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Old Rittenhouse Inn Among USA Today’s Top 20 B&B’s

Lodging in Bayfield WIAs innkeepers who have been around quite a while (over 40 years now), we congratulate on their 20th year as leaders in our industry. To commemorate this occasion, B& provided with a private tour of 20 Inns and B&Bs across the country, which in turn inspired a feature photo article: 20 great B&B's for a holiday -- or any -- weekend. Old Rittenhouse Inn is pleased to be included among our peers in the article, which features a lovely shot of the Le Chateau property at dusk taken by photographer Christian Giannelli. The accompanying text makes note of the Phillips family's 40 yearsRead More »

Bayfield, WI Fall Color Photo Blog

FallColor2015_MPhillips_19This fall I had fun sneaking away from work during the afternoon to "hunt trees." Fall color came late to Bayfield this year, which was nice because we actually had (some) time to enjoy it! This first one is one of my very favorite trees in Bayfield, up on 5th street by the old courthouse building. Here is the courthouse. My parents, Jerry and Mary Phillips, helped save this building from the wrecking ball in 1976.A few more from the courthouse property (now the home of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Headquarters). This one is right next to our Rittenhouse Cottage. It always seems to get aboutRead More »

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival :: Wisconsin Off-Road Cycling

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival from Hayward to Cable in northwestern Wisconsin. (c) 2010 Tom Kelly/Chequamegon Fat Tire FestivalOff-road bicyclists from across the Midwest are gearing up for another Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. Each year, in mid-September, hordes of fat-tired bikers descend upon the towns of Cable and Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin to face a gruelling test of endurance and agility. The event features the rolling glacial terrain of the Chequamegon Forest, making the course as beautiful as it is challenging. This famous off-road bicycle event truly sets the benchmark for scenic beauty, quality and popularity. The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival began in 1983 and steadily built a nationwide popularity. The original group was just 27 hardy cyclists who lined up to faceRead More »

Brandi Carlisle at Lake Superior Big Top – Live Music in Wisconsin

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlisle will return once again to Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. She's one of the favorite performers at the Big Top for good reason, and is known for her big, belting voice and well-crafted songs. Brandi Carlisle has consistently packed the Big Top on each stop through town. Carlyle is currently touring in support of a newly released album, “The Fire Watcher’s Daughter.” Her music mixes genres from folk to rock to alternative country, but Carlisle is perhaps best known for her hit song, “The Story.” Brandy shows always draw huge crowds, so we recommend buying tickets now. You can purchase them onlineRead More »

Lyle Lovett at Lake Superior Big Top :: Summer Concerts in Wisconsin

Make plans to enjoy an evening with Lyle Lovett and his large band July 30 at 7:30 PM at Lake Superior's Big Top Chautauqua. Lyle Lovett has become a perennial favorite at Lake Superior Big Top. This year will mark the third year in a row that he has played here and clearly the fans can't get enough. Lovett and his band deliver an incredible night of entertainment straight from Texas. This four-time Grammy award winner singer-songwriter and actor has broadened the definition of American music. His career spans 14 albums, with appearances in movies and television. The Texas-based musician combines country, swing, jazz, folk, blues andRead More »