Experience fall foliage on our new kayak tour

Inland Kayaking on Caribou LakeIf you haven’t yet experienced North Shore fall colors from a canoe or kayak, you’re in for a real treat. This fall we’re offering a new guided activity and fun way to explore our gorgeous fall colors from the water.

The Fall Kayak Tour begins at Bluefin Bay Guest Services and then takes the scenic route (by car) through the maples of the Superior National Forest where colors include vibrant oranges, Fall Colors on the North Shorereds and yellows. Then, we continue our adventure to a remote lake within the Superior National Forest where we’ll leisurely paddle in a wilderness setting.

A a reminder, all Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts’ guided adventures are complimentary to guests. We provide all of the gear, as well as expert instruction. So, whether you’re an experienced kayaker or you’ve always wanted to learn, our guides will facilitate a fun and safe experience for all. By the way, this is a great outing for families.

Here are a few tips to make the experience fun and enjoyable:

  • Be sure to dress in layers for the unpredictable fall weather and bring your phone/camera as we’re likely to see some wildlife on this adventure!
  • Some procedures with our guided activities have changed due to Covid-19 safety protocols. First, our recreational kayaks are two-person tandem kayaks and guests participating must be paired with one other person from their family group. Unfortunately, as a safety precaution, we can’t pair anyone with someone outside their friend/family group.
  • We’re asking guests to drive separately to the trailhead again so we don’t mix family/friend groups in our resort shuttles. If requested, we will have shuttle space for  one family group of up to four people. Masks are always required when riding the shuttle.

We do encourage advance sign-up for our resort guided activities — including the Fall Kayak Tour — as we have limited space in most of our activities. Learn more and sign up here.

We’re excited to bring you fall color by car and kayak, and hope to see you this Fall!

P.S. If you haven’t made your reservation for fall travel yet, hop on it. We are booking fast! Traveling this fall does require pre-planning. Learn more here.

To see the full schedule of Fall resort activities, click here and type in your travel dates.

 

North Shore Fall! If you want in, book now

Our Fall availability is filling fast!

Bluefin Bay - Fall on the North ShoreFall on Minnesota’s North Shore is one of the most breathtaking seasons and best times to visit. The star of the show is, of course, the vibrant fall color along Minnesota’s North Shore, including the Sawtooth Mountains and Superior National Forest.

Waves of red, orange and yellow extend as far as the eye can see Lusten in the Fallfrom the rocky ridges overlooking Lake Superior. In contrast are  the pine green forest and blue hues of Lake Superior herself.

Fall enthusiasts contend there are actual two fall peaks on the North Shore. First to turn are the inland maples,  followed by the yellow and golds of the aspen and birch along Hwy 61/North Shore Scenic Drive. So in a good year, calendar contestfall colors lasts for weeks! Lucky for us.

At Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we enjoy helping guests experience the North Shore on foot, by pedal, canoe, kayak, or car.

For those who prefer to hit the trails to experience the changing leaves up close and personal — our guided fall hikes are fantastic. Prefer to go solo? No problem. We can you point you to the best (and less-populated trails) and the best color during your visit. The cool days are perfect for hiking in your favorite sweatshirt, and best when followed by a campfire and smores’ from the Bluefin Bay beach.

If you prefer to explore by bike, you can choose from the Gitchi Gami paved trail along the shoreline or off-road biking trails that offer adventure and an up-close-and-personal leaf peeping experience. Wilderness canoeing and inland kayaking are exceptional ways to see the colors from a different vantage point – the water. Join a guided excursion or head out on your own and paddle at your own pace.

In the fall, the North Shore feels a bit more laid back and relaxed — and that’s why we love it! But this year, we’re seeing different travel patterns and more people favoring driving vacations. Our fall is booking in fast.

Book now for fall travel through October

So, if you’re planning to join us at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts for a fall getaway, we encourage you to plan and book ahead. Fall bookings are already strong and availability for Sept. is limited.

Here’s a tip: If you don’t see your ideal dates or unit style available online, consider midweek travel as there is likely to be more availability and the fall colors are just as great midweek. 😉 If you have the flexibility due to remote work and/or the kids are distance learning vs the classroom, midweek travel could be a great option. Our reservationists can help at 1-800-258-3346.

Fall dining — also good to plan ahead

Planning your dining in advance may also help with your travel experience. If you would like indoor dining reservations at the Bluefin Grille, we encourage you to book in advance of your stay. We seat by reservation only for limited indoor seating at the Grille due to Covid-19 restrictions. View our online menu or book your reservation here.

Tip #2: Pack your jacket (and maybe your gloves), as well as your patience. The weather can be a bit more unpredictable for outdoor dining in the fall than summer, especially with Lake Superior breezes. We continue to offer takeout, outdoor dining on several patios and picnic tables, as well as limited indoor dining at both the Bluefin Grille and Coho Cafe & Bakery. Visit our dining pages here to learn more.

Tip #3: Many of our unit styles have full kitchens, so consider booking one of these and cooking and eating in your condo or townhome. All Temperance Landing log homes have full kitchens, as well as two bedroom townhomes at Surfside, and most one and three bedrooms at Bluefin Bay. If you’re unsure, ask a reservationist for help at 1-800-258-3346.

Sign up for activities and fall color tours in advance 

Because the fall will be busier this year, we encourage you to register in advance for our complimentary guest activities. Whether it’s a guided fall color hike, or you want to join a wilderness canoeing or inland kayaking adventure, it’s best to sign up in advance to ensure your spot. Check out our full schedule of activities and pre-register here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts this fall and hope these tips will help you plan a safe and fun experience.

Now, Fall is almost here. So enjoy this fall video for a little inspiration!

 

Loons and Wolves and S’mores, Oh My!

Naturalist ProgramWe’re very fortunate to be located within the beautiful Superior National Forest here along the North Shore. The United States Forest Service manages the wilderness area, using ecosystem management plus multiple uses solutions, for animals and plants to thrive along with human enjoyment and recreation. One of their ways to help educate and excite people about this incredible area is to offer weekly naturalist programs at different locations in Cook County. We’re lucky enough to have them stop by Bluefin Bay two nights a week during the summer for fun and informative talks.

The Wednesday and Friday evening programs at the Bluefin Bay beach are from 7:30-9: 00 pm and come complete with a bonfire and s’mores!

  • On Wednesdays: Wolves in the Night
    Nothing means wilderness like the lonely cry of a wolf. Admired or hated, wolves stir people’s emotions. Learn about Minnesota’s most famous residents.
  • On Fridays: Legends of the Loons 
    The call of the loon sends chills up the spines of everyone in the North. Learn about life as a loon. We’ll also share some stories of the bird known as The Great Northern Diver.

The North Shore Naturalist Programs run through August 25th and you can view a list of all programs in the area on the Superior National Forest website.

 

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