Friday, September 26, 2014

The Norwegian Riviera

We're budget travelers so we usually don't stay at fancy resorts. We usually use points to stay at a couple different hotel chains. And hopefully our stay includes breakfast and/or the hotel has a fridge and microwave. For our Midwest trip this summer (which you can read about here), we decided to splurge and  stay at a resort on the Norwegian Riviera, otherwise known as Lutsen, Minnesota, on the shores of Lake Superior.

Bluefin Bay Resort is located off State Route 61 in Northern Minnesota. We stayed in a studio which included a full kitchen and bath, fireplace  (including firewood) and patio about 10 steps from the lake.

 The condos are all individually owned and include studios, and 1,2,and 3 bedroom units. There is a restaurant located on the property and also a coffee shop. For about $175, we also could use the indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, bicycles and fully guided kayak tours.  

Not only can you use their bicycles and kayaks, they also give you a s'mores packet to use at the nightly bonfire on the beach.

We didn't do much sightseeing in the area as we wanted to take advantage of all the resort had to offer. But Lutsen Ski Resort is located close by with hiking and tram rides in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter. Bluefin will also shuttle you to  a trail nearby and you can hike back to the resort.

We used the indoor and outdoor hot tubs (Bluefin Bay has the only outdoor year-round hot tub on the northern shore of Lake Superior) and decided to eat dinner on the patio at our studio and take advantage of the beautiful view.

For an extra $50 per person you can take a ride on the sailboat Avanti which was moored right off the resort. We had fun going on a guided kayak tour on the surprisingly calm Lake Superior. In my mind, Lake Superior is always rough like in "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitgerald"

I really enjoyed my stay at Bluefin Bay Resort. Customer Service was great. It was quiet, relaxing and in a beautiful setting. There was plenty to do for all ages. And this sunrise view was well worth the splurge.

You can find out more about Bluefin Bay and it's sister resorts, Surfside and Temperance Landing,  here.

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  1. What a lovely resort-- and that view is gorgeous! I've not visited the shores of Lake Superior yet, but I hope that changes soon.

    1. I loved the whole feel of the resort Tonya. I've not been to Norway but it felt like a small Norwegian fishing village. Hope you get to Lake Superior - it was my first visit and I really enjoyed it.

  2. I did not suspect that the Norwegian Riviera was in Minnesota. Is it named after the immigrants who settled there? It's very pretty, and I can't get over how blue that water is. Summers in Texas are so very hot that I think I'd really enjoy escaping to cool temperatures on the shores of Lake Superior.

  3. Misleading, eh? Yes, it's named after the immigrants who settled there - in fact, the resort has a small museum to give the history of the Norwegian (and other Scandinavian) immigrants and their history. I hope you make it to the cool shores of Lake Superior. Living in the hot and humid Southeastern US, much like Texas, it was really refreshing to sit by the lake wearing a sweater in July.