Holiday Break at Bluefin Bay

The holiday break is a popular time to stay at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Because of that, we wanted to make it easy for our guests to find all of the information they need on dining, activities, etc. so we have compiled it all here for you! If you are visiting us this week, know that we are grateful you are choosing to spend this time with us and we look forward to welcoming you.

Dining – Holiday Hours & Specials

Bluefin Grille

Bluefin Grille will be closed on Christmas Eve and open on Christmas Day for takeout from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. That means that Bluefin Grille will be serving breakfast on Christmas Day (!) for the first time since before the pandemic. Following Christmas, Bluefin Grille will be open for takeout December 26 – December 31st from 2 – 9 p.m.

Coho Café 

Coho will be closed on Christmas Day and open on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Following Christmas, Coho Café will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Activities 

We’ll be having a Gingerbread House Making Contest for Christmas! Kits will be available for pickup on December 24th, while supplies last. Turn in your houses by 12:30pm on December 26th to be entered to win. First place receives a $50 gift card! Note that we do have limited quantities so first come, first served and only one kit per family please.

Our Activities Crew was able to bring back guided excursions last week, limited to 3 households. This means that we have some tours available, but they fill up quickly! Check out the available tours here.

Winter Skating

We will also have available:

  • Ice Rinks (and ice skates) at Bluefin Bay and Surfside
  • Cross Country Skis – As of now, the trails are not groomed but that may change with the latest snowfall so check in with the activities staff when you arrive if this is something you are looking to do
  • Snowshoes
  • Yak Trax

Waves of Superior Spa

The Spa is open for massage appointments! Give them a call at 218-663-6888 to check availability.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

The Holidays Are Happy at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts!

WINTER AT BLUEFIN BAYThe winter holidays are upon us! During this time of year, we like to reflect on the months that have gone by, the memories made, and the adventures that were had. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests who choose Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts as your getaway destination.

The holiday season is special and magical here on Minnesota’s North Shore. If you will be joining us over the holiday time between Christmas and New Year’s (or if you are thinking of planning a last-minute getaway!) here are a few resources to help plan your trip.

ACTIVITIES:

  • We have a wide variety of complimentary activities offered year-round. From winter hiking, and cross-country ski trips, to yoga and kids adventures, there is something for everyone this holiday season. Visit the online activity calendar to see a complete list and to help plan your stay.
  • Complimentary Equipment Rental! Cross-Country Skis, Snowshoes, Ice Skates, Hockey sticks and nets, ice grippers, and more can all be rented for free during your stay with us.
  • Cross-Country skiing has been great this season with most trails open. Join us on one of our guided resort ski trips or we can provide you with a map if you prefer to head out on your own. The Sugarbush Trails have their most popular trails groomed and open. Visit their website for up to date trail conditions.
  • Lutsen Mountains is now open daily for the ski season! Early snow and perfect temps for making snow have given them a fantastic base for December skiing. Visit their website for up to date conditions and trail maps. Book a Ski & Stay Package for the best deal. We offer FREE daily shuttles to and from the base of the mountain!
  • Celebrate the season with even more local activities and events! Live entertainment, art exhibition, brewery tours, great shopping and more will keep you busy and entertained this holiday season. Check out the Visit Cook County Events Calendar for a full list of happenings!

DINING: 

Bluefin Grille:

  • Closed on Christmas Eve
  • OPEN Christmas Day for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner with Holiday Specials.
  • OPEN New Year’s Eve with Dinner Specials.
  • Click here for a full list of holiday hours

Coho Cafe & Bakery:

  • OPEN Christmas Eve 8 am – 8 pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Click here for a full list of holiday hours

Escape, Save, and Shop!

Thanksgiving week is here! The winter holidays are upon us and that means it’s time to start holiday planning. Why not begin by planning a special tradition with family and friends at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts? We’re making it easy this year by extending our most popular special over the pre-Christmas holiday weekend! That’s right, stay three nights Dec. 20-24 and you’ll receive one of those nights FREE (midweek night is free). This Gales Special offer is available anytime in December through the 24th. Escape the holiday hustle and bustle with a getaway to the North Shore!

It’s also time to start your holiday shopping. This holiday, give a gift that will keep on giving long after it is unwrapped. Gift cards can be purchased in any dollar amount and used for lodging, restaurants, gift shops and the Waves of Superior Spa. Gift cards are mailed within a few days of placing your order and each card comes in special packaging with a place for a personal message.

 

Holiday Greetings From The Shores of Lake Superior

Winter at Bluefin Bay Family of ResortsThe winter holidays are upon us and at this time of year we like to reflect on the months that have gone by, the memories made, and the adventures that were had. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests who choose Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts as your getaway destination. We are grateful and honored to help turn your vacation moments into meaningful, lasting memories.

The holidays are special and magical here on Minnesota’s North Shore. If you will be joining us over the holiday time between Christmas and New Year’s (or if you are thinking of planning a last minute getaway!) here are a few resources to help plan your trip.

DINING: 

Bluefin Grille:

  • Closed on Christmas Eve
  • OPEN Christmas Day for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. Dinner special: Steak & Lobster with Mushroom Risotto
  • Click here for a full list of holiday hours

Coho Cafe & Bakery:

  • OPEN Christmas Eve 8 am – 3 pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Click here for a full list of holiday hours

ACTIVITIES:

  • We have a wide variety of complimentary activities offered year round. From winter hiking, and cross-country ski trips, to yoga and kids adventures, there is something for everyone this holiday season. Visit the online activity calendar to see a complete list and to help plan your stay.
  • Complimentary Equipment Rental! Cross-Country Skis, Snowshoes, Ice Skates, Hockey sticks and nets, ice grippers, and more can all be rented for free during your stay with us.
  • Cross-Country skiing has been lovely so far this season with limited trails open. Join us on one of our guided resort ski trips or we can provide you with a map if you prefer to head out on your own. The Sugarbush Trails have their most popular trails groomed and open. Visit their website for up to date trail conditions.
  • Lutsen Mountains is now open daily for the ski season! Early snow and perfect temps for making snow have given them a fantastic base for December skiing. Visit their website for up to date conditions and trail maps.
  • Celebrate the season with even more local activities and events! Live entertainment, art exhibition, brewery tours, great shopping and more will keep you busy and entertained this holiday season. Check out the Visit Cook County Events Calendar for a full list of happenings!

Holidays at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

The stars are shining brightly during these dark skies of December, the cozy fires are ready for a winter evening, and Lake Superior’s North Shore is radiant with holiday lights and festive cheer. There are so many things to love about this time of year. Of course, a favorite activity of all is sitting by a cozy fire with a festive drink in hand and a front row seat to the show that the Big Lake puts on. Here at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’ve put together a list of some of our other favorite activities and events that bring us joy during the holiday season.

  • NEW OUTDOOR GUIDED ACTIVITIES! On December 23rd and the 30th we’ll be offering a new activity: Wilderness Bonfire Adventure Hike! Join us for a 3.5-mile hike, Beginning at Sugar Loaf and ending at Caribou Falls where we will get to stop half way at Crystal Creek to build a bonfire and have a wintery treat (S’mores & Hot Chocolate) before we head to the Caribou River where we can explore the top and base of Caribou Falls!
  • DOWNHILL SKIING! Downhill skiing is already in full swing in our neck of the woods. Lutsen Mountains is open daily starting on December 15th and they have reported 12 inches of snow in the last 7 days! For those who love to downhill ski and stay at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, you’ll want to book a Ski & Stay Package for the best deal. We offer FREE daily shuttles to and from the base of the mountain, frustration-free equipment rental at our neighboring Sawtooth Outfitters, and a variety of Can’t-be-beat Ski & Stay Packages.
  • CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING! Spectacular scenery, varied terrain, and abundant snow add up to some of the best cross-country skiing in the country. Trails in the immediate Lutsen-Tofte area total more than 150km and are groomed with the best available equipment. During your stay, join us on a tranquil guided trip along the Poplar River. Amongst the mountains of Lutsen, this calm section of the Poplar provides amazing views. All skill levels welcome. Complimentary cross-country skis are available in our recreation center.
  • KIDS ADVENTURE CLUB! Join us for a series of NEW Activities created especially to enhance your child’s Northwood’s Adventure Experience! From Finding “Fairy Stones” & creating necklaces to taking an Adventure Hike to track and identify our Northwood’s Wildlife. Also, relax with a hot cup of cocoa and at our Guest Services Building and learn all about how Northwood’s animals survive in our colder harsh climate.
  • DINING WITH A VIEW AND HOLIDAY SPECIALS! After a day spent outdoors head to the Bluefin Grille for a cozy dinner or apps and cocktails with the most breathtaking views available on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The Bluefin Grille will be closed on Christmas Eve but open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve serving a full menu until 9 pm and a Late Night Menu until 11pm. Visit the Bluefin Grille page for full menus as well as a list of holiday specials you won’t want to miss!
  • AREA ACTIVITIES & LIVE MUSIC! The Bluefin Grille will host live musicians between Christmas and New Year’s. Visit the Activities and Events page for dates and the musician line-up. Cook County is fortunate to have a thriving music scene year-round spanning all musical genres and settings from intimate to large venues. Check out the Visit Cook County Event Calendar for live music and event happenings.

Wishing you all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year.

~  Happy Holidays from all of us at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts!