There are many hidden gems scattered along the North Shore of Lake Superior but Sugarloaf Cove stands out as a favorite. Sugarloaf Cove is a 34-acre site located about 10 miles south of Bluefin Bay. Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association was created in 1992 to inspire the preservation and restoration or the North Shore’s unique environment. For a $5 parking fee, you can enjoy lively hiking trails, access to educational programs and breathtaking views of the cozy Lake Superior cove.
Sugarloaf Cove has a fascinating history. From 1943-1971 the area was used by Consolidated Papers, Inc. as a site to store pulpwood logs during the winter. In the summer months, tugboats hauled the logs across Lake Superior to Ashland, Wisconsin. The paper company utilized at least 14 buildings on the site and a root cellar, metal mooring rings and boom logs can all be seen today as remaining reminders of the logging history at Sugarloaf Cove.
This summer, they plan to host drop-in educational programs. Bird banding demonstrations have long been a beloved activity of many Bluefin guests. Occurring every Thursday morning, a Sugarloaf naturalist will band birds in order to monitor the populations of song birds that nest and travel through the area. The demonstration begins early and you can stop by any time to learn more about the banding process and its important in understand the lifespan, movement and productivity of song birds. This program, among others, is a way for Sugarloaf Cove to educate the public about the local environment.
To learn more about the programming, hiking trails and offerings at Sugarloaf Cove, click here.
4th of July Festivities
The 4th of July is nearly here! As we celebrate our nation’s independence here on the North Shore, we also celebrate all things summer – the Big Lake and its cool breezes, the endless miles of trails to explore by foot or by bicycle, kayak and canoe excursions, golfing, fishing, outdoor dining, bonfires on the beach complete with s’mores, and time spent with friends and family making memories! If you are joining us for 4th of July weekend you will certainly be able to make some memories as we have a full line-up of fun activities!
We often hear from our returning guests that they cherish the memories they’ve made at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. This is one of our favorite comments because it means that we are providing our guests with experiences that they might not otherwise have an opportunity to partake in. In that spirit, we have expanded our activities program this year to include new adventures and more of the excursions that you all have raved about. All activities listed below are included in your stay at Bluefin Bay, Surfside or Temperance Landing.
Introduction to Mountain Biking will consist of riding a new single-track mountain biking trail called “The High Climber”. Although this particular trail is marked as easy, it is a rigorous activity. We will provide instruction, but you can expect there to be some hard peddling, rolling over some rock gardens, and sweeping berms. A fall or two is common and part of the fun! This activity will be available on Sundays and Thursdays throughout the summer.
Our other new activity, Outdoor Movies, is a bit more laid back. We will be showing a family friendly movie Friday evenings on a large inflatable screen outside on the lawn at Surfside Resort. No sign up necessary. We’ll bring the popcorn!
It has been a spectacular waterfall season on the North Shore so far and it keeps getting better! The spring season started off rather dry to the point where we were under fire danger warnings for a little while. Around mid-April, the weather turned and we had a full week of rain. The steady rain melted all remaining snow and got the rivers to really begin to run. Since then, the inland lakes have also opened up which adds even more water. The waterfalls are now flowing at their full glory and we expect they will continue to be spectacular through May.
The unique geologic formations along the North Shore allow visitors to witness breathtaking waterfalls ranging from the highest in Minnesota – the 120-foot High Falls at Grand Portage State Park (pictured above) — to raging falls right in Bluefin Bay’s back yard. If you’ve never experienced our spring waterfalls, it’s truly a sight to be seen, heard and felt. Check out our favorite waterfalls videos below or see our waterfalls page for more information on our favorite hikes.
5 Fun Yard Games to Play Next Time You Visit
Is there anything more lovely than a sunny afternoon, a cold drink in hand, with good company? And you know what could make that situation even better? A fun yard game!
At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we have you covered. Here are 5 fun yard games that we have available for guests to use.
Cornhole – Cornhole. Bags. Whatever you call it, this game is a mid-west classic! There are many ways to play. Read the American Cornhole Association’s rules here.
Earth Day Clean-up
As Earth Day approaches and the spring snow melts, one can’t help but feel the need to spruce things up a bit. While it’s nice to get things pretty for the upcoming season, it’s also rewarding to give back to the community.
One event that the crew at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts looks forward to every year is our annual highway clean-up! Bluefin Bay has been apart of the Adopt a Highway program since 1990. That means that every year for the last 31 years, Bluefin Bay staff have taken time to clean the section of highway that runs through the town of Tofte.
This year was no exception. The crew had a great time and we rewarded ourselves with pizza from Coho Café afterwards.
Wedding & Events Update
It goes without saying that it’s been a tricky 12 months for wedding and event planners. Because of all of the confusion of this past year, we wanted to post an update on what the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is currently planning in regards to events. In everything we do, the health and safety of our resort guests, staff and the community remains our top priority.
We’ll start by saying that our hearts go out to all of the couples that are navigating this pandemic while trying to plan their very special day. We have been doing our best to offer clear and consistent communication to our already booked wedding couples, but we know that it hasn’t been easy for you.
Moving forward, we’ll be hosting events for 40 people or less. Our ceremony locations include Tofte Cove or the Beach Patio near Bluefin Grille. There are two choices for your reception dinner: the Shore Room at Bluefin Grille (up to 16 people) or the Superior Room upstairs at Bluefin Grille (up to 40 people). For more information on prices and menus, click here.
Lastly, as a result of higher than usual occupancy across the Bluefin Bay Resorts, we recommend that you contact our Guest Services department to check for lodging availability before inquiring about event and wedding services.
Biking the North Shore
One of the perks with staying at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is that we have bikes available for guest use as part of our complimentary activities program. We also have easy access to the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, which is a paved biking path that you can ride all the way from Lutsen to Temperance River State Park. We are excited to announce that this year we purchased 20 brand new bikes to add to our fleet! They are called the Specialized Roll-Sport Low Entry and they are perfect for easy cruising while you gaze at Lake Superior.
The other exciting news is that we have had a warmer than usual spring on the North Shore (and we are loving every minute of it)! So we already have the road bikes available for guest use, which means you can get out and enjoy the sunshine on two wheels. This is probably the first time we’ve ever had bikes available before April! It will be another month or two before we get the mountain bikes out.
We’ll begin our bike & hike tours on April 10th if you want to join us! These tours are complimentary for guests. We start by riding the 2.1 mile section of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail to Temperance River State Park. We then hike along the Temperance River for a little ways and check out the amazing waterfalls. It’s one of our favorite excursions!
Remember to ride responsibly, wear your helmet and we’ll see you on the trails!
No Solar Storm? No Problem!
The Northern Lights have been active in Cook County lately and we have seen beautiful photos from people who were lucky enough to witness them! Experiencing the Northern Lights is a bucket list item for most people and for good reason, they are truly sensational. However, it should be mentioned that they can be quite difficult to predict and they don’t always appear even when they are forecasted. While you can do as much as possible to prepare, you still may miss them.
The good news is that there is still plenty of natural beauty to be found above. Cook County has some of the darkest skies in the country, allowing for incredible viewing of the stars, planets and galaxy. Last year, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (located just 20 miles from Bluefin) was designated a dark sky sanctuary by the International Dark Sky Association. It is one of only 13 such sanctuaries around the world.
Bluefin Bay is also an ideal location to watch the moon rise out of Lake Superior. If you have ever witnessed a full moon shine out across on a large body of water, you know how spectacular it can be. The peninsula that the Bluefin Grille sits on offers an expansive view of the eastern sky where the moonrise occurs. Moon phases are also much easier to plan a trip around, as you know where and when they will occur.
So remember – even if you miss the solar storm, you can still be awed by the visibility of the solar system at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.
St. Patrick’s Day Medallion Hunt
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts! Today we will be hosting a medallion hunt for our guests. Will it be your lucky day? The prize is a $100 gift card!
Here are the official rules.
The medallion will be hidden on the grounds at Bluefin Bay, Surfside OR Temperance Landing. Guests searching for the medallion must stay on Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts properties.
The medallion will be in plain reach. Under no circumstances should guests climb, dig, or swim to find the medallion.
Participants must be a registered guest of one of Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts three properties.
Clues will be given at 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm in the Bluefin Bay Guest Services Building and on Bluefin Bay’s social media platforms.
Once found guests must return the medallion immediately to the front desk in the Guest Services building located at Bluefin Bay Resort.
First person to touch the medallion will be declared the winner. Any contention will result in the forfeiture of the prize.
Prize will be a $100 gift card to Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.
Here is the first clue.
Thank you for participating! I do not want to keep you waiting. Search on all three of the resort grounds. You may have to search like hounds. I am sure to be in plain sight. Be sure to go now while you have first light.