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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!

Three Day Itinerary for Family Vacations in Wisconsin

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Day 1

Bayfield, WI family vacation ideas
Day 2

  • Enjoy a two-course gourmet breakfast, included with your reservation
  • Pick up your picnic lunch from the Rittenhouse kitchen before you leave or from Wild by Nature Deli
  • Take in the lake breezes and beautiful island views on the Apostle Islands Cruises Grand Tour, or get dropped off by the Apostle Islands Cruises shuttle at the Raspberry Island Lighthouse, take a tour, and a quick hike to the beach before catching the return boat
  • Have lunch at the Pier Plaza restaurant overlooking the Bayfield dock and marina
  • Head back to the Old Rittenhouse Inn for a nap, reading, and relaxing on the front porch or meander back through the designated favorite shops in downtown Bayfield
  • Jump 15 minutes down the road to Washburn to enjoy a wood fired pizza and other delicacies on the outdoor patio of DaLou’s Bistro

luxury getaway in Bayfield, WI with lake-view rooms
Day 3

  • Take a hike and let the kiddos work off some energy on the Brownstone Trail (a short trot from the Inn) or for those more adventurous, the Frog Bay Tribal National Park, Jerry Jolly, Houghton Falls or Meyers Beach trails
  • Experience lunch at Maggie’s where there’s plenty to look at and daily specials abound. If you’re brave, try the whitefish livers appetizer, a local delicacy
  • Head into the Bayfield hills where you will find a variety of orchards and, depending on the time of year, either ready-picked or pick-your own berries and fruit. Take in the views from Blue Vista Farm, visit the Country Store at Erickson’s Orchards or sample local wines at Hauser’s Superior View Farm
  • Make any final purchases at Bayfield’s finest shops or visit the Apostle Islands Visitor’s Center, only a block from the Rittenhouse Inn, to learn even more about the area and the Apostle Islands
  • Sit back and relax over a leisurely dinner at our Landmark Restaurant (either a night out for mom and dad or a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family). Options include a la carte ordering or the signature five-course gourmet meal for a fixed price.  The pork chop is a long-time house favorite!

Wisconsin berry orchards
Day 4

Nosh on one final Rittenhouse Inn breakfast before checking out and heading home with all memories, photos, and list of things to do on your next visit in hand!

Five Ideas For the Perfect Romantic Getaway in Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Are you celebrating an anniversary? Or are you looking for the perfect place to propose? Whatever your special or romantic occasion, Bayfield has a lot to offer. Here are our top five suggestions for your perfect romantic getaway in Wisconsin!

#1 Indulge by adding the Romance Package to your stay

Upon check-in at the Old Rittenhouse Inn, you will find a fresh floral arrangement to surprise your sweetheart. Enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries as you toast sparkling wine and celebrate your special occasion. Take in a delectable meal in the Rittenhouse’s Landmark Restaurant with a voucher included in your package. Then take dessert back to your room to further sweeten your romantic evening.

champagne and strawberries

#2 Book a sailing trip and cruise around the islands

Your Dreamcatcher Sailing captain can provide as much or as little narration as you desire, allowing you to take in the pristine lake views and island scenery. Pick up a picnic lunch from the Fat Radish and delight in scrumptious food sourced right from the Bayfield area. Bayfield Wine and Spirits can help you select the perfect bottle of wine to complement your perfect romantic getaway in Wisconsin.

sailing in Bayfield, Wisconsin

#3  Rent bicycles and head out to Big Bay Town Park

After walking onto the Madeline Island Ferry, rent bicycles or mopeds at Motion to Go and head out to Big Bay Town Park. With your books and a picnic lunch in hand (the Madeline Island Food Truck is one option), walk the short distance to the pristine Big Bay Town Park beach and enjoy an afternoon of reading, lake gazing, dipping in the refreshing lake, and/or hiking between the state and town parks. Before departing from Madeline Island, grab a beverage at the unbeatable people-watching spot of Tom’s Burned Down Café or on the waterfront patio of The Beach Club.

sunset cruise on a weekend getaway in Wisconsin

#4 Take a Cruise to Raspberry Island Lighthouse

When planning your romantic getaway in Wisconsin, make sure to reserve your tickets for the Apostle Islands Cruises Raspberry Island Lighthouse Keeper Tour. The boat will take you to Raspberry Island where an Apostle Islands National Lakeshore volunteer will take you back in time with a tour of the Raspberry Island Lighthouse and grounds. Post tour, hike the twenty or so minutes to the beach before returning for the cruise home. Pack your own snacks and beverages or purchase light fare on board the cruise boat.

island visits from Bayfield during weekend getaway in Wisconsin

#5 Delight your sweetheart by shopping in Bayfield

You’ll find an 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, and books from Apostle Island Booksellers. Of course you’ll need a break, so head to  Big Water Coffee for freshly roasted coffee.

wine shopping in Bayfield

What are you waiting for? With these five ideas, your perfect romantic getaway in Wisconsin is already planned! Book your stay at our romantic bed and breakfast in one of our guest rooms or suites and experience all that Bayfield has to offer.


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.