A Northern Wisconsin Winter Getaway on Lake Superior

A young couple share a loving embrace while enjoying one of many Wisconsin winter getaways.Embracing winter is a lifestyle for those of us living on Lake Superior. As autumn makes its way out the door, the nearby parks will become less busy, the temperatures dip, and the Chequamegon Bay freezes over. But don’t let the brisk air dissuade you from enjoying a Wisconsin winter getaway. There’s something to be said about the sound of fresh snow crunching beneath your winter boots or frost clinging to an otherwise forgotten oak leaf. Now is the time to pull out your winter coats, stocking caps, and scarfs to bundle up and make the most out of the coldest time of the year. Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, WI, will soon transform into a whimsical winter wonderland, and we implore you to join in the fun. From snowmobiling to cross country skiing, there are plenty of things to do in Wisconsin in winter.

How to Spend Your Wisconsin Winter Getaway

Old Rittenhouse Inn has a splendid array of travel specials and packages to maximize your Wisconsin winter getaway. The surplus of serenity found on Lake Superior is undoubtedly one of the most endearing factors to consider for a retreat to Bayfield, WI. Although our beloved region remains vibrant and bustling, you’ll find more seclusion when visiting the nearby parks and recreation areas, and there’s a good chance you’ll be the first person to traverse a trail after a recent snowfall on a frigid morning. To help you wade through the bevy of winter activities, we prepared a brief list of ways to spend your time on a Wisconsin winter getaway. 

3 Things to Do in Wisconsin in Winter

Old Rittenhouse Inn has seemingly unfettered access to some of the most iconic pastimes in Northern Wisconsin. Visitors from as close as Duluth and as far as Chicago choose Bayfield, WI, as their preferred winter destination, and we’d like to show you why! Without further ado, here are three things to do on your Wisconsin winter getaway on Lake Superior. 

Digital Detox

The quintessential winter scenery showcased in the Lake Superior region provides a serene environment that generously lends itself to digital detox. A few studies have proven that excessive device use can cause increased depression and anxiety, and those are the last things anyone needs during winter! Fortunately, Bayfield, WI, offers an impressive display of scenic beauty characterized by the snow covered landscape around the world’s largest lake. So, instead of getting comfy with a tablet, smartphone, or laptop, maybe a book or art project would be a more suitable companion on a Northern Wisconsin winter night.


Quite possibly, the most popular winter activity in Bayfield County, snowmobiling, offers an adrenaline-powered way to admire the expansive countryside and spectacular scenery. Made possible by over 600 miles of groomed trails and over 1000 miles of ungroomed forest roads, patrons can visit several towns in one day and still be back in time for dinner. What’s more, there are several opportunities to stop and admire Lake Superior along the way.

Cross Country/Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Downhill skiing and snowboarding offer some of the excitement of snowmobiling without the heavy machinery. Less than a five-mile drive from Bayfield, WI, Mt. Ashwabay has a full-service ski hill and Nordic ski trails. Furthermore, they also have an impressive fat tire bike trail for anyone longing for a bike ride this winter.

Bayfield, WI, Hotels on Lake Superior

A Northern Wisconsin winter getaway may be the best way to get the most out of the coldest time of year, but the only way to know is to make the trek up to Lake Superior and find out for yourself. There’s nothing quite like retreating into the lap of luxury for hot cocoa after an eventful day of winter fun. For more information or to book your stay, please visit us online or call 715-779-5111.