Norpine Fat Bike Classic: January 23-31, 2021

What’s that? An event is happening? Could it be? It’s true! Thanks to our local biking organization, Superior Cycling Association, the Norpine Fat Bike Classic will be safely happening on the North Shore between January 23-31, 2021.

Norpine Fat Bike Classic

The Norpine Fat Bike Classic is a fat tire biking event and being that it takes place in the middle of January, it is not for the faint hearted. There are two distances to choose between: a shorter 14-mile course and a longer 20-mile course. It costs $50 to sign up and the registration fee includes a membership to the Norpine Trail Association, entry into a prize drawing (which includes a two night stay at Bluefin Bay!), a bag lunch and some swag.

What’s different this year? With Covid-19, the event has been reimagined. Rather than a one day event, bikers will be able to ride the course anytime between January 23rd-31st. Riders are expected to be prepared with necessary repair equipment as the ride will not have aide stations on the course. You can register here.

If you have a Fat Tire bike and can’t make it during those dates, fear not. There are fat tire biking trails in the area that you can ride on all winter. Check out this map to see where you can ride, and be sure to purchase a trail pass!


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!

Gales of November: Front Row Seats!

Witnessing the “Gales of November” is one of the iconic experiences on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Fall is coming to an end and as the cold, dry air from the north meets the moist, warm air from the Gulf the big lake becomes the battleground of these two opponents. The result is the best rink-side show you’ll see this year. Wind speeds often reach 50 mph with gusts that have been known to exceed 70 mph. You’ll be mesmerized as the huge waves repeatedly crash into the shore.

When nature puts on a show, you want a front row seat and there is no better place to watch the Gales roll in than from the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. When you stay three nights at any of our resorts — Bluefin Bay, Surfside or Temperance Landing — on the November & December Gales Special, one of those nights of Lake Superior splendor is our treat!  Stay three nights and receive one of those nights FREE (midweek night is free)! Offer valid now – December 24, 2017.

Relaxing in your accommodations at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and watching the waves roll in is a favorite activity this time of year, but November is also a fantastic time to go hiking. The leaves are off the trees and our favorite summer/early-fall trails take on a whole new look with the ability to see much deeper into the forests. You will also find a wider, unobstructed view at the overlooks. Join one of our guided hikes or stop at the front desk for local maps and directions. Warm up with other resort activities like yoga, winery shuttles and a campfire with s’mores.

November is also host to some great local events:


Day Trip: Bluefin Bay to Grand Portage National Monument

Plan Your North Shore Getaway During 2017 Rendezvous Days and Pow Wow

Grand Portage National MonumentWe are often asked to recommend day trips and experiences to help Bluefin Bay guests plan their North Shore vacation getaway. One that tops our summer list is a day trip along Hwy 61 to Grand Portage to see the Grand Portage National Monument and experience the Annual Rendezvous Days & Pow Wow.

Grand Portage National Monument – located within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation — is rich in natural and cultural history. The National Park protects two depots of the North West Company, the main depot on Lake Superior and the site of Fort Charlotte on the Pigeon River. The 8.5 mile Grand Portage trail connects the depots and contains most of the acreage of the Monument.

Each year during the second weekend of August (August 11-13th, 2017), Grand Portage comes alive to celebrate Grand Portage Rendezvous Days & the Rendezvous Days Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe).

Visitors during Rendezvous days are invited to explore the partnership of the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company during the North American fur trade. Visitors during Rendezvous Days will see more than 250 volunteer re-enactors portray what it was like in the late 18th century to early 19th century when thousands worked and lingered here. Ojibwe and other native families gathered along the gitchi gami (Lake Superior) to trade and reunite with friends and family during the peak of summer at kithi onigamiin.

Most activities, programs, and workshops during Grand Portage Rendezvous Days are free and open to the public to watch. If you would like to participate in a workshop, you may register in advance at the Information tent near the North Gate.

Watch an authentic Native American Pow Wow, with Stonebridge singers and drumming. Try your hand at blacksmithing or native arts and crafts. Sample Native American cuisine and participate in a variety of recreational activities. Click here for the full schedule of events.

A Day Trip from Bluefin Bay: Grand Portage is located about 60 miles North of Bluefin Bay – a gorgeous 1.5-2 hour drive along Scenic Hwy 61, Lake Superior’s North Shore. Note, the drive can take longer if you plan stops along the way. For more information, check out the links below or ask for assistance at Bluefin Bay Guest Services.

Resource links:

2017 Rendezvous Days Schedule of Events
2017 Rendezvous Days Program
Grand Portage National Monument & Park
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino