North Shore Summer Events

If you’ve stayed at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts before, you know that our guests can be as busy as they’d like to be. Throughout the summer, we have a full line-up of excursions and activitiesLutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race planned each day. Even better, the North Shore area has exciting, major events planned for throughout the summer. We have compiled a list of area events taking place so you can plan your Lake Superior vacation accordingly.

North Shore Summer Events:

Introducing…our New Kids Program!

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we are always seeking ways to improve our guest’s experience. In fact, we send every guest a post-stay survey that asks the question, “How can we improve?” AKid with Rock Lake Superior suggestion that we heard continually was to expand the activities we offer for younger kids.

Today we are thrilled to introduce our new Summer Kids Program. This program will be offered complimentary for all guests of Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing from Memorial Day Weekend through mid-August. The kids’ program will take place Tuesdays-Saturdays and will be split into two age groups: 6-8 year-olds (mornings) & 9-12 year-olds (afternoons).

Each day will have a different theme and our Activities Department has some fun, creative ideas to keep your kiddos entertained.

Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesdays will be Crafts & Field Sports Day
  • Kids playing on the shorelineWednesdays will rotate between Plant Day and Rock Day
  • Thursdays will rotate between Fish Day and Fire Day
  • Fridays will be Animals Day
  • Saturdays will rotate between Camping 101 and Voyageur 101

The best news? If you already have your summer trip booked, you can sign-up for the Kids Program starting today! If you haven’t booked your summer vacation yet, be sure to book soon!

If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to our Activities Department by calling 218-663-7860, ext. 2306 or by emailing activities@bluefinbay.com.

Waterfall Season FAQs

You’ve probably heard us talking about what a fabulous snow year it is on the North Shore so far this year. And it’s true – we have excellent snow conditions which have been so fun for winter adventures.

BUT do you know what else happens as a result of plentiful snow? A spectacular waterfall season! As the hundreds of thousands of acres of melted snow finds its way to Lake Superior, it creates quite the show.

High Falls at Grand Portage

Waterfall Season Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit?

Peak waterfall season can vary a little based on how early of a Spring we have. Typically the best dates to see the waterfalls really roar are mid-April to mid-May.

What are some of the best waterfall hikes?

Here are some of our favorites:

  • High Falls at Grand Portage State Park – This is the waterfall pictured above. It’s a bit of a drive from the resort but totally worthwhile. This is the tallest waterfall in Minnesota!
  • Temperance River State Park – This river is featured in the video below. It’s an incredible gorge and practically in our backyard.
  • Cascade River State Park – This is an easy hike with incredible waterfalls.
  • Cross River in Schroeder – You don’t even need to get out of the car!
  • Caribou Falls – A great hike along the Caribou River leads to the base of a 40-foot waterfall.

For more information on waterfall hikes in the area, click here.

Are there any deals or discounts?

Our Spring Fever Special runs from April 11-May 26th and offers 3 nights for the price of 2!

From the smaller pop-up falls on the side of Highway 61 to the tallest waterfall in Minnesota, our area is perfect for exploring this incredible season! 

Hygge Season

Hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah”) is a Danish word for enjoying life’s simple pleasures. At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, this concept is woven into everything we do. We love cozy spaces with stunning Lake Superior views and embracing outdoor adventures with lots of fresh air. Hygge promotes emotional and physical wellbeing and gives us a sense of togetherness and contentment. wine and feet up by the fireplace. hygge

Here are some ways to get into the Hygge spirit on your next trip:

  • Visit our Activity Calendar and join us on a complimentary guided adventure
  • Curl up with a good book or jovial conversation with loved ones around a warm fire
  • Guests can check out complimentary cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice trekkers, and ice skates
  • Enjoy a hot sauna or a soak in the hot tub
  • Soak by yourself in a whirlpool tub
  • Enjoy a cozy meal from the Coho Café & Bakery or the Bluefin Grille (delivery is available for resort guests)

Hygge Events

The Hygge Festival takes place throughout the county and runs from February 5-14th. The event features live music (including Campfire Music at Bluefin Bay!), art events and more.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us! See the Bluefin Grille’s Valentine’s Day menu here and then make your reservation.

The Sugarbush Trail Association will be hosting a Candlelit Ski and Snowshoe event on February 19th from 6 – 8 p.m. This charming night time activity really showcases the romance of a snow covered forest.

Best Selfie Spots

They say a photo is worth a thousand words and in this day and age, it’s probably worth even more! For that reason, we wanted to fill you in on the best photo opportunity locations at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing.

Remember, some of the best photo ops are likely in your unit! The majority of our units have stunning Lake Superior views, wood-burning fireplaces, balconies – or all of the above! These are all fabulous spots to capture memories.

Couple Tofte Dock Bluefin Bay

For outdoor photos, we’ve created maps for each resort to make it even easier for you. The camera icon marks the best spots at each resort.

BLUEFIN BAYClick here for map

Bluefin Bay Resort is so photogenic – you can’t go wrong! We chose the following as our favorites: Tofte cove, the outdoor pool, the lake walk, the beach in front of Bluefin Grille, the rocky peninsula on the south side of the Bay and the historic Tofte dock. Also note that the ice rink at Bluefin Bay is super charming in the winter!

SURFSIDEClick here for map

Surfside Resort has an incredible shoreline that makes for beautiful photos. We suggest the shoreline on the far west side or the far east side of the resort, as that is where some of the best cliffs are. There is also a beautiful deck at Waves of Superior Spa that overlooks the resort.Romantic Couple at Surfside

TEMPERANCE LANDINGClick here for map

Temperance Landing has a unique pebble shoreline that is very photogenic. On top of that, the log cabins themselves are stunning in photos. We recommend taking photos on the rocky outcropping on the east side so you can get both the shoreline and the cabins in the background! The Finnish sauna also has a lot of character and would make for a great backdrop.

And remember! “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Winter Trip Planning Resources

Winter is Here! There are so many simple joys to experience at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts that make winter a magical season to visit. And we put everything you need to know in one place. Listed below are your Winter Trip Planning Resources.

Winter Offer

Things to Do

What does a winter vacation look like for you? For some, it means reading a good mystery novel next to a crackling fireplace. For others, it means learning how to cross county ski in a forest blanketed with snow.

This year, we have expanded our activities program to offer more of the guided tours and adventures that our guests love.Outdoor Pool and Hot Tub

Complimentary activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, craft classes taught by local artists, ice skating, shuttles to the local winery and more. Additionally, we have two ice skating rinks – one at Bluefin Bay and one at Surfside. PLUS don’t forget about Waves of Superior Spa, the outdoor pool and hot tub (for guests of Bluefin Bay) and the indoor pool at Surfside (for guests of Surfside and Temperance Landing).

Lodging OptionsTemperance Landing

Between Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing, we have many cozy lodging options to choose from. If you’re unsure of where to begin, check out this playlist on our YouTube page which features lodging tours of all of our unit styles. You’ll find many of our units feature whirlpool tubs, wood-burning fireplace and views of stunning Lake Superior. 

Offers

Experience all winter has to offer with the Winter 4 for 3 special. This special gives you one FREE night at any of our resorts when you stay for three or more nights. We also have Ski and Stay Packages with Lutsen Mountains, romantic packages or you can simply save by booking online. See our complete list of offers here.

Meet the Activities Staff

If you have visited Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts this Fall then you have likely encountered some of the wonderful people we have working in our Activities Department. We added three new staff members to our team to be able to offer more programming this winter than ever before.

Activities Staff

Pictured from left to right are Keanan, Kayleigh, Jessica and Sean.

Sean Henkenius, also known as “Showtime Sean”, is our enthusiastic Activities Coordinator. Sean came to Tofte from Farmington, NM or the Great Southwest as he refers to it. He has a bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College plus a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration from Southern Illinois University. He has super creative ideas for the direction of the Activities Department and we are lucky to have him!

Jessica comes from North Branch, MN and has a contagious passion for North Shore recreation. She is also a registered yoga teacher and leads many of our classes at the resort. Kayleigh is from Yorba Linda, CA and has a degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Forest Health. She has been working in outdoor education for more than four years and offers a wealth of knowledge. Keanan is originally from Towanda, IL and has loved the outdoors for as long as he can remember. He has a degree in Outdoor Recreation but even better, he is an Eagle Scout! Lastly we have Jon aka “Nature Man” from Albert Lea, MN. Jon is an expert in maintaining our seasonal equipment to ensure guests get quality gear to check out. Jon is also a professional musician and you can find him playing his signature harp guitar along the North Shore.

We hope you will get a chance to meet this fantastic crew sometime this winter!

2022 Calendar Contest Deadline Extended!

The 27th Annual (!!) Bluefin Bay Calendar Contest is underway and we have just extended the deadline to August 31st, 2021!

August Calendar Boundary Waters

2021 Grand Prize Winner by Jonathan Mortenson

Do you have any awe-inspiring photos from a recent trip to Bluefin Bay, Surfside or Temperance Landing? We are looking for photos of all 3 resorts plus the surrounding North Shore area. We select one photo for each month of the year, which means we need photos of all 4 seasons. Each participant may enter up to eight photos in the contest.

There will be a total of 12 contest winners. 11 monthly winners will receive a $200 gift certificate to be used toward dining or lodging at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive a $1000 gift certificate to be used toward dining or lodging at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts plus their photo will be on the cover of the calendar. Note: Grand Prize cannot be won by the same contestant more than once every three years.

To participate, read the rules here and then submit your photos. By entry in this contest, all entrants grant permission to the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts to use entered images in various media as determined by the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.

And remember….

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
― Abraham Lincoln

5 Hikes for Kids in the Lutsen-Tofte Area

“Where can I take my kids for a hike?”

Kid Hiking in the Woods

This is a question we frequently receive at the Bluefin Bay Guest Services desk, so we thought it might be helpful to construct a list of the 5 best hiking trails for kids in the Lutsen/Tofte area.

What constitutes a great trek for kids, you ask? The formula we utilized is equal parts easy, safe terrain + fun stuff to look at = great hike for kids.

Caribou Falls This hike is just over a mile long and is an out and back. There is a bit of a steep climb toward the end but the waterfall you get to see is worth it. Pro Tip: This is also a great spot for swimming!

Temperance RiverTemperance River State Park is a super cool place to explore. The trail winds along the river for quite a while and you can go as far as you want. Important: You do need to be careful with younger kids as there are some steep overlooks!

Leveaux MountainThis is a bit of a longer hike at 3.2 miles. Leveaux Mountain shares a parking lot with the popular Oberg Mountain, but Leveaux is less busy and has fewer overlooks. The woods are fun to explore and there is one awesome overlook at the top. Pro Tip: This hike is lined with Maple Trees toward the top and is beautiful in the fall!

May Calendar WaterfallLake AgnesEnjoy a leisurely trek to beautiful Lake Agnes. This section of the Superior Hiking Trail will take you through a variety of different forests (Maple, Cedar, Birch) and offers an opportunity for swimming when you arrive. Pro Tip: Take the spur trail to White Sky Rock. You won’t regret it!

Cascade River State ParkCascade is one of the most popular State Parks in Minnesota and for good reason! The park is located where the river flows into Lake Superior and features beautiful waterfalls the whole way down. Pro Tip: If you are in the mood for something super quick, you only need to hike about a quarter of a mile to see the first (and largest) waterfall!

Discover a Hidden Gem at Sugarloaf Cove

There are many hidden gems scattered along the North Shore of Lake Superior but Sugarloaf Cove stands out as a favorite. Sugarloaf Cove is a 34-acre site located about 10 miles south of Bluefin Bay. Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association was created in 1992 to inspire the preservation and restoration or the North Shore’s unique environment. For a $5 parking fee, you can enjoy lively hiking trails, access to educational programs and breathtaking views of the cozy Lake Superior cove.

July Calendar Sugarloaf Cove

Sugarloaf Cove has a fascinating history. From 1943-1971 the area was used by Consolidated Papers, Inc. as a site to store pulpwood logs during the winter. In the summer months, tugboats hauled the logs across Lake Superior to Ashland, Wisconsin. The paper company utilized at least 14 buildings on the site and a root cellar, metal mooring rings and boom logs can all be seen today as remaining reminders of the logging history at Sugarloaf Cove.

Bird Banding at Sugarloaf Cove on Minnesota's North Shore

This summer, they plan to host drop-in educational programs. Bird banding demonstrations have long been a beloved activity of many Bluefin guests. Occurring every Thursday morning, a Sugarloaf naturalist will band birds in order to monitor the populations of song birds that nest and travel through the area. The demonstration begins early and you can stop by any time to learn more about the banding process and its important in understand the lifespan, movement and productivity of song birds. This program, among others, is a way for Sugarloaf Cove to educate the public about the local environment.

To learn more about the programming, hiking trails and offerings at Sugarloaf Cove, click here.