your jacket (and maybe your gloves), as well as your patience. The weather can be a bit more unpredictable for outdoor dining in the fall than summer, especially with Lake Superior breezes. We continue to offer takeout, outdoor dining on several patios and picnic tables, as well as limited indoor dining at both the Bluefin Grille and Coho Cafe & Bakery. Visit our dining pages here to learn more.

Tip #3: Many of our unit styles have full kitchens, so consider booking one of these and cooking and eating in your condo or townhome. All Temperance Landing log homes have full kitchens, as well as two bedroom townhomes at Surfside, and most one and three bedrooms at Bluefin Bay. If you’re unsure, ask a reservationist for help at 1-800-258-3346.

Sign up for activities and fall color tours in advance 

Because the fall will be busier this year, we encourage you to register in advance for our complimentary guest activities. Whether it’s a guided fall color hike, or you want to join a wilderness canoeing or inland kayaking adventure, it’s best to sign up in advance to ensure your spot. Check out our full schedule of activities and pre-register here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts this fall and hope these tips will help you plan a safe and fun experience.

Now, Fall is almost here. So enjoy this fall video for a little inspiration!

 

A typical summer day at Bluefin Bay Resorts

August 19, 2020

Lake Superior Summer - Bluefin BayWe’re well into summer at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and we’ve had a string of beautiful weather weeks on the North Shore. These are the days we savor, especially this year!

Guests are enjoying warm days and cool evenings, the quiet beauty of the Superior National Forest and gentle summer breezes off Lake Superior. Families are spending time together enjoying the hiking and biking trails, and some are learning to kayak for the first time. Almost everyone is enjoying our expansive water views and quality time with those they love.

We are privileged to provide up close and personal access to the North Shore’s natural beauty, and to provide our special brand of warm and friendly hospitality. We delight in helping you escape the stresses of life in 2020, and in helping you create very special vacation memories. It’s a privilege we never take for granted.

So, for those of you who can’t be with us on the North Shore this year — and for those who want more of our beautiful lakeside resorts — here’s a virtual taste of summer at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing on Lake Superior.

We created this video so you’ll never we miss a wave, even if you can’t travel right now. Please know you’re with us in spirit, and we hope you are staying safe and healthy.

Enjoy our video snipped from a typical summer day at Bluefin Bay Resorts shot last week.

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Outdoor patio at the Grille is fully open

August 11, 2020

Bluefin Grille Outdoor Dining - New PatioOne of the many business “pivots” required when Covid-19 entered our lives this past spring, was planning how to provide safe dining options for our guests.

The resort team put their heads together and designed and created a new outdoor patio on the parking lot side at the Bluefin Grille.

The new outdoor patio had a soft open in mid-June without its overhead awnings to provide shade from the hot sun and enough staff to fully operate it. It quickly became a space for guests to enjoy a cocktail and/or wait for indoor dining reservations.

We’re happy to report that the patio awnings have arrived and the new patio is fully open for outdoor dining on a first-come, first served basis. No reservations are available for the Bluefin Grille’s outdoor patio, but indoor seating at the Grille is still on a reservation-only basis. Reservations for indoor seating are being taken at Open Table.

The Bluefin Grille (now open daily from noon to 10 p.m.) and Coho Café & Bakery (open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) offer outdoor dining options, takeout, and limited indoor seating.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to accommodate a full resort and provide dining options for our guests.

Enjoy this gallery of outdoor patio shots to give you a feel for the space.

Will you hit the Jackpot? Check out this new mountain bike trail in Lutsen

August 4, 2020

Jackpot flow mountain biking trail tofteThe North Shore is blessed with its biking trails — from the paved Gitchi Gami Bike Trail running parallel to all three Bluefin Bay Resorts and for 29 miles along the shoreline, to the adventure and thrill of off-road experiences ranging from white knuckled single track to winding backcountry roads. Oh, and fat tire biking in the winter!

But have you hit the Jackpot?

Last Fall, a new single-track bike trail in Lutsen called the Jackpot Connector Trail made its debut. The Jackpot Connector runs between Britton Peak trails in Tofte to Onion River Road and on to Lutsen Mountains. The 18-mile trail offers adventure and an outstanding ride for every skill level from beginners to advanced riders.

Riders will experience a variety of terrain as they climb over and around the Sawtooth Mountains. Entry level riders can ride certain sections of the trail, and expert riders will enjoy big climbs and some of the technical features. The ride includes several scenic overlooks and it’s a wilderness ride that’s not easily replicated anywhere in the Midwest.

Our recommendation is to know a bit about the sections of this trail in advance of venturing out. In that spirit, we’re sharing this great video where you can actually see and experience sections of the trail for yourself.

The Jackpot Connector Bike Trail was built thanks to the hard work of the Superior Cycling Association (SCA). In this video co-produced by SCA and Visit Cook County, Tim Kennedy, SCA President, provides a great overview of what to expect.  See video here.

In truth, you haven’t really experienced the North Shore until you’ve done it from atop two wheels. Powered by pedals, the rugged Lake Superior coastline and jagged mountaintops take on a whole new meaning. It’s an intimate experience and a trip unlike any other. And, it’s the perfect outdoor activity during these crazy and challenging times.

Road and mountain bike rentals are included as part of your stay at any of our Bluefin Bay Resorts, and the area offers bike trails for both that meet all skill and ambition levels. Read more here on our biking page, or join a guided bike tour as part of our complimentary resort activities. Visit Cook County also has trail maps and more biking information here.

If you venture out on the Jackpot, share your adventure with us. We’d love to see your photos or video.

Happy pedaling!