Embrace the Spirit of Hygge!

Hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah”) is a Danish word for enjoying life’s simple pleasures. In the winter along Minnesota’s North Shore, we fully embrace and encourage this lifestyle. During this time, we seek out cozy spaces, outdoor adventures with lots of fresh air, and meaningful moments spent with family and friends. In addition, hygge promotes emotional and physical wellbeing and gives us a sense of togetherness and contentment.  This feeling can happen whether we are doing something simple and ordinary or having an extraordinary winter adventure.

Here at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’ll help you get into the spirit of hygge. Imagine a day spent enjoying winter fun:

  • Visit our Activity Calendar and join us on a complimentary guided adventure!
  • Guests can check out complimentary cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice trekkers, and ice skates.
  • Carve out the fresh powder at Lutsen Mountains, or glide along freshly groomed cross-country ski trails.
  • Fuel your days with warm drinks (or drinks that warm you up!) and cozy meals from the Coho Cafe & Bakery, and the Bluefin Grille.
  • After a full day of winter fun,  curl up with a good book or jovial conversation with loved ones around a warm fire, soak in the indoor or outdoor hot tubs, or book a hot stone massage at the Waves of Superior Spa.

Cook County is celebrating its 4th annual  Hygge Festival February 7 – 16. You’ll find events to celebrate the ‘cozy season’ all along the North Shore from Tofte to Grand Portage.  Live music, night skiing, dog sled tours, special dinners, artsy events, and more have been scheduled to help you embrace life’s simple pleasures.


The Winter Fishwrapper Newsletter Is Here!

fishwrapper imageWinter is special here on Minnesota’s North Shore and we like to wrap up the upcoming season’s favorite adventures, special events, and new resort activities in a semiannual newsletter. It’s a great way to get inspired and plan your next Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts getaway. The Fishwrapper is also the perfect place for us to share stories featuring the unique vibe, people and landscape that make Cook County an exceptional place to vacation and live.

Check out the Winter 2018-2019 Fishwrapper here! 

A few highlights…

  • Don’t miss the great story by one of our favorite local photographers, Tom Spence. He has a special gift (and unparalleled patience) for capturing images of the local wildlife and offers a few tips plus locations for spotting moose…Thanks, Tom!
  • Outdoor winter adventures are front and center throughout the newsletter. Discover one of our new guided activities, staff favorites, or relive fond memories of your past Up North winter experiences.
  • Get to know the ‘locals’ from near and far! In this newsletter, we wanted to share how Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and Cook County is meeting the labor shortage head-on. We’re thinking outside the box with a Puerto Rico recruitment effort and local culinary program to provide well-trained and long-term employees.

Happy Reading!



The Slopes Are Calling!

Lutsen Mountains Father and Son on Chair LiftIt’s time to start embracing winter weather – it looks like it’s here to stay. We sure are getting excited about all of the winter adventures to come! Our friends at Lutsen Mountains have been jumping for joy as the recent nightly temps have stayed low and we’ve had a couple snowfalls during the past week.  This will help them provide us all with a nice long ski and snowboard season.

Lutsen Mountains is planning to open this weekend, November 17 & 18, with 1 lift in operation and 3 runs. They will also be open on Thanksgiving weekend and project to have 3 mountains and 12-15 runs open. After a day of relaxation and lots of good food on November 22nd, you’ll love some time spent on the slopes! Stay up to date with conditions on the Lutsen Mountains website. Check out their new live cam where you can see the current conditions. It’s a great way to spend some time daydreaming about your next North Shore winter vacation!

Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is the perfect home base for your skiing and snowboarding venture with our Ski and Stay Packages. This season’s ski & stay packages are not quite ready yet but they will be up soon! Until then you can purchase tickets from the mountain ticket office or online. Our front desk and reservation staff are always available to help with any questions you may have regarding purchasing tickets. We also offer complimentary shuttles to and from the ski hill, allowing you to experience the convenience of slope-side lodging while enjoying our unmatched seaside location and views.

See you on the slopes!