Embrace the Cold: Winter Activities in Wisconsin

Photo outside the ice caves on Madeline Island: one of the best winter activities in Wisconsin.When winter creeps into Wisconsin, we brace ourselves for another season of scraping ice off windshields and bundling up with jackets and scarves. And as much as we love snuggling inside with cozy blankets and hot chocolate, there is plenty of winter activities in Wisconsin that beckons us to embrace the cold. The stunning ice caves near Bayfield are reason enough to visit the area, but winter has something for everyone. Whether you want to snowshoe past snowcapped trees or explore the hundreds of miles of snowshoe trails, choose Old Rittenhouse Inn to host your Wisconsin winter getaway. 

Visit the Iconic Ice Caves 

Subject to Mother Nature’s approval, the mainland caves on the Apostle Islands are transformed into an icy wonderland. The waters of Lake Superior splash and freeze in these caves to create needle-like icicles that glisten with awe-inspiring beauty. Travel 18 miles west of Bayfield to Meyers Beach and hike on the frozen waters of Lake Superior to reach the caves. Please note that the ice caves are not always accessible or safe to see, so make sure to check the updates before setting out.

Slow Down on Snowshoeing Trails

Bayfield offers a variety of beautiful nature trails perfect for snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is an excellent way to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as deer, fox, bats, and snowshoe hares as you pass scenic overlooks. Here are a few trails to get you started:

Speed Up on Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobiling is one of the classic winter activities in Wisconsin, and Bayfield County is a hotspot for snowmobilers with over 600 miles of groomed trails. Wisconsin’s Northwoods offer some of the best trails in the country with scenic vistas, abundant wildlife, and plenty of snow. You can find the Bayfield County snowmobile trail map here or download the Avenza app and get the updated map before hitting the trails.

Photo inside one of our rooms featuring a whirlpool at Old Rittenhouse.A Winter Getaway in Wisconsin

Old Rittenhouse Inn is the perfect place to unwind after a day of winter activities in Wisconsin. Our romantic bed and breakfast feature 12 guest rooms and luxury suites in a historic Queen Anne Victorian mansion. Choose one of our suites and enjoy the relaxing whirlpool tub along with the double-sided fireplace for the perfect place to warm up at the end of the day. Start planning your escape to Bayfield today and embrace the cold this winter!