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.

 

New! Bluefin Bay Wave Cam

You asked and we listened. We are excited to present to you our new Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts Wave Cam!

The camera features 24-hour livestream footage of Bluefin Bay and Lake Superior. It is located on the roof of the Bluefin Grille and will be perfect for viewing our beautiful North Shore sunrises. We hope to showcase the rest of the Bluefin Bay family by adding cameras at Temperance Landing and Surfside on Lake Superior very soon! Now you can truly #NeverMissAWave

Wave Cam

Plan Your Superior Spring Break

Can you believe that it’s already time to begin thinking about Spring Break? It’s true. This year it will be important to book early and plan ahead as much as possible. The good news is that the best days of winter are ahead of us! Late February and March are some of the sunniest, snowiest days on the North Shore and we are ready.

For the winter adventure seekers, the trail conditions will be in prime shape. Spend a day downhill skiing at Lutsen Mountains. Snowshoe the Superior Hiking Trail or the Onion River Canyon. Maybe try cross country skiing, if you’ve never done it. The added sunshine and warmer temps make Spring an optimal time to try out new winter activities. Remember, we have complimentary snowshoes and cross country skis available for guest use!

Bluefin Bay outdoor pool

For those that could use a relaxing getaway, we’ve got you covered. At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, the indoors have just as much to offer as the outdoors. Enjoy expansive Lake Superior views from your unit, a cozy crackling fireplace, or a massage at Waves of Superior Spa.

And don’t forget about our guided tours, ice rinks, pool areas and restaurants! There is so much to do when you stay at Bluefin Bay, Surfside or Temperance Landing. You can be as busy as you want to be. We have extended stay offers to help you take advantage of it all so book your Spring Break trip today!

Lutsen Mountains Conditions Update

Despite the warmer temperatures, we’ve been seeing optimal skiing conditions at Lutsen Mountains so far this year. The ski hill received 4 inches of fresh powder on Sunday and there’s more onLutsen Mountains the way this Thursday. Combine that with their extensive snowmaking efforts and you’ve got an ideal winter for hitting the slopes!

Photos in this blog post are all from this past Sunday and as you can see, it was beautiful! Click here to view the Lutsen Mountains live cam and see what it looks like right now. Note- this information is current as of February 3rd, but be sure to check here for the most recent updates from Lutsen Mountains.

Lutsen Mountains currently has the following stats:

  • All 4 mountains are open
  • 6/8 lifts are running
  • 58/62 primary runs open
  • 2/33 side country runs open

Lutsen Mountains

The warm weather has been a treat lately but it looks like temperatures will be dipping down a bit as we head further into February. Preparation is key to making the most of your adventure while ensuring safety. If you’d like to double check that you have everything you need, Visit Cook County has created a winter packing check list that we have found to be helpful. Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!

Cross Country Ski Trails Update

Sunset from Cross Country Ski Trails

It’s been an interesting winter so far in Cook County! We received plenty of snow early in the season and then went a little while without any new snow. Lately we’ve been getting a bit of snow here and there, but not the usual 2 feet snowstorms that we have gotten used to expecting in January.

Overall, the cross country ski trails are in excellent condition. The time period where we didn’t get new snow allowed for the trails to set up really nicely. The downhills can be a bit icy though so be careful! We received 3″ of new snowfall on January 24th and that has helped quite a bit. All trail systems in the area are groomed regularly. The Sugarbush Trail system, which is located nearest to the resort, is reporting phenomenal conditions. The Norpine Trail reports also indicate excellent conditions, but they are suggesting that because of the lack of snow down by the lake, the further away you can get from Lake Superior, the better.

Did you know that there are more than 400 km of cross country trails in Cook County? The trails in Grand Marais and up the Gunflint Trail are magnificent! To see conditions for all trails in Cook County, click here.

Cross Country Skiing

All of this information (and the photo below) is current as of January 27th. For consistently updated trail conditions reports, click here. You can also check out SkinnySki.com, which features firsthand trail reports.

**Reminder: Make sure to have a proper ski pass for whatever trail you are using. Trails in the Tofte area require the MN Ski Pass, which can be purchased at Bluefin Bay Guest Services. For maps and location information, click here or visit us the Activities Desk at Guest Services.

Know Before You Go: Grand Marais

If you’ve visited Bluefin Bay then you have likely made a trip to the quaint, nearby harbor town of Grand Marais. It’s about 25 miles north of Bluefin Bay on Highway 61. The town is known for its cute shops, art galleries, live music, yummy restaurants and the harbor itself.

Grand Marais Winter

A trip to Grand Marais looks a bit different in the winter and even more different during Covid-19, so we wanted to make sure to let you know what to expect. We’ll start by saying that most businesses are open and we definitely recommend you go.

Firstly and most importantly, be sure to check hours! Our local information center, Visit Cook County, does an excellent job of maintaining current business hours for both retail and dining. You can find those hours listed here. Also, you can find a map of the town here.

Next, go hungry and plan to shop! There are many tasty restaurants in Grand Marais. Whether you are looking for tacos, a brewery, pizza and burgers or just a good cup of coffee, you will find great options for meals in town. There are also wonderful art galleries and gift shops in Grand Marais and most are open year-round. It’s important to support small businesses this year and Grand Marais has many.

Lastly, we would recommend that you plan some time to go see the lighthouse. The lighthouse in the Grand Marais harbor is absolutely iconic and it’s the perfect spot for a photo op. We recommend heading out just before sunset. Be careful though! It can get pretty icy in the winter. If the walk to the lighthouse isn’t safe, you can still see across the harbor from the coast guard parking lot.

Grand Marais Lighthouse

Final note. If you are reading this blog post and Covid-19 is over, we have to tell you about one more thing. Grand Marais is home to two of the coolest institutions: North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony. Plan ahead and sign up for a class or just stop by and say hi. The folks here are some of the kindest, most creative people you will ever meet! Both places host fun events, too!

We hope you find this information helpful in planning your next trip to Grand Marais.

Holiday Break at Bluefin Bay

The holiday break is a popular time to stay at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Because of that, we wanted to make it easy for our guests to find all of the information they need on dining, activities, etc. so we have compiled it all here for you! If you are visiting us this week, know that we are grateful you are choosing to spend this time with us and we look forward to welcoming you.

Dining – Holiday Hours & Specials

Bluefin Grille

Bluefin Grille will be closed on Christmas Eve and open on Christmas Day for takeout from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. That means that Bluefin Grille will be serving breakfast on Christmas Day (!) for the first time since before the pandemic. Following Christmas, Bluefin Grille will be open for takeout December 26 – December 31st from 2 – 9 p.m.

Coho Café 

Coho will be closed on Christmas Day and open on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Following Christmas, Coho Café will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Activities 

We’ll be having a Gingerbread House Making Contest for Christmas! Kits will be available for pickup on December 24th, while supplies last. Turn in your houses by 12:30pm on December 26th to be entered to win. First place receives a $50 gift card! Note that we do have limited quantities so first come, first served and only one kit per family please.

Our Activities Crew was able to bring back guided excursions last week, limited to 3 households. This means that we have some tours available, but they fill up quickly! Check out the available tours here.

Winter Skating

We will also have available:

  • Ice Rinks (and ice skates) at Bluefin Bay and Surfside
  • Cross Country Skis – As of now, the trails are not groomed but that may change with the latest snowfall so check in with the activities staff when you arrive if this is something you are looking to do
  • Snowshoes
  • Yak Trax

Waves of Superior Spa

The Spa is open for massage appointments! Give them a call at 218-663-6888 to check availability.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Each year the holiday of Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks. We take time to remember what we are grateful for and we acknowledge how important that practice of gratitude is. At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are grateful for our dedicated employees and our owner partners for the trust and energy they give to the resorts. We are thankful for all of our vendors and contractors that help us to provide excellent service. We are grateful for the little slice of heaven that is the North Shore of Lake Superior and our community here. And every year, we are especially grateful for our loyal, return guests. We are also grateful for our new visitors this year and we thank you for trusting us with your vacation experience. We are grateful to all those that choose us as their home away from home ❤❤❤

Happy Thanksgiving

If you happen to be visiting us this weekend, we wanted to give you the scoop on dining and activities.

Dining on Thanksgiving Day

We will have two dining options available to you on Thanksgiving.

  • Coho Café will be open for takeout from 8am-3pm. You can see the breakfast & lunch menu here. You can order online here.
  • Bluefin Grille will be open with a Thanksgiving Menu available from 12-8pm. We do ask that you pre-order your Thanksgiving meals by calling the Grille at 218-663-6200. The Thanksgiving menu will be available for takeout and delivery (delivery only available for guests of Bluefin Bay Resorts). Bluefin Grille will be open the rest of the weekend from 3-8 pm.

Activities on Thanksgiving Day

Due to the recent guidelines announced in Minnesota, our guided excursions are now becoming self-guided excursions. What does this mean? We’ll have someone at the Activities Desk all weekend to help you plan out your adventures. We can tell you where to go if you’re looking for snow, the best locations for a scenic afternoon drive and information on conditions.

On Friday after Thanksgiving, we’ll be hosting a medallion hunt. The hunt will begin at 8am, with clues posted every two hours. Clues will be posted in the Guest Services building and can also be found in the stories section of our Instagram and Facebook pages. The winner will a receive a $100 gift card.

Fall Color Report: October 6 – Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

For this week’s Fall Color report, we couldn’t resist telling you about the delightful scene at our different properties: Bluefin Bay, Surfside on Lake Superior and Temperance Landing on Lake Superior. The DNR’s Fall Color map shows that the North Shore area is past peak, but near the lake the leaves tend to hang around a bit longer than they do inland. It makes for a magnificent view from the guest rooms, pool areas and Bluefin Grille. The dark blue of Lake Superior is the perfect contrast against the yellows and golds. We also begin to see a bit more wave action in October on the big lake. Here are updates from all 3 of our resorts.

 

Fall Color Bluefin BayBluefin Bay

Whether you select a stunning lakeside suite, multi-bedroom condo, or a guestroom overlooking the ancient Sawtooth Mountains, you’ll get a front row seat to one of nature’s greatest shows. At Bluefin Bay, we bring you closer to the lake, and to each other.

 

Fall Color at Surfside

Surfside on Lake Superior

Dramatic angles, vaulted pine ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, vast expanses of glass, in-suite fireplaces, double whirlpool tubs, glass and tile showers, and more balconies and patios than any other resort on Minnesota’s North Shore – are all right here waiting for you.

 

Fall Color Temperance Landing

Temperance Landing on Lake Superior

There is perhaps nothing as warm and inviting as a log home for escape from our hectic, fast-paced lives. Place it on Lake Superior’s North Shore and you’ve got the perfect destination for family vacations, a couples’ retreat or friends’ getaway.

 

 

This will be our last Fall Color report for 2020. We’ve received questions from guests wondering if the colors changed earlier this year than usual. The answer is yes! You can view maps from previous years on the DNR’s fall color page on their website, which we found to be very interesting!

Fall Color Map Comparison,

 

Fall Color Report: September 29 – Britton Peak

We are due for an update as the color has shifted quite a bit since last week’s Fall Color Report. We had some rain over the weekend and the maple canopy is beginning to come down. On a happier note, the Birch and Aspen trees are totally at peak right now. This means that the drive to the North Shore is breathtaking. It also means that any of the hiking trails closer to the lake are lit up with golden hues. Think Carlton Peak, Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head, Lookout Mountain and today’s choice, Britton Peak.

Fall Color View Britton Peak

This is the overlook from our hike at Britton Peak. Britton Peak is a swift vertical climb that offers sweeping views of Lake Superior and Carlton Peak. It’s perfect if you are looking for something quick and close to Bluefin Bay as it’s less than 3 miles away.

Britton Peak Hike Fall Colors

The perspective from the hiking trail is exquisite. The undergrowth is changing and the forest floor is covered in vibrant leaves. The little bit of rain also permeated the woods with the delicious scents of Fall.

It’s an extraordinary season on the North Shore. We all wish that Mother Nature would extend it, but it doesn’t look like that will happen this year. Stay tuned for next week – we’ll update you on the fall colors at the different properties that make up Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts!