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.
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.
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!
Celebrate With Your Sweetheart!
Celebrate the month of love with a winter vacation to Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. We promise that as you get closer to the lake, you’ll get closer to each other. In addition, take advantage of great packages and upcoming specials this winter.
NEW: NORTH SHORE SWEETHEART DEAL! Offer valid Feb. 1-Feb. 13, 2020. Stay 3 nights and one is FREE + Complimentary Champagne and a coupon for a free wine tasting at North Shore Winery in Lutsen! If you and your sweetie are looking for a North Shore romantic getaway that avoids the crowds on Valentine’s Day/President’s Day holiday weekend, this sweet deal is for you!
Romantic Retreat Package: Two or more nights in a Grand Superior Master Suite or any other room style. Breakfast for two on two separate mornings at either the Bluefin Grille or Coho Cafe & Bakery. Dinner for two at the Bluefin Grille with breathtaking Lake Superior views (value up to $80). Your getaway should be as unique as your love and you can personalize your package with distinctive add-ons. See the complete package details for more information.
North Shore Honeymoon Package: Two or more nights in a Grand Superior Master Suite or any other room style. Breakfast for two on two separate mornings at either the Bluefin Grille, Waves of Superior Cafe, or Coho Café (up to $25 each day). Dinner for two at the Bluefin Grille with breathtaking views (value up to $80). Rose petals scattered in your room upon arrival. Commemorative photo frame. North Shore Winery tour and tasting
Treat your Valentine to Dinner at the Bluefin Grille or Coho Cafe!
In addition to the full menus, Bluefin Grille and Coho Cafe will be offering these evening Sweetheart Specials on Friday, February 14th and on Saturday, February 15th.
Entrees: Pappardelle Pasta with Maine Lobster and Shrimp • Steak Oscar • Grilled Swordfish
Desserts: Gluten-Free White and Dark Chocolate Cake • Warm Vanilla Raspberry Bundt Cake a la Mode
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:
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 Holidays Are Happy at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts!
The winter holidays are upon us! During this time of year, we like to reflect on the months that have gone by, the memories made, and the adventures that were had. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests who choose Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts as your getaway destination.
The holiday season is special and magical here on Minnesota’s North Shore. If you will be joining us over the holiday time between Christmas and New Year’s (or if you are thinking of planning a last-minute getaway!) here are a few resources to help plan your trip.
We have a wide variety of complimentary activities offered year-round. From winter hiking, and cross-country ski trips, to yoga and kids adventures, there is something for everyone this holiday season. Visit the online activity calendar to see a complete list and to help plan your stay.
Complimentary Equipment Rental! Cross-Country Skis, Snowshoes, Ice Skates, Hockey sticks and nets, ice grippers, and more can all be rented for free during your stay with us.
Cross-Country skiing has been great this season with most trails open. Join us on one of our guided resort ski trips or we can provide you with a map if you prefer to head out on your own. The Sugarbush Trails have their most popular trails groomed and open. Visit their website for up to date trail conditions.
Lutsen Mountains is now open daily for the ski season! Early snow and perfect temps for making snow have given them a fantastic base for December skiing. Visit their website for up to date conditions and trail maps. Book a Ski & Stay Package for the best deal. We offer FREE daily shuttles to and from the base of the mountain!
Celebrate the season with even more local activities and events! Live entertainment, art exhibition, brewery tours, great shopping and more will keep you busy and entertained this holiday season. Check out the Visit Cook County Events Calendar for a full list of happenings!
Closed on Christmas Eve
OPEN Christmas Day for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner with Holiday Specials.
Fall Color Report: September 23rd Leveaux Mountain Hike
Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts Fall Color Report: 50-80% Fall Colors. We’re reporting about 50% fall colors by Lake Superior with 80% a few miles inland.
We went on a hiking adventure to Leveuax Mountain to check out the fall colors. This hike provides panoramic views of the inland hills, Lake Superior, and southwest views of the Sawtooth Mountains. Because of this, we knew this hike would be perfect for viewing the color change difference between areas farther inland and areas closer to the shoreline of Lake Superior. The inland maples are just about at peak creating a stunning blanket of oranges and reds on the rolling hills. The birch trees have barely started to change color, and in some spots have yet to change color at all. Their yellows and golds will take over the landscape in the next couple of weeks. Closer to the lake, there is only about 50% color change but we should see a big change in the next week and a half.
The Leveaux Mountain Hike is one of our many complimentary guided hikes offered to resort guests. The distance of this hike is 3.4 miles and considered moderate in difficulty due to the length and a few short but steep climbs. The views are worth it! The trail follows a ridge through old-growth cedar and red pine forests rising 1,000 feet above the lake.
From the gallery below you can see how the trees went from mostly green toward the bottom of the trail, and areas closer to the lake, to mostly fall color as you look inland from the top. We felt like we were traveling through different ends of the autumn season in one hike!
Fall Color Report: September 16th – Color Tour AND Family Fun at Lutsen Mountains!
Photo: Sept 15, 2019
Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts Fall Color Report: 25% Fall Colors. We are reporting little color change by Lake Superior with more fall colors peeking through 1-2 miles inland.
Experience more fall fun on Minnesota’s North Shore with a trip up to Lutsen Mountains. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and offers fun for the whole family!
Lutsen Mountains is located a couple of miles inland from Lake Superior. On our Fall Color Report adventure this past weekend we hiked along the trails winding through this area and spotted some beautiful Fall colors starting along the top of the ridgelines.
The Summit Express Gondola is one of our favorite ways to view the fall colors. You’ll travel above the treetops heading up 1,000 feet to the top of Moose Mountain with views of the autumn colors, Lake Superior, and the Sawtooth Mountains. Hop out at the Summit Chalet for breathtaking views, scenic overlooks, and hiking trails.
For those looking to add a long hike to their Lutsen Mountains experience, we recommend heading out on the Superior Hiking Trail starting from the end of the road that runs past the main ski area. This 4.5-mile hike winds across the Poplar River and around the back of Mystery and Moose Mountain through forests of cedar, brightly colored maple and aspen. In addition, this hike ends at the top of Moose Mountain where you can purchase a ticket and head back via the gondola – a sweet way to end a rewarding hiking adventure! The Summit Express Gondola is open daily through October 20.
The Alpine Slide is perfect for those looking for a few thrills during their fall color tour. One of the best parts of this activity is the chairlift ride to the top of Eagle Mountain. Sit back and enjoy a unique view of the fall beauty. Then, zip down a 1/2 mile track on your sled! Your trip can be fast and thrilling or slow and easy. This one is a family favorite! The Alpine Slide is open weekends through October 20.
NEW Fall Activity – Fall Color Tour!
September is here and it’s officially time to get excited about the upcoming fall color show along the North Shore! At the same time, we want to enjoy the late summer as long as possible. We will NOT be breaking out the pumpkin spice quite yet. But, we do want to announce a new complimentary activity starting on September 21st:
All things Fall! Hop into one of our vans as we take you on a backroads driving tour of the Lutsen-Tofte area blanketed in fall colors.
This fun tour starts with a drive up the beautiful Temperance River road. First, a stop at the upper falls to enjoy a short walk to the perfect photo op – a river view with a beautiful colored hill in the backdrop. Then, it’s back to the van to head to the Six Hundred Road and eventually a stop at “Heartbreak Hill”. Another photo op of the canopy of leaves along this picturesque road. Our trip continues down the Six Hundred Road leading us to the famous Honeymoon Trail via the Sawbill Trail. Enjoy a scenic stopping point at White Pine Lake with a fishing dock perfect for viewing the colors around this serene remote lake. Our next stop will be Wild Country Maple Syrup! While here, we’ll tour the facility to see where they tap the trees, learn how the system works to transfer sap to the boiling room, and visit where they bottle the final product. In addition, enjoy a self-service store with a variety of products to sample and purchase!
On our final stretch, we’ll head down the Caribou Trail back to highway 61. A quick stop at the Poplar River Falls (another short walk) will give us one last waterfall and scenic view of the leaves.
This new activity will be available 4 days a week starting September 21st through October 12th. This will be a popular activity – you may sign up online ahead of time.
90th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais
Join us for one of our favorite festivals in the Coolest Small Town in America!
This coming weekend is the 90th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais. The four-day festival begins Thursday, Aug. 1 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4. A favorite of locals and tourists, this event is located in Grand Marais‘s Downtown Harbor Park and sponsored by the Grand Marais Lions Club.
This year, the Fisherman’s Picnic festival line up includes crazy days sales, a large craft show, daily contests and prizes, specials and events at local stores, live music in Harbor Park, food trucks, Bingo, blacksmithing demonstrations, cross-cut saw competitions, kids activities, rock skipping contests, a Fisherman’s Picnic 5 mile trail run or 5K walk on Saturday morning, a street dance and fireworks on Saturday night, a fish toss contest (you have to see it to believe it!), and a parade on Sunday afternoon.
The Fisherman’s Picnic truly is fun for the whole family and one that many of our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts guests look forward to all year. The Lions Club hosts a BIG raffle, including a grand prize of $10,000! In addition, the club will be serving up their infamous Fish burgers. You have to try one!
July has almost come and gone but don’t panic yet! We still have oodles of summer left to enjoy warm weather adventures on Minnesota’s North Shore. In case you need a few more reasons to plan one last blast of summertime fun…
Outdoor Adventures: Our August Activity Calendar is full of complimentary adventures and events for the whole family. Kayak Lake Superior, Inland kayak on Caribou Lake, canoe the Poplar River, explore the local trails with a guided hike or take a bike ride on the Gitchi-Gami Trail. You’ll also find Kids Activities, Yoga, Winery Tours & Shuttles, plus campfires with s’mores.
Stay cool with nature’s best air conditioning – Lake Superior! Has it been hot and humid where you live? The breeze blowing off the big lake keeps all of that away. Imagine sleeping with the windows open, listening to the waves and enjoying a cool breeze right off the lake. Aahhh! Looking for a little more heat? You’re in luck! Head inland 1+ miles for shorts and tank top weather. We really do have it all on the North Shore!
Offers and Packages: Visit our Offers page for great last-minute vacancies at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing. Plus, you’ll always save with the Internet Savings and the Extended Stay Specials. In addition, there are packages to fit everyone’s vacation needs – Stay & Play Golf Package, Senior Weeks Special, Military Veterans Special, Honeymoon Packages, and Spa Packages.
90th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic: Grand Marais is the place to be August 1st-4th! Minnow races, a lumberjack show, log rolling, live music, artisan vendors, store sales, pickled herring eating contest and so much more wacky and wild fun! Set along the beautiful harbor in downtown Grand Marais, this is the place to be the first weekend in August!
Area Events: Cook County and the entire North Shore is in full swing in August and the variety of arts, entertainment, and adventure opportunities are abundant. Check out the Visit Cook County August calendar for a full list of events.
Dining at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts
Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts offers three unique dining experiences to please your palate and your senses. And, yes, all have lake views! This summer, our chefs and the Food & Beverage team have been busy adding some new summer menu items to all dining locations. In addition, all three restaurant venues have received upgrades including a major renovation at the Bluefin Grille.
The Newly Renovated Bluefin Grille
There are many new additions to the Bluefin Grille menu this summer. Bluefin Prime New York Strip, Kobe Guajillo Burger, Pan Seared Scallops, and a Stuffed Chicken Roulade just to name a few. Experience the Bluefin Grille’s sophisticated yet casual atmosphere while savoring the most breathtaking views available on the North Shore of Lake Superior
Coho Cafe & Bakery
Kick back and relax with an espresso or your favorite glass of wine in our casual, yet chic North Shore bistro. Sample the award-winning pizza, fresh homemade bread, or one of our specialty soups or salads. Top it all off with something sweet and sumptuous. Open seven-days-a-week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Coho Cafe fare is available to eat in or take out. Walleye Tacos, Crepes, and a Chicken & Pineapple Quesadilla are a few of our favorite new menu items.
Waves of Superior Cafe
Located at Surfside on Lake Superior, Waves of Superior Café offers breathtaking views of Lake Superior in a sunny, serene setting that complements our signature Waves of Superior Spa. Enjoy light, healthy fare from our Chef-driven menus featuring the freshest offerings of the Minnesota seasons. Open seasonally serving breakfast, and lunch, Waves of Superior Café is a nice stop after your spa treatment, workout or hike. The new Almond Blueberry Pancakes, Tex Mex Burrito, and Chicken Enchilada Wrap are quickly becoming guest favorites. Waves of Superior Cafe also recently received beautiful updates to the indoor dining space.