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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.

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!


Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Bayfield and the Apostle Islands await you! As you plan your trip to northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, keep these top 10 Things to Do in mind, as selected by Old Rittenhouse Inn staff as their favorites. Here, we continue on with numbers 6-10 from out Top 10 Things To Do in Bayfield.

6. Golfing Apostle Highlands Golf Course
Check out those views! Perched atop the hill in Bayfield, the Apostle Highlands Golf Course offers both stunning views of the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, and the upper peninsula of Michigan in the distance. Tee off for nine or eighteen holes and enjoy the scenery! Book your tee time with a package through the Rittenhouse and partake in a few extra goodies as well.

Golfing on the Apostle Highlands

Top 10 Things To Do In Bayfield: Golf Apostle Highlands!

7. Sailing the Apostle Islands
Catch the breeze aboard one of the many fine sailboats out of the Port of Bayfield. Dreamcatcher Sailing offers three trips daily – choose from a full-day, half-day or overnight sailing excursion and see the Apostle Islands while either helping to sail or sitting back and letting your licensed captain steer the ship.

Sailing on the Apostle Islands

Top 10 Things in Bayfield: Sail The Apostles

8. Meandering Through Shops in Bayfield
Bayfield’s variety of shops offer something for everyone. The eclectic mix of quaint locally- made goods at the Artist’s Guild, outdoor essentials at Howl, fine art at Stone’s Throw, Scandinavian fare at Joanne’s, jewelry at Silverwaves, unique gifts at Brownstone Centre, books from Apostle Island Booksellers, freshly roasted coffee at Big Water Coffee, the Bayfield Historical Museum and Maritime Museum, both with hands-on exhibits are sure to please even the most discerning visitor. Bayfield’s shopping district is a short walk from the lakefront and the Old Rittenhouse Inn (though it’s uphill on the way back!).
boutique shopping
9. Visiting the Orchards
You will find a plethora of orchards and berry farms just a few minute’s drive from Bayfield. Check the Bayfield Chamber’s website for what berries and fruits are in season then visit the orchards where you can take home freshly picked fruit, enjoy a wine tasting, pick your own berries, or take in the view from the Bayfield hillsides. Blue Vista Farm, Hauser’s, and Erickson’s are among the favorites of Old Rittenhouse Inn staff.

iconic Bayfield orchard

Hausers, one of several iconic Bayfield orchards & farms

10. Hiking Bayfield’s Many Trails
If it’s experiencing the outdoors by foot you’re looking for, check out the many hiking trails in the Bayfield area. The Bayfield Regional Conservancy offers a helpful trail guide indicating where visitors can hike along Lake Superior’s shore or on an extensive trail system on the hills overlooking Bayfield and the Apostle Islands within the Chequamegon Forest.

hiking in Bayfield

Find serenity on a Bayfield nature hike


Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Bayfield awaits you! As you plan your trip to northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, keep these top 10 activities in mind, as selected by Old Rittenhouse Inn staff as their favorites.

1. Biking and Chilling on Madeline Island
Whether you opt to bring your bike, rent on Madeline Island (mopeds or pedal bikes) or just cruise over in your car, you’re sure to have a good time on Madeline Island. The Madeline Island Ferry will carry you across the 2.5-mile stretch of Lake Superior to the village of LaPointe. Spots like Tom’s Burned Down Café, Grandpa Tony’s, Madeline Island Food Truck, The Farmhouse, Inn on Madeline, The Pub, Bell Street Gallery, Big Bay State Park and Big Bay Town Park await you. Bring a picnic or just wander on island time and see the sights.
Madeline Island
2. Exploring the Islands with Apostle Islands Cruises
Daily cruises leave the Bayfield City Dock from mid-May through mid-October. Cruise the islands on the grand tour where you’ll see 20 of the 22 Apostle Islands or opt to be dropped at one of the lighthouses for a tour and hiking excursion. Glass bottom boat tours also offer a glimpse of several area shipwrecks. Rain or shine, cruise guests often spot eagles, sea caves, and fish camps, among other sites, while enjoying information about the area from cruise captains and the beauty of the lake and the outdoors.

Sunset on the Apostle Islands

Image by Eric Iverson

3. Kayaking the Sea Caves
Set up your professionally guided tour of the mainland sea caves (made famous by social media when they were accessible by and covered in ice a few years ago) with a licensed service like Living Adventure. Day-long packages include lunch, all needed gear, and an experience you’ll never forget!
Group Kayaking
4. Concerts at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Known as the spot for “Culture Under Canvas,” Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua hosts guest such as Emmylou Harris, Tab Benoit, Garrison Keillor, and Taj Mahal under the big tent just three miles south of Bayfield. Experience the best of outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting with great sound, good food, and new friends. Catch a Big Top shuttle from just outside the Rittenhouse.

Sunset at Big Top Chautauqua

Image by Eric Iverson

5. Dinner at Landmark Restaurant
The Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant offers the finest dining. Guests can opt for the signature five-course, set-price meal or order a la carte from the menu. Celebrate a special occasion or just toast to Thursday evening! The Landmark is known for mouthwatering dishes such as the pork chop, steak Bercy or carpetbagger steak, though fresh fish, pastas, curry and lamb also appear on the menu. Reservations are suggested. Call 715-779-5111.
Fine dining at our Wisconsin bed and breakfast
Stay tuned for Part Two of our list of Top Ten Things To Do In Bayfield This Summer and start planning your getaway today!

April 8-9, 2016: Red Wine Weekend at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Get ready for our Red Wine Weekend taking place April 8-9, 2016. Enjoy fine wines, delicious food, and exceptional lodging in Bayfield, WI. Events are held at Le Chateau, a sister property of Old Rittenhouse Inn, and the historic Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn. The highlight of the weekend events is a 6-course dinner with wines specially selected to match each dish.

Wisconsin Wine Tasting


Make It A Weekend! Discount weekend lodging packages include:

  • Friday tasting & appetizer reception
  • A Saturday afternoon tasting seminar
  • Saturday evening’s 6-course red wine dinner
  • Server Gratuities for meals

Menu: Friday Wine Tasting and Appetizer Party, Great Red Blends, April 8, 2016

  • Artisan cheese platter
  • Red wine marinated flank steak
  • Slow braised meatballs in a red wine tomato sauce
  • Hot ricotta and crab dip with crostini
  • Salmon croquettes with lemon-dill aioli
  • Raspberry-chocolate bombolonis (Italian doughnut holes)
  • North by Northwest, Red Blend – Washington State
  • Ferrari Carano, Siena – Sonoma
  • Trefethen, Double T Red Blend – Napa
  • Layer Cake, Sea of Stones – Argentina
  • Paraduxx, Red Blend – Napa

Menu: Saturday Red Wine Seminar, A ‘Zinful’ Afternoon, April 9, 2016

  • Decoy – Sonoma
  • Easton – Amador
  • Red & Green – Chiles Valley (Napa)
  • Heitz Ink Grade – Napa
  • Seghesio, Old Vine Zinfandel – Sonoma
  • Rombauer – California

Menu: Saturday Merlot Dinner, April 9, 2016

  • Starter: Smoked duck breast with raspberry gastrique and micro greens salad with Tamarack Merlot, Washington State
  • Soup: Cabernet Minestrone with Franciscan Merlot, Napa Valley
  • Salad: Roasted beet and arugula salad with feta, candied pecans, and basil vinaigrette with Decoy Merlot, North Coast
  • Sorbet: Concord grape
  • Entrées: Chateaubriand (roasted beef tenderloin) with sauce béarnaise and mascarpone whipped yukons with  Frog’s Leap Merlot OR
  • Herb crusted yellowfin tuna beurre rouge and faro risotto with Ferrari Carano Merlot, Sonoma
  • Dessert: Chocolate and caramel brittle torte with Rombauer Merlot

Dinner Includes 6 courses and 5 wines. $75/person plus tax and gratuity. For discount weekend lodging packages, Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online to reserve a place at the table.