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



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!


Bluefin Bay Wins Best of the Lake!

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Forgive us, but we need to toot our own horn for a moment, and more importantly, say thank you to our fans and guests.

Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior has been named 2018 Best of the Lake in the overnight lodging category, as sponsored by Lake Superior Magazine. The magazine’s “Best of” award covers all lodging options from Duluth to the Canadian border and, more importantly, it’s a readers’ choice award. This is the second year in a row Bluefin Bay was chosen the readers favorite in this category!

Awards like this one – where fans and guests vote for their favorite or the best – mean the most to us because our guests’ loyalty and confidence is the best barometer of our success creating memorable vacation experiences. So, THANK YOU to all who voted for us – especially our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts guests for your ongoing loyalty, comments and kudos over the years.

We are also excited about a few other winners from our neck of the woods.

  • Best Waterfall in Minnesota: Gooseberry Falls in Two Harbors and High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage
  • Best Local Landmark: Split Rock Lighthouse
  • Best ‘Locally Made’ Store: The Lake Superior Trading Post, Sivertson’s, and Joynes Ben Franklin – all in Grand Marais!
  • Best Walking Trail: Superior Hiking Trail…of course!
  • Best 1-Hour Stop Along The Route: Temperance River State Park. We couldn’t agree more! This beautiful park is a short drive or bike ride from the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and offers incredible hiking, waterfalls and a gorgeous Lake Superior beach.
  • Best Brewery: Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors, and Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais
  • Best Doggy Destination: Artist’s Point in Grand Marais. We are also pet-friendly at Bluefin Bay and love our furry friend guests!
  • Reader’s Choice: Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide and Gondola

Check out the full list here and be inspired to plan your Lake Superior getaway. We are partial to our lovely North Shore region of Lake Superior but we love how it also highlights the amazing places in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario.  Circle tour, anyone?


More awards

Check out a complete list of awards on our website here. The entire Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts Team is honored and humbled to be deemed the ‘best’ and your “favorite,” and we strive to continually live up to those titles.

So again, thank you. We hope you’re having a great summer.


Lake Superior storm packed a powerful punch this weekend

Wow! An early summer storm on Lake Superior this past weekend has Gooseberry Falls raging with the river spilling over its boundary, a huge ship pulled off course in Duluth, and roads washed out from flash flooding in Bayfield, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

This blog is for those who love the mystery and majesty of Lake Superior. There’s a reason we call it the BIG Lake! Lake Superior’s epic storms have raged a fury that has caused countless shipwrecks, took the lives of crew, and left wreckage along with unanswered questions at the bottom of the lake. (Read more: Nine Major Lake Superior Storms – including the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975.)

This past weekend’s storm was far from epic, but if you were in Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon or visiting the North Shore, you likely experienced some heavy rains, serious wind and flash flooding. And while the storm may not have been intense enough to make the record books, it did not pass without notice or drama.

In Duluth, strong currents and heavy rains brought the American Spirit, a 1,004 foot fully loaded freighter/ship, way too close to Duluth’s break wall and the Paulucci Building!

You can see some of the dramatic coverage recorded live on a tourist’s Facebook feed (credit Angela Lowder).

Or, check out these links below, including a time lapse video of the ship drifting quickly off course.

If you were hiking in the Two Harbors area, perhaps you saw the raging Gooseberry Falls with the river spilling, spewing and spitting over its boundary. View live video from a tourist here (credit Lauri E. Olspon-Hohman).

Around the area

In Bayfield and Ashland, WI, several roadways were washed out, including parts of Highway 2. Storms washed out roads in Houghton and Hancock in the Upper Peninsula. Learn more about this Lake Superior storm by visiting Lake Superior Magazine’s Facebook News Feed here. Or, click on the links below to see some of the news coverage of impact outside of the North Shore.


Photo credit, top: Duluth News Tribune