It’s true, our beloved Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is currently for sale. At 66 years old, Bluefin’s owner and long-time general manager, Dennis Rysdahl, would like to retire. Dennis will be the first to tell you that this was not an easy decision, nor was it made in haste. We wanted to share the news with you first-hand and also share a bit more about what you can expect in the transition.
Why sell and why now?
First off, some history. Dennis Rysdahl built and has managed the Bluefin Bay Family of Resort properties for nearly 35 years. The first condos at Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior opened for business in 1984. Our Temperance Landing log homes were added in 2006, and Surfside on Lake Superior joined the resort family in 2008.
About three years ago, Dennis began planning for this transition by recruiting top talent to help run the resort and learn the operation. Those new leaders – Mark Jury, our new General Manager, and James Taylor, Food & Beverage Director – have now been in place for two years, all while grooming new managers in each of the resort’s areas of operation. This is a key part of a successful hand-off to a new Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts owner. It will help ensure that the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts continues its longstanding commitment to providing upscale North Shore lodging with a high commitment to guest experience.
“This was not an easy decision,” Dennis said. “As much as I love my work, I am increasingly looking forward to the next phase of my life, including more volunteer work and more time to travel and relax. However, after 35 years at Bluefin Bay, it’s very important to me that the resort continues to provide services as good or better in the future than it has up to now. I am excited about the talent and energy of the management team we now have with us, and confident they will stay together through the ownership transition. I plan to be careful as I meet with prospective buyers, looking for one who shares our company’s longstanding commitments to excellent guest service, to our staff, our community, and to the owners of our condominium rental homes.”
What does this mean for resort guests and staff?
The change in ownership in Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts will have no immediate effect on our guests. All current or future guest reservations remain in place, and of course, all gift cards that have been purchased will be honored whenever guests choose to use them. Bluefin Bay Family of Resort condo owners, staff members, and guests will undoubtedly miss Dennis – we are family. But we also wish him the very best in his retirement. And something tells us this will be a transition that will take some time. We’ll keep you posted.