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Couples Getaway in Bayfield: ROMANTIC WEEKEND ITINERARY

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Are you looking for a weekend away? Plan a romantic couples getaway in Bayfield, WI! To help with your planning, we’ve come up with the the perfect itinerary.

Day 1

  • Arrive around mid-day and kick of your couples getaway in Bayfield with lunch at the Fat Radish.
  • Take in the views and an adult beverage from the Bayfield Inn’s rooftop deck overlooking the Bayfield harbor
  • Meander through Bayfield’s many shops – you’re sure to find the perfect gift, souvenir, or next best piece of clothing
  • Check in to the Rittenhouse Inn where your comfortable and luxurious room awaits you – perfect for a nap!Room at Old Rittenhouse Inn
  • Relax and reconnect over the signature five-course gourmet meal with a nice bottle of wine and the lake views not far away.

Dinner at the Old Rittenhouse Inn Restaurant

  • Stroll downtown to the end of the city dock for a bit of fresh air before retiring for the night.

Day 2

Madeline Island ferry in Bayfield, WI

  • After arranging rental of a canoe or kayaks in town, rent mopeds or pedal bikes from Motion to Go on Madeline Island, picking up a picnic lunch from the Farmhouse before taking off for Big Bay Town Park, a 6.5-mile ride one way (on flat, paved roads).
  • Find a quiet spot on Big Bay Town Park beach, canoe or kayak, rest, read, picnic, hike, swim, or just take in the views over the clear blue water.
  • After biking back to town, experience Tom’s Burned Down Café for great people watching and an adult beverage before heading back on the ferry. If Tom’s isn’t your gig, try the Beach Club and grab a spot on the lakeside patio.
  • Once back on the mainland, stop in to Bayfield Wine & Spirits for a great bottle of wine and some appetizer munchies to serve as dinner.
  • Enjoy your book and that good bottle of wine from the Rittenhouse’s expansive front porch as you watch the world go by with Lake Superior in the distance.
  • Take in a show at Big Top Chautauqua, the Carnegie Hall of tent shows, a short shuttle ride from the Rittenhouse.People enjoying a show at Big Top Chautauqua
  • Sleep well in your Rittenhouse room during your romantic couples getaway in Bayfield!

Day 3

  • Wake up to a final breakfast in the Rittenhouse dining rooms before launching for the day.

Breakfast at Old Rittenhouse Inn

  • End your couples getaway in Bayfield, with a stop at one of the many orchards on your way out of town. Grab the fresh fruit of the season to enjoy at home.

Use our itinerary or start planning your own! Either way, you will be sure to experience the best that our town has to offer during your romantic couples getaway in Bayfield! Book online today!

Orchards, Wineries, And Views: 7 Reasons To Visit Bayfield in the Summer

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

With orchards, wineries, great views and more, Bayfield in the summer is the perfect time for a getaway to the area. Here are 7 reasons you should visit Bayfield in the Summer:

1.Fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries that fall off the bush and into your hand… Need we say more?  Bayfield’s variety of fruit and berry orchards offer plentiful choices for you-pick or ready-picked fruit, stunning views of Lake Superior and the surrounding landscape, opportunities for shopping, picnicking, and special events.

Bayfield in the Summer: Fresh Raspberries from local orchards2. For the wine lover or those just looking for a peaceful way to spend a lovely afternoon, Bayfield offers three wineries for tasting experiences. Seven Ponds Winery, Pikes Creek Winery at Highland Valley Farm and the Bayfield Winery at Hauser’s Superior View Farm all offer unique wines made locally.  Each offers a tasting room and experience, along with views, fresh fruit, and small town charm.

Bayfield in the Summer: local wineries3. If looking down Rittenhouse Avenue in Bayfield at Lake Superior isn’t enough of a view for you, check out the following favorite spots, as chosen by Old Rittenhouse Inn staff: the top of Ashwabay (requires a hike to the top), Apostle Highlands Golf Course (views from the golf course or via car on the road through the course), Houghton Falls (hike to the bay), Raspberry Island Lighthouse (accessible via the Apostle Islands Cruise Service or your own boat), and Frog Bay Tribal National Park (the nation’s first tribal national park – an easy hike to Raspberry Bay views).

Bayfield in the Summer: gorgeous view of Lake Superior4. Sports for the professional or novice: kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, running, biking, dog sledding, canoeing, roller blading, hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, swimming…  what’s not to like?  Lake Superior is majestic and participating in any of these or other sports on or near the big lake is not only fun, but invigorating! Try your hand at something new or stick with your long-time passion. Our only advice: if you’re heading out on the lake, be sure you’re well-informed about the weather and possible changing conditions or with a licensed guide, and HAVE FUN!  Whether you choose to book directly or set up a package through the Old Rittenhouse Inn for one of these activities, we’ll have your comfortable bed ready for a nap when you return.

5. Good food. We’re a little biased but we believe no visit to Bayfield is complete without a enjoying a meal at the Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant.  Guests and the public are both welcome for breakfast or dinner. Large group tours throughout the summer also offer the occasional chance to enjoy lunch (call ahead to check dates).  Bayfield offers a number of other restaurants choices from fast-casual to sit-down meals of multiple courses, delicacies like whitefish livers and freshly smoked trout, and views of Lake Superior galore.  When planning your visit, be sure to call ahead to the Rittenhouse or check out the Bayfield Chamber’s list of spots.

Bayfield in the Summer: Meal served at Landmark Restaurant

6. Plain ole relaxation. Turn off the phone, sleep in, nap often, read lots, eat well, and maybe even treat yourself to a massage.  Any time of year is a good time to relax, but Bayfield in the summer is the ideal time.  From the unmatched hospitality at the Rittenhouse Inn, to the gentle touch at Enso Wellness Spa, Superior Body & Massage, or Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage. You will enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation!

Bayfield in the Summer: Bath at the Rittenhouse Inn

7. Great bookstores. If you’re someone who appreciates good books, Bayfield has two great bookstores to offer. Apostle Islands Booksellers (new books) and What Goes Round (used books) provide a place to escape on a rainy afternoon and get lost in the world of books.  The Bayfield Carnegie Library, a staple in the community since 1904, is also a resource for not only books, but community programs, movies, and discussion.  And we must also mention Washburn’s bookstore, Chequamegon Books, only a 15-minute drive from Bayfield.

Tee It Up! Top Bayfield, Wisconsin Area Golf Courses

Monday, March 12th, 2018

For those who love to golf, Bayfield, Wisconsin and the surrounding area offers several choices for an unforgettable Bayfield golfing experience.  Companions of golfers may enjoy these golf courses just as much as the golfer who’s up for the next challenge.  With stunning views, rolling hills, fresh Lake Superior air, and affordable rates, we recommend you pack up your clubs and book your trip right away! Find your perfect room at our Bayfield, WI bed and breakfast and get ready for a golfing lovers getaway to remember.

Apostle Island Highlands Golf Course - Man golfing

1. Apostle Island Highlands Golf Course

The Apostle Highlands Golf Course, located in Bayfield, Wisconsin, offers nine or 18 holes, carts or walking (not for the faint of heart – this course is built into a hill!).  Golfers tee off over a water hazard in the shape of Lake Superior with the tee located in close proximity to where Bayfield is in relation to the lake. The course offers the challenge of rolling hills and blind drives.  The view of Lake Superior, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (on a clear day), and down the Chequamegon Bay can make one forgive and forget the challenges of the course.  The facilities feature an onsite bar and restaurant as well as an event center, all providing prolonged views of Lake Superior and beyond.  Check out the golf package options through the Old Rittenhouse Inn where you can dine and stay in style before, during, and after your day(s) on the course.

Chequamegon Bay Golf Club - golf cart and lake view

2. Chequamegon Bay Golf Club

For a different view of the lake, head the thirty minutes south to Ashland where you’ll find the Chequamegon Bay Golf Club.  Only a mile from Chequamegon Bay (as the crow flies), this course also offers challenge and enjoyment for golfers of all skill levels.  Choose to play either nine or 18 holes.  An onsite bar and restaurant and pro shop round out the offerings.

Madeline Island Golf Club - green

3. Madeline Island Golf Club

Adventure seekers enjoy taking the ferry over to Madeline Island to experience the Madeline Island Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones-designed course.  The MIGC is a private club allowing limited public play with prior arrangements and those wishing to walk onto the ferry (as opposed to driving your car onto the boat) can also make arrangements for a pick-up from and return delivery to the dock, courtesy of the MIGC.  Hone your skills with a lesson from one of the club’s pros or just revel in the fact that you’re golfing on an island!

Golfing in Bayfield, WI - Putting Green and Flag

As famous golfer Ben Hogan said “The most important shot in golf is the next one.”  Make your plans to take the next shot in Bayfield, Wisconsin and the surrounding area.  We’re confident you won’t regret it!

Biking in the Bayfield Area — The Best Wisconsin Bike Trails

Monday, June 12th, 2017

The area surrounding Bayfield, Wisconsin caters to bikers of all skill and enthusiasm levels.  Regardless of whether you are the occasional recreational rider or an avid biker, the Bayfield area offers numerous trails, rentals, plenty of entertainment and beautiful scenery.

Imagine a day full of biking followed by a soak in the whirlpool in your Old Rittenhouse Inn room and a gourmet dinner overlooking the lake… ahhhhh….

Wisconsin biking trails


Described as a place of “striking beauty and peaceful solitude,” the area surrounding Bayfield offers a plethora of trails and paved road cycling opportunities.  Mountain bikers will want to check out CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Biking Association) which outlines the area’s off road bike trail system with 300+ miles of trails.

Depending on where you are on the mainland, biking the area’s many paved roads can also be an option, though riders are of course encouraged to follow all safety guidelines and be fully aware of traffic.  The North Coast Cycling Association (NCCA)  provides trail maps, events, safety information, and much more at their website.

North Coast Cycling Association - Bayfield Bike Route


Madeline Island, which is about the same size as the island of Manhattan (as a point of reference) is a popular biking spot for locals and visitors alike.  Known for its relatively flat terrain, the island offers 27 miles of paved roads and several destinations for picnics, hiking, swimming, cliff jumping, kayaking, or beach relaxing in combination with a short or long-distance bike ride.

The Madeline Island Ferry Line has a map and information on biking routes on their website, along with information on getting to Madeline Island from Bayfield.  The Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce also offers plentiful information about the sights and sounds of Madeline Island, what to do, where to eat and how to get there.

Madeline Island biking trails


Visitors looking to rent bikes or mopeds while in Bayfield or on Madeline Island have a couple of options.  In LaPointe (the only town on Madeline Island), check out Motion to Go, only a block and a half from the ferry landing, making for an easy walk-on-to-the-ferry excursion.  You may also consider making arrangements to canoe or kayak at Big Bay Town Park as part of your Madeline Island adventure.

Bayfield Bike Route also offers rentals for those looking to rent in Bayfield.  Bayfield Bike Route is also your one-stop shop for bike repair.  Using the trail maps mentioned above, or just seeing where the road takes you, explore Bayfield’s many vistas of Lake Superior, stop to enjoy the orchards, or just let the summer breeze blow through your hair as you take in the great outdoors on two wheels!

You can even find great biking opportunities here in the wintertime! Try riding the ice road to Madeline Island, or the great fat tire opportunities and Mt. Ashwabay

Bayfield, Wisconsin biking trails

At the end of your day, rest on the porch at our luxury Bayfield B&B with a beverage in hand and watch as the sun sets over Lake Superior.  We look forward to your visit and helping you plan the perfect biking vacation – whether it is your main activity or a part of your overall itinerary.

Top 5 Ways to Experience Wisconsin Fall Colors

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Seeing the gorgeous Wisconsin fall colors this year is a must! Once you witness the fall foliage against the backdrop of Lake Superior’s pristine blue waters, you won’t want your weekend getaway in Northern Wisconsin to end. When you stay at our Bayfield WI bed and breakfast, you can enjoy everything the season has to offer, including these seasonal activities.

View of Bayfield in the fall from a boat on lake superior

1. Bayfield’s Annual Apple Festival

Each year nearly 50,000 people come from around the midwest come to Bayfield to experience and sample all things apple. From apple cider and apple brats to apple pies, visitors will enjoy food, friends, a parade, grandstand entertainment, and the beautiful Bayfield area. The Bayfield Apple Fest 2019 will take place on October 4, 5 and 6. Lodging in town is already booking up so don’t delay!

Booking Tip: Old Rittenhouse Inn offers a variety of hotel packages to ensure a relaxing and romantic Wisconsin getaway. Enjoy discounted rates, special amenities, great hospitality, and gourmet meals.

People gathering at the Bayfield Apple Festival

2. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Cruising among the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore provides a unique way to view the seasonal foliage. In this area of Wisconsin, the trees typically change color two weeks later, which means even if you can’t get to the Bayfield area until mid to late October, you can still experience the beauty of fall on the lake.  Just don’t wait too long – it can get chilly that time of year and Apostle Islands Cruises typically stops running mid-October.

3. Walk, Bike or Hike Wisconsin this Fall

Nothing rejuvenates the spirit like hiking or biking through a bounty of fall colors. The Bayfield area offers many adventurous hiking and biking trails for a variety of skill levels. Each hike or bike trails provide guests with plenty of opportunities to see the fall colors up close and from high-up viewpoints. When you stay at Rittenhouse you are just a few short minutes away from popular trails the whole family will love!

View of lake superior during the fall

4. Fall on Lake Superior

Sailing or kayaking amongst the Apostle Islands is another great way to see the beautiful changing of the leaves. As noted, with the timing of peak color about two weeks later near the islands, your adventure on the water can provide a range of color viewing. We are lucky enough to be located right on the lake, so doing these activities is easy and convenient.

5. Autumn Waterfalls

Feeling extra adventurous? Located around our beautiful Bayfield inn, several waterfalls can be found in Ashland County! Couples enjoying a romantic weekend getaway in Wisconsin can hike to a more secluded waterfall to revel in the beauty of color. For those wishing to enjoy several falls in one afternoon without the hassle of hiking, individuals can hop in their car and venture to multiple viewing areas to see waterfalls and the gorgeous foliage. Check out this quick guide for planning your Wisconsin waterfall adventure this fall!

Fall Trip Tip: Great information about when and where to see fall color is easy to find. As the fall color season nears, be sure to check out Bayfield Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Color Report. The report is updated regularly toward the end of the summer season as the trees begin to change and can provide valuable information about when and where to see the best color. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources also provides a fall color report worth checking.

Local Bayfield Wisconsin

Whether you are seeking adventure, quiet relaxation, a chance to go birding, or just visit a place visit the Lake Superior in fall, Bayfield’s welcoming doors are open wide. The stunning fall colors offer the perfect excuse to plan your next getaway and Old Rittenhouse Inn.

We look forward to making your stay in Bayfield a pleasant one!