Here on the North Shore, we received a few early snowfalls that had us dreaming about winter back in October! Now we can finally say winter is here. Lutsen Mountains ski area is open, lakes are freezing over and we’ve got some lasting snow a few miles inland from Lake Superior. Pretty soon our ice rink will be up and running and we’ll have snowshoes and cross country skis available for guest use. We like to help you plan your winter vacations by publishing our semi-annual newsletter – The Fishwrapper. It’s a great way to get inspired and this year, it will help you plan for any changes on the North Shore.
See Mother Nature Dance – Cross the Northern Lights off your Bucket List
Tips for a Healthy and Safe Winter Getaway
What to Expect at Lutsen Mountains this Winter
A New Ownership Duo for Our Beloved Resorts – Meet the New Owners!
Favorite Socially Distanced Activities
Grab a warm cup of coffee, snuggle up and enjoy!
Temperance Landing summer – A bit quieter pace
What a beautiful summer morning at Temperance Landing! This morning’s walk around the property was a reminder that — of the three Bluefin Bay resorts in the family — Temperance Landing has a bit slower, more laid-back and quieter pace.
The rocky beach at Temperance Landing is the perfect place to enjoy morning coffee. Perch yourself on a big rock and take in Lake Superior’s expansive beauty. This morning Temperance was sunny and serene. The birds were chirping good morning as gentle Lake Superior waves lapped softly at the shoreline under the warm July sun.
Temperance Landing joined the Bluefin Bay Family in 2006. The property is nestled on the edge of Lake Superior and set against the backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountains in Schroeder, MN. And, yes, it gets its name from nearby Temperance River State Park.
Luxury log homes on Lake Superior
If you don’t know Temperance, you’re in for a treat. Our Temperance Landing three-story log homes boast two-and-half-story vaulted ceilings, Ponderosa Pine log walls, a grand ledgerock stone fireplace, a whirlpool tub, granite and tile shower, a grand porch overlooking the lake, and incredible Lake Superior views!
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom log homes are warm and inviting, and a great way to escape from our hectic — and maybe somewhat crazy right now — lives.
The sheer size and character of these log homes, as well as the breathtaking location, make them feel more like a solo rental you might find on VRBO. But, guests at Temperance Landing also get the benefits of the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts amenities, including access to the Surfside pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness area, plus complimentary outdoor equipment and guest activities. (That’s if you can break away from your perch on the rock enjoying your coffee by the big lake!)
Families, groups of friends and couples’ groups love Temperance Landing as it comfortably sleeps 6-8 people. There is plenty of quiet space, as well as “hang-out together” space. In fact, each couple can have their own floor! The full kitchen, dining area and grand porch overlooking the lake also make it great for entertaining.
Off the beaten path in Temperance Landing’s backyard
For guests who want to avoid people and explore the quieter, off the beaten path version of the North Shore, Temperance Landing is perfect. The resort is steps from the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail where you can hop on the trail and go (by bike or foot) all the way to Bluefin Bay (about 3 miles) and beyond.
A lovely walk or ride along the Gitchi Gami takes you to Temperance River State Park — which is less than a mile from the resort. Be sure to leave time to hike along the Temperance River and explore this great state park. [Note: This one does get a little crowded in the summer.]
Father Baraga’s Cross is another gem off the beaten path that is less than .25 mile from Temperance Landing. From Temperance, walk to Baraga Cross Road and then meander the .25 mile to the breathtaking Lake Superior shoreline where you can explore. A giant granite cross commemorates missionary Frederic Baraga’s safe passage across an angry Lake Superior in 1846. Read more here.
Check out this photo gallery of Temperance Landing & Father Baraga’s Cross.
Take a front row seat for Nature’s Best Show
Bluefin Bay Fall Colors Report: Summer 95%, 5% Fall
Fall color peaking out in the tops of some maples on Sept. 1 (about 4-0% color).
Labor Day marks a transition for many. Kids go back to school. Parents get back in a more structured routine, the most colorful time of year is at our doorstep, the mosquitoes take a hiatus, and many folks plan their Fall getaways!
We love this time of year on Minnesota’s breathtaking North Shore where Fall puts on a show like no other season, and no other place. While some of us try to hang on to the last days of summer — enjoying the final days of guided kayaking and wilderness canoeing — others can’t wait for jacket temps and the Fall show. The star of the show: our breathtaking bright orange Maples and the yellow gold Poplar and Birch — all set against the back drop of our majestic pines and Lake Superior herself.
Check Out Our Fall Colors Report Weekly
At the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’ve decided to provide our very own weekly Fall Colors Report for guests and blog readers alike. So whether you get to the shore in person or not, each week in our “I Love Bluefin” blog we’ll showcase a favorite Fall hike complete with photos and videos. We’ll show and tell you our estimate on how much color we have and when we think it will peak. We’ll also share the Department of Natural Resources (DNR’s) Fall Color map so you can check the official Fall Color report for the whole state. (But trust us, it doesn’t get any better than this!)
Fall colors typically peak in Northern Minnesota and along the North Shore between mid September and early October. But our beautiful shoreline and Superior National forest provides spectacular color for 3-4 weeks. Last year, we had color for more than a month!
This past Labor Day Weekend, our marketing director Lori Schaefer hiked one of our all-time favorite Fall hikes – the Oberg Mountain Loop. This is the trail to hike during the early Maple colors of Fall. We love watching the progression of Autumn as the weeks go by from Oberg. It is one of our most poplar hikes. Trust us, this Maple-filled hillside and Birch-filled forest will surpass ALL of your expectations.
The Oberg Loop hike is about 2.5 miles and is ranked easy to moderate with some steep climbs. The best part, it includes a total of seven spectacular overlooks.
As of Sept. 1, we’re reporting about 95% lush green summer with about a 5% turn ratio. But give it a week or so and things will really start to pop. View the DNR Fall Color Map here. It’s updated every Thursday throughout the Fall season.
Plan your Fall getaway now at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts on Minnesota’s breathtaking North Shore. We might be bragging, but we do Fall best!
Day Trip: Bluefin Bay to Grand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage National Monument – located within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation — is rich in natural and cultural history. The National Park protects two depots of the North West Company, the main depot on Lake Superior and the site of Fort Charlotte on the Pigeon River. The 8.5 mile Grand Portage trail connects the depots and contains most of the acreage of the Monument.
Visitors during Rendezvous days are invited to explore the partnership of the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company during the North American fur trade. Visitors during Rendezvous Days will see more than 250 volunteer re-enactors portray what it was like in the late 18th century to early 19th century when thousands worked and lingered here. Ojibwe and other native families gathered along the gitchi gami (Lake Superior) to trade and reunite with friends and family during the peak of summer at kithi onigamiin.
Most activities, programs, and workshops during Grand Portage Rendezvous Days are free and open to the public to watch. If you would like to participate in a workshop, you may register in advance at the Information tent near the North Gate.
A Day Trip from Bluefin Bay: Grand Portage is located about 60 miles North of Bluefin Bay – a gorgeous 1.5-2 hour drive along Scenic Hwy 61, Lake Superior’s North Shore. Note, the drive can take longer if you plan stops along the way. For more information, check out the links below or ask for assistance at Bluefin Bay Guest Services.