Winter Hiking Adventures!

Adventure Bonfire HikeThe Lutsen-Tofte area is home to some of the most beautiful and dramatic sections of the Superior Hiking Trail and winter hiking adds a whole new level of fun and adventure. This season, our Activities Director has been busy adding new hikes and adventures to the weekly activities line-up. Get ready to be inspired to book your Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts winter getaway!

The Wilderness Bonfire Adventure Hike is a 1.5-mile trek roundtrip and we’ll stop to explore 3 points of interest:

  • Caribou River Gorge from the top of the 40-foot waterfall
  • A fantastic observation platform overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands
  • Incredible ice formations from the base of the Caribou Falls.

Halfway on our trek, we stop at the campsite located on the East side of the Caribou River and enjoy a bonfire, complete with smores!

  • Guide Tips: Dress appropriately for the weather by dressing in layers. Bring along a small backpack to stash some layers if you start to get warm. You want to be aware of your warmth level and remove layers before you start to sweat. Also, we know they’re cute but winter fashion boots are not considered to be acceptable winter hiking attire. We are outside in the elements for approximately 2 hours. Our activity staff is happy to assist you in choosing the right items to bring along based on the current weather. We want you to have the best possible outdoor winter adventure experience!

The Kids Adventure Club activities are weather permitting but include kid size hikes, animal track identification, winter hibernation and much more. On poor weather days, we’ll make a craft or play bingo!

The Kids Adventure Hike starts out with a brief description of animal hibernation in the north woods and animal track identification followed by a short loop hike in Lutsen where we’ll search for tracks and make a visit to the Poplar River Falls. Kids and adults are encouraged to attend. Everyone should be prepared to be outside for approximately 1 hour. Winter jackets, gloves, hats, face masks and winter boots will keep you warm and toasty.

Kids Winter Adventure Hike

Take a front row seat for Nature’s Best Show

Bluefin Bay Fall Colors Report: Summer 95%, 5% Fall

Oberg Mountain Loop Sept. 1

Fall color peaking out in the tops of some maples on Sept. 1 (about 4-0% color).

Labor Day marks a transition for many. Kids go back to school. Parents get back in a more structured routine, the most colorful time of year is at our doorstep, the mosquitoes take a hiatus, and many folks plan their Fall getaways!

We love this time of year on Minnesota’s breathtaking North Shore where Fall puts on a show like no other season, and no other place. While some of us try to hang on to the last days of summer — enjoying the final days of guided kayaking and wilderness canoeing — others can’t wait for jacket temps and the Fall show. The star of the show: our breathtaking bright orange Maples and the yellow gold Poplar and Birch — all set against the back drop of our majestic pines and Lake Superior herself.

Check Out Our Fall Colors Report Weekly

At the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’ve decided to provide our very own weekly Fall Colors Report for guests and blog readers alike. So whether you get to the shore in person or not, each week in our “I Love Bluefin” blog we’ll showcase a favorite Fall hike complete with photos and videos. We’ll show and tell you our estimate on how much color we have and when we think it will peak. We’ll also share the Department of Natural Resources (DNR’s) Fall Color map so you can check the official Fall Color report for the whole state. (But trust us, it doesn’t get any better than this!)

Fall colors typically peak in Northern Minnesota and along the North Shore between mid September and early October. But our beautiful shoreline and  Superior National forest provides spectacular color for 3-4 weeks. Last year, we had color for more than a month!

Oberg Mountain Loop: A Fav Fall Hike (Guest Fav too!)
95% Summer, 5% Fall – September 1, 2017

This past Labor Day Weekend, our marketing director Lori Schaefer hiked one of our all-time favorite Fall hikes – the Oberg Mountain Loop. This is the trail to hike during the early Maple colors of Fall. We love watching the progression of Autumn as the weeks go by from Oberg. It is one of our most poplar hikes. Trust us, this Maple-filled hillside and Birch-filled forest will surpass ALL of your expectations.

The Oberg Loop hike is about 2.5 miles and is ranked easy to moderate with some steep climbs. The best part, it includes a total of seven spectacular overlooks.

This link to our photo gallery shows the Fall color on Sept. 2, 2017 as Lori made her way up the switchbacks of Oberg Trail, through the Birch and Polar forest and around the mountain. Those seven overlooks provide some pretty breathtaking vistas — and there is nothing like it in Fall peak.

As of Sept. 1, we’re reporting about 95% lush green summer with about a 5% turn ratio. But give it a week or so and things will really start to pop. View the DNR Fall Color Map here. It’s updated every Thursday throughout the Fall season.

Plan your Fall getaway now at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts on Minnesota’s breathtaking North Shore. We might be bragging, but we do Fall best!

Oberg Mountain Loop