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Bayfield, WI Fall Color Photo Blog

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

This fall I had fun sneaking away from work during the afternoon to “hunt trees.” Fall color came late to Bayfield this year, which was nice because we actually had (some) time to enjoy it! This first one is one of my very favorite trees in Bayfield, up on 5th street by the old courthouse building.
FallColor2015_MPhillips_46 Here is the courthouse. My parents, Jerry and Mary Phillips, helped save this building from the wrecking ball in 1976.FallColor2015_MPhillips_44A few more from the courthouse property (now the home of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Headquarters).
FallColor2015_MPhillips_42 FallColor2015_MPhillips_41 FallColor2015_MPhillips_40 FallColor2015_MPhillips_38 This one is right next to our Rittenhouse Cottage. It always seems to get about half-colored, with the north side staying pretty green.FallColor2015_MPhillips_36 FallColor2015_MPhillips_35 Up at the cemetary there are some really brilliant red trees….FallColor2015_MPhillips_33 FallColor2015_MPhillips_32 A little slice of road I like to drive most days.FallColor2015_MPhillips_30 FallColor2015_MPhillips_28 Couldn’t believe how brilliant these were even on a cloudy day. I’m not sure what these things are called…?FallColor2015_MPhillips_27 A real beauty down by the Madeline Island Ferry Line on Washington Avenue.FallColor2015_MPhillips_24 This is an awesome tree in the little park between 3rd and Broad on Rittenhouse Ave. I’m not sure if it looks more like Wisconsin or Venom from the Spiderman comics.FallColor2015_MPhillips_21 FallColor2015_MPhillips_20 LOVE love love these trees and took many sequences to try to capture them on a pretty day. The traffic was not cooperating but I finally got some shots.FallColor2015_MPhillips_19 FallColor2015_MPhillips_18 FallColor2015_MPhillips_17 FallColor2015_MPhillips_16 FallColor2015_MPhillips_15 FallColor2015_MPhillips_14 FallColor2015_MPhillips_13 A pretty little park on Manypenny Avenue.FallColor2015_MPhillips_12 Across the street from Old Rittenhouse Inn.FallColor2015_MPhillips_11Nice little cluster of autumnal fire
FallColor2015_MPhillips_08 FallColor2015_MPhillips_07 Him just a wittle guy! But he’s gonna be a beaut when he grows up.FallColor2015_MPhillips_06 Nice little slice of color on 8th Street.FallColor2015_MPhillips_05 This guys is just blazing big timeFallColor2015_MPhillips_04 I liked this one because it looks like an explosion!FallColor2015_MPhillips_02 Last one. I liked the composition on this one, with the road leading off to the foggy lake.FallColor2015_MPhillips_03Thanks so much for checking out our Bayfield, WI Fall Color picks! Hope you enjoyed them, and do come visit us sometime during the fall color. You won’t regret it!

Bayfield Winter Festival This Weekend: March 1-3, 2013

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Apostle Islands and Bayfield Activities - Bayfield Winter FestivalThis upcoming weekend is the annual Bayfield Winter Festival, and we still have a few rooms available if you’d like to visit during this amazing event! Here are some of the things going on this weekend:

Festival Friday
Downtown bayfield kicks-off bayfield winter festival friday march 1st. Businesses are open till 8, so you can shop late! Big water coffee offers treats before a candlelight walk on the brownstone trail sponsored by the Bayfield regional conservancy. Or head to the freeze your glass off party at the Bayfield inn where you’ll find music, drinks specials, prizes and more!

Bayfield Winter Dash
It’s time for the bayfield winterdash sponsored by canal park brewing. Complete a 5k winter obstacle course at mt ashwabay on Saturday, March 2nd. Climb, crawl, and scramble over obstacles on your way to the finish. No equipment needed. Register here. No guts, no glory at the winterdash!

Winter Bash
It’s back…bigger and better than ever: Bayfield Winter-Bash at Mt. Ashwabay. Live music 5 to 9pm Saturday, March 2nd. Featuring Barnby Daniel Walkner, the Ringtones, and Lords of Baltimore with sound by JD Bass. Local beer, sleigh rides, luminary lit cross country trails, food, tubing, giant bonfire and fun.

Run on Water
It’s time for Bayfield Winter Festival’s Run on Water…on Sunday, March 3rd, prepare to run, ski, snowshoe or skate this 4 mile race across the Lake Superior ice from Bayfield to Madeline Island and back! Prizes given for the fastest runner and finishers in other categories. Register here. Note: Race is weather & ice dependent, so entrants are welcome on race day.

Bayfield Polar Plunge
Get your tutu’s and floaties ready! It’s time for the 8th annual Bayfield Polar Plunge. On Saturday, March 2nd, 100 costumed locals plunge into lake superior to raise money for the Bayfield Recreation Center. Spectators gather at the Bayfield Inn and Pier Plaza or warm up with Rittenhouse Inn fish chowder. Sponsor a plunger today, or Register here.

21 Things to do in Bayfield During the “Quiet Season”

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Apostle Islands and Bayfield Activities - Ice CavesAh, the “Quiet Season.” It’s always one of our favorite times of the year. For the Bayfield visitor, this is a time when you can find everything, or nothing, to keep you busy! Here are 21 suggestions for things to do while you’re here, but the list goes on! You’re sure to discover a few things on your own as well!

you can bring your own, or rent them at Sweet Sailing. There are several amazing trails within walking distance of the Rittenhouse Inn.

XC Skiing: the Jerry Jolly trail is amazing, and can be accessed from Mt. Ashwabay or Star Route. Or, you can ski across frozen Lake Superior to Madeline Island!

Downhill Skiing: Mt. Ashwabay features a chair lift and rope tow servicing 11 runs. This is family skiing at its best, with both gentle runs and more challenging terrain.

Hiking: Several great trails are within blocks of the Inn, including the Brownstone Trail and the Nature Trail.

Snowmobiling: while there aren’t many trail IN Bayfield, there are many miles of trails all around us, and snowmobilers are always welcome at the Rittenhouse Inn!

Take the Ice Road to Madeline Island: drive to the City Beach and you’ll find the start of Wisconsin’s only temporary County Road! The path is well-marked with recycled Christmas trees, and at the end of the road you’ll find beautiful Madeline Island, ready to show her winter splendor!

Visit the Frozen Sea Caves: just 19 miles north of town lies one of the most mystical splendors of Lake Superior: the Sea Caves. Carved into the native brownstone by 10,000 years of wave action, these caves can by kayaked by summer and (when it’s cold enough) hiked by winter. Take the trail from the Apostle Islands Meyers Beach parking lot, but be sure to check conditions!

Snuggle up with a good book: Bring your own, borrow one of ours, visit the Carnegie Library, or one of Bayfield’s bookstores.

Enjoy a warm, bubbly whirlpool:
we provide the bath salts, robes, and snuggly oversized towels!

Have some coffee: at Big Water Coffee Roasters, you’ll find a professional coffee house and bakery plus something more: a quintessential small-town hangout!

Browse the wares at Apostle Islands Booksellers:
they have a great selection of local and regional authors, plus best sellers and popular titles.

Apostle Islands and Bayfield Activities - Dog Sled AdventuresGo Dogsledding: For one of the most exciting adventures of your life, call Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing. Not only will you fly through the woods like a cannon ball (the dogs know the way!) but you’ll also get the full experience of feeding and harnessing the dogs. A true winter rush!

Visit Wolfsong Wear: and shop for the ultimate in cold weather comfort and style. Located across from the Bayfield Inn.

Ice Fishing: Lake Superior is full of massive trout, salmon, pike, and smallmouth bass, plus panfish, perch, and walleye.

Try your luck:
at Legendary Waters Casino, just north of town, you’ll find a wide variety of slots and table games, plus great entertainment.

Have lunch at Maggies:
Here are some of our favorites: flamingo tenders, black ‘n’ blue burger, chicken fajitas, Late Night Special pizza.

Explore the Great Lakes Visitor Center: located where highways 2 and 13 meet, this visitor center offers great information and events year round.

Have a pint o’ Guinness: at the area’s only Irish Pub, the Snug. Located in Washburn, this cozy little pub features great beer on tap, your favorite spirits, and some great fish and pub chips!

Take in a show at Stagenorth: this theater, located in Washburn, features a full bar and almost always has something going on: plays, bands, lectures, open mic nights, etc.

Drop in for a Yoga class at Humblebee: this yoga studio also offers classes ranging from African drumming to Ninjitsu!

Go sledding at Valhalla (Hell Hill): only for the brave! Up Hwy C between Washburn and Cornucopia is a great spot for sledding if you dare… there are actually two hills. The first is a somewhat mild bowl with a fun jump at the bottom. The other is a former ski jump, and is basically straight down! There’s also great snowmobiling and xc ski trails at Valhalla.

Enjoy a 5-Course Dinner at Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant: we don’t like to brag, but Chef Matt Chingo is special! If you are looking for a fantastic meal in a romantic atmosphere, look no further. During the quiet season, we are open for dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Get Married:
Innkeepers Jerry and Mark Phillips are licensed ministers, and the Inn offers special wedding and elopement packages. Contact Events Director Wendy Phillips

Wassail Dinner Concerts at Old Rittenhouse Inn a Holiday Tradition for All Ages

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Bayfield Historic Dining - Wassail at Old Rittenhouse InnWassail! This old English word was a greeting or salutation on festive occasions such as the holidays and Christmas Eve. It was also a toast, wishing good health and prosperity to a friend or neighbor. “Wassailing” usually involved spirits: spiced ale carried in a “Wassail Bowl,” (especially spiced ale), singing carols and making merry.

At Old Rittenhouse Inn, the word takes on a life of its own: Wassail Holiday Dinner Concerts, held each year in December, are 3-Course Luncheons or 5-Course Dinners paired with a concert of holiday music performed by the Rittenhouse Singers, a professional vocal choir backed by local musicians and directed by Innkeeper, Jerry Phillips.

Bayfield Historic Dining - Wassail Dinner at Old Rittenhouse InnThe Inn is fully decorated for the season: her pillars are wrapped in ribbons, evergreen boughs and twinkling lights. A massive Christmas tree greets visitors in the front hall, and the holiday decorations continue inside the dining room, which seats up to 64 concert-goers.

The meals are described verbally by the maitre ‘d, and include tasty soups and salads, entrée favorites like Roast Pork Loin with Apple Cider Glaze or Champagne Chicken, and desserts like decadent Turtle Sundaes, fresh baked pies, and the classic Figgy Pudding with Crème Anglaise (laced with bourbon). There’s also the famous Rittenhouse Wassail Punch, made with Cider and cranberry juice, bourbon and spices.

Bayfield Historic Dining - Wassail Celebration at Old Rittenhouse InnLeading the show is the exuberant Jerry Phillips, who conducts his choir with seemingly limitless energy, often keeping time on tambourine, wood blocks, or bells as the singers perform throughout the Inn’s dining room and hallways.

Asked where he finds the energy, Jerry claims it comes from the audience. “They give us so much and we connect with them as well. For me, it’s a total rush. It usually takes me a week or so to come back to Earth afterwards. The singers have a lot of fun performing too. For many, it makes the holiday season. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Wassail.”

Next time: How it All Started: the History of Wassail!

Bayfield’s Concerts by the Lake

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Bayfield, Wisc ConcertsDon’t miss this summer’s premier event, Concerts by the Lake, a free concert series in Memorial Park hosted by the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau. Concerts run from July 10 to August 28 on Tuesdays, 7-9pm.

Whether you like bluegrass, rock and roll, pop or indie music, Concerts by the Lake features local talents of every genre, offering a relaxing and enjoyable evening for every musical taste. Space is limited, so get to Memorial Park early with a blanket or a few lawn chairs, set up camp, and enjoy the music. After the show, swing by the Bayfield Inn’s rooftop bar for drinks overlooking Lake Superior, or take the family for ice cream at the Candy Shoppe in downtown Bayfield.

Concerts by the Lake Schedule:

July 10: Sean Okamoto (Americana)
July 17: Foreign Object (Alternative/Power Pop)
July 24: Hoff Stevens (Doo-Wop/Punk/Folk)
July 31: Yazmin and Beat Zero, featuring Bruce Bowers (Latin, Indie)
August 7: Alpha City (Alternative/Rock/Dance)
August 14: Andy Noyes and Stevie Matier (Acoustic/Groove)
August 21: Orienta Carwash (Honky Tonk/Country)
August 28: Liz Woodworth Trio (Indie/Power Pop/70s Gold)

For more information, call the Bayfield Chamber at 800-447-4094 or visit

*In case of rain, concerts will be held at the Madeline Island Ferry Terminal.