Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2020

Each year the holiday of Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks. We take time to remember what we are grateful for and we acknowledge how important that practice of gratitude is. At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are grateful for our dedicated employees and our owner partners for the trust and energy they give to the resorts. We are thankful for all of our vendors and contractors that help us to provide excellent service. We are grateful for the little slice of heaven that is the North Shore of Lake Superior and our community here. And every year, we are especially grateful for our loyal, return guests. We are also grateful for our new visitors this year and we thank you for trusting us with your vacation experience. We are grateful to all those that choose us as their home away from home ❤❤❤

Happy Thanksgiving

If you happen to be visiting us this weekend, we wanted to give you the scoop on dining and activities.

Dining on Thanksgiving Day

We will have two dining options available to you on Thanksgiving.

  • Coho Café will be open for takeout from 8am-3pm. You can see the breakfast & lunch menu here. You can order online here.
  • Bluefin Grille will be open with a Thanksgiving Menu available from 12-8pm. We do ask that you pre-order your Thanksgiving meals by calling the Grille at 218-663-6200. The Thanksgiving menu will be available for takeout and delivery (delivery only available for guests of Bluefin Bay Resorts). Bluefin Grille will be open the rest of the weekend from 3-8 pm.

Activities on Thanksgiving Day

Due to the recent guidelines announced in Minnesota, our guided excursions are now becoming self-guided excursions. What does this mean? We’ll have someone at the Activities Desk all weekend to help you plan out your adventures. We can tell you where to go if you’re looking for snow, the best locations for a scenic afternoon drive and information on conditions.

On Friday after Thanksgiving, we’ll be hosting a medallion hunt. The hunt will begin at 8am, with clues posted every two hours. Clues will be posted in the Guest Services building and can also be found in the stories section of our Instagram and Facebook pages. The winner will a receive a $100 gift card.

#WinterIsComing – Bluefin Bay Activities

November 18, 2020

Winter is coming! Are you ready for it? Here on the North Shore we had a few early snowfalls that had us dreaming about winter weeks ago. We’ve already begun hanging holiday lights and preparing the ice rink. But because things are a bit different this year, we wanted to write a blog post on what you can expect at Bluefin Bay for winter activities. As a reminder, all of these activities are included in your stay at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. 

Rentals & Guided Tours

The Bluefin Bay Activities Department has all of the tools to help you make the most out of this winter.

Onion River Canyon Snowshoe Hike

Guided Tours – If you are new to cross country skiing or snowshoeing, you can join one of our guided tours. Our activities crew will provide you with all of the equipment plus basic instruction and feedback.

  • Snowshoe Hikes
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Bonfire Hikes
  • Yoga

Rentals – If you’d rather go out on your own, you can take advantage of our complimentary rental program.

  • Snowshoes
  • Cross-Country Skis
  • Ice Trekkers
  • Hockey & Figure Skates
  • Hockey Sticks & Pucks

New Activities This Winter

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we are continuously coming up with fresh activities and events to inspire our guests. These activities will be new this year:

  • Guided Wood Burning Class

Wood burning isn’t just for fireplaces. This activity takes you through everything you need to know about this unique craft. We will be using hot irons to burn fun designs into round slices of wood. Whether you want a fun souvenir, or a gift for a someone we will provide the tools and teaching to get you up and running.

Wood Burning Class

 

  • Guided Painting Class

In this class we will be painting a 3” by 4” canvas. We will focus on a simple North Shore landscape. Don’t worry if you’ve never painted before, we’re going to teach you all the tips and tricks you need to succeed.

  • Outdoor Music

We know how much our guests enjoy live music so we are working on a way to comfortably and safely have live music outdoors this winter. Stay tuned for more information.

Shuttle Update

Due to the safety guidelines and logistics on transporting guests, we’ve decided not to offer shuttles to Lutsen Mountains this year. Instead, we are recommending that guests drive to the mountain and use their car as a home base.

Missing our Girls Gone North!

November 11, 2020

As many of you know, this upcoming weekend would have been Bluefin Bay’s 13th (!) annual Girls Gone North event. We are bummed to not be able to host this event that is so close to our hearts this year. We wanted to take some time to look back to previous Girls Gone North events. You can see an amusing slideshow of photos from previous years here.

Girls Gone North Weekends are a treasured time for gals to get away and enjoy themselves. We always say that what happens on the North Shore, stays on the North Shore!  Our goal at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is to plan enough activities for the ladies to be as busy as they want to be.Girls Gone North 2016 - Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

We usually feature a mix of these events:

  • Hiking. There’s always a couple hiking options throughout the weekend to make sure we get outside to see the beauty of the area. November is an interesting month on the North Shore – we’ve had snow, rain, sunshine, November gales, you name it! There are typically a couple resort guided hikes and then we incorporate a “girls only” hike as well. Together we’ve explored Carlton Peak, Sugarloaf Cove, Oberg Mountain, Caribou Falls, Cascade State Park and more!
  • Indoor Activities. Last year we tried a new event – Silk Scarf Dyeing Workshops – and we had a blast! We’ve also mixed in other indoor events like our Fitness Fashion Show (2016), Paint & Sip (2017), Girls Only Happy Hour (2018) and more. It’s always fun to try something new with friends.
  • Yoga. Morning Yoga has always been a restorative and refreshing part of the weekend.
  • Wine Tasting. When the North Shore Winery opened in 2016, we knew it needed to be incorporated into our fun weekend plans! We have had wine tastings there (resort shuttle included!) every year since. The staff at the Winery are phenomenal and are happy to give us a tour and teach us about the wine making process while we’re there.Girls Gone North 2016 - Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts
  • Spa Treatments. The Waves of Superior Spa has been generous in giving our Girls Gone North weekend participants discounts on spa treatments and extended hours upon request.
  • Signature Events. Always the highlight of the weekend, we have enjoyed some impressive signature events! From motivational workshops to skin care seminars to wine pairings, the signature event is always engaging and entertaining. And we are always open to new ideas if you have something you think would be fun.

Even though we can’t be together this year, we’ll be thinking of you all! If you can come visit us in November, we’ll be offering a 3rd night free for the rest of the month. Cheers to Girls Gone North 2021!

Beware the Gales of November

November 5, 2020

November has arrived! And with it, Storm Season. While November is a quieter time of year on the North Shore in terms of visitors, it is Lake Superior’s loudest season.

In late Fall, low-pressure systems pass over Lake Superior which result in stronger winds. The winds, sometimes called “Nor’easters” can reach up to 50 miles per hour, with gusts up to 100 miles per hour.  These wind patterns can result in large waves on our Great Lake, known as the Gales of November.  The highest recorded wave on Lake Superior is 28.8 feet, although unofficial wave heights are believed to have exceeded 40 feet.

Thanks to Gordon Lightfoot, many have heard of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. But Lake Superior has claimed hundreds of ships into her cool depths. Another notable shipwreck event occurred on November 28th, 1905 when the Mataafa Storm caused 29 vessels to sink or be seriously damaged. One of those vessels was the 478-foot iron ore carrier William Edenborn, which was towing the 436-foot barge Madeira. The large waves caused the towline to part around 3 a.m. and the unpowered Madeira crashed into the shoreline. Around the same time, the Edenborn was whooshed into the mouth of the Split Rock River. The carrier was split in two. Luckily, the Edna G. provided life saving services to both crews and only 2 seamen lost their lives. That storm led to the construction of Split Rock Lighthouse, which was completed in 1910.

Winter Wave

If you are interested to learn more about Lake Superior shipwrecks, read this article by our friends at North Shore Visitor. Next time you stay at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, be sure to visit the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, which is located between Bluefin Bay and Coho Café. Also, Split Rock Lighthouse will host a virtual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting on November 10th, which is totally free to attend!

And if you have not had the opportunity to discover this memorable season for yourself, consider visiting us this year! Stay 3 nights and take advantage of our Gales of November offer for a free night on us.