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Fall Color Lodging Promotion

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Fall Color Lodging Promotion
September 1 – November 6, 2015*

Stay 3-nights (Sunday through Thursday) and get 50% Off the 3rd night’s stay.

Call 800-779-2129 to reserve your fall getaway today!

*Fall Color Lodging Promo NOT valid for existing reservations. Offer is not applicable to stays that include Thursday Oct. 1st or Sunday Oct. 4th, 2015.

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Apostle Islands Sailing Package


Enjoy a magical two night stay in Bayfield with all the Old Rittenhouse Inn amenities plus the Dreamcatcher Afternoon Sail for two people – a perfect way to get a taste of sailing among the Apostle Islands. This 2.5 hour outing leaves daily from Bayfield city dock offering the chance to be as passive, or as active, as you like: help handle the lines, set the sails and take your turn at the wheel, or simply relax and enjoy the view.

To Reserve, Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online. using the code SAIL15

The Afternoon Sailing Package is $275 (added to your lodging when you book online) and is available mid-May through Mid October. Old Rittenhouse Inn is not responsible for cancellations due to the weather. To reserve online, book two or more nights lodging, and add the sailing package to your stay to receive:

•    Dreamcatcher Afternoon Sail for 2 people
•    Bottle of house wine at checkin
•    Fruit, cheese and sweets plate at checkin
•    $50 dining voucher at Landmark Restaurant
•    All other Old Rittenhouse Inn amenities

To Reserve, Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online. using the code SAIL15

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Red Wine Weekend


Sample Fine Wines at a Celebrated Country Inn
Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Wine Tasting events are available as part of a 2-night lodging package. They are also open to the public. Packages include Friday Tasting & Appetizers, Saturday Tasting Seminar, 6-Course Red Wine Dinner, and hot hearty breakfast.

November 6-7, 2015
February 5-6, 2016
April 8-9, 2016

Make it a Weekend
Discount weekend lodging packages include Friday wine and appetizer reception, a hearty 2-course breakfast (Sat & Sun), Saturday 1:30pm wine tasting seminar, and Saturday evening’s 6-course Red Wine Dinner.

Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

Red Wine Tasting & Appetizer Reception
Friday, 7-9pm at Le Chateau

Guests gather for an informal wine tasting and opportunity to meet the weekend’s wine host and fellow event participants. A flight of wines is offered along with a buffet of savory gourmet appetizers and desserts (hearty enough for dinner!) The Friday Wine Tasting event is included in the weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity. This event is held at Le Chateau, located at 7 Rice Avenue. See below or visit our blog for more details.

Red Wine Tasting and Seminar
Saturday, 1-3pm at Landmark Restaurant

The weekend wine host gathers guests to increase their wine knowledge through tasting and comparing wines, as well as learning about such things as growing conditions, harvesting of grape varieties, and identifying taste nuances when paired with certain foods. This event is included in the weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity. See below or visit our blog for more details.

Red Wine Dinner
Saturday, 6:30pm at Landmark Restaurant
The highlight of the weekend is Saturday’s gourmet dinner in which each of 6-courses is paired with a different red wine to highlight the flavors of both food and wine. Meal includes an appetizer, soup, salad, sorbet, choice of entree, and dessert. This event is included in the weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $75/person plus tax and gratuity. See below for more details, or to see the menu, visit our blog

Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot! Red Wine Packages are available for the following weekends:
February 6-7, 2015
April 10-11, 2015
November 6-7, 2015

Red Wine Weekend Package includes:
* Friday Wine Reception and Appetizer Buffet
* Saturday afternoon Wine Tasting Seminar
* Saturday 6-course Red Wine Dinner
* Hearty 2-course breakfast each morning (Sat/Sun.)
* 20% Server Gratuity

Package is $400/couple + lodging.

Reserve Friday Night at standard rate ($165 – $335), add the $400 Red Wine Weekend Package, and pay only $150 for Saturday Night! 

Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

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Mystery Dinner Weekends


Step back in time with our exciting Mystery Dinners! Gather your friends, dress in costume, and play detective as your waiter, Rex Butler, serves a series of intriguing clues along with a delicious 6-course gourmet meal. The drama and accompanying accusations are a sure way to laugh the night away…but will the group solve the mystery in time for dessert??!

Mystery Weekends are scheduled upon request from November to May, with mid-week and weekend availability for groups of 14 people. Contact Events Director, Wendy Phillips, for availability and more info on this outrageously fun event. 715-779-5111 or email:

Mystery Lodging Packages include 2-nights lodging at Le Chateau, a hearty 2-course breakfast at Old Rittenhouse Inn (each morning), a sherry reception, 6-course Mystery Dinner (1-night), and gratuity for these meals. Pricing ranges from $545 – $595 per couple. Rooms have 12.5% tax; Packages 6% tax.

Each mystery was written by Old Rittenhouse Inn staff who loosely based their stories on our historic properties, area events, and the residents who founded and lived in Bayfield. Mysteries are written for 14 characters, generally 7 ladies and 7 men.

“The Traveling Impresario”
This story is set at the Island View Hotel (aka Le Chateau Boutin) in 1890s Bayfield. The hotel’s new manager is throwing a grand re-opening party at which a traveling entertainer and her entourage are guests. The party includes a gathering of prominent citizens and local odd-balls. There’s a mystery to be solved when one of the cast suddenly goes missing.  NOTE: Returning mystery groups may want to play the sequel which takes place in 1910.

“A Rotten Bunch of Apples”
This exciting 1920’s era mystery is filled with gangsters, bootleggers, flappers, and assassins! Bayfield’s biggest gangster and his ex-wife are throwing a party to celebrate the anniversary of their divorce. One can only imagine the lies and deceit of such a gathering! Everyone is out for himself and a big pay-off. It’s difficult to determine who is friend and who is foe.

“The Great Sea Port Debate”
This story takes place in the late 1870s. President Rutherford B. Hayes has appointed a committee to investigate the viability of a sea port on Lake Superior. The committee has narrowed the best options to two: Duluth, MN and Bayfield, WI. Politicians and business people from both sides have gathered at a gala party in anticipation of the outcome. The final decision is about to be announced when the committee chairman goes missing!

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Fall Brew Weekend


Fall Brew Weekend
October 30-31, 2015

It’s that time of year again, when Old Rittenhouse Inn partners with South Shore Brewery to present a weekend of great regional beer and pub fare with a gourmet flair. Over the weekend we’ll celebrate the joy of fresh micro-brewed beers and delicious food. The Fall Brew Weekend is held annually on the last weekend of October. The schedule includes a beer tasting with appetizer buffet on Friday, an afternoon brewery tour and tasting on Saturday, and a 6-course dinner on Saturday night with craft brews selected to match each dish.

Weekend events are included in our discount lodging package, but can also be booked a’ la carte.

PACKAGE:  October 30-31, 2015

Fall Brew Weekend Package includes:
* Friday Brew Reception and Appetizer Buffet
* Saturday afternoon Brewery Tour and Tasting
* Saturday 6-course Brew Wine Dinner
* Hearty 2-course breakfast each morning (Sat/Sun.)
* 20% Server Gratuity

Package is $400/couple + lodging.

Reserve Friday Night at standard rate ($165 – $335), add the $400 Brew Weekend Package, and pay only $100 for Saturday Night! 

Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

A’LA CARTE:  October 30-31, 2014 

Beer Tasting and Reception
Friday, October 30 
from 7-9pm
Enjoy a variety of brews to sample, and a buffet of gourmet appetizers and desserts. Meet expert brewers from South Shore Brewery. Swap stories, and meet new friends in a fun, casual atmosphere. Taste hoppy beers, fest brews, dark beers, and a special surprise brew from SSB. The Friday Beer Tasting event is included in the weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity. This event is held at Le Chateau, located at 7 Rice Avenue.

Friday Sample Appetizer menu: Caramelized Onion and Bacon Tarts on Puff Pastry with Beer Cheese Spread. Marinated Flank Steak with Mustard-Ale Aioli. Crawfish Egg Rolls with Smoked Paprika Remoulade. Charcuterie Platter of Local Smoked Chorizo, Andouille, Hungarian and Penokee Mountain Sweet Summer Sauasages, Pickled Eggs and Mushrooms. Local Artisan Cheeses. House Smoked Shrimp Dip with Beer Bread Crostini. Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms with Creamy Cilantro Sauce. Pfeffernüsse (German Spice Cookies).

Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, October 31 from 12-3pm
During Saturday’s optional brewery tour, journey to nearby Ashland for a visit to the South Shore Brewery, where you’ll sample their fine beers, enjoy a pub lunch on your own, and take a guided brewery tour. This event  and transportation to/from the Brewery is included in the weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity.

Fall Brew Dinner
Saturday, October 31 from 6:30-8:30pm
Save room for Saturday evening’s 6-Course Fall Brew Dinner where each course is accompanied by a tasty brew selected to compliment the food. Includes appetizer, salad, sorbet, entree and dessert. This event is included in the weekend package, or available a’ la carte for $75/person plus tax and gratuity.

Saturday Sample Menu: Crispy Cider Braised Pork Belly with Macintosh Apple-Tomatillo Chutney. Wisconsin Beer Cheese with Crispy Shallots. Brewer’s Cobb Salad with mixed greens, oatmeal stout vinaigrette, bacon, bleu cheese, egg, smoked chicken and heirloom tomatoes. Cranberry-Ale Sorbet. Bison Sauerbraten with Rösti Potatoes OR-Hühnerschnitzel: Thin chicken cutlets dredged in bread crumbs and pan seared golden brown with Spätzle. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte – Black Forest Cherry Cake.

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Wassail Dinner Concerts


Wassail Dinner Concerts: A Holiday Tradition Since 1976

Old Rittenhouse Inn welcomes you to experience a magical holiday getaway in Bayfield at our Wassail Dinner Concerts. Celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season with festive choral music and a holiday meal with all the trimmings.

2015 Wassail Concerts – Remaining Availability
To Be Announced

The Old Rittenhouse Inn, an 1890s Queen Anne Victorian, is decorated for the season with pine bough roping and white lights, and a gigantic 16′ Christmas Tree decorated with hundreds of ornaments.

During your 12:00 Noon or 6:30 PM meal, the Old Rittenhouse Singers perform throughout the building: in the dining rooms, hallways, and even on the home’s large main staircase. You’ll enjoy the food and music, along with highlights such as the presentation of the “Boar’s Head” before the main course, and the traditional “Flaming of the Figgy Pudding.”

Ticket Information
3-Course Luncheon Concerts ($49) and 5-Course Dinner Concerts ($75) are open to the public. Tax, Beverage and Server Gratuity are additional. For tickets, lodging reservations, and other inquiries please call 715-779-5111

Special Rates Available to Groups Over 35
For information, or to schedule a concert, contact  Events Director Wendy Phillips.

Wassail Concert and Lodging Packages
Make it a memorable night or weekend with a stay at Old Rittenhouse Inn or Le Chateau. Wassail Concert packages 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

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New Year’s Eve Dinner & Packages


Fine Dining

Celebrate the New Year in style with a romantic candlelight dinner at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant on December 31st, 2015.

Six artfully-prepared courses arrive complete with a complimentary glass of champagne. NYE Dining is open to the Public from 5-10pm. Reservations are recommended. Call: 715-779-5111

New Year’s Lodging Packages

A Night on the Town
Every restaurant in the area is open for New Year’s Eve, so why come here? Because we are the place for Special Occasions! With a romantic atmosphere, great service, and the culinary talents of Executive Chef Matt Chingo, you’re sure to enjoy a special night out on the town in Bayfield, WI.

We’re serving a 6-course NYE Dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on December 31 (see menu below). We have a great wine list, classic cocktails, and of course, champagne! Mixologist Julie Phillips will also feature custom cocktails.

Discount Lodging Packages
Old Rittenhouse Inn provides exceptional Bayfield, WI lodging and convenient New Year’s Eve packages that include seating for two at dinner, full breakfast the next morning, plus champagne and sweets delivered to your room. One and two-night lodging packages are available. Call 715-779-5111 or Reserve Online.

Dining Delights
On December 31, Landmark offers a special 6-course New Year’s Eve Dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Call 715-779-5111 for Reservations.

NYE 2014
Dinner  Menu
6 courses $75/person plus tax and gratuity (includes complimentary glass of champagne)

1st Course – Appetizer
Spanikopita-Style Beggar’s Purse with cream cheese, feta, and spinach wrapped in  phyllo.
Crispy Braised Pork Belly With Macintosh Apple Chutney
Shrimp and Crab Cocktail.

2nd Course – Soup
Lobster Bisque
Curried Sweet Potato
Creamy Swiss Onion

3rd Course – Salad
Baby Spinach and Beets with Honey-Tarragon Vinaigrette, Chevre & Oranges.
Mixed Greens with Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette, Shaved Parmesan, Cracked Black Pepper and Balsamic Marinated Strawberries.

4th Course – Sorbet
Blueberry Madeira Sorbet

5th Course – Entreés
Grass Fed Prime Rib. Au Jus. Horseradish Cream. Mascarpone & Garlic Whipped Yukons. Vegetables.
Seared Yellowfin Tuna. Warm Farro Salad. Smoked Paprika Hollandaise. Vegetables.
Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster Tail. Lemon Ailoi. Clarified Butter. Creamy Polenta. Vegetables.
Rittenhouse Pork Porterhouse with Apple Cider Glaze, Pan Jus, Wild Rice

6th Course – Dessert
Eggnog Creme Brulee
Turtle Sundae
Salted Chocolate & Caramel Bread Pudding
20 Layer Grand Marnier Crepe Cake

Call 715-779-5111 for Reservations

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House Wine – $25

Red Wine Weekend at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Robert Mondavi Woodbridge – CA
Whites: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, White Zinfandel
Reds: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon

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Fruit, Cheese & Sweets Plates


Enjoy a variety of plates featuring  a variety of sliced artisan cheeses and crackers, seasonal fruits and house made sweets.

Cheese & Cracker Plate – $15

Fruit, Cheese & Cracker Plate – $20

Fruit, Cheese & Sweets Plate – $29

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Homemade Sweets – $16


An assortment of cookies, gourmet truffles, and/or chocolate confections await the arrival to your room. NOTE: Nuts are often used, so please notify staff if an allergy exists.

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Champagne – $30


A chilled bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle awaits delivery to your room upon request.

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Fruit Plate (in season) – $15


With Bayfield’s plentiful fruit farms and orchards, enjoy a plate of seasonal fruit served with yogurt or whipped cream. Please inquire about availability. Choices may include fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, or sliced pears, apples or assorted melons and golden pineapple.

Call (715) 779-5111 to Book!

Roses or Flowers


A minimum of 48-hours advance notice is appreciated for flower orders which are delivered for placement in your room or at your dinner table. Prices vary by kind of flower and size of arrangement. Call for a quote. Delivery is $13.

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CD – Sing A New Song

CD - Sing A New Song

The latest and greatest CD from the Old Rittenhouse Inn Singers is entitled “Sing A New Song.” This is the group’s third recording, and features 21 tracks of holiday music. The singers are supported by collaborative pianists and musicians including bassoon, hammered dulcimer, and bell choir. This release is hot off the press! Get your copy today.


Book – Old Rittenhouse Inn Cookbook

Old Rittenhouse Inn Cookbook

American and French cuisines with a lakeside twist form the backbone of the Inn’s seasonally changing menu. This new cookbook shares favorite recipes and kitchen secrets alongside stories of the beloved mansion, its owner family and its visitors over four decades. Get a signed copy shipped to your door for just $24.95 plus tax and $6.50 shipping and handling. Total is $32.94/each. Buy Online


Gift Certificates – from $25


Gift Certificate are an excellent gift for any occasion, whether celebrating an anniversary, birthday, wedding, retirement, or just to get away! Use in our gift shop, dining, or towards a reservation.

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Ornament ORI Wreath

Ornament ORI Wreath

Take home a carved and hand-painted ornament featuring the Old Rittenhouse Inn in a snowy holiday setting complete with wreath.


Jam and Jellies


All preserves are made with Bayfield fruits and berries. Call us for the current assortment of stock.

Marmalades: Apple Cider, Blueberry, Swiss Pear, Strawberry-Rhubarb
Jellies: Strawberry, Wild Plum, Grape, Raspberry, Chokecherry
Jams: Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry
Specialty: Gingered Strawberry with Rhubarb

Packaged in boxes of 2 or 4 jars.


House-made Hot Fudge

House-made Hot Fudge

Old Rittenhouse Inn’s homemade Hot Fudge Sauce is made with bittersweet chocolate and a hint of coffee…perfect with ice cream treats and strawberries.


Book – American Cocktail

Book - American Cocktail

Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Beverage Hostess Julie Phillips’ Wassail Punch recipe is included in this lavishly illustrated hardcover book filled with delicious American Cocktails. Recipes are easy to follow and the book contains lots of tips for making the perfect drink for any occasion. Shipping/Handling is additional.


Swirl mug with “R” Logo

swirl mug with logo

These large, handmade Sunset Hill Stoneware Swirl mugs are one-of-a-kind, and feature our Old Rittenhouse Inn “R” logo. Perfect for your daily coffee or latte, they provide a great way to remember your visit to Bayfield. They are both microwaveable and dishwasher safe.


Handcrafted Souvenir Mug

hand crafted souvenir mug

Hand-crafted by the artists at Deneen Pottery of St. Paul, MN, these souvenir mugs will stand up to heavy use for years to come. They are both microwaveable and dishwasher safe. Color options include:
Pick from a variety of colors.


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If you want a chance to get away and just enjoy a long weekend, this is the place to go.
Guests, Gary & Lynn