Join us for a Festive Fourth!

4th of July at Bluefin Bay Family of ResortsBelieve it or not, the 4th of July is almost upon us! This means that as we celebrate our nation’s independence we also celebrate all things summer – the Big Lake and its cool breezes, the endless miles of trails to explore by foot or by bicycle, kayak and canoe excursions, golfing, fishing, outdoor dining, bonfires on the beach complete with s’mores, and time spent with friends and family making memories. In addition, The 4th of July also brings many fun and festive events to our resort and the local area…

  • The Bluefin Bay 4th of July Medallion Hunt! Find the Bluefin Bay medallion and win a $100 gift card! The hunt starts at 8 am on July 4th and won’t end until it’s found! We’ll also be hosting another Medallion Hunt on Saturday, July 6th!
  • The Bluefin Bay Annual Cornhole Tournament! Guests can join us for this friendly competition on the 4th of July! We’ll have an adult league and a kids league with BLUEFIN BAY GIFT CARD Prizes!! For more details and info on signing up visit the event activity page.
  • The World Famous Tofte 4th of July Celebration!! Okay, it may not be “world” famous but up here it is a pretty famous day of festivities. Start your day with the Tofte Trek 10k wilderness run/walk at 9 am. The Tofte Town Center is the place to be starting at 11 am with games, local crafts, live music, food, beer garden, Bingo and an awesome parade at 2 pm! The night will be complete as you watch fireworks over Lake Superior at 10 pm from Tofte Park.
  • The 4th of July in Grand Marais is also celebrated with evening live music and fireworks over the harbor.
  • This whole week is also packed with lots of great activities for our guests. Guided hikes, Lake Superior kayak trips, wilderness canoe trips, biking, yoga, Forest Service naturalist programs, campfire music, live music at the Bluefin Grille, kids adventures, and more. Visit our Resorts Activities & Events calendar for the daily events.

Fall Color Report: Rainy Day Drive on The Honeymoon Trail

Fall Along the Honeymoon Trail in TofteBluefin Bay Family of Resorts Fall Color Report:

1+ miles inland: 35-40% Fall Colors 60-65% Summer Colors. 10-20% Fall Colors along Lake Superior.

Fall is officially here and it made a dramatic entrance with gale winds blowing in over Lake Superior and some rain this past weekend. Even on a cool rainy day, you can enjoy the fall colors with one of the many Fall Color Drives right here in Cook County. That is just what we decided to do on Sunday as we headed out to travel along the Honeymoon Trail Loop from the comfort of our car.

Access to the Honeymoon Trail for Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts guests is easy as it starts just across from Coho Café & Bakery on the Sawbill Trail (the perfect opportunity to grab a coffee and some bakery goods or a sandwich to-go!). Your travels will take you 10 miles inland along the paved Sawbill Trail with one not to miss overlook just a few miles up – grab your camera for this stunning fall color display. Just before the pavement ends, the Honeymoon Trail road will be on your right. This is a well-traveled gravel road but slower speeds are necessary as you watch out for wildlife, fallen branches, and mountain bikers. We’re reporting quite a bit of green along this drive but the aspen and birch are definitely showing beautiful shades of golden yellows. A few orange and red maples dotted the landscape but peek color is yet to come for those trees in a week or two.

This trip is made even sweeter with stops at the local maple syrup providers along the way. Wild Country Maple Syrup is located off the Honeymoon Trail and Caribou Cream is on the Caribou Trail as you head back down toward Hwy 61 on the last part of this fall color drive. Yum!

For more information, maps and local tips on this and other fall color tours stop by the front desk during your stay.

This week’s Honeymoon Trail fall photo gallery…

 

 

 

Lake Superior storm packed a powerful punch this weekend

Wow! An early summer storm on Lake Superior this past weekend has Gooseberry Falls raging with the river spilling over its boundary, a huge ship pulled off course in Duluth, and roads washed out from flash flooding in Bayfield, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

This blog is for those who love the mystery and majesty of Lake Superior. There’s a reason we call it the BIG Lake! Lake Superior’s epic storms have raged a fury that has caused countless shipwrecks, took the lives of crew, and left wreckage along with unanswered questions at the bottom of the lake. (Read more: Nine Major Lake Superior Storms – including the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975.)

This past weekend’s storm was far from epic, but if you were in Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon or visiting the North Shore, you likely experienced some heavy rains, serious wind and flash flooding. And while the storm may not have been intense enough to make the record books, it did not pass without notice or drama.

In Duluth, strong currents and heavy rains brought the American Spirit, a 1,004 foot fully loaded freighter/ship, way too close to Duluth’s break wall and the Paulucci Building!

You can see some of the dramatic coverage recorded live on a tourist’s Facebook feed (credit Angela Lowder).

Or, check out these links below, including a time lapse video of the ship drifting quickly off course.

If you were hiking in the Two Harbors area, perhaps you saw the raging Gooseberry Falls with the river spilling, spewing and spitting over its boundary. View live video from a tourist here (credit Lauri E. Olspon-Hohman).

Around the area

In Bayfield and Ashland, WI, several roadways were washed out, including parts of Highway 2. Storms washed out roads in Houghton and Hancock in the Upper Peninsula. Learn more about this Lake Superior storm by visiting Lake Superior Magazine’s Facebook News Feed here. Or, click on the links below to see some of the news coverage of impact outside of the North Shore.

 

Photo credit, top: Duluth News Tribune