Bayfield awaits you! As you plan your trip to northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, keep these top 10 activities in mind, as selected by Old Rittenhouse Inn staff as their favorites.
1. Biking and Chilling on Madeline Island
Whether you opt to bring your bike, rent on Madeline Island (mopeds or pedal bikes) or just cruise over in your car, you’re sure to have a good time on Madeline Island. The Madeline Island Ferry will carry you across the 2.5-mile stretch of Lake Superior to the village of LaPointe. Spots like Tom’s Burned Down Café, Grandpa Tony’s, Madeline Island Food Truck, The Farmhouse, Inn on Madeline, The Pub, Bell Street Gallery, Big Bay State Park and Big Bay Town Park await you. Bring a picnic or just wander on island time and see the sights.
2. Exploring the Islands with Apostle Islands Cruises
Daily cruises leave the Bayfield City Dock from mid-May through mid-October. Cruise the islands on the grand tour where you’ll see 20 of the 22 Apostle Islands or opt to be dropped at one of the lighthouses for a tour and hiking excursion. Glass bottom boat tours also offer a glimpse of several area shipwrecks. Rain or shine, cruise guests often spot eagles, sea caves, and fish camps, among other sites, while enjoying information about the area from cruise captains and the beauty of the lake and the outdoors.
3. Kayaking the Sea Caves
Set up your professionally guided tour of the mainland sea caves (made famous by social media when they were accessible by and covered in ice a few years ago) with a licensed service like Living Adventure. Day-long packages include lunch, all needed gear, and an experience you’ll never forget!
4. Concerts at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Known as the spot for “Culture Under Canvas,” Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua hosts guest such as Emmylou Harris, Tab Benoit, Garrison Keillor, and Taj Mahal under the big tent just three miles south of Bayfield. Experience the best of outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting with great sound, good food, and new friends. Catch a Big Top shuttle from just outside the Rittenhouse.
5. Dinner at Landmark Restaurant
The Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant offers the finest dining. Guests can opt for the signature five-course, set-price meal or order a la carte from the menu. Celebrate a special occasion or just toast to Thursday evening! The Landmark is known for mouthwatering dishes such as the pork chop, steak Bercy or carpetbagger steak, though fresh fish, pastas, curry and lamb also appear on the menu. Reservations are suggested. Call 715-779-5111.
Stay tuned for Part Two of our list of Top Ten Things To Do In Bayfield This Summer and start planning your getaway today!