North Shore Fall! If you want in, book now

Our Fall availability is filling fast!

Bluefin Bay - Fall on the North ShoreFall on Minnesota’s North Shore is one of the most breathtaking seasons and best times to visit. The star of the show is, of course, the vibrant fall color along Minnesota’s North Shore, including the Sawtooth Mountains and Superior National Forest.

Waves of red, orange and yellow extend as far as the eye can see Lusten in the Fallfrom the rocky ridges overlooking Lake Superior. In contrast are  the pine green forest and blue hues of Lake Superior herself.

Fall enthusiasts contend there are actual two fall peaks on the North Shore. First to turn are the inland maples,  followed by the yellow and golds of the aspen and birch along Hwy 61/North Shore Scenic Drive. So in a good year, calendar contestfall colors lasts for weeks! Lucky for us.

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we enjoy helping guests experience the North Shore on foot, by pedal, canoe, kayak, or car.

For those who prefer to hit the trails to experience the changing leaves up close and personal — our guided fall hikes are fantastic. Prefer to go solo? No problem. We can you point you to the best (and less-populated trails) and the best color during your visit. The cool days are perfect for hiking in your favorite sweatshirt, and best when followed by a campfire and smores’ from the Bluefin Bay beach.

If you prefer to explore by bike, you can choose from the Gitchi Gami paved trail along the shoreline or off-road biking trails that offer adventure and an up-close-and-personal leaf peeping experience. Wilderness canoeing and inland kayaking are exceptional ways to see the colors from a different vantage point – the water. Join a guided excursion or head out on your own and paddle at your own pace.

In the fall, the North Shore feels a bit more laid back and relaxed — and that’s why we love it! But this year, we’re seeing different travel patterns and more people favoring driving vacations. Our fall is booking in fast.

Book now for fall travel through October

So, if you’re planning to join us at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts for a fall getaway, we encourage you to plan and book ahead. Fall bookings are already strong and availability for Sept. is limited.

Here’s a tip: If you don’t see your ideal dates or unit style available online, consider midweek travel as there is likely to be more availability and the fall colors are just as great midweek. 😉 If you have the flexibility due to remote work and/or the kids are distance learning vs the classroom, midweek travel could be a great option. Our reservationists can help at 1-800-258-3346.

Fall dining — also good to plan ahead

Planning your dining in advance may also help with your travel experience. If you would like indoor dining reservations at the Bluefin Grille, we encourage you to book in advance of your stay. We seat by reservation only for limited indoor seating at the Grille due to Covid-19 restrictions. View our online menu or book your reservation here.

Tip #2: Pack your jacket (and maybe your gloves), as well as your patience. The weather can be a bit more unpredictable for outdoor dining in the fall than summer, especially with Lake Superior breezes. We continue to offer takeout, outdoor dining on several patios and picnic tables, as well as limited indoor dining at both the Bluefin Grille and Coho Cafe & Bakery. Visit our dining pages here to learn more.

Tip #3: Many of our unit styles have full kitchens, so consider booking one of these and cooking and eating in your condo or townhome. All Temperance Landing log homes have full kitchens, as well as two bedroom townhomes at Surfside, and most one and three bedrooms at Bluefin Bay. If you’re unsure, ask a reservationist for help at 1-800-258-3346.

Sign up for activities and fall color tours in advance 

Because the fall will be busier this year, we encourage you to register in advance for our complimentary guest activities. Whether it’s a guided fall color hike, or you want to join a wilderness canoeing or inland kayaking adventure, it’s best to sign up in advance to ensure your spot. Check out our full schedule of activities and pre-register here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts this fall and hope these tips will help you plan a safe and fun experience.

Now, Fall is almost here. So enjoy this fall video for a little inspiration!

 

Welcome back spring deals

Bluefin Bay Family of ResortsIn a world that feels so uncertain, we’re all craving comfort in the familiar.

One thing that has not changed since Covid-19, is the beauty and majesty of Lake Superior. We’re fortunate to have this breathtaking BIG lake with endless views in our sights every day! It gives us peace of mind and we never take that for granted.

If you’re craving some time with Lake Superior herself, we’ve got the deals to welcome you back:

  • Spring Fever Special 3 for 2: This offer makes getting away for three nights a breeze. Stay three nights and receive one night completely FREE! This is our most popular special. But hurry, it’s only through May 31. Last minute getaway anyone? Book now
  • June Welcome Back Special: In June, we’re welcoming you back just as early summer hits the shore. Warmer days, lupines everywhere, the hiking and those smells! On the June Welcome Back 3-Night Special, you get 50% off your third night. Book now
  • June 4 for 3 Special: If you prefer to stay longer, this is the best deal. When you stay four nights, you’ll get one of those June summer nights totally FREE! What more incentive do you need. Book now

Stay with Peace of Mind

We all know things will look and feel different in a Covid-19 world – both for our staff and our guests. We appreciate your cooperation, patience and understanding as we navigate this new landscape together.

Please take a few moments to review our cleanliness and sanitation practices, safety procedures and resort service changes in response to Covid-19 on the Stay Safe 2020 tab on our website. We’ll update this page frequently as things change, so check back often.

We’re here to welcome you back safely, when you’re ready to enjoy the breathtaking views and miles upon miles of hiking, biking, nature trails and wide open spaces of the North Shore.

Stay safe. Be well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Lake Superior sunrise for you

Enter the Sunrise Challenge for a chance to win some Bluefin Bay swag!

Lake Superior Sunrise - Bluefin BayThe sunrise over Lake Superior is one of the most breathtaking things on earth! We frequently hear from guests who rise early to capture the sunrise from their condo or venture out with their morning coffee to the rocky shoreline to greet the sun as it pops over the horizon.

What is it about a sunrise that reels us in? Perhaps it’s the idea of venturing out before the rest of the world wakes…or being still in the quiet beauty of nature. Maybe, it’s the hope that comes with greeting the dawn of a new day. We all know that experiencing a sunrise can be an instant mood changer.

So, since you can’t be with us to experience the Lake Superior sunrise right now – we’re bringing it to you! Enjoy the sunrise video below shot last week by Ross, our Guest Services Manager – for you.

In that spirit, our next I Love Bluefin Show & Tell Challenge is all about the sunrise. Here’s your chance to get in on the sunrise action. You’ll get to enjoy a beautiful sunrise from home and we’ll get to experience it with you online. Plus, when you enter our virtual challenge you have a chance to win some awesome Bluefin Bay swag!

Show & Tell Challenge #2 – Show Us Your Sunrise!  

  • Get out and enjoy a sunrise near you — any day this next week. Share a photo or video of your sunrise on social media. You’ll get to enjoy a sunrise and greet the day, and we’ll get to enjoy it with you.
  • Share your sunrise photo or video on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags: #ILoveBluefin and #BluefinShowandTell. Posts must be up by Monday, May 4 at 5 p.m. to be eligible to win.
  • Win Bluefin Swag! We’ll select one random winner on Facebook and one on Instagram (2 winners total). Each will win a Bluefin Bay sweatshirt (his/her style choice and size) from the inventory currently in our gift shop.

Remember, posts must be up by May 4 at 5 p.m. and have the hashtags #ILoveBluefin and #BluefinShoeandTell to win. And, now, enjoy our beautiful Lake Superior sunrise.

Check out our Virtual Bluefin page to download Zoom backgrounds, visit Bluefin via our You Tube Video Channel, and read about our current challenges. Go to Virtual Bluefin here.

P.S. Our Waterfall Challenge winners will be announced this week on Facebook so stay tuned!

 

 

Lake Superior Near Record High Levels

bluefin bay shoreline 2020If you’re a lover of the Great Lakes, you may know that most are at near-record high water levels. Lake Superior entered this past summer 0.8 inches above the record high set in 1950 for that time of year, and 14 inches above its 100-year average. On January 1st of this new year, the Big Lake is 13 inches above its normal level. 4 inches higher than 1 year ago!

Due to these record high water levels in Lake Superior, and the increase in the frequency of major fall and winter storms (three of what are considered “500 year storms” in the past two years), Bluefin Bay decided to be proactive and add additional shoreline protective measures to the significant other work done over the past two years. This work was completed just in time for the Gales of November this past year.

Did you know?

  • Just a 1-inch rise in Lake Superior is equal to an additional 551 billion gallons of water. Wait, what!? Now, times that by 4 (the amount the lake is up right now compared to 1 year ago). That’s a lot of extra water!
  • One of our favorite fun facts? This mighty lake holds as much water as all Great Lakes combined plus 3 additional Lake Eries. Wow! Check out a list of other mind-boggling facts in this Lake Superior Magazine article.
  • For those who want to dig a little deeper into ‘Lake Stats’, you can visit the US Army Corps of Engineers Weekly Great Lakes Water Level Update. Here, they detail the past week’s weather and lake level conditions for all the Great Lakes. In addition, this report provides monthly forecasts, alerts, and a chart of all lakes with several interesting stats for comparison.
  • A recent article published by the Duluth News Tribune discusses storm warnings for 2020, potential impacts if the lake level continues to rise, and what is being done to understand and manage the current condition of the Great Lakes water levels.

 

Paddling Season is Almost Here!

KayakingReady to get out on the water? You’re in luck – Our complimentary guided kayak and canoe trips start June 1st! Gliding along the water in a canoe or kayak is an ideal way to de-stress and connect with the natural world around you. Our guided Wilderness Canoeing on the Poplar River, Lake Superior Kayaking Trips, and our NEW Inland Kayaking Trips on Caribou Lake are the perfect way to experience the magic of paddling. Our experienced guides will provide you with all the equipment and instruction needed for a memorable and safe adventure on the water.

NEW THIS YEAR! Inland Kayaking:  Join us for some inland kayaking on the beautiful Caribou Lake in Lutsen. We will kayak for two hours on this peaceful, scenic lake. As we paddle along the shore be sure to look for wildlife like beavers, loons, and ducks! Inland kayaking is perfect for families and beginners or for those who do not want to paddle on Lake Superior. This guided trip is kid-friendly for children ages 7 & up (accompanied by an adult). Basic stroke instruction will be provided.

Wilderness Canoeing: Our Wilderness Canoeing Experience on the Poplar River has become a guest and staff favorite. Along with your guide, we will shuttle you to the Poplar River in Lutsen, hike about a quarter of a mile to the canoes, and paddle two miles along the beautiful Poplar River. No past canoe experience is needed and children as young as five can participate. The trip is leisurely, scenic, and within the whole family’s capabilities.

Lake Superior Kayaking: Lake Superior offers one of the most incredible sea kayaking experiences available between the two coasts. Paddle along the scenic shoreline of Lake Superior with one of our expert kayak guides. You will spot a sea cave and multiple waterfalls, not to mention the wildlife! Lake Superior could be calm like glass or have choppy waves, we will go regardless, (as long as we deem the conditions safe) in order to provide guests with a full Lake Superior experience. Our expert and certified guides will provide you with full instruction and equipment you need. Kayakers of all skill levels age 12 and up are welcome.

Our canoe and kayak trips are quite popular and tend to fill quickly. To reserve your spot, be sure you sign up in advance – you can now sign up right from the activity calendar on the website! Just click on the activity and look for the sign-up link at the bottom of the description.

Happy paddling!

 

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…

Fall Senior Week Specials!

Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts CondoThe last week of  August and the first part of September is an ideal time for many adults to get away midweek. The North Shore of Minnesota is a little bit quieter with kids and families back to school, the weather is perfect (warm days and cool evenings), shops & art galleries are plentiful and open, and there are many great dining and entertainment options.

Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is pleased to offer a special discount to our Seniors during several weeks of the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons.

The Senior Weeks Special includes 20% off midweek stays of two nights or more.

Fall & Late Summer Seniors Weeks: Valid Aug. 26-30, 2018, Sunday-Thursday and Valid Sept. 4-13, 2018, Sunday-Thursday.

Offer Details:

  • This offer is valid on any available lodging type for those age 60 years and older.
  • Offer is valid for Sunday-Thursday (midweek) reservations.
  • This offer is not valid with any other offer.

In addition to lots of time for relaxing and just watching the Big Lake, it’s is also a great time of year to take advantage of fun events and adventures!

  • Resort Activities! Take advantage of many complimentary resort activities: Wilderness Canoeing, Guided Hikes, Yoga, and Shuttles to the North Shore Winery!
  • State Parks! When you stay with us you’ll have easy access to four spectacular state parks featuring waterfalls, rivers, and pristine forests: TettegoucheTemperance River, Cascade River, and George Crosby Manitou. In addition to the parks in Bluefin Bay’s backyard, we encourage stops at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park. Both are located on Scenic Highway 61 on the drive north to the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.
  • Shopping! The North Shore has a very vibrant arts community and you’ll find wonderful local shops and studios with artwork, clothing, gear and North Shore treasures. Here’s a great resource for a complete list of North Shore Shopping.
  • Entertainment! Sit back and relax at the Bluefin Grille on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11pm and listen to a talented local musician while enjoying a cocktail or a bite from the late night menu. Hello, date night!
  • You can find other live music entertainment and special events happening around Cook County at the Visit Cook County Event Calendar.

Discover Sugarloaf Cove

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Area on Minnesota's North ShoreWe are really fortunate to be located just a short drive from a beautiful and very special place dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the entire North Shore of Minnesota: Sugarloaf Cove. Here you’ll find one of the most beautiful protected coves on the lake, interpretive nature trails, a nature center, and year-round programs on geology and wildlife. Sugarloaf Cove is the North Shore Stewardship Association and their mission is to “inspire the preservation and restoration of the North Shore’s unique environment through education and exemplary stewardship, especially at Sugarloaf Cove.”

Sign-up for one of our complimentary resort guided hiking trips to Sugarloaf Cove where our guides will lead you on a marked interpretive route through a Red Pine Plantation that showcases the logging history and geological history of the North Shore. This 1.5-mile round trip hike is easy and perfect for the whole family.

Or, head out on your own Sugarloaf Cove adventure. To get there it is just a short 5 – 10-minute drive from the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts properties and located just off Highway 61. Grab a trail guide from the nature center and enjoy a walk along the interpretive trail, visit the picturesque cove surrounded with 1.1 billion-year-old rocks, visit the interpretive center to talk with the staff about this incredible area, or participate in one of their nature programs. Here are a few of their other on-going weekly programs:

  • Bird Banding on Thursdays: Sugarloaf Cove is participating in bird research to learn their migratory patterns, how long they live, and where they nest. Get up close to a wild bird (and maybe even hold one!) during their bird banding sessions to see what’s happening with our Minnesota birds.
  • Stories in Stone on Sundays: The Sugarloaf beach has many different kinds of rocks and you can find out how they got there, how to spot an agate or Thompsonite, and how this area was formed on this casual walk with a Sugarloaf guide.
  • Friday and Saturday programs change weekly and include topics like Small Life in Big Lakes, The Story of Sugarloaf Cove, The world at Dusk, and Moose Stories.

Worry Less. Paddle More.

Guided Kayaking on Lake SuperiorGliding along the water in a canoe or kayak is an ideal way to de-stress and connect with the natural world around you. Our guided Wilderness Canoeing on the Poplar River and our Lake Superior Kayaking Trips are the perfect way to experience the magic of paddling. Our experienced guides will provide you with all the equipment and instruction needed for a memorable and safe trip on the water.

Wilderness Canoeing: Our Wilderness Canoeing Experience on the Poplar River has become a guest and staff favorite. Along with your guide, we will shuttle you to the Poplar River in Lutsen, hike about a quarter of a mile to the canoes, and paddle two miles along the beautiful Poplar River. No past canoe experience is needed and children as young as five can participate. The trip is leisurely, scenic, and within the whole family’s capabilities.

Kayaking: Lake Superior offers one of the most incredible sea kayaking experiences available between the two coasts. Paddle along the scenic shoreline of Lake Superior with one of our expert kayak guides. You will see a sea cave and multiple waterfalls, not to mention the wildlife! Lake Superior could be calm like glass or have choppy waves, we will go regardless, (as long as we deem the conditions safe) in order to provide guests with a full Lake Superior experience. Our expert and certified guides will provide you with full instruction and equipment you need. Kayakers of all skill levels age 12 and up are welcome.

Our canoe and kayak trips are quite popular and tend to fill quickly. To reserve your spot, be sure you sign up in advance with Guest Services: 218-663-7296

Plan your canoe and kayak trips and explore all resort activities on the Resort Activities & Events page.

See you on the water!

Waterfall of the Week!

Caribou Falls in SpringWhen it comes to waterfalls we don’t like to pick favorites. We love them all for their unique settings and impressive displays of rushing water each spring, but the Caribou River is a waterfall hike we never miss this time of year. The Caribou Falls State Wayside is located on the border of Lake and Cook Counties and just a 15-minute drive from Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. The parking area was greatly expanded and paved last year adding to the ease and accessibility of visiting this waterfall.

The ¾ mile long trail winds right along the beautiful cedar lined river with a couple inviting spots to hop out on rocks during the drier months. Continuing on, the trail quickly starts heading up and you will have some great views of the river gorge below. About a half mile from the parking area is a long set of wooden stairs taking you down to a breathtaking view of the 40-foot Caribou Falls. The deep canyon walls and the loud rush of the falls creates a magical and exhilarating experience. Well worth the trek back up those stairs! At the top of the stairs, you will want to continue on up the trail to the large observation deck that sits just above the falls. A perfect spot for a water and snack break as you take in the awesome view of Lake Superior and the river valley below. If you would like a longer hike, this trail also continues on to hook up with the Superior Hiking Trail.

Check out our waterfalls page for more wonderful falls to visit, maps, and viewing tips. Your waterfall tour adventure is even better when you take advantage of our Spring Fever Offer through June 14th. Enjoy a FREE night when you purchase two nights (midweek night is free)!

Caribou Falls Overlook April