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. 


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.

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.


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


Pre-planning makes your summer getaway more enjoyable

We all know summer travel is going to look and feel different this year. Many of the resort services we provide at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts – from dining to outdoor activities to access to resort amenities such as our pools and spa — have changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

These services are all operating under limited capacity and safety guidelines in accordance with the CDC and local and state health officials.

Here are some pre-planning tips to help you make the most of your North Shore vacation getaway this summer. We can’t wait to see you!

Indoor Dining Reservations

Reservations are now required for indoor dining at the Bluefin Grille, and we are taking those reservations via Open Table. If you know that you want to dine inside, we suggest you make a reservation in advance of your stay. Just click on the Open Table widget to make a reservation, or call us at 218-663-6200.

Takeout and outdoor seating at the Bluefin Grille does not require a reservation. Learn more about our hours, online menu and ordering information here.

Coho Café & Bakery is now offers counter service for takeout, limited indoor seating and outdoor seating on one of two outdoor patios. No advance reservations are required at Coho Cafe, seating is on a first come, first-served basis. See current hours and menus here.

Outdoor Activities – Sign-Up Suggested

We’re offering the full array of outdoor activities – hiking, biking, kayaking, inland kayaking, wilderness canoeing, yoga, kids’ activities and more – under new health and safety protocols. Learn more and sign up for each activity here.

Spa Reservations

Waves of Superior Spa is open at 25% capacity offering 60-min massage services. Waves of Superior Spa access is limited to spa clients and staff, and guests must make reservations in advance. Walk-in appointments are not available due to social distancing and other health and safety protocols. Please review the Stay Safe 2020 page for more information.

Make spa reservations online or call 218-663-6888.

Pools, Hot Tubs, Fitness Areas

The indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and fitness areas are all now all open under current MN Department of Health restrictions. Signage at each pool and hot tub area indicate the maximum number of people that can be in the area/facility at one time.

No advance reservations required, but we do ask guests to adhere to capacity limits and social distancing requirements both inside the pool and on pool decks, etc.

We can’t wait to see you at the resort this summer and fall! To learn more about our Stay Safe Initiatives, click here.

See you soon!

Pools, fitness areas & spa now open!

Outdoor Pool and Hot TubThe most frequently asked question we’ve received from guests over the past month: “When will the pools open?” We now have an answer!

The indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, fitness areas and Waves of Superior Spa are all now open – under current MN Department of Health restrictions. Yes, we can hear the cheers!

Capacity at each facility is limited according to the MN Dept. of Health. For the health and safety of all, we ask guests to please adhere to maximum capacity limits and the safety protocols in each area.

Pools, Hot Tubs & Saunas: Signage at each pool and hot tub area indicate the maximum number of people that can be in the area/facility at one time. Please adhere to maximum capacity signage, as well as physical/social distancing guidelines (stay 6′ or, one moose, apart) when on pool decks and platforms and in the water.

Showers & Changing Rooms: Our showers and changing room areas have also re-opened and we’ve increased cleaning frequency and rigor. That said, some guests may still prefer to shower and change in their respective rooms to minimize contact.

Fitness Areas: Our fitness areas have re-opened, but these areas are small and capacity is lower for fitness centers.  We ask guests to adhere to max capacity guidelines posted on the signage for each facility. If an area is already at max capacity, please plan to come back later.

MassageWaves of Superior Spa: The spa is also now open to guests by advance appointment only, and with limited capacity and services. Guests must make appointments in advance and only those with spa appointments are allowed in the spa at one time. Masks are required to be worn in the spa, including during treatments.

At this time, we have resumed 60-minute massage services. Facials and other skin care services, and nail services are not available currently.

To learn more visit our Stay Safe Waves of Superior Spa page here or call 218-663-6888. We have limited staff available at this time so if you get the voicemail, please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

For other questions regarding our sanitation procedures, safety protocols and resort services, visit our Stay Safe 2020 page here.

We thank you in advance for your understanding, patience and cooperation.



No Tricks, Just Treats For Your Skin: Pumpkin Cream Body Treatment!

waves of superior spa exteriorFall is a great time to give your skin some extra love before the dry winter months arrive. Do you embrace all things pumpkin this time of year? In addition to its tasting good, pumpkin is also amazing for your skin! Pumpkin purée is rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids, and antioxidants that help to fight the visible signs of aging.

Try our Pumpkin Cream Body Treatment at Waves of Superior Spa for the ultimate skin hydration boost this fall. In this 60-minute body treatment service, we’ll hydrate and nourish your dry skin with our gentle cranberry pomegranate sugar scrub, pumpkin cream body wrap and luxurious honeydew body lotion. Our professionally trained staff are skilled in today’s most effective therapies and use Eminence Organic Skin Care products.

Don’t forget about your hands and feet! Indulge in a Pumpkin Cream manicure and pedicure with paraffin wax as an enhancement to soothe and hydrate.

Visit the spa website page for more details and a full list of our spa services. You can book appointments online or call us at 877-668-7772.


Waves of Superior Spa manicure and pedicure Room

Get Summer Ready at Waves of Superior Spa

Waves of Superior Spa Summer ProductsWe’re all ready for warm, sun-filled summer days. But, are your skin and nails ready for summer? If not, it’s time to visit Waves of Superior Spa. Plus, Mother’s Day is almost here! Treat Mom to a spa treatment, buy a gift card, or stop in to purchase an amazing Eminence Organics skin care product.

One of our favorite new spring products is the Lilikoi Mineral Defense Collection. These lotions and creams are designed to protect you from environmental stressors like the sun. In addition, they also protect your skin from blue light! Natural blue light comes from the sun but artificial blue light is from things like a computer, phone, and television screens. Additionally, this harmful form of blue light can contribute to hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and worsening skin elasticity. On the positive side, the Lilikoi Mineral Defense Collection helps protect your skin from these natural and artificial stressors.

  • The Light Defense Primer will protect your skin from the sun and blue light pollution, minimize imperfections and provides a lightweight base for makeup.
  • The Mineral Defense Moisturizer will leave your skin lightly hydrated, protect from the sun, and shields the skin from indoor and outdoor toxins.
  • The Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen is water resistant and protects your skin from UV damage even when swimming.

Waves of Superior Spa manicure and pedicure RoomManicures and pedicures are a great way to get ‘Summer Ready’! Book your nail appointment to pamper those hands and feet. Or, combine it with a massage or facial for the total body experience. Spa manicures and pedicures include enlivening sugar scrubs, warm towel treatment, cuticle care, a softening masque, and a deep massage, plus foot filing for pedicures.  Of course, these treatments are also topped off with high-end polish. It’s time to let those summer colors shine!

Visit the Waves of Superior Spa website pages for more information on all of the wonderful spa treatments and to book an appointment. Or, give our spa a call with questions or to book your appointment: 877-668-7772 or 2186636888.


Dine with a View at Waves of Superior Cafe

Waves of Superior Cafe Outdoor DiningAnother great Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts dining option – with a view of course!  Resort guests and the public love this seasonal dining option found at Surfside on Lake Superior. It’s conveniently located just off Hwy 61 in Tofte and is less than one mile from Temperance River State Park! Enjoy indoor or patio dining with Lake Superior views and access to the Gitchi-Gami bike trail just across the road.

The chef-driven menu includes breakfast and brunch/light lunch options available all day from 8 am – 3 pm. It includes delightful options like stuffed French Toast, The All American Breakfast, Cajun Salmon Sandwich, Asian Smoked Fish Sandwich, and a Candied Walnut Strawberry Salad. Check out the entire Waves of Superior Café menu here.

Our new 2018 menu was designed to complement Waves of Superior Spa while offering alternate breakfast and lunch options for guests and the public. Waves Cafe is a nice stop after your spa treatment, workout or hike. Grab something and go or sit in and enjoy the view from our deck!



Waves of Superior Spa – Nurturing You is Second Nature

Resort guests receive a spa discount!

Waves of Superior SpaMany Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts guests have yet to experience one of our  greatest amenities and resort assets — Waves of Superior Spa. Waves of Superior Spa at Surfside offers relaxation and pampering unlike other resorts, and our in-house resort guests at Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing receive a 5% discount on all spa services.

Waves of Superior Spa takes its cue from the greatest of lakes. Clean and pure. Powerful and peaceful. Inspired by our natural surroundings, treatments are designed to relax the mind, relieve the body and rejuvenate the spirit. So when the pace and stress of life sap you of your vitality, come let us restore you.

Waves of Superior Spa offers:

  • Massage Therapies – including our signature Superior Massage, Deep Tissue, Couples Massage and our Surfside Hot Stone Massage.
  • Body Treatments – such as our Hungarian Thermal Mud Wrap or Back to Nature Experience
  • Skin Care Services – including signature facials and a series of add on facial enhancements
  • Hand & Foot Therapies – Spa Manicure, Pedicure and Fresh Manicure – consider adding the paraffin hands and feet treatment to soothe and hydrate.
  • Spa Day Packages – Such as the Ladies Reprieve or Ultimate Escape
  • Full list of Waves of Superior Spa Services Here

Our coastal contemporary spa facility has private treatment suites — including a suite for couples to receive a massage side by side; well-appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms featuring a sauna and private showers; and an indoor and outdoor relaxation area. Waves of Superior Spa guests are also invited to enjoy our indoor heated pool and hot tub, sauna and fitness overlooking Lake Superior.

Mani or Pedi anyone?

This month we’re highlighting our Hand & Foot Therapies. Who doesn’t want a perfectly cute manicure and/or pedicure for summer?! Our new nail technician, Melita Thul, is ready to help you choose the high-end polish of your choice and then help you relax and unwind, as well as sport cute feet and hands.

Plan your spa visit

Whether you’re new to the spa experience or a seasoned veteran, at Waves of Superior Spa we make it easy and comfortable for you to relax and renew with us. The spa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and reservations are encouraged in advance. Learn more and make your online reservation here. Or, call our spa reservationist for more information at 218-663-6888.

Check out our photo gallery from Waves of Superior Spa at Surfside on Lake Superior, part of the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.

All We Need is Love…

Winter Couple at Bluefin Bayand a trip to Minnesota’s North Shore! February is the month of love and we invite you to celebrate 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. Take advantage of great packages and upcoming specials this winter.

  • 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.
  • Waves Spa Couples Getaway Package: Two or more nights in a Grand Superior Master Suite or any other room style plus a 60-minute couples relaxation massage at Waves of Superior Spa (appointments must be made when reserving lodging)
  • 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 a dinner at the Bluefin Grille! Join us at the Bluefin Grille on Wednesday, February 14th, Friday, February 16th, and Saturday, February 17th.  In addition to our full menu, we’ll have a few sweetheart specials on these evenings:

  • Appetizer: Asian Beef Tartar with Charred Scallion Mustard, Sesame Crackers, Wakame Seaweed $18
  • Single Entrée: Shrimp Crusted Lake Trout with Breton Potatoes, Ginger Apples, House Vegetables $28
  • Shared Entrée: Chateaubriand with Gratin Potatoes, House Vegetables, Poivrade and Charon Sauces $65
  • Dessert: Lavender Blueberry Panna Cotta with Champagne Strawberries and Shaved White Chocolate $8

Bluefin Grille Red Wine