Local Craft Classes

There’s something about the Autumn season that awakens the artist in all of us. The colorful leaves all around and the chill in the air bring out our creative side. At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we embrace that inspiration with local craft classes.

The classes below are completely free for guests staying at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot by clicking on the links below. No artistic experience is necessary for any of these classes and all supplies are provided.

September 4 | Introduction to Alcohol Ink Painting with Cheryl LarsonAlcohol Ink Painting Intro Class

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Alcohol inks are a highly pigmented and fast drying medium that lends itself to unique, complex looking patterns, abstracts and landscapes in very little time. 

September 9 | Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Julie Arthur

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. In this class, the basics of setting up a “loom” will be taught, followed by instruction on the basics of weaving. 

September 11 | Birch Bark Stars with Julie KeanBirch Bark Star

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Julie is an artist at North House Folk School and will be teaching how to create an 8 point star in the Scandinavian style.

September 14 | A Day of Felting with Julie Arthur

The 10:30 am class will feature Needle Felting and the 1:30 pm class will focus on Wet Felting

September 18 | Carolina Snowflakes with Jane Shinners

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. The Carolina Snowflake is simple to make and useful as a Christmas tree top ornament or a decorative wall hanging. Jane specializes in basketry utilizing a variety of materials such as birch bark, red osier dogwood and rattan reed.

September 21 | Introduction to Basket Weaving with Mary Jane Huggins

Class is at 12:30 pm. Learn the basics of weaving and leave with a finished basket that can be used for serving bread, holding mail, or keeping special treasures.

September 23 | Silk Scarf Dyeing Workshop with Julie Arthur

This workshop is from 12:30 – 4 pm and you can drop in any time! No sign-up necessary. Learn how to dye your own silk scarf and take it home with you! The workshop includes a briefsilk scarf dying at Bluefin Bay introduction to the dyeing method. You’ll then pick your colors and design, and go to work. 

Lodging Tour Mondays

From suites to condos to luxury log homes, we have plenty of lodging options to choose from at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Whether you’re traveling with your extended family or it’s just you and your pup, we have a unit that will suit you perfectly.

To help give you an idea of what each option entails, we started Lodging Tour Mondays. During the tours, we do informal walk throughs of units at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing. This gives you an opportunity to see inside different units and ask questions. We have covered a dozen units so far and we add a new video every Monday. You can see all of the videos here, and be sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or subscribe to our YouTube Channel so that you are notified each time we upload new videos.


Winter Activities Update

A couple of weeks ago we did a blog post on what to expect for winter activities at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. With the new guidelines from the state of Minnesota, some of the activities have evolved a bit so we wanted to provide an update. Rest assured, there will still be PLENTY to do this winter and our activities team is really looking forward to being your local guide to the North Shore. We have the inside scoop so don’t hesitate to stop by and ask about trail conditions, where to go to see a moose or how the skiing is at Lutsen Mountains. In fact, we encourage you to try and stump the crew with a really difficult question about the area ?

Self-Guided ExcursionsLeveaux Mountain Winter Hike

Rather than physically being present with you, we have decided to create adventure packs for our guests so that you can go on self-guided excursions.  In this way, we can still “guide” you on your hike, we just won’t actually be there with you. The packs will be available around December 10th and will include things like laminated trail maps and trail activities. What do we mean by trail activities? Think bonfire hike materials, forest ecology information, animal track bingo, winter tree identification information. Basically any of the fun, interesting tidbits we typically provide on guided hikes, we’ll give to you!

Use of  Equipment

The convenient part of these guidelines being during the winter season is that we are already set up in a self-serve way with all of our equipment. Snowshoes, Cross Country Skis and Ice Skates have always been available to our guests during the winter, and that will be true again this year. We do need a bit more snow before we’ll begin making these items available so think snow! We are hoping the ice rink will be ready in a couple weeks as long as the weather remains cold.

New ActivitiesMedallion Hunt Winners

If you read our last blog post, you know we had added two new craft activities that we were excited about. We went back to the drawing board and we’ll be introducing activities that you can do on your own or as a family. This will include medallion hunts (we had the first one on Thanksgiving weekend!), scavenger hunts and other family challenges. If you have ideas on these, let us know! We are always open to hearing guests’ suggestions. If the guidelines continue longer than currently forecasted, we’ll look in to more virtual activities like zoom yoga and online craft classes.

If you have any questions about our new activities or have any ideas for us, please give  us a call at 218-663-7860. And remember – there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

#WinterIsComing – Bluefin Bay Activities

Winter is coming! Are you ready for it? Here on the North Shore we had a few early snowfalls that had us dreaming about winter weeks ago. We’ve already begun hanging holiday lights and preparing the ice rink. But because things are a bit different this year, we wanted to write a blog post on what you can expect at Bluefin Bay for winter activities. As a reminder, all of these activities are included in your stay at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. 

Rentals & Guided Tours

The Bluefin Bay Activities Department has all of the tools to help you make the most out of this winter.

Onion River Canyon Snowshoe Hike

Guided Tours – If you are new to cross country skiing or snowshoeing, you can join one of our guided tours. Our activities crew will provide you with all of the equipment plus basic instruction and feedback.

  • Snowshoe Hikes
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Bonfire Hikes
  • Yoga

Rentals – If you’d rather go out on your own, you can take advantage of our complimentary rental program.

  • Snowshoes
  • Cross-Country Skis
  • Ice Trekkers
  • Hockey & Figure Skates
  • Hockey Sticks & Pucks

New Activities This Winter

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we are continuously coming up with fresh activities and events to inspire our guests. These activities will be new this year:

  • Guided Wood Burning Class

Wood burning isn’t just for fireplaces. This activity takes you through everything you need to know about this unique craft. We will be using hot irons to burn fun designs into round slices of wood. Whether you want a fun souvenir, or a gift for a someone we will provide the tools and teaching to get you up and running.

Wood Burning Class


  • Guided Painting Class

In this class we will be painting a 3” by 4” canvas. We will focus on a simple North Shore landscape. Don’t worry if you’ve never painted before, we’re going to teach you all the tips and tricks you need to succeed.

  • Outdoor Music

We know how much our guests enjoy live music so we are working on a way to comfortably and safely have live music outdoors this winter. Stay tuned for more information.

Shuttle Update

Due to the safety guidelines and logistics on transporting guests, we’ve decided not to offer shuttles to Lutsen Mountains this year. Instead, we are recommending that guests drive to the mountain and use their car as a home base.

Missing our Girls Gone North!

As many of you know, this upcoming weekend would have been Bluefin Bay’s 13th (!) annual Girls Gone North event. We are bummed to not be able to host this event that is so close to our hearts this year. We wanted to take some time to look back to previous Girls Gone North events. You can see an amusing slideshow of photos from previous years here.

Girls Gone North Weekends are a treasured time for gals to get away and enjoy themselves. We always say that what happens on the North Shore, stays on the North Shore!  Our goal at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is to plan enough activities for the ladies to be as busy as they want to be.Girls Gone North 2016 - Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

We usually feature a mix of these events:

  • Hiking. There’s always a couple hiking options throughout the weekend to make sure we get outside to see the beauty of the area. November is an interesting month on the North Shore – we’ve had snow, rain, sunshine, November gales, you name it! There are typically a couple resort guided hikes and then we incorporate a “girls only” hike as well. Together we’ve explored Carlton Peak, Sugarloaf Cove, Oberg Mountain, Caribou Falls, Cascade State Park and more!
  • Indoor Activities. Last year we tried a new event – Silk Scarf Dyeing Workshops – and we had a blast! We’ve also mixed in other indoor events like our Fitness Fashion Show (2016), Paint & Sip (2017), Girls Only Happy Hour (2018) and more. It’s always fun to try something new with friends.
  • Yoga. Morning Yoga has always been a restorative and refreshing part of the weekend.
  • Wine Tasting. When the North Shore Winery opened in 2016, we knew it needed to be incorporated into our fun weekend plans! We have had wine tastings there (resort shuttle included!) every year since. The staff at the Winery are phenomenal and are happy to give us a tour and teach us about the wine making process while we’re there.Girls Gone North 2016 - Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts
  • Spa Treatments. The Waves of Superior Spa has been generous in giving our Girls Gone North weekend participants discounts on spa treatments and extended hours upon request.
  • Signature Events. Always the highlight of the weekend, we have enjoyed some impressive signature events! From motivational workshops to skin care seminars to wine pairings, the signature event is always engaging and entertaining. And we are always open to new ideas if you have something you think would be fun.

Even though we can’t be together this year, we’ll be thinking of you all! If you can come visit us in November, we’ll be offering a 3rd night free for the rest of the month. Cheers to Girls Gone North 2021!

A Season of Contrasts

The closing of MEA weekend always brings about a feeling of a new season on the North Shore. It represents a quieter time with stormy, sometimes tumultuous weather. There is a cold chill in the air as we all recognize winter knocking on our door. It is also a time when we lower our nightly lodging rates and begin our Gales 3 for 2 offer. When you stay three nights or more at any of our resorts – Bluefin Bay, Surfside or Temperance Landing – receive one of those nights (midweek night) completely free!

We hear from many of our return guests that it’s their favorite time of year to visit Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. They appreciate the peaceful, calm feeling around the area. These days, that sense of tranquility is more attractive than ever before.

November Gales

In contrast to the serene atmosphere around the resort, the Great Lake tends to kick things up a notch this time of year. In late Fall, low-pressure systems pass over Lake Superior which result in stronger winds. Sometimes they can reach up to 50 miles per hour, with gusts up to 100 miles per hour. These wind patterns can result in large waves on our Great Lake, known as the Gales of November. The Gales are notorious and they are truly a sight to be seen, heard and felt. Combine fewer crowds with lower rates plus the potential for a dramatic display on Lake Superior and you have one exceptional season.

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.


  • 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


  • 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


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