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Fall Color Lodging Promotion

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Fall Color Lodging Promotion
September 1 – November 3, 2016*

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. 6th or Sunday Oct. 9th, 2016.

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Romance Package


Plan the ideal romantic getaway with our Romance Package and receive a $100 dining credit, a bottle of sparkling wine and more at Old Rittenhouse Inn.

Celebrate your romantic escape to Bayfield in luxurious style. You’ll enjoy dinner by candle light at Landmark Restaurant. In addition, your Romance package includes fresh flowers in your room, chocolate dipped strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine.

• $100 food and beverage credit*
• Fresh floral bouquet delivered to your room
• A bottle of sparkling wine delivered to your room
• Chocolate dipped strawberries
• Concierge available pre-stay to assist with special romantic touches and personal requests
• Lodging is additional.

Subject to availability. Package pricing based on double occupancy. Lodging is additional. Amenities are available for one night of stay; additional nights do not receive package amenities. Not applicable to groups or in combination with other savings or special discounts.

*Food and beverage credit is per stay based on double occupancy and will appear as a statement credit upon checkout. Credit applies to room service and dining outlets on property, and includes alcohol, tax and gratuity. Credit is not to be applied to room charge, room taxes or gift items.

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Red Wine Weekend


November 4-5, 2016
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.

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
At Saturday’s gourmet dinner each of the 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:
April 8-9, 2016

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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Wassail Dinner Concerts


Wassail Dinner Concerts: A Holiday Tradition Since 1976

Old Rittenhouse Inn welcomes you to experience a magical holiday getaway in Bayfield. Celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season with festive choral music and a holiday meal with all the trimmings. The Inn is decorated for the season with pine bough roping, 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 dining rooms, hallways, and even on the home’s large main staircase. You’ll enjoy the presentation of the “Boar’s Head” before the main course, and the traditional “Flaming of the Figgy Pudding.”

 2016 Wassail Concert Schedule
Sat Dec. 3 – Noon concert and 6:30pm concert
Sun. Dec. 4 – Noon concert
Wed. Dec. 7th – Noon concert
Sat Dec. 10 – Noon concert and 6:30pm concert
Sun Dec. 11 – Noon concert
Wed. Dec. 14 – Noon concert
Sat Dec 17 – Noon concert and 6:30pm concert
Sun Dec. 18 – Noon concert and 6:30pm concert

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 and lodging reservations 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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Fall Brew Weekend


Fall Brew Weekend
October 28-29, 2016

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 28-29, 2016

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 28-29, 2016 

Beer Tasting and Reception
Friday, October 28 
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 (from 2015): Chorizo stuffed mushrooms with creamy cilantro sauce. Antipasto with prosciutto wrapped asparagus, genoa salami, red pepper rings, marinated mushrooms, cornichons, aged cheddar. Marinated Flank Steak with Dijon Glaze. House Smoked Shrimp Dip with Beer Bread Crostini. Warm fingerling potato salad tossed with beef bacon, caramelized shallots, & sauerkraut. Bierocks (German meat turnover consisting of cabbage, beef and mozzarella). Miniature Alexander Tortes (raspberry jam sandwiched by shortcake garnished with a sugary lemon glaze).

Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, October 29 from 12-3pm
During Saturday’s optional brewery tour, journey to nearby Washburn for a visit to the South Shore Brewery, where you’ll sample their fine beers 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 29 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 (from 2015): APPETIZER: Crispy Cider Braised Pork Belly with Macintosh Apple-Chutney. SOUP: Smoked kielbasa and cabbage. SALAD: Watercress and radish salad with Ale vinaigrette. SORBET: Apple Pilsner Sorbet. ENTREES: Schweinebraten with sweet and sour red cabbage and spaetzle OR Braised Chicken with cider-red wine demi glace & sweet potato puree. DESSERT: Prinzregententorte (A Bavarian torte layered with chocolate buttercream, topped with apricot jam and covered in dark chocolate glaze).

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Thanksgiving Dinner & Packages

Thanksgiving Dinner in Bayfield, Wisconsin

Thanksgiving Dinner at Landmark Restaurant
Spend Thanksgiving with your loved ones, not in the kitchen! Your holiday meal begins with a bowl of hot soup and fresh baked bread followed by a choice of salad and a tart sorbet. In addition to Traditional Roast Turkey with all the fixings, choose from three additional entrées. Top off your feast with the sweet conclusion: delicious homemade desserts and fresh-brewed coffee.

Thanksgiving Lodging Packages
Enjoy a 2-night holiday getaway and leave the cooking to us!  After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, spend the day exploring Bayfield. Thanksgiving Day Dinner for two, served from 12 Noon to 6:00pm, is included. A plate of sweet treats and coffee will also await your request.

Reserving our 2-night Thanksgiving Package for Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday/Friday saves 25% off the 2nd night. Additionally, guest stays include a sweet plate, a hearty 2-Course Breakfast each morning, Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, and gratuity for theses breakfast and dinner services.

5-Course Thanksgiving Dinner: $55/person; $27.50/child under 12-years
Open to the public Thursday, November 24
Reservations are recommended:  715-779-5111

Sample Dinner Menu. Subject to change.
Chicken and Pastry
Sweet Potato – Butternut Squash Bisque

Mixed Baby Greens with a Champagne Strawberry Vinaigrette, Shaved Parmesan, Cracked Pepper & Balsamic Marinated Strawberries.
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, Boiled Egg, Bleu Cheese and Red Onion.

Cranberry Stout

Slow Roasted Hen Turkey with Mascarpone Whipped yukons, Gravy, Cranberry Chutney & Asparagus.
Local Double Smoked Ham with Corn Souffle, Cherry Glaze, Cranberry Chutney & Asparagus.
White Wine Poached Salmon with warm Farro salad, Maltese Sauce, Cranberry Chutney & Asparagus.

Turtle Sundae
Triple Chocolate Torte with Bayfield Raspberry Sauce
Panna Cotta with Bumbleberry Compote

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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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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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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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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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