Fall Color Report: September 29 – Britton Peak

September 30, 2020

We are due for an update as the color has shifted quite a bit since last week’s Fall Color Report. We had some rain over the weekend and the maple canopy is beginning to come down. On a happier note, the Birch and Aspen trees are totally at peak right now. This means that the drive to the North Shore is breathtaking. It also means that any of the hiking trails closer to the lake are lit up with golden hues. Think Carlton Peak, Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head, Lookout Mountain and today’s choice, Britton Peak.

Fall Color View Britton Peak

This is the overlook from our hike at Britton Peak. Britton Peak is a swift vertical climb that offers sweeping views of Lake Superior and Carlton Peak. It’s perfect if you are looking for something quick and close to Bluefin Bay as it’s less than 3 miles away.

Britton Peak Hike Fall Colors

The perspective from the hiking trail is exquisite. The undergrowth is changing and the forest floor is covered in vibrant leaves. The little bit of rain also permeated the woods with the delicious scents of Fall.

It’s an extraordinary season on the North Shore. We all wish that Mother Nature would extend it, but it doesn’t look like that will happen this year. Stay tuned for next week – we’ll update you on the fall colors at the different properties that make up Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts!


Fall Color Report: September 22 – Oberg Mountain

September 22, 2020

We are kicking off Fall Color reporting with our favorite destination for this time of year, Oberg Mountain. We tagged along with the Activities Crew as they ventured out on their tour on Saturday and boy are we glad we did! As of today, the DNR is currently reporting our region to be in the 25-50% range.

Oberg Mountain Fall Colors

It’s always a challenge to predict the peak colors on the North Shore. As many of you probably know, it happens in two distinct phases. First, the maples come ablaze with bright red and brilliant orange leaves. Secondly, the aspen and birch present their golden glory. Some argue there is a third phase when the tamarack trees begin to change, which usually occurs in late October or even early November.

Fall Color hiking

We are very much in that first peak now and Oberg was a fantastic spot to view the colors. The maple trees are beautiful both from the ground and from the overlooks. The birch and aspen have just begun changing and have a little ways to go. The good news is that we don’t have any storms predicted in the forecast, which should help the leaves to hang on a bit longer this year.

If you are coming to stay with us this Fall, be sure to check the activities schedule in advance. We have guided hikes, bike & hikes, fall color kayaking and wilderness canoeing. All of these activities are designed to get our guests outside exploring the most colorful season on the North Shore.

Pet friendly? We love our four-legged guests!

September 15, 2020

Walking dog on trail near pet friendly bluefin bay lodgingAt Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we appreciate all our guests – including the four-legged ones!

If your family vacation isn’t complete without the family pet, you’ll be happy to know your four-pawed pals are welcome at Bluefin Bay and Surfside on Lake Superior – and in a variety of room styles. We offer pet friendly guestrooms, suites, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos and townhomes. Oh, and yes,  Fido just might get a treat (or many) when he visits.

We’ve recently seen an increase of travelers with pets. This is due in part to the accessibility of the North Shore of Lake Superior with its cobblestone beaches, plentiful shoreline, lakeside paths, and the spectacular Superior Hiking Trail. (Not to mention how fun it is for Fido to jump and play in Lake Superior!) Also, this summer and fall more people are taking driving vacations and staying longer, which also means pet friendly lodging is in high demand.

Here are some tips and reminders to help you plan a great pet-friendly vacation at Bluefin Bay resorts:

  1. When booking your lodging, be sure to let us know Fido is on his way so we can roll out the ruff carpet! First, review the Pet Friendly unit styles available at Bluefin Bay and Surfside, and choose one on the Pet Friendly list. Then, when making your reservation, specify in the comments field online or when speaking with a reservationist that you would like a pet friendly room.

Pet friendly rooms are not guaranteed, but rather based on availability, and will be confirmed in your email confirmation. When you get your email confirmation, be sure to verify if a pet friendly room has been reserved for you.

Bluefin Bay Pet Policy & Pet Friendly Unit Styles

Surfside Per Policy & Pet Friendly Units

2. Peruse our Pet Friendly policy before your trip. Please note, that pets must be kenneled and quiet when left unattended in your unit. Plus, a maximum of 2 pets per unit are allowed and there is a pet fee of an additional $25 per night, not to exceed $100 per stay.

3. Bring the right supplies so Fido enjoys vacation, too! These could include a foldable kennel or traveling crate to keep your pet contained if you plan to leave during the day, as well as plenty of food, food and water dishes, a pet bed or blanket, poop bags, a leash, and a bucket and towel for washing and drying dirty pet feet.

Heading to the North Shore on vacation doesn’t mean you have to leave your favorite furry friends behind, it just means you need to plan ahead to be certain they have a great vacation, too. This is a time when “know before you go” really applies.

We hope to see you and Fido soon.

You can’t beat this perspective for fall color!

September 8, 2020

Gondola at Lutsen Mountains. Bluefin Bay Fall Color Report

Without question, one of the most expansive and spectacular views for fall color on the North Shore is the aerial view from the Summit Express Gondola at Lutsen Mountains.

As you ride the gondola over the cascading Poplar River and just above the tree line to the top of Moose Mountain, you’ll experience fall color as far and wide as the eye can see. Not to mention, you’ll have a pretty spectacular and expansive view of Fall color from Oberg MountainsLake Superior’s rugged coastline!

Riding the Summit Express Gondola at Lutsen Mountains is one of the North Shore’s most popular fall attractions. Once at the top, you can enjoy mountaintop hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and, well, lots of fresh air.

The mountaintop Summit Chalet offers lunch, snacks and beverages — in addition to the gorgeous views. Both limited indoor seating and outside deck seating are available.

Fall hours for the Summit Express Gondola are daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but weather dependent. We strongly encourage Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts guests to call in advance to learn more about the fall schedule and Covid protocols. To make a reservation in advance, call 218-663-7281.

Ticket prices range from $25 for adults to $17 for children; children under 5 are free with a paying adult. And, if you want to experience the fall color of the Sawtooth Mountains both from the air and the ground, you can save $4 per ticket by riding the Gondola up the mountain and hiking the Superior Hiking Trail down.

You can learn more on the Lutsen Mountains website here.


Experience fall foliage on our new kayak tour

September 1, 2020

Inland Kayaking on Caribou LakeIf you haven’t yet experienced North Shore fall colors from a canoe or kayak, you’re in for a real treat. This fall we’re offering a new guided activity and fun way to explore our gorgeous fall colors from the water.

The Fall Kayak Tour begins at Bluefin Bay Guest Services and then takes the scenic route (by car) through the maples of the Superior National Forest where colors include vibrant oranges, Fall Colors on the North Shorereds and yellows. Then, we continue our adventure to a remote lake within the Superior National Forest where we’ll leisurely paddle in a wilderness setting.

A a reminder, all Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts’ guided adventures are complimentary to guests. We provide all of the gear, as well as expert instruction. So, whether you’re an experienced kayaker or you’ve always wanted to learn, our guides will facilitate a fun and safe experience for all. By the way, this is a great outing for families.

Here are a few tips to make the experience fun and enjoyable:

  • Be sure to dress in layers for the unpredictable fall weather and bring your phone/camera as we’re likely to see some wildlife on this adventure!
  • Some procedures with our guided activities have changed due to Covid-19 safety protocols. First, our recreational kayaks are two-person tandem kayaks and guests participating must be paired with one other person from their family group. Unfortunately, as a safety precaution, we can’t pair anyone with someone outside their friend/family group.
  • We’re asking guests to drive separately to the trailhead again so we don’t mix family/friend groups in our resort shuttles. If requested, we will have shuttle space for  one family group of up to four people. Masks are always required when riding the shuttle.

We do encourage advance sign-up for our resort guided activities — including the Fall Kayak Tour — as we have limited space in most of our activities. Learn more and sign up here.

We’re excited to bring you fall color by car and kayak, and hope to see you this Fall!

P.S. If you haven’t made your reservation for fall travel yet, hop on it. We are booking fast! Traveling this fall does require pre-planning. Learn more here.

To see the full schedule of Fall resort activities, click here and type in your travel dates.