Summer At Its Best!

kayaking by Bluefin Bay on Lake SuperiorJuly has almost come and gone but don’t panic yet! We still have oodles of summer left to enjoy warm weather adventures on Minnesota’s North Shore. In case you need a few more reasons to plan one last blast of summertime fun…

  • Outdoor Adventures: Our August Activity Calendar is full of complimentary adventures and events for the whole family.  Kayak Lake Superior, Inland kayak on Caribou Lake, canoe the Poplar River, explore the local trails with a guided hike or take a bike ride on the Gitchi-Gami Trail. You’ll also find Kids Activities, Yoga, Winery Tours & Shuttles, plus campfires with s’mores.
  • Stay cool with nature’s best air conditioning – Lake Superior! Has it been hot and humid where you live? The breeze blowing off the big lake keeps all of that away. Imagine sleeping with the windows open, listening to the waves and enjoying a cool breeze right off the lake. Aahhh! Looking for a little more heat? You’re in luck! Head inland 1+ miles for shorts and tank top weather. We really do have it all on the North Shore!
  • Offers and Packages: Visit our Offers page for great last-minute vacancies at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing. Plus, you’ll always save with the Internet Savings and the Extended Stay Specials. In addition, there are packages to fit everyone’s vacation needs – Stay & Play Golf Package, Senior Weeks Special, Military Veterans Special, Honeymoon Packages, and Spa Packages.
  • 90th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic: Grand Marais is the place to be August 1st-4th! Minnow races, a lumberjack show, log rolling, live music, artisan vendors, store sales, pickled herring eating contest and so much more wacky and wild fun! Set along the beautiful harbor in downtown Grand Marais, this is the place to be the first weekend in August!
  • Area Events: Cook County and the entire North Shore is in full swing in August and the variety of arts, entertainment, and adventure opportunities are abundant. Check out the Visit Cook County August calendar for a full list of events.

Soak It All in This Summer with Resort Amenities!

Complimentary Bikes and equipment at Bluefin Bay on Lake SuperiorHere at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we frame your North Shore vacation with warm and friendly hospitality, in an environment that nurtures relaxation and escape, and with all the upscale resort amenities you desire. While our resorts share some common amenities – such as complimentary outdoor equipment and participation in resort hosted activities, our restaurants and Waves of Superior Spa – specific recreational amenities vary at each resort. Our favorite amenity is the shoreline of Lake Superior but we also have lots of other fun things you may want to take advantage of during your stay.

BLUEFIN BAY

  • Our Resort Activities & Events are complimentary (except for Charter Fishing) and include a wide variety of activities – guided hikes, kayak tours, wilderness canoeing, kids adventures, yoga, winery tours, and more!
  • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Heated Pool and Hot Tub (year-round!)
  • Two Saunas
  • Fitness Center
  • Complimentary Recreational Equipment: Road and off-road bikes, tennis equipment, badminton equipment, bocce ball equipment, cornhole game sets, hiking maps and day backpacks.
  • Tennis Courts
  • Playground
  • Nightly Bonfires & S’mores!
  • BBQ grills located throughout the property
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free WIFI throughout the resort
  • Bluefin Grille – open for breakfast, lunch & dinner & Coho Cafe & Bakery – open for breakfast lunch and dinner

SURFSIDE ON LAKE SUPERIOR

  • Our Resort Activities & Events are complimentary (except for Charter Fishing) and include a wide variety of activities – guided hikes, kayak tours, wilderness canoeing, kids adventures, yoga, winery tours, and more!
  • Indoor Pool and Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Fitness Center
  • Complimentary Recreational Equipment: Road and off-road bikes, tennis equipment, badminton equipment, bocce ball equipment, hiking maps and day backpacks.
  • Waves of Superior Spa!
  • Waves Cafe – open for breakfast and brunch/lunch
  • Tennis Courts
  • Campfire & S’mores!
  • BBQ grills located throughout the property
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free WIFI throughout the resort

TEMPERANCE LANDING ON LAKE SUPERIOR

Here, there are no schedules to keep. No must-do activities. We simply invite you to experience your North Shore vacation on your terms. Temperance Landing is located two miles from Surfside on Lake Superior and we’re pleased to offer our guests full access to the pool, sauna, Waves of Superior Spa & Café and more at our sister resort, Surfside on Lake Superior. This includes complimentary outdoor equipment and participation in resort activities hosted by the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.

  • Our Resort Activities & Events are complimentary (except for Charter Fishing) and include a wide variety of activities – guided hikes, kayak tours, wilderness canoeing, kids adventures, yoga, winery tours, and more!
  • Star of the North Sauna: Relax in our rustic cabin community sauna on Lake Superior’s edge – open only to private residents and guests of Temperance Landing. This old-fashioned, classic Finnish sauna is located on the south end of the property in a restored 70-year-old log cabin operating here since the 1930’s.
  • Free WIFI throughout the resort
  • Shuttle Service
  • BBQ Grills at each Temperance Landing Home

Superior Hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail!

Oberg Hike Summer SummitHiking really is ‘superior’ in our area. Considered one of the finest trails in the United States, the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail passes through the Lutsen-Tofte area and provides many opportunities to explore trail sections within close proximity of Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. We offer guided hiking excursions year-round with a variety of distances and degrees of difficulty. Many of our resort guided hikes take advantage of the epic hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail or the spur trails that lead to incredible overlooks, rushing waterfalls and dense forest areas.

Hiking is a favorite activity of our guests and the Bluefin Bay Activities Director is always busy adding new hikes and adventures for all skill levels to the weekly activities line-up. Visit our Activities & Events calendar to browse through the different guided hiking trips we offer. These trips are included as part of your stay and a great way to experience our area trails with an experienced guide. We are passionate about sharing the incredible views and the incredible joy that come with time spent on the trails.

The Superior Hiking Trail has been in the spotlight this summer with the release of a Star Tribune 6-part series about a hiker/writer and her incredible journey hiking the entire distance of the trail. From the start just south of Duluth to the end at the Canadian Border, she captures the immense beauty, varied terrain, and obstacles this awe-inspiring trail provides. Follow along at the Star Tribune – Feeling Superior page.

Visit the Superior Hiking Trail Association website to learn more about the trail, its history and how this Minnesota non-profit relies on dedicated volunteers. This fall they will be part of a Leave No Trace national campaign to help users learn how to lessen our impact and decrease the damage that can happen to trails with increased usage.

‘Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.’ ~John Muir

Family Adventure Awaits!

Family Biking on Gitchi Gami TrailMemories made together last a lifetime. Here at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we are your North Shore home base for memory-making family vacations. We know it’s a combination of the little moments and the big adventures that make a vacation memorable and extraordinary. Quiet time spent sitting on the beach watching the sunset and skipping rocks is as big a part of your vacation as wilderness canoeing or kayaking on Lake Superior. We offer the location, amenities, and activities for you to experience plenty of big and little moments so you can reconnect as a family.

  • Summer Outdoor Recreation – Love the great outdoors? You’re in luck. The Lutsen-Tofte area provides four seasons of outdoor recreation and adventure. It has some of the best opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, birding, and golfing that Minnesota has to offer. Visit our Seasonal Recreation page for adventure ideas and more information on our area’s endless outdoor opportunities.
  • Resort Activities – As a guest you can participate in a variety of complimentary recreation and outdoor opportunities. Visit our Activites & Events page to explore a wide variety of guided activities with our experienced activity staff – spectacular hikes, Lake Superior kayak tours, wilderness canoe trips, bike and hikes to the Temperance River, mountain bike trips, yoga, US Forest Service naturalist programs, and kids adventure clubs.
  • Resort Amenities: When you’re a guest at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, you’ll understand why — just like Lake Superior herself — we have yet to be upstaged. We frame your North Shore vacation with warm and friendly hospitality, in an environment that nurtures relaxation and escape, and with all the upscale resort amenities you desire. In addition to the fantastic Lake Superior shoreline, you will enjoy pools, hot tubs, fitness rooms, playgrounds, plus complimentary outdoor equipment rentals like bikes, tennis racquets, and outdoor yard games. You’ll also want to take advantage of the nightly bonfires with s’mores, weekly campfire with live music and live entertainment at the Bluefin Grille three nights a week.

So, what are you waiting for? Family adventure awaits!

‘We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.’ ~ Winnie The Pooh

New Resort Activity: December Lecture Series!

Here at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we are always looking for new experiences and activities for our guests: those that reflect the lifestyle and opportunities unique to Minnesota’s North Shore. One new activity we’ve recently added is our December Lecture Series which we are hosting along with the owners of Grand Marais based Spirit Guiding Adventures!

The next lecture series presentation will be on Friday, December 15th. Join us for this free resort guest activity with the theme of ‘Human Powered Travel through the Winter Landscape’. Matthew Baxley Of Spirit Guiding Adventures will cover the importance of appropriate layering in sub-freezing temperatures as well as how to assess snow and ice conditions to choose the best method of wilderness travel. Learn to stay safe, comfortable and find the winter wilderness magic.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding outdoor adventures you’ve been curious about or technical questions related to gear and equipment.

Learn more about Spirit Guiding Adventures and their amazing guided trips and tours here. Whether you’re a newbie or pro, their guided adventures are geared toward any experience level. They take care of the details so you can connect with the surroundings.

Check out more complimentary guest activities on our Activities and Events Calendar and start planning your winter adventure today!