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Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, 2017 at Landmark Restaurant

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant is serving a delicious 3-course Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8. Landmark is well known for it’s elaborate multi-course meals, and brunch is no exception!

The first course includes a choice of Creamy Swiss Onion Soup, Baby Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, or Sherry-poached Winter Fruits, along with fresh bakery and house-made preserves.

The entrée choices include: Crab Cakes Benedict (with smoked paprika, hollandaise and pan roasted potatoes), Double Smoked Ham and Swiss Strata with Bacon, Broiled White Fish with Manchego and Saffron Jasmine Rice, Pork Roulade with Spinach, Basil, Feta and Sundried Tomatoes and Wild Rice Pilaf, and
Champagne Chicken with Roasted Mushrooms.

Your server will describe the Mother’s Day desserts, which include the classic Turtle Sundae, French Silk Pie, Vanilla Pot du Creme with an Almond Florentine Cookie, and Bumbleberry Sorbet with fresh Berries.

Cost is $24.50/person plus tax and gratuity. Seatings from 10am to 2pm. Space is limited! Please call 715-779-5111 to reserve Brunch at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant.

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

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

As 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.

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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 years in the inn keeping business.

A second photo, also by Giannelli, depicts Room IV, one of the Old Rittenhouse Inn’s original bedrooms, and shows off the room’s antique furniture, stained glass, and period wall coverings.

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“Room IV was always my favorite as a child, so I was happy they chose that shot,” says 2nd generation Innkeeper, Mark Phillips. “I especially love the incredible carved wood bed in that room, which was made by a waiter of ours (at the time) who was also a master carpenter.”

In fact, that’s frequently how it goes at the Inn according to Phillips, who says that often the talent and creativity it takes to run the Inn come from within.

“There have been so many innovations, improvements and other great ideas over the years that came from our employees and of course that continues today. We realized long ago that our staff is one of our best assets.”

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Wendy and Julie Phillips

As Old Rittenhouse Inn celebrates its 40th Anniversary, Phillips reflected on what it takes to run a family business for so long. “The most obvious answer is family. We all put in a lot of hours and wear many different hats. We truly care about this place and what we do here for people. As a rule, we are “on call” at all hours. In our daily lives, we must be prepared for the unexpected to arise at any time.”

And then there’s Julie! ‘We are so fortunate to have had my Aunt, Julie Phillips, with us all these years. She can cover just about any job at the Inn. Julie is knowledgeable and personable, and guests just love her. She really is an extension of ourselves as innkeepers. We trust her with our lives,” says Mark.

The Phillips family kept their hospitality business going for over 40 years by assembling a recipe for success that includes five ingredients: unique historic properties, a destination location, a hard working staff, dedicated owner/innkeepers, and the best, most loyal customers in the world.

The owners and innkeepers, Jerry, Mary, Mark, Wendy, and Julie, thank everyone who had a hand in making Old Rittenhouse Inn one of USA Today’s Top 20 B&Bs. We will work hard to continue to be worthy of such an honor.

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

Monday, September 1st, 2014

We blinked, and it was over!

Sunset in Fall in Bayfield, Wisconsin by Eric Iverson

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 summer 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 in the 60s and 70s through July and August. Most people attribute this to the lingering effects of the ‘polar vortex.’ Side note: We are hearing that the upcoming winter will be similar to last year’s. If so, we can hope for more Ice Caves madness in the early months of 2015. Last year, over 140,000 people visited the area between January and March!

At the moment, we are preparing for another beautiful fall color season. The leaves are just starting to turn. On the drive to Cornucopia the other day, we noticed some isolated trees that were brilliant red. This morning, a few leaves were on the ground following last night’s thunderstorm. Nature’s cues tell us autumn is nearly here.

Fall in Bayfield, Wisconsin by Eric Iverson

Eric Iverson took this picture and the previous image! 🙂

Fall brings so many wonderful things to our area. The harvest time is particularly bountiful here, thanks to the micro-climate created by the interaction of Lake Superior and the Bayfield Peninsula. We’ll soon be seeing fresh apples and pears, squash, pumpkins, and so much more arriving in our kitchen. These items will be featured in Chef Matt Chingo and the kitchen staff’s fall dinner and breakfast menus.

This is also the time for festivals, family and community get-togethers. Perhaps the grand-daddy of them all is the Bayfield Apple Festival, held Oct 3-5. Here you can get your fill of food booths and crafts, carnival rides, music and of course: everything apples! As always, we’ll have special Apple Festival treats available on our porch at Old Rittenhouse Inn: Grilled Brats with Apple Sauerkraut, Creme Puffs with Hot Caramel and Apples, plus Spiced Apple Cider or Applefest Ale from South Shore Brewery. We’ll also have Live Music on the lawn on Saturday, weather permitting.

Fall in Bayfield, Wisconsin - Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau

Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau

Another reason we love fall is that it signals the start of our Special Events season beginning Oct. 24-25 with our Fall Brew Weekend, and continuing Nov. 7-8 with our Red Wine Weekend. Thanksgiving dinner is open to the public on Nov 27, and the Wassail Dinner Concert Series returns in December for our 39th year of magical holiday dinner concerts.

There is much to love about fall in Bayfield and the Old Rittenhouse Inn. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or more visits, and tell your friends about the best kept secret: the quiet season in Bayfield, WI!

A New Cookbook for the Old Rittenhouse Inn

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Old Rittenhouse Inn Cookbook Recipes

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 funny stories, memories and photos from our beginnings as a five room Bed & Breakfast to the twenty room Inn and gourmet restaurant of today.

Old Rittenhouse Inn Recipes - Rum Baba

Rum Baba with Poached Apples and Cider Syrup

Making the Cut
Recipes for the book were chosen because they are signature dishes that are frequently served at Landmark Restaurant and/or requested by guests, or because the main ingredients are raised or harvested locally. A few of the recipes are “classic” dishes from our first cookbook, Favorite Recipes from the Old Rittenhouse Inn, developed in 1992 by original chef and owner/innkeeper Mary Phillips.

Where Do I Find the Book?
The cookbook will be available at all the usual outlets including regional bookstores, Barnes & Noble, etc. within the next week. Signed copies are available at the Old Rittenhouse Inn and through our web site beginning July 17th, 2014.

Party Time!
A Book Release Party is set for Wednesday, July 30 here at the Inn, with hors oeuvres and a cash bar from 3pm to 6pm. Author Mark Phillips and major content contributors Matt Chingo (our executive chef) and Julie Phillips (our resident mixologist) will be on hand to visit and sign copies. Space is limited, so if you’d like to attend, please RSVP to today and let us know!

Old Rittenhouse Inn Recipes - Pork

Roast Pork with Apple Cider Marmalade Glaze and Wild Rice Pilaf

Wedding Season is Underway in Bayfield

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Wisconsin Lake WeddingsThis is surely one of our most favorite times of year… Wedding Season in Bayfield, Wisconsin! Bayfield is fast becoming known as a Wisconsin Wedding Destination, and for good reason: the beauty of Bayfield and Lake Superior offer numerous locations for your ceremony and reception. The Rittenhouse inn and our historic properties are ideal Bayfield wedding venues offering both indoor and outdoor options.

Our on-site Wedding Planner and Events Director, Wendy Phillips, works closely with couples to help bring their dream wedding to life. Wendy can arrange for a wide array of wedding services including Officiants, Menu Planning, Wine and Bar Service, Professional Event Staffing, Florists, Musicians, Wedding Cakes and Tortes, Hairdressers and Make-Up Artists, Massage and Spa Treatments, Tent Canopy Rental, Banquet Rental Items, Limosine Services or Horse-drawn Carriage, and even Babysitting!

Wisconsin Lake Wedding ReceptionsBayfield wedding receptions at the Rittenhouse Inn or Chateau Boutin are as unique as the couples who are married here. Our on-site wedding planner and helpful staff guide you thorough the planning process to create an event that reflects your individual taste and style. If you can dream it, we’ll do our best to make it a reality. And when it comes to fine dining and catering, no-one in the area can top Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant.

A Bayfield wedding reception at Le Chateau Boutin offers a wealth of options. Butlered appetizers and cocktails on the veranda… or a tapas buffet set-up in the home’s original dining room make a lovely start to your event.

Wisconsin Lake Outdoor WeddingsOur Signature Five-Course Gourmet Dinner is an ever-popular choice for wedding receptions. This meal, for which the Inn is most noted, allows guests to select a soup, salad, tart fruit sorbet, entrée with side dishes, and dessert.

Other options for your Rittenhouse reception may include a Two-Course Petite Dinner offering your choice of soup or salad, and an entrée; a Three-Course Victorian Luncheon consisting of a salad, choice of entrées, and dessert; or even an up-scale Champagne Brunch served with festive mimosas!

Wisconsin Lake Outdoor WeddingsFor wedding parties larger than 35 people, a tent canopy is suggested for set-up on the croquet lawn where everyone can take in the panoramic view of Lake Superior. Whether you choose a sit-down or banquet-style meal, we offer a large selection of unique menu items for your reception. Our on-site wedding planner will help you customize a meal that fits your dreams, and your budget.

Over the past 35 years, Innkeeper (and non-denominational minister) Jerry Phillips has married literally hundreds of happy couples. We are always grateful to see these couples return, sometimes many years later, to celebrate their special day.