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Bayfield Area

Bayfield Wisconsin is the perfect location for a family vacation, romantic wedding or just a place to getaway from a busy life.  Located on Lake Superior, it is considered the main gateway to the Apostle Islands.  Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall it is a beautiful location to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Activities in Bayfield WIApostle Islands Cruise

There are an abundance of fun things to do in Bayfield, WI, and touring the 21 Apostle Islands is a highlight of any trip. You'll find windswept beaches and sandstone cliffs, picturesque lighthouses, and breathtaking sea caves. View information on the Apostle Islands or cruises.

Activities in BayfieldBeaches

You'll find clean and inviting beaches throughout the Chequamegon Bay. The Apostle Islands also feature a variety of sandscapes, supporting a wide range of plant and animal communities.

Activities in Bayfield Wisconsin Bird Watching

Bird lovers rejoice! The Chequamegon Bay, including Bayfield, WI, is home to hundreds of bird species which can be spotted from land and sea. A birding and nature festival is held in the area each spring.

Big Top ChautauqaBig Top Chautauqua

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is a non-profit performing-arts showcase operating June through September under the all-canvas, state-of-the-art tent featuring nationally-known as well as local performers.

Charter Fishing VacationCharter Fishing

The Bayfield, WI, area has a long history of excellent fishing. Sport fishermen (and women) seeking to bring home a large lake trout or salmon will want to connect with an area fishing charter. Half-day and full-day charters are available.

Biking WisconsinCycling

Cycling experiences are many and varied. Some enjoy a casual ride around town while others take the challenge of a winding, hilly climb amid the area's many farms and orchards. Bring your own, or take advantage of bicycle rental in Bayfield, WI, and on Madeline Island.

Bayfield WI activities Golf

With Lake Superior as the backdrop, Bayfield, WI, is a golfer's dream destination. With golfing opportunities both on shore at the Apostle Highlands Golf Course as well as on Madeline Island at the Madeline Island Golf Club, bring your clubs and soak in the view.

Things to do in Bayfield WIHiking

Bayfield, WI, has several great trails within walking distance of Old Rittenhouse Inn. The Chequamegon National Forest has 850,000 acres of rolling terrain dotted with crystal clear lakes, rushing rivers and meandering streams, plus hundreds of miles of easy-going to rugged hiking, mountain biking and cycling trails. For more information, visit Bayfield County hiking trails and attractions.

Things to do around Bayfield WIKayaking

Read the August 2008 New York Times Feature

As the "Gateway to Madeline Island and the Apostle Islands" Bayfield, WI, is also ground zero for kayakers from throughout the Midwest. Experienced kayakers will bring their own watercraft, but, if you're new to the sport, several venues offer rentals as well as instruction. View a list of  local kayak outfitters.

Bayfield Wisconsin Things to doMadeline Island

The island's charm and natural beauty make it the perfect day-trip getaway. Daily ferries shuttle both vehicles and pedestrians to the and from the island, where you'll find wonderful things to do in Bayfield, WI and on Madeline Island, like shopping, dining, and nature in abundance. Information on things to see and do or visit the Madeline Island Ferry Line.

Things to do around Bayfield WIOrchards and Berry Farms

Bayfield, WI, is home to many commercial flower farms, berry farms, and orchards where visitors can walk between the rows, savor the beauty, and pick pails of apples, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. For a complete list of farms, locations, and harvest schedules, click here.

Things to do near BayfieldSailing

Visitors to Bayfield, WI, always marvel at the abundance of billowy white sails dotting the Lake Superior seascape. It's easy and fun to be a part of the local sailing community. Sailing adventures abound, from a leisurely two-hour afternoon tour to overnight excursions. To catch your sailing dream, or visit Boating/Sailing.

Things to do near Bayfield WisconsinSea Caves

Centuries of wave action, freezing, and thawing have sculpted the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Some of the Great Lakes' most spectacular scenery occurs where these forces interact with sandstone of the Devils Island Formation to create extensive sea caves.

Bayfield Wisconsin activities Shopping

There's a little something for everyone in Bayfield's many charming shops and galleries. The area hosts a thriving artists' community and their crafts are available to admire or purchase. And, if you're set on apparel to commemorate your visit, or looking to take home some smoked fish, you'll find it in Bayfield, WI.

Stage North Community TheatreStageNorth

StageNorth is a community hub for arts and culture on the stunning south shore of Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay in Washburn, WI. StageNorth is a cutting edge performing arts center designed to entertain, educate, and include the community in all areas of live theater. Performances include visual art and readings, to magic shows, an eclectic range of concerts featuring local and national talent, and out-of-this-world theater productions.

Bayfield Wisconsin attractions Wineries

With its abundance of fruit orchards and farms, its not surprising that Bayfield, WI, is home to a burgeoning wine industry. You'll find mostly small vineyards specializing in the creation of ciders, meads and country wines from locally grown fruits and honey. For more information, visit Bayfield Winery Ltd., White Winter Winery, or All Sisters Winery.

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Bayfield WI attractionsChristmas

Old Rittenhouse Inn is the hub of Bayfield's holiday season festivities. From Wassail Dinner Concerts to holiday parties and shopping opportunities, Old Rittenhouse Inn offers an unforgettable Yuletide experience.

Bayfield attractions Dogsledding

Savvy sledders know its called "mushing", but by whichever name, it's a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience and should be added to your list of things to do in Bayfield, WI. The Bayfield area offers dogsledding trips for all ages and abilities. You'll be amazed at the passion and the purpose with which the dogs pull. Dog lovers will enjoy getting acquainted with these canine athletes. For more information, visit Wolfsong Adventures.

Attractions in BayfieldIce Caves

A popular winter attraction in Bayfield, WI, is touring the Lake Superior ice caves. When weather conditions cooperate, winter makes the caves accessible to anyone willing to walk, ski or snowshoe the frozen beach and lake ice. You don't have to head beyond the Arctic Circle for a polar experience!

Ice Road WIIce Road

That's right, you can DRIVE on the frozen ice from the Bayfield shore to Madeline Island. It might not be the Northwest Territory, but it sure is a great winter activity. Just follow the path of the recycled Christmas trees!

Attractions in Bayfield WISkiing

Located just south of Bayfield, WI, Mt. Ashwabay is a regional skiing facility overlooking beautiful Lake Superior. Mt Ashwabay has a long tradition of alpine and cross country skiing, with snow tubing added in recent years. Chairs lifts, ski and snowboard rentals are available on-site.

Snowshoeing Madison WISnowshoeing

When the weather outside is frightful, you don't have to spend ALL of your time in front of a warm, cozy fire. The Bayfield area offers extensive snowshoe trails which puts you up close and personal with nature at its winter finest. For information on local trails and snowshoeing in Wisconsin.

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If you want a chance to get away and just enjoy a long weekend, this is the place to go.