As the Holiday Season approaches, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Dinner at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant is open to the Public from 12pm to 6pm on Thursday, November 28, 2013. The cost is $59/person (Half price for children under 10). Reservations are appreciated. Call 715.779.5111 to reserve.
Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
First Course: Soup
-Lake Superior Fish Chowder
-Harvest (Squash) Bisque
Second Course: Salad
-Mixed Greens with Peach/White Wine Vinaigrette, Mission Figs, Roasted Pecans, and artisan Bleu Cheese
-Poached Fruits with Yogurt Dressing.
Third Course: Sorbet
Fourth Course: Entree
-Double Smoked Ham With Sweet Potato Casserole.
-Roasted Turkey With Corn Soufflé And Cranberry Chutney.
-Seared Salmon With Caramelized Squash Couscous And Béarnaise.
-Quiche With Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. Asparagus. Red Pepper Rouille.
Fifth Course: Dessert
-Molten Chocolate Cake With Raspberry Sauce
-Pumpkin Bread Pudding With Crème Anglaise
-Fresh Homemade Pie
-Hot Fudge, Rum, and Turtle Sundaes
* Thanksgiving Lodging Packages
Special two-night packages are available for Wed/Thurs and Thurs/Fri. Arrive to a warm welcome, and enjoy dessert and coffee. After a hearty full breakfast, spend the day exploring Bayfield or relaxing in the comfort of your guest room or suite. Thanksgiving dinner is served in the Landmark Restaurant dining room on Thursday from 12-6pm. Package includes full breakfast both mornings, Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, and dessert and coffee.
Join in on the Holiday Fun and a Have Wonderful Wisconsin Christmas Getaway the Entire Month of December.
Wassail! This old English word was a greeting: a toast wishing good health and prosperity during the holidays. “Wassailers” went from door to door during the Christmas season, singing carols and making merry. They often drank a strong spiced ale, carried in a Wassail Bowl.
This December, Wassail Dinner Concert guests can try the famous “Rittenhouse Wassail Punch,” a winter warmer featuring local Apple Cider and Cranberry juice mulled with bourbon and spices. (The recipe is featured on imbibemagazine.com).
Wassail Concerts, held each December, are gourmet dinners combined with a concert by the Rittenhouse Chamber Singers. The group performs throughout the Inn’s dining room and hallways, directed by Innkeeper, Jerry Phillips, and accompanied by local musicians on piano, hammered dulcimer, and percussion. Check Availability and Make Reservations.
The Wassail Concert is a Wisconsin Christmas tradition dating back to 1975, when Jerry and Mary Phillips, Innkeepers and former music teachers from Madision, WI, created the event after spending their first Christmas in Bayfield. “We were lonely that first year,” says Jerry, “so we decided that the next year we’d form a choir, decorate the Inn, cook a feast, and invite everyone we knew.”
“Where else do you see a concert that takes place all around you?” Jerry leads the choir through the Inn’s three dining areas with seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm. After more than 300 performances, Jerry is excited as ever. “We can’t wait for the concerts to begin. For us, Wassail is the antidote to the ‘commercial’ Christmas. We look forward to sharing the spirit of the season, a great meal, and some wonderful music. “
Discount Lodging Packages Old Rittenhouse Inn provides exceptional Bayfield, WI lodging and convenient Wassail Concert packages that include seating for two at a dinner concert performance, full breakfast for two each morning, server gratuities, and a special gift from the Innkeepers delivered to your room. One and two-night lodging packages are available. Call 715-779-5111 or Reserve Online.
Group Rates Available: Contact Events Director, Wendy Phillips.
The 2013 Wassail Holiday Dinner Concert Schedule includes 11 concerts held between December 4th and 22nd. Old Rittenhouse Inn offers a popular package that includes overnight lodging and tickets to a dinner concert. 3-Course Wassail Luncheon Concerts: Salad, Entrée and Dessert. $45 plus tax and gratuity.
5-Course Wassail Dinner Concerts: Soup, Salad, Sorbet, Entrée and Dessert. $75 plus tax and gratuity.
Get ready for the 15th Annual Red Wine Weekend taking place November 1-2, 2013. Celebrate the fall season with fine red wines, delicious food, and exceptional lodging in Bayfield WI. A series of events will be held at Le Chateau, a sister property of Old Rittenhouse Inn, and the historic Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn. The highlight of the weekend is a 6-course gourmet wine dinner with 6 Merlots selected by host, Gary Binter, to match each dish.
Make It A Weekend
Discount weekend lodging packages include the Friday Cabernet Sauvignon and appetizer reception, a hearty 2-course breakfast Saturday & Sunday, Saturday’s “Sideways Revisited” Pinot Noir Seminar, and Saturday evening’s 6-course Merlot-themed Red Wine Dinner. Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online to Reserve Your Spot!
Fall Wine Tasting and Appetizer Reception: Cabernet Sauvignon
Friday, November 1 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
This casual event offers a chance to enjoy 5 different Cabernets and a buffet of gourmet appetizers and desserts prepared by Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn. The tasting takes place at our Le Chateau property, located at 7 Rice Avenue in Bayfield. Meet wine expert, Gary Binter, who shares his vast wine knowledge. This event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity.
Sample some tasty wines with us!
Red Wine Seminar: “Sideways” Revisited
Saturday, November 2 from 1:30 – 3:30pm
On Saturday afternoon, host Gary Binter, takes guests on a tour of robust Pinot Noirs. The journey includes stops in Oregon (King Estate), Los Olivos, CA (Fess Parker), Mendocino, CA (Castle Rock), Chile (Ritual) and New Zealand (Sherwood). Gary usually includes a “special component” to this seminar, which we’ll leave as a surprise! This event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity.
From the vine to the glass, we love wine weekend!
Red Wine Dinner: Great Merlots
Saturday, November 2 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend is the Red Wine Dinner served at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant on Saturday evening. Each of the 6-courses is accompanied by a Merlot selected by host, Gary Binter, to compliment the menu. The meal includes an appetizer, soup, salad, sorbet, choice of entree, and dessert. This event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $75/person plus tax and gratuity.
Get ready for the 14th Annual Fall Brew Weekend on October 25-26, 2013 and celebrate with fresh Wisconsin microbrews, delicious food, and exceptional lodging in Bayfield WI. Enjoy a series of beer tastings held at Le Chateau, our other Bayfield WI Bed and Breakfast, and the South Shore Brewery in Ashland. The highlight of the weekend is a 6-course gourmet dinner at the historic Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn, with craft brews specially selected to match each dish.
The Midwest is the Best!
Our focus this year is regional brews from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. The Midwest has a strong heritage of beer making tradition, and some of the region’s finest brewers live and work within a day’s drive of Bayfield. At our Friday and Saturday night events, we will be tasting beers from the likes of Fitgers (Duluth, MN), Lake Superior Brewing Co. (Duluth), South Shore Brewery (Ashland, WI), Doane Beer (Ashland, WI), Keweenaw Brewing Company (Houghton, MI), New Glarus Brewing Company (New Glarus, WI), and many more favorites from around the Midwest.
Make It A Weekend
Discount weekend lodging packages include the Friday beer and appetizer reception, a hearty 2-course breakfast Saturday & Sunday, Saturday brewery tour/tasting, and Saturday evening’s 6-course Brew Dinner. Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online to Reserve Your Spot!
Fall Beer Tasting and Appetizer Reception
Friday, October 25 from 7:00-9:00pm
This casual event offers a chance to enjoy a variety of Wisconsin microbrews (usually about 7-9 different beers) and a buffet of gourmet appetizers and desserts prepared by Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn. The tasting takes place at our Le Chateau property, located at 7 Rice Avenue in Bayfield. Here you’ll have the opportunity to meet expert brewers Bo and Justin from South Shore Brewery, who share their vast brewing knowledge, and always bring a special surprise brew. Also joining us will be Eric and Adam from Doane Beer. We’ll taste hoppy beers, fest beers, dark beers, and a few easy drinkers. The Friday Beer Tasting event is included in the Fall Brew Weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity.
Friday Beers: The beer tasting menu includes hoppy beers, fest beers, pale ales, an award-winning barleywine, and a few easy drinkers, including: New Belgium Shift Lager, Fitgers Pale Ale, Local Allure Fresh Hopped Beer, South Shore Brewery Porter, Doane Beer, Tallgrass Pub Ale, Bells 2 hearted Ale, Ale Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin – double IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, and Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine.
Friday Foods: The Appetizer menu includes: potato salad with bison bacon, caramelized shallots, & sauerkraut. Marinated-grilled flank steak with mustard-ale aioli. Antipasto platter with prosciutto wrapped asparagus, pickled crimini mushrooms, local smoked sausages, local artisan cheeses, & house smoked Lake Trout. Beer-braised pulled pork sliders with pickled red onion. aged cheddar & Autumnal Fire BBQ. Chorizo egg rolls with braised red cabbage and sweet red pepper. Cheddar-Jalapeno Bacon Dip with Fried garlic breadsticks. Double Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes.
Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, October 26 from 12:00-2:00pm
On Saturday afternoon, we journey to nearby Ashland for a visit to the South Shore Brewery for a guided brewery tour that takes us through the entire beer production process, from making wort to the bottling line. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample South Shore Brewery’s fine beers, and enjoy a pub lunch on your own if you wish. This event is included in the weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $35/person plus tax and gratuity.
Fall Brew Dinner
Saturday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30pm
Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend is the Fall Brew Dinner served Saturday evening. You might wish to skip lunch and save room for the 6-Course Fall Brew Dinner, where each course is accompanied by a tasty regionally-brewed beer hand-selected to compliment the menu. The courses include appetizer, soup, salad, sorbet, entree and dessert, see menu below. This event is included in the weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $75/person plus tax and gratuity.
Saturday 10-26-13 Fall Brew Dinner Menu
Cocktail Hour 6:00 – 6:30 (with our compliments)
Serendipitous Apple-tini: Spiced Bayfield Apple Cider, Canadian Whiskey, New Glarus Serendipity
(dinner begins at 6:30 pm) Amber Malt Lager Marinated-Seared Scallops with Beer Blanc Sauce Great Lakes Silver & Gold Imperial Pilsener
Second Course Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup topped with Crispy Fried Shallots Keweenaw – November Gale Pale Ale
Third Course Mixed baby greens tossed with Oktober Fest-Dijon Vinaigrette, Blackened Beef Tips, Smoked Gouda, and Candied Pecans South Shore Brewery Applefest Ale
Fourth Course Wisconsin Cranberry I.P.A. Sorbet Made with Hayward Cranberries and Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
Fifth Course Bison Sauerbraten with Sweet Potato Au Gratin Tallgrass Velvet Rooster Belgian Tripel
House-Smoked Pork Ribs with Imperial Pilsner BBQ and Bleu Cheese Whipped Yukons New Glarus Black Top Black IPA
Sixth Course Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Night Train Porter Syrup O’so Night Train Porter
Stay three nights (Sunday – Thursday) and receive a 50% discount on the third night, plus a $25 Gift Certificate. This offer is valid for stays during September 3, 2013 – November 7, 2013. Fall. It may be the greatest time of year to visit Bayfield, with vibrant colors in the trees and the ever-changing beauty of Lake Superior as a constant backdrop. While some of our guests love to enjoy the area’s sights from the comfort of land, others like to get outdoors. Try sailing with one of the great local charters and get an eyeful of the Apostle Islands if full color. Or, bring your bikes and enjoy the smooth, flat roads just a short ferry ride away on Madeline Island.
What would fall in Bayfield be without a trip to one (or more) of the many Orchards that dot the top of the Bayfield Penninsula? There, you can sample and purchase a wide variety of apples, pears and other fall fruits. At Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant you can sample the bounty of the harvest season in the form of tasty gourmet soups, salads, entrees, desserts and sorbets.
Of course a little deal on lodging helps make your vacation go farther, so we came up with the following offer: Book three (or more) consecutive nights Sunday thru Thursday and we’ll take 50% off the third night, and give you a $25 Gift Certificate to spend at any Chamber member business during your stay.
This offer is valid from Tuesday September 3rd through Thursday, November 7th (Excluding the Thursday before Apple Festival). Note: the $25 gift certificate may not be applied towards your lodging package, but you can use it at our Landmark Restaurant and other Chamber member businesses.
• Valid Tuesday, Sept. 3rd through Thursday, Nov. 7th (excluding Thursday, Oct. 3rd)
• Cannot be combined with other specials or promotional offers
• Offer not available Friday and Saturday Nights
• Offer not available for existing reservations
To reserve this special offer, Reserve Online using code: Fall2013 or call 800-779-2129
Don’t miss one of the summer’s premier events, Concerts by the Lake, a free concert series held in Memorial Park and hosted by the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.
This year, the Chamber of Commerce has expanded the series to 10 concerts and added professional sound and lights for each show. Concerts run from July 2 to September 3 on Tuesdays, 7-9pm, with a big Thank You to the Bayfield Civic League for use of the park!
Whether you like bluegrass, rock and roll, pop or indie music, Concerts by the Lake features local and regional talents of every genre, offering a relaxing and enjoyable evening for every musical taste.
Andy Noyes (left) of Floydian Slip
Get to Memorial Park early with a blanket or a few lawn chairs, set up camp, and enjoy the music. After the show, swing by the Bayfield Inn’s rooftop bar for drinks overlooking Lake Superior, or take the family for ice cream at the Candy Shoppe in downtown Bayfield.
Our guests at Old Rittenhouse Inn have really enjoyed the concerts the past two summers, and are looking forward to this year’s events. A recent guests commented, “It is so nice to have something fun and free to do during the evening in Bayfield. We love going to Big Top Chautauqua, but they don’t have shows on Monday through Wednesday, so we are thankful for the Tuesday Concerts.”
Concerts by the Lake Schedule:
July 2 Eric Schubring and Jason Rabuck (guitar, banjo, vocals)
July 9: Molly Otis and Sean Okamoto (guitar, fiddle, vocals)
July 16 Yazmin and Beat Zero [Bruce Bowers] (piano, vocals, guitar, fiddle)
July 23 Danielle Nepstad | Nathan Parent (piano, guitars, vocals)
July 30 Hoff Stevens [Eric & Adam Doane] (guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals)
August 6 Alpha City (vocals, guitar, keys, trumpet, bass, drums)
August 13: Sasha Mercedes [with DJ Rickerd on Cajon] (vocals, guitar)
August 20 Floydian Slip (guitars, vocals, bass, drums)
August 27 Orienta Carwash (guitars, vocals, bass, drums)
September 3 Corey Carlson (vocals, guitar)
For more information, call the Bayfield Chamber at 800-447-4094 or visit www.bayfield.org.
*In case of rain, concerts will be held at the Madeline Island Ferry Terminal.
In recent years, sea kayaking has become a very popular way to experience the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Since Bayfield is the gateway to the Apostle Islands, it is the perfect ‘home base’ from which to explore this pristine wilderness area. Many of our overnight guests arrive with their own sea kayaks. Still more take advantage of one of several area outfitters and/or guide services (see list below).
The Apostle Islands are a fantastic, world renown place to kayak. To be able to go out on Lake Superior and ‘island hop’ rather than just paddling along a continuous shoreline makes the paddling really intriguing, and the navigation is fantastic.
One of the most popular areas for sea kayaking on Lake Superior is the mainland sea caves accessible from the Meyers Beach landing north of Bayfield. While the caves are incredibly beautiful and enticing, they can be extremely hazardous in rough seas, so the best advice is to use caution and common sense when paddling in these areas.
Twenty-one islands make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Among the notable features are six magnificent lighthouses that once guided ships among the islands and are now on the National Register of Historic places. More sea caves can also be found at Devils Island.
You don’t have to be an experienced kayaker to really enjoy a paddle on Lake Superior but… it is Lake Superior! It is very heads-up paddling, so beginning paddlers really need to get proper instruction and learn about being safe on the lake. Having done that, Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands will entertain kayakers from the beginner level to some of the most expert paddlers in the world, who come here for the conditions and the beauty of the Apostle Islands.
Kayak the Sea Caves!
Many of our guests like to bookend a sea kayak adventure with a few nights of pampering at Old Rittenhouse Inn or Le Chateau. We are always happy to help with your travel arrangements.
Several area sea kayak outfitters offer programs where people can go out in the Apostle Islands, learn the skills of kayaking, and access the profound natural beauty of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Here is a list of area Kayak Outfitters offering instruction and guided tours in and around the Bayfield, Wisconsin area:
The sailing season is in full swing, and we’ve seen some beautiful boats out on the bay and in the harbors. Bayfield is the Gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, and many sailing enthusiasts consider the area to have some of the best sailing and recreational boating opportunities in the world.
As you spend time on this body of water, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the mainland and islands. Bayfield is particularly picturesque when viewed from a boat! Along with rising brownstone bluffs covered in conifers and hardwoods stands, you’ll see historic lighthouses, and spectacular sunsets. You might even find a shipwreck or two!
Bayfield is a part-time home to many sailors who dock their boats here in one of the harbors. But what if you are just visiting and want to sail the Apostles? Old Rittenhouse Inn’s guests have several options for adventure sailing trips, and most are located just blocks away at the City Dock located at the bottom of Rittenhouse Avenue.
Our friends at Dreamcatcher Sailing have 4 boats in their fleet, with 3 located at the City Dock, and one docked in Cornucopia. On the morning trip, the Island Landing Excursion, sail out then explore an island by dinghy from 9:30am to 2:00pm. There’s also an Afternoon Sail from 2:30 to 4:45pm, and a Sea Caves by Sail package that departs from Cornucopia and takes you to the famous mainland sea caves, which you can explore by dinghy. Visit Dreamcatcher Sailing online or call 800-682-1587 for information and reservations.
Another sailing charter we recommend is Animaashi (Ojibwe word meaning: to Sail Away). Your captain is a 1993 U.S. Coast Guard Retired Chief Petty Officer, and he truly knows the ropes of sailing on Lake Superior! Learn the ropes if you’re adventurous, or just relax and enjoy the sights.
Many of our guests have taken the opportunity to learn to sail with Superior Charters & Yacht Sales and received bareboat sailing charter certification in as little as two days! For this adventure with one of the best sailing schools, the sailboat is your classroom and also your overnight lodging! Hint: our guests like to “sandwich” the sailing school between a couple of nights at their favorite room at Old Rittenhouse Inn!
Below are options for Bayfield Sailing Charters and Boat Charters from the Bayfield Chamber, and don’t forget to make your lodging reservations soon! Summer is filling fast, and there’s nothing like returning to your room at the Inn and having a nice dinner after a day of sailing!
Spring Tulips at Bayfield, WI’s Old Rittenhouse Inn
It’s been a long winter in the northland, and we are excited for the annual “Bayfield In Bloom,” a celebration of all things Spring! The event kicks off this week, and runs from May 17 to June 16.
What better way to start off than with live Wisconsin Public Radio show broadcasts? WPR brings its popular “Garden Talk” show, hosted by Larry Meiller, to the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion on Friday May 17, and you and your friends can be part of the studio audience at no charge.
In addition to the Live Broadcast, visitors will enjoy a “Bayfield In Bloom Garden Expo” with opportunities to meet and talk with local horticultural experts and see a variety of garden-themed products. We have some rooms open the night before (Thursday), so why not come early and make a long weekend out of it?
Bayfield is certainly abuzz with spring activity at the moment! Daffodils and tulips are popping up everywhere, and soon we’ll see a vibrant mosaic of roadside lupines. The rolling hills surrounding our little town are filled with apple blossoms as the local orchards and farms come to life.
Innkeeper Jerry Phillips live on air with Jean Ferraca
There are garden sales everywhere, and one of the most popular is the “Red Barn Plant Sale” at Hauser’s Superior View Farm. Here you’ll find shrubs, fruit trees, annuals, bulbs, topsoil, hanging baskets, and much more. You can also pick your own field-grown perennials, which are ready for transplant to your flowerbeds!
The Annual “Garden Tours” is set for Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This is a great chance to get “up close and personal” with eleven of Bayfield’s finest “City” and “Country” gardens.
Here at the Old Rittenhouse Inn, we are working overtime to get our own gardens and landscaping in “ship shape” for the season. Stop by to see the hanging flower baskets, and chat with our master gardeners who might share a trick or two! Of course, if you’re looking for a little getaway to enjoy spring in Bayfield, we have some lovely accommodations and hearty meals waiting for you. Hope to see you here!
This upcoming weekend is the annual Bayfield Winter Festival, and we still have a few rooms available if you’d like to visit during this amazing event! Here are some of the things going on this weekend:
Downtown bayfield kicks-off bayfield winter festival friday march 1st. Businesses are open till 8, so you can shop late! Big water coffee offers treats before a candlelight walk on the brownstone trail sponsored by the Bayfield regional conservancy. Or head to the freeze your glass off party at the Bayfield inn where you’ll find music, drinks specials, prizes and more!
Bayfield Winter Dash
It’s time for the bayfield winterdash sponsored by canal park brewing. Complete a 5k winter obstacle course at mt ashwabay on Saturday, March 2nd. Climb, crawl, and scramble over obstacles on your way to the finish. No equipment needed. Register here. No guts, no glory at the winterdash!
It’s back…bigger and better than ever: Bayfield Winter-Bash at Mt. Ashwabay. Live music 5 to 9pm Saturday, March 2nd. Featuring Barnby Daniel Walkner, the Ringtones, and Lords of Baltimore with sound by JD Bass. Local beer, sleigh rides, luminary lit cross country trails, food, tubing, giant bonfire and fun.
Run on Water
It’s time for Bayfield Winter Festival’s Run on Water…on Sunday, March 3rd, prepare to run, ski, snowshoe or skate this 4 mile race across the Lake Superior ice from Bayfield to Madeline Island and back! Prizes given for the fastest runner and finishers in other categories. Register here. Note: Race is weather & ice dependent, so entrants are welcome on race day.
Bayfield Polar Plunge
Get your tutu’s and floaties ready! It’s time for the 8th annual Bayfield Polar Plunge. On Saturday, March 2nd, 100 costumed locals plunge into lake superior to raise money for the Bayfield Recreation Center. Spectators gather at the Bayfield Inn and Pier Plaza or warm up with Rittenhouse Inn fish chowder. Sponsor a plunger today, or Register here.