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.

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.

Nice Ice

During winters in Minnesota, it is a guarantee that you’ll come into contact with ice in one way or another. In some instances, it can be annoying. But in other ways, it can be awe inspiring. On the North Shore of Lake Superior, ice is something we marvel at. From frozen lakes to ice-covered waterfalls to the small ice sculptures that form on the shorelines of Lake Superior, we find ice to be a magical part of our winter seasons.

Lake Superior Ice

Ice forms on Lake Superior every single winter. Some years, like during last year’s mild winter, you can only find it on sheltered sections of the lake. The Grand Marais Harbor and the Duluth/Superior area are common spots where a glaze forms over the Great Lake. Other years, the entire lake freezes. That is rare and most recently occurred in 1996. Most commonly, ice will cover about 50-60% of Lake Superior’s surface. In 2019, when we saw the wolves on Lake Superior in front of Bluefin Bay, we were lucky to experience 95% coverage.

Lake Superior ice is notoriously fickle. No matter how cold the winter gets, the movement of the water underneath makes the ice on top unreliable (just ask the 26 ice fisherman that had to beWinter Bluefin Bay rescued by the coast guard in Duluth last winter). Because of the risks, ice formations are best enjoyed from the shoreline. The spray from waves will often cling onto trees and bushes creating fantastic icicle sculptures. Occasionally, when the wind and waves pick up after a period of stillness, crashed ice will form along the beaches.

Below you will find a list of our top 10 recommended locations for finding ice formations.

  1. Gooseberry Falls
  2. Tettegouche State park
  3. Split Rock Lighthouse
  4. Sugarloaf Cove
  5. Temperance River
  6. Bluefin Bay
  7. Tofte Cove
  8. Onion River
  9. Cascade River
  10. Grand Marais Harbor

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.

Book Early for Storm Season

Fall is here! And with it comes one of the most entertaining seasons on Lake Superior. Storm Season, also known as the Gales of November, begins in late October and lasts through mid-December. The low-pressure systems that pass over Lake Superior result in strong winds which have the potential to produce massive waves, like the ones in this video.

Wave Watching at the Bonfire Pit

And if you are reading this post, then you know that no place brings you closer to Lake Superior than the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. Our lodging facilities at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing provide a panoramic view of the Great Lake. We also have seating areas, pools and restaurants that offer stunning views of dazzling Lake Superior.

Room at Bluefin Bay with Lake Superior Views

Combine Lake Superior’s wildest season with our resorts’ spectacular views and you have a match made by Mother Nature herself. Throw in wood burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, complimentary activities plus delicious on-site dining options and you have the perfect late fall vacation. To make it even sweeter, we offer a third night free when you stay anytime between October 24 and November 30th (excluding Thanksgiving weekend). Be sure to book soon as this time is filling up quickly and when nature puts on a show, you want a front row seat.

Family at the Bonfire Pit with Waves

 

Waves & Wellness Weekend

Waves & Wellness Weekend

The team at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is VERY excited to host Waves & Wellness Weekend this November! We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend combining two of our favorite things: self-care and Lake Superior. We have been receiving plenty of questions regarding the upcoming event so we wanted to provide a sneak peek. The schedule will be finalized and posted on September 23rd but for now, this should give you an idea for what to expect.

Winter at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

Lodging Offer

The event takes place November 12-14th and we expect lodging will fill up quickly for the weekend. Additionally, we have a great offer during that time period. The Gales 3 for 2 offer means that when you stay two nights, you get a free night on us! This offer is available at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing. Book Here or give us a call at 218-663-7296.

Activities

All activities are included in your stay but advance sign-up is required. Sign-up opportunities will be available beginning on September 23rd when the schedule is posted. Activities will include craft classes, guided hikes, bonfires, yoga and HIIT classes plus a Signature Event on Saturday night that you won’t want to miss! The events and activities will be female-focused but anyone is welcome.

Signature Event

This year’s Signature Event will feature Motivational Speaker and Energy Master, Kristen Brown! Kristen is a frequent media contributor on topics relating to business, professional development, and personal growth. She has been a guest on over 500 media outlets including CNN, Inc., NBC, ABC, Live with Kelly & Michael, HLN, BBC, Fox, Psychology Today, Working Mother, and many more. Kristen writes frequent articles for The Huffington Post, Lifehack, LinkedIn, and her own blog. The Signature Event will also have wine hosted by the North Shore Winery and appetizers hosted by Bluefin Bay.

The Name

Return guests have noted that this weekend was previously known as Girls Gone North. We changed the name this year to give more focus to our restorative activities and the November Gales. Rest assured, the female-focused weekend will be similar to previous years and promises to be enjoyable and entertaining.

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Local Craft Classes

There’s something about the Autumn season that awakens the artist in all of us. The colorful leaves all around and the chill in the air bring out our creative side. At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we embrace that inspiration with local craft classes.

The classes below are completely free for guests staying at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot by clicking on the links below. No artistic experience is necessary for any of these classes and all supplies are provided.

September 4 | Introduction to Alcohol Ink Painting with Cheryl LarsonAlcohol Ink Painting Intro Class

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Alcohol inks are a highly pigmented and fast drying medium that lends itself to unique, complex looking patterns, abstracts and landscapes in very little time. 

September 9 | Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Julie Arthur

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. In this class, the basics of setting up a “loom” will be taught, followed by instruction on the basics of weaving. 

September 11 | Birch Bark Stars with Julie KeanBirch Bark Star

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Julie is an artist at North House Folk School and will be teaching how to create an 8 point star in the Scandinavian style.

September 14 | A Day of Felting with Julie Arthur

The 10:30 am class will feature Needle Felting and the 1:30 pm class will focus on Wet Felting

September 18 | Carolina Snowflakes with Jane Shinners

Classes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. The Carolina Snowflake is simple to make and useful as a Christmas tree top ornament or a decorative wall hanging. Jane specializes in basketry utilizing a variety of materials such as birch bark, red osier dogwood and rattan reed.

September 21 | Introduction to Basket Weaving with Mary Jane Huggins

Class is at 12:30 pm. Learn the basics of weaving and leave with a finished basket that can be used for serving bread, holding mail, or keeping special treasures.

September 23 | Silk Scarf Dyeing Workshop with Julie Arthur

This workshop is from 12:30 – 4 pm and you can drop in any time! No sign-up necessary. Learn how to dye your own silk scarf and take it home with you! The workshop includes a briefsilk scarf dying at Bluefin Bay introduction to the dyeing method. You’ll then pick your colors and design, and go to work. 

Fall Color FAQs

It may seem a bit early to be thinking about the vibrant red, pumpkin orange and lively yellow leaves that will soon be spread across our shoreline. Fall is notorious for being one of the best seasons to visit the North Shore of Lake Superior and because of that, lodging at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts tends to fill up quickly. If you’re hoping to visit us for this glorious season, read over the FAQs below and book your stay as soon as you can!

Fall Colors Bluefin Bay

Fall Color FAQs

  • When is the best time to see the Fall Colors? Each year varies but typically the best time is mid-September through mid-October. September is when the maple trees change which brings the brilliant reds and oranges. Towards October is when the birch and aspen trees change, highlighting the forest in golden yellows.
  • What are the best hikes to see Fall Colors? Some of our favorite local hikes include Oberg Mountain, Lake Agnes and Carlton Peak. See the full list here.
  • What activities are happening at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts in the Fall? Resort activities including guided hikes, bike and hike tours, fall color kayaking, wilderness canoeing, kids adventure club, art activities, campfire & s’mores and more. Check out our activities calendar here.

Are there any specials or discounts? During peak fall colors, the best discount is our internet savings offer, which you can receive for booking your stay online. We begin our Gales 3 for 2 Special after MEA weekend on October 22nd, which offers 3 nights for the price of 2.