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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.

Five Reasons Bayfield and The Apostle Islands are Great for Kayaking

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Bayfield, Wisconsin and the Apostle Islands offer fantastic options for kayakers of all ability levels. Whether you have your own kayaks and want to venture out on your own, or you are a novice seeking a guide and package offerings, kayaking in Bayfield is a great experience for everyone! Our great town has plenty of outfitters to help you plan a memorable trip. Below are the five reasons we believe kayaking in Bayfield and the Apostle Islands is a great option for travelers.

Couple kayaking in Bayfield1.Gorgeous views… The mainland sea caves off Meyers Beach were made famous during the winter of 2013-2014 thanks to social media.  The sea caves, naturally carved brownstone, provide a beautiful backdrop to Lake Superior and offer the option of paddling in and out whole staying relatively near the shore.  Paddlers traveling on their own should exercise extreme caution when paddling in and around the caves.

2. The excitement of the big lake… Lake Superior is known as “The Boss” in these parts.  Weather and lake conditions can change on a dime.  The summer months (June – September) offer conditions ranging from calm to treacherous and everything in between.  Experienced paddlers may embrace the challenge of the big lake while novice paddlers are wise to rely on a guide to judge lake conditions and offer alternative routes in calmer waters when warranted.

View while kayaking in Bayfield3. Pristine waters… As the largest fresh water lake in the world (as measured by surface area), Lake Superior can be crystal clear on the right day.  Provided the winds haven’t whipped up the waves, paddlers can enjoy views of the lake bottom, ship wrecks, and the beauty of nature’s creations through the clear water.

4. Camping galore… The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers a variety of camping sites both along the mainland and on several of the 22 Apostle Islands. Advanced reservations are encouraged.  Paddlers may choose to reserve a campsite on one of the inner ring islands and paddle themselves or use the Apostle Islands Area Cruise Service for transport to outer islands from which further paddling adventures can be made amongst those outer islands.

5. Wildlife in abundance… The Bayfield and Apostle Islands area is home to an abundance of wildlife.  A plethora of birds, whitetail deer, fox, black bear, fish, coyote, beaver, and otter are among the wildlife making their home in the area.  Eagles are spotted often amongst the Apostle Islands and other creature sightings are not uncommon.

Group Kayaking in BayfieldExperience the beauty of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands by planning your next trip to the northern shores of Wisconsin. During your strip. stay with us at our romantic Bayfield, WI bed and breakfast. We offer 20 guest rooms and a private cottage with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and spectacular Lake Superior views. Book online today!

Be sure to check out our great kayaking packages when planning your stay and refer to the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce’s listing of outfitters in the area. The Old Rittenhouse Inn website, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce can also provide helpful information. If you are heading out on your own please be sure to file your itinerary with the appropriate local organizations and check, double-check, and re-check the weather before heading out.

Sail Away, Sail Away, Sail Away…

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Sailing on Chequamegon Bay and around the Apostle Islands off Bayfield, Wisconsin can be a real treat any time from May to October. Join the Old Rittenhouse Inn and our partner Dreamcatcher Sailing for an excursion on Lake Superior you won’t soon forget!

3 sail boats in Bayfield, WI

The Apostle Islands provide a spectacular backdrop for your sailing adventure. Depending on weather (and the weather changes often and quickly here in Chequamegon Bay), your captain may take you out into the bay or venture a little further out. Sailing participants have the choice of how much or how little to assist with the captaining of the vessel. You can get your hands on the wheel or just sit back and take in the beautiful scenery. Whichever you decide, you are sure to have an experience of a lifetime!

Sail boat in Bayfield, WIA sailing trip in Bayfield is the perfect adventure for your next getaway! To make your planning easier, check out our Apostle Islands Sailing Package. This convenient package for 2 includes a 2-night stay at our Bayfield bed and breakfast and a half-day afternoon sailing adventure with Dreamcatcher Sailing. In addition to preferred booking for the 2+ hour sailing trip, guests enjoy a bottle of house wine (for either the room or on the sailing expedition), a fruit, cheese and sweet plate, and a $50 voucher for dining at the Inn’s Landmark Restaurant. It’s the complete package!

Not only is sailing a great option for adventure in Bayfield, but there are also multiple other ways to enjoy the beauty and splendor of Lake Superior. The Madeline Island Ferry Line, Apostle Islands Cruise Service, or going on a guided kayak adventure with Living Adventure are just a few of the ways to take in the views on the waters of the largest fresh water lake in the world (by surface area). View highlights may include eagles soaring, all manner of boats, pristine islands, shipwrecks, otter, other waterfowl, and perhaps even one of the many lighthouses of the Apostle Islands. Check out our other packages for more adventurous getaway options.

To schedule your sailing experience – or any other adventure trip – visit out packages page or call us for more information. We look forward to seeing you on your next getaway in Bayfield!


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Bayfield Accommodations

Bayfield provides the perfect backdrop and host for your next girlfriend getaway. If relaxing is your top priority, Bayfield will deliver. If you’re seeking entertainment and fun, Bayfield has that too! Perhaps you’re looking for the perfect mix of all of the above, plus some unique shopping, good food, and picturesque views. We’ve got all that too!

Room at Old Rittenhouse InnBegin your planning by booking the Rittenhouse Cottage offering sleeping for up to five, a full kitchen, two full baths, and all the privacy you need to relax and reconnect with friends. Book a massage through one of Bayfield’s spa services: Enso Wellness Spa, Superior Body & Massage, or Stillpoint Therapeutics. Take a tour of the Apostle Islands aboard one of the Apostle Islands Cruise Services’ boats, and round out the day with a concert at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua.

Perhaps touring one of Bayfield’s three nearby wineries is up your alley. Hauser’s Superior View Farm is home to Bayfield Winery. Just down the road are Seven Ponds Winery and Pikes Creek Winery at Highland Valley Farm. Bayfield Wine & Spirits also offers a great selection of good wines, specialty cocktail mixers and local and unique appetizers pairings.

Food from a RestuarantDinner at the Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant is always in season, topped off with a night cap atop the Bayfield Inn deck overlooking the harbor and Lake Superior. Madeline Island across the water offers great biking (it’s flat compared to the hills of Bayfield!) with rentals available from Motion to Go, great hiking trails, and beautiful beaches. There’s also great people watching at Tom’s Burned Down Café and good food at Café Seiche or the Madeline Island Food Truck.

If you’re the adventurous sort of girlfriends, consider visiting Bayfield in the winter and bonding over a dog sled journey through Wolfsong Adventures. The friendly staff at the Old Rittenhouse Inn is happy to arrange packages for your squad and everyone can choose their level of involvement with the dogs: driving the team, riding along, or some combination thereof. If your group is more about relaxing and taking the slow path, check out Bayfield’s many shops offering unique gifts and treasures. The shops are easily accessible in between a visit to Big Water Coffee Roasters or lunch at Fat Radish.

Whatever the makeup of your group and the goals for your trip, Bayfield has plenty to offer. Choose your weekend (or weekday nights) and get the dates on the calendar! Bayfield and the Old Rittenhouse Inn look forward to welcoming you and making sure you and your girlfriends have a visit to remember.