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Skiing in Bayfield, Wisconsin

Skiing in Bayfield County: Scenic Beauty, Healthy Activity Searching for fun activities to enjoy during your Bayfield winter getaway? Look no further than Mt. Ashwabay! In operation since the 1950's, this full-service ski hill just 2 miles south of town offers Alpine (Downhill) Runs and Cross-Country Ski Trails. While several are designed for advanced skiers, the vast majority of the runs and trails are gentle and picturesque, making this area perfect for a couples’ getaway. Downhill Delights (scroll down for XC Ski Package) Alpine skiers will enjoy Mt. Ashwabay, a nice hill for "occasional" skiers who want to have a fun day skiing and enjoyingRead More »

Hello, Fall! Another Summer Flies By in Bayfield, WI

Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's BureauWe blinked, and it was over! Summer, that is. It's hard to believe it's September already. This seemed like the quickest summer ever. At Old Rittenhouse Inn, we kept very busy welcoming visitors to Bayfield, Wisconsin and extending our special brand of family-run hospitality. In addition to the normal sumer routine, we also had a special occasion: the late-July launch of our new cookbook! Of course we also hosted many weddings and special events this summer. No wonder the time went so quickly! Weather-wise, it was mostly a cool summer. There were a few warm days here and there but mostly the temps were inRead More »

Kayaking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands

ON A ROLL 1Kayaking the Apostle Islands Sea Kayaking is one of the best ways to get out among the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. There are several area outfitters who can put you onto some world class kayaking between May and September. If you've never been to the Inland Sea Caves north of Bayfield, (also known as "the ice Caves" when the area freezes in winter) one of the best ways to get up close is via kayak. There are several caves in which, on a calm day, you can paddle right through the caves to daylight on the other side! Old Rittenhouse Inn offers a specialRead More »

A New Cookbook for the Old Rittenhouse Inn

RumBaba_4 New Cookbook Arrives in July Here at the Inn, the excitement is building for the impending release of our new cookbook! After nearly two years of hard work, The Old Rittenhouse Inn Cookbook: Meals and Memories from the Historic Bayfield B&B will soon arrive. The book is a cooking tool and a souvenir highlighting the Bayfield area and the Inn itself. As you'd expect, our favorite recipes are featured: breakfast dishes, appetizers, soups, salads, sorbet, entrees and side dishes, desserts and cocktails. In addition, readers will also discover the "inn-sider" history of the Old Rittenhouse Inn as well as many funnyRead More »

The Wilderness Act: A Wisconsin Retrospective

By Guest Blogger Mike Link On April 9 I stayed at the Rittenhouse to deliver an address at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  This is a very significant legislative action which, like the Endangered Species Act, recognized the value of life beyond the human species.  Periodically we rise above the acts of normal law to do something that sets an example for the world – Abraham Lincoln setting aside Yosemite in the midst of war, U. S. Grant giving protection to Yellowstone.  These are the kinds of acts that truly allow us to rise above theRead More »