Fall Color Report: September 29 – Britton Peak

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

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.

Plan an Unforgettable Spring Break on Minnesota’s North Shore

snowshoe hiking at oberg mountainPlan a Spring Break getaway the whole family will love! 3 Reasons this year’s spring break will be sweeter at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts on the shores of Lake Superior…

Unlimited Family Fun!

Does your family like to get out and enjoy every snowy adventure you can? For the winter adventure seekers, the snow and trail conditions will be top-notch through April. In addition, the longer days and warmer temps help you enjoy more of your favorite activities. Spend your days skiing & snowboarding at Lutsen Mountains, or cross-country skiing the local Sugarbush or Norpine Trails. Continue the outdoor fun with some epic winter hiking or snowshoeing. Our experienced activities staff offer lots of complimentary guided adventures for the whole family. From cross-country ski tours to snowshoe hikes along a frozen river. No experience necessary – take advantage of this perfect opportunity to try something new as a family! In addition, all gear including snowshoes, and cross-country ski packages are complimentary. Plus, check out free ice skates, hockey sticks, and nets for use on the Bluefin Bay or Surfside ice rinks. Visit the Activites Calendar for a full list of complimentary guided trips and activities.

Cozy Family Memories!

Do you love to snuggle in, get cozy, and spend precious quality time with your family?  You’re in luck! It all starts with our beautiful accommodations. Whether you select a stunning lakeside suite or a multi-bedroom condo or townhome you’ll get a front-row seat to one of nature’s greatest shows…Lake Superior!  Enjoy the indoor or outdoor (heated!) pool at Bluefin Bay, hot tubs, and sauna. Unplug and unwind as you put together a puzzle, play games, read books, or just enjoy a fire and the stunning views of the big lake. After a day of outdoor adventure or a day of indoor fun, Bluefin Bay is the place to be. Many accommodations have full kitchens, plus we offer two on-site restaurants to maximize your dining options: Coho Cafe & Bakery and the Bluefin Grille.

Great Deals and Special Offers!

Spring Break will be even sweeter when you take advantage of these Great Deals and Packages! 

  • March Weekends at Midweek Rates: Stay three nights or more and receive weekends in March at midweek rates (that’s 20-40% off the regular rates)! Valid March 4-22.
  • Ski & Stay Packages: For those who love to downhill ski at Lutsen Mountains and stay at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, you’ll want to book a Ski & Stay Package for the best deal. Plus – FREE daily shuttles to and from the base of the mountain!
  • Extended Stay Special: With this progressive savings deal, the longer you stay at any of our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, the more you save! Stays of four nights receive 10% off, five nights 15% off, six nights 20% off and seven nights receive 25% off.

Fall Color Report: September 30 – Temperance River State Park

Temperance River Fall Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts Fall Color Report: 70-90% Fall Colors. We’re reporting about 70%  fall colors by Lake Superior with 90% a few miles inland.

We’re fortunate to have Temperance River State Park as our next-door neighbor. It’s so close that guests can walk or bike here from any of the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts properties. Today, we headed over there to check out the autumn colors and the riverside trails that meander north along both sides of this stunning river. Recent rains have helped create some spectacular waterfalls and fast flow!  The birch and aspen have started to change along the river creating stunning contrasts of gold and yellow against the evergreens. In addition, we spotted a few pops of red from the maples.

We provide year-round complimentary guided hikes and seasonal biking excursions to this wonderful state park. It’s also a convenient spot for a quick stop while traveling to or from the resort properties. Head inland along the riverside trails or take the path that leads to the shores of Lake Superior. Between Highway 61 and the Big Lake, you’ll come across one more stunning falls, the mouth of the river, and finally the shore of Lake Superior.

Photos From Today’s Autumn Adventure:

 

 

 

Fall Color Report: September 23rd Leveaux Mountain Hike

Leveaux Mountain Hike in late SeptemberBluefin Bay Family of Resorts Fall Color Report: 50-80% Fall Colors. We’re reporting about 50%  fall colors by Lake Superior with 80% a few miles inland. 

We went on a hiking adventure to Leveuax Mountain to check out the fall colors. This hike provides panoramic views of the inland hills, Lake Superior, and southwest views of the Sawtooth Mountains. Because of this, we knew this hike would be perfect for viewing the color change difference between areas farther inland and areas closer to the shoreline of Lake Superior. The inland maples are just about at peak creating a stunning blanket of oranges and reds on the rolling hills. The birch trees have barely started to change color, and in some spots have yet to change color at all. Their yellows and golds will take over the landscape in the next couple of weeks. Closer to the lake, there is only about 50% color change but we should see a big change in the next week and a half.

The Leveaux Mountain Hike is one of our many complimentary guided hikes offered to resort guests. The distance of this hike is 3.4 miles and considered moderate in difficulty due to the length and a few short but steep climbs. The views are worth it! The trail follows a ridge through old-growth cedar and red pine forests rising 1,000 feet above the lake.

From the gallery below you can see how the trees went from mostly green toward the bottom of the trail, and areas closer to the lake, to mostly fall color as you look inland from the top. We felt like we were traveling through different ends of the autumn season in one hike!

 

 

 

NEW Fall Activity – Fall Color Tour!

Fall Color ToursSeptember is here and it’s officially time to get excited about the upcoming fall color show along the North Shore! At the same time, we want to enjoy the late summer as long as possible.  We will NOT be breaking out the pumpkin spice quite yet. But, we do want to announce a new complimentary activity starting on September 21st:

Fall Color Tour – Leaves & Maple Syrup!

All things Fall! Hop into one of our vans as we take you on a backroads driving tour of the Lutsen-Tofte area blanketed in fall colors.

This fun tour starts with a drive up the beautiful Temperance River road. First, a stop at the upper falls to enjoy a short walk to the perfect photo op –  a river view with a beautiful colored hill in the backdrop. Then, it’s back to the van to head to the Six Hundred Road and eventually a stop at “Heartbreak Hill”. Another photo op of the canopy of leaves along this picturesque road. Our trip continues down the Six Hundred Road leading us to the famous Honeymoon Trail via the Sawbill Trail.  Enjoy a scenic stopping point at White Pine Lake with a fishing dock perfect for viewing the colors around this serene remote lake. Our next stop will be Wild Country Maple Syrup!  While here, we’ll tour the facility to see where they tap the trees, learn how the system works to transfer sap to the boiling room, and visit where they bottle the final product. In addition, enjoy a self-service store with a variety of products to sample and purchase!

On our final stretch, we’ll head down the Caribou Trail back to highway 61. A quick stop at the Poplar River Falls (another short walk) will give us one last waterfall and scenic view of the leaves.

This new activity will be available 4 days a week starting September 21st through October 12th. This will be a popular activity – you may sign up online ahead of time.

Lake Superior Magazine: Best of the Lake 2019!

Best of the lake 2019 - lake superior magazineIt’s that time of year!  The Lake Superior Magazine has posted results from their annual Best of the Lake contest. Votes came in from 23 U.S. States and 3 Canadian provinces! Thank you to the loyal readers who voted for Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Because of these votes, we are thrilled to have won in three Minnesota categories:

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE: Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

BEST LOCAL RESTAURANT: Bluefin Grille

BEST FAMILY OVERNIGHT LODGING: Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior

In addition, our favorite trail – the Superior Hiking Trail – won for Minnesota’s Best Accessible Trail! We are also excited that Grand Marais’ Lake Superior Trading Post and Drury Lane Books won for Best Gift Shop/Bookstore. Two great places to visit on your day trip into Grand Marais. Check out the entire Best Of awards for a complete list of winners and categories from Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, and Wisconsin. We guarantee you’ll be inspired to plan your next Lake Superior getaway!

 

May Fun on the North Shore!

bluefin bay on lake superiorWe’re midway through May and looking forward to the unofficial kick-off to summer:  Memorial Day Weekend!  There is so much to love this time of year along the North Shore and here at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Including, The Big Lake, the inland lakes, the trails, and the forests! We have it all up here and you could end a day having canoed on an inland lake or river, hiked a trail in the Superior National Forest, biked on the paved Gitchi-Gami trail, and skipped stones into Lake Superior. There really are enough activities to please the whole family.

A few of our favorite things in May:

  • Guided Resort Activities! Our experienced and knowledgeable activity staff are here to guide you on complimentary resort activities. Experience fun area adventures in a safe and instructional environment where all abilities are welcome.
  • Dining! Visit the newly renovated Bluefin Grille for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or apps and cocktails as you look out upon Lake Superior. Coho Cafe & Bakery is open 7am-9pm for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweet treats, and coffee. With a new outdoor patio and the Gitchi Gami trail running right in front, it’s the perfect destination after a nice bike ride or walk. Our seasonal Waves of Superior Cafe opens for the season on May 23rd from 8am-3pm serving breakfast and lunch! Waves of Superior Cafe will be undergoing an interior refresh and offering a few new menu items. Including, Waves Cafe Quiche, Tex-Mex Breakfast Burrito, Smoked Salmon Quesadilla, and an Apple and Faro Salad.
  • Live Music! We kick off our summer season of live music at the Bluefin Grille in late May on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-11pm.
  • Art Along the Lake: Spring Gallery Tour – May 24-27: Head out on a tour of special exhibits, demonstrations and activities at art galleries all around Cook County.
  • For the bikers in the family, the Le Grand Du Nord is a gravel cycling race of 20, 66, or 120 miles to challenge riders of all levels on Saturday, May 25th.
  • Check out the Visit Cook County Events calendar for a full list of area activities and entertainment.

3 Reasons to Spend Spring Break on Minnesota’s North Shore

winter family fun at bluefin bayPlan a Spring Break getaway the whole family will love! 3 Reasons this year’s spring break will be sweeter at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts on the shores of Lake Superior…

  1. 1. Unlimited Family Fun! Does your family like to get out and enjoy every snowy adventure you can? For the winter adventure seekers, the snow and trail conditions will be top-notch through the month of April. In addition, the longer days and warmer temps help you enjoy more of your favorite activities. Spend your days skiing & snowboarding at Lutsen Mountains, or cross-country skiing the local Sugarbush or Norpine Trails. Continue the outdoor fun with some epic winter hiking or snowshoeing. Our experienced activities staff offer lots of guided adventures for the whole family. From cross-country ski tours to snowshoe hikes along a frozen river. Visit the Activites Calendar for a full list of complimentary guided trips. Equipment included!
  2. 2. Cozy Family Memories! Do you love to snuggle in, get cozy, and spend precious quality time with your family?  You’re in luck! It all starts with our upscale accommodations. Whether you select a stunning lakeside suite or a multi-bedroom condo or townhome you’ll get a front row seat to one of nature’s greatest shows. At Bluefin Bay, we bring you closer to the lake, and to each other. Enjoy the indoor or outdoor (heated!) pool, hot tubs, and sauna. Unplug and unwind as you put together a puzzle, play games, read books, or just enjoy a fire and the stunning views of Lake Superior. After a day of outdoor adventure or a day of indoor fun, Bluefin Bay is the place to be. Many accommodations have full kitchens, plus we offer two on-site restaurants to maximize your dining options: Coho Cafe & Bakery and the Bluefin Grille.
  3. 3. Great Deals and Special Offers! With savings from 20-40% off, your Spring Break will be even sweeter when you take advantage of these Great Deals and Packages! 

Fall Colors AND Rushing Rivers!

Temperance River State Park Late FallBluefin Bay Family of Resorts Fall Color Report:

Peak to Past Peak in most areas! 

Another fall color season is coming to an end. We’ve hit the halfway point in the month and most areas on the North Shore are at peak or are now past peak. Many of the hiking trails are lined with brightly colored leaves that produce that ‘autumnal crunch’ we all love. As is typical along Lake Superior, we are still experiencing nice color and leaves on a majority of trees.

Temperance River State Park is our next door neighbor, and we may be partial, but we think it is one of the best parks in the state. We decided to take a quick adventure there this morning and even caught glimpses of blue sky and that sun that has eluded us for most of this month. From Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, you can walk or bike here via the Gitchi-Gami State Bike Trail or there are parking areas right on Highway 61 making it a very accessible state park. Once there, you can choose to take a southerly trail that leads to a bridge overlooking the falls of the Temperance River. From this bridge, you can see it descend the last of its falls plus watch it flow right into the big lake. This is a favorite photo op spot for Instagram-worthy pics and is a great location for wedding images. We followed the short trail that leads to the beach on the lake and noticed some nice color still on the trees

From the parking area on Highway 61, you can also head north and travel inland along the Temperance River. Another bridge just a quarter mile along showcases the deep river gorge and the wild river that has really been flowing after the recent rains. We almost thought it was waterfall season! Be sure to follow the trail farther north to check out a few other wild curves in the river that offer a pretty good show as the water swirls and rushes along. We offer many complimentary guided hikes and bike & hike trips to this popular not-to-miss destination.

The colors are quickly going past peak but the bonus this year is that river and waterfall viewing should be added to your fall adventure itinerary!

A few photos from Temperance River State Park…