North Shore Summer Events

If you’ve stayed at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts before, you know that our guests can be as busy as they’d like to be. Throughout the summer, we have a full line-up of excursions and activitiesLutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race planned each day. Even better, the North Shore area has exciting, major events planned for throughout the summer. We have compiled a list of area events taking place so you can plan your Lake Superior vacation accordingly.

North Shore Summer Events:

Introducing…our New Kids Program!

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we are always seeking ways to improve our guest’s experience. In fact, we send every guest a post-stay survey that asks the question, “How can we improve?” AKid with Rock Lake Superior suggestion that we heard continually was to expand the activities we offer for younger kids.

Today we are thrilled to introduce our new Summer Kids Program. This program will be offered complimentary for all guests of Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing from Memorial Day Weekend through mid-August. The kids’ program will take place Tuesdays-Saturdays and will be split into two age groups: 6-8 year-olds (mornings) & 9-12 year-olds (afternoons).

Each day will have a different theme and our Activities Department has some fun, creative ideas to keep your kiddos entertained.

Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesdays will be Crafts & Field Sports Day
  • Kids playing on the shorelineWednesdays will rotate between Plant Day and Rock Day
  • Thursdays will rotate between Fish Day and Fire Day
  • Fridays will be Animals Day
  • Saturdays will rotate between Camping 101 and Voyageur 101

The best news? If you already have your summer trip booked, you can sign-up for the Kids Program starting today! If you haven’t booked your summer vacation yet, be sure to book soon!

If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to our Activities Department by calling 218-663-7860, ext. 2306 or by emailing activities@bluefinbay.com.

Waterfall Season FAQs

You’ve probably heard us talking about what a fabulous snow year it is on the North Shore so far this year. And it’s true – we have excellent snow conditions which have been so fun for winter adventures.

BUT do you know what else happens as a result of plentiful snow? A spectacular waterfall season! As the hundreds of thousands of acres of melted snow finds its way to Lake Superior, it creates quite the show.

High Falls at Grand Portage

Waterfall Season Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit?

Peak waterfall season can vary a little based on how early of a Spring we have. Typically the best dates to see the waterfalls really roar are mid-April to mid-May.

What are some of the best waterfall hikes?

Here are some of our favorites:

  • High Falls at Grand Portage State Park – This is the waterfall pictured above. It’s a bit of a drive from the resort but totally worthwhile. This is the tallest waterfall in Minnesota!
  • Temperance River State Park – This river is featured in the video below. It’s an incredible gorge and practically in our backyard.
  • Cascade River State Park – This is an easy hike with incredible waterfalls.
  • Cross River in Schroeder – You don’t even need to get out of the car!
  • Caribou Falls – A great hike along the Caribou River leads to the base of a 40-foot waterfall.

For more information on waterfall hikes in the area, click here.

Are there any deals or discounts?

Our Spring Fever Special runs from April 11-May 26th and offers 3 nights for the price of 2!

From the smaller pop-up falls on the side of Highway 61 to the tallest waterfall in Minnesota, our area is perfect for exploring this incredible season! 

Best Selfie Spots

They say a photo is worth a thousand words and in this day and age, it’s probably worth even more! For that reason, we wanted to fill you in on the best photo opportunity locations at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing.

Remember, some of the best photo ops are likely in your unit! The majority of our units have stunning Lake Superior views, wood-burning fireplaces, balconies – or all of the above! These are all fabulous spots to capture memories.

Couple Tofte Dock Bluefin Bay

For outdoor photos, we’ve created maps for each resort to make it even easier for you. The camera icon marks the best spots at each resort.

BLUEFIN BAYClick here for map

Bluefin Bay Resort is so photogenic – you can’t go wrong! We chose the following as our favorites: Tofte cove, the outdoor pool, the lake walk, the beach in front of Bluefin Grille, the rocky peninsula on the south side of the Bay and the historic Tofte dock. Also note that the ice rink at Bluefin Bay is super charming in the winter!

SURFSIDEClick here for map

Surfside Resort has an incredible shoreline that makes for beautiful photos. We suggest the shoreline on the far west side or the far east side of the resort, as that is where some of the best cliffs are. There is also a beautiful deck at Waves of Superior Spa that overlooks the resort.Romantic Couple at Surfside

TEMPERANCE LANDINGClick here for map

Temperance Landing has a unique pebble shoreline that is very photogenic. On top of that, the log cabins themselves are stunning in photos. We recommend taking photos on the rocky outcropping on the east side so you can get both the shoreline and the cabins in the background! The Finnish sauna also has a lot of character and would make for a great backdrop.

And remember! “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Meet the Activities Staff

If you have visited Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts this Fall then you have likely encountered some of the wonderful people we have working in our Activities Department. We added three new staff members to our team to be able to offer more programming this winter than ever before.

Activities Staff

Pictured from left to right are Keanan, Kayleigh, Jessica and Sean.

Sean Henkenius, also known as “Showtime Sean”, is our enthusiastic Activities Coordinator. Sean came to Tofte from Farmington, NM or the Great Southwest as he refers to it. He has a bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College plus a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration from Southern Illinois University. He has super creative ideas for the direction of the Activities Department and we are lucky to have him!

Jessica comes from North Branch, MN and has a contagious passion for North Shore recreation. She is also a registered yoga teacher and leads many of our classes at the resort. Kayleigh is from Yorba Linda, CA and has a degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Forest Health. She has been working in outdoor education for more than four years and offers a wealth of knowledge. Keanan is originally from Towanda, IL and has loved the outdoors for as long as he can remember. He has a degree in Outdoor Recreation but even better, he is an Eagle Scout! Lastly we have Jon aka “Nature Man” from Albert Lea, MN. Jon is an expert in maintaining our seasonal equipment to ensure guests get quality gear to check out. Jon is also a professional musician and you can find him playing his signature harp guitar along the North Shore.

We hope you will get a chance to meet this fantastic crew sometime this winter!

MEA Weekend on the North Shore

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we like to celebrate all things Halloween on MEA weekend! And Halloween is one of our FAVORITE holidays. Creative costumes, scary movies, tasty treats – what’s not to love? Pumpkin

We begin with our annual pumpkin carving contest for guests.  There are over $300 in prizes and three different age categories. You can pick up your pumpkin and carving tools at Guest Services beginning on Friday. We will be judging and presenting prizes to the winners on Saturday, October 23rd after 4pm. See official rules here: Pumpkin Carving Contest

Next, we like to set the tone for the weekend with a Halloween themed movie. We’ll be playing Halloweentown (what else!?) in the Tofte Room, across from the playground at Bluefin Bay.

Then on Saturday morning, we begin the medallion hunt! Find the Bluefin Bay medallion and win a $100 gift card! The hunt begins at 8 a.m. and clues will be released every two hours after that. Saturday evening we are hosting a picnic style event outside on the BBQ patio from 5-8 p.m. The picnic will feature live music, bonfire pits, BBQ and a bar (cash or room charge only).

And there’s plenty more to do other than our Halloween festivities. We’ll have guided hikes, kids adventure club, fall color kayak tours, live music, wilderness canoeing and more! All activities are complimentary for guests of Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing. See the full schedule here. Plus, Grand Marais will again be hosting its annual Moose Madness Festival.

Book Early for Storm Season

Fall is here! And with it comes one of the most entertaining seasons on Lake Superior. Storm Season, also known as the Gales of November, begins in late October and lasts through mid-December. The low-pressure systems that pass over Lake Superior result in strong winds which have the potential to produce massive waves, like the ones in this video.

Wave Watching at the Bonfire Pit

And if you are reading this post, then you know that no place brings you closer to Lake Superior than the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Our lodging facilities at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing provide a panoramic view of the Great Lake. We also have seating areas, pools and restaurants that offer stunning views of dazzling Lake Superior.

Room at Bluefin Bay with Lake Superior Views

Combine Lake Superior’s wildest season with our resorts’ spectacular views and you have a match made by Mother Nature herself. Throw in wood burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, complimentary activities plus delicious on-site dining options and you have the perfect late fall vacation. To make it even sweeter, we offer a third night free when you stay anytime between October 24 and November 30th (excluding Thanksgiving weekend). Be sure to book soon as this time is filling up quickly and when nature puts on a show, you want a front row seat.

Family at the Bonfire Pit with Waves

 

Local Craft Classes

There’s something about the Autumn season that awakens the artist in all of us. The colorful leaves all around and the chill in the air bring out our creative side. At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we embrace that inspiration with local craft classes.

The classes below are completely free for guests staying at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot by clicking on the links below. No artistic experience is necessary for any of these classes and all supplies are provided.

September 4 | Introduction to Alcohol Ink Painting with Cheryl LarsonAlcohol Ink Painting Intro Class

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Alcohol inks are a highly pigmented and fast drying medium that lends itself to unique, complex looking patterns, abstracts and landscapes in very little time. 

September 9 | Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Julie Arthur

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. In this class, the basics of setting up a “loom” will be taught, followed by instruction on the basics of weaving. 

September 11 | Birch Bark Stars with Julie KeanBirch Bark Star

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Julie is an artist at North House Folk School and will be teaching how to create an 8 point star in the Scandinavian style.

September 14 | A Day of Felting with Julie Arthur

The 10:30 am class will feature Needle Felting and the 1:30 pm class will focus on Wet Felting

September 18 | Carolina Snowflakes with Jane Shinners

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. The Carolina Snowflake is simple to make and useful as a Christmas tree top ornament or a decorative wall hanging. Jane specializes in basketry utilizing a variety of materials such as birch bark, red osier dogwood and rattan reed.

September 21 | Introduction to Basket Weaving with Mary Jane Huggins

Class is at 12:30 pm. Learn the basics of weaving and leave with a finished basket that can be used for serving bread, holding mail, or keeping special treasures.

September 23 | Silk Scarf Dyeing Workshop with Julie Arthur

This workshop is from 12:30 – 4 pm and you can drop in any time! No sign-up necessary. Learn how to dye your own silk scarf and take it home with you! The workshop includes a briefsilk scarf dying at Bluefin Bay introduction to the dyeing method. You’ll then pick your colors and design, and go to work. 

Fall Color FAQs

It may seem a bit early to be thinking about the vibrant red, pumpkin orange and lively yellow leaves that will soon be spread across our shoreline. Fall is notorious for being one of the best seasons to visit the North Shore of Lake Superior and because of that, lodging at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts tends to fill up quickly. If you’re hoping to visit us for this glorious season, read over the FAQs below and book your stay as soon as you can!

Fall Colors Bluefin Bay

Fall Color FAQs

  • When is the best time to see the Fall Colors? Each year varies but typically the best time is mid-September through mid-October. September is when the maple trees change which brings the brilliant reds and oranges. Towards October is when the birch and aspen trees change, highlighting the forest in golden yellows.
  • What are the best hikes to see Fall Colors? Some of our favorite local hikes include Oberg Mountain, Lake Agnes and Carlton Peak. See the full list here.
  • What activities are happening at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts in the Fall? Resort activities including guided hikes, bike and hike tours, fall color kayaking, wilderness canoeing, kids adventure club, art activities, campfire & s’mores and more. Check out our activities calendar here.

Are there any specials or discounts? During peak fall colors, the best discount is our internet savings offer, which you can receive for booking your stay online. We begin our Gales 3 for 2 Special after MEA weekend on October 22nd, which offers 3 nights for the price of 2.

 

2022 Calendar Contest Deadline Extended!

The 27th Annual (!!) Bluefin Bay Calendar Contest is underway and we have just extended the deadline to August 31st, 2021!

August Calendar Boundary Waters

2021 Grand Prize Winner by Jonathan Mortenson

Do you have any awe-inspiring photos from a recent trip to Bluefin Bay, Surfside or Temperance Landing? We are looking for photos of all 3 resorts plus the surrounding North Shore area. We select one photo for each month of the year, which means we need photos of all 4 seasons. Each participant may enter up to eight photos in the contest.

There will be a total of 12 contest winners. 11 monthly winners will receive a $200 gift certificate to be used toward dining or lodging at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive a $1000 gift certificate to be used toward dining or lodging at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts plus their photo will be on the cover of the calendar. Note: Grand Prize cannot be won by the same contestant more than once every three years.

To participate, read the rules here and then submit your photos. By entry in this contest, all entrants grant permission to the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts to use entered images in various media as determined by the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.

And remember….

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
― Abraham Lincoln