Bayfield and the Apostle Islands await you! As you plan your trip to northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, keep these top 10 Things to Do in mind, as selected by Old Rittenhouse Inn staff as their favorites. Here, we continue on with numbers 6-10 from out Top 10 Things To Do in Bayfield.
6. Golfing Apostle Highlands Golf Course
Check out those views! Perched atop the hill in Bayfield, the Apostle Highlands Golf Course offers both stunning views of the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, and the upper peninsula of Michigan in the distance. Tee off for nine or eighteen holes and enjoy the scenery! Book your tee time with a package through the Rittenhouse and partake in a few extra goodies as well.
7. Sailing the Apostle Islands
Catch the breeze aboard one of the many fine sailboats out of the Port of Bayfield. Dreamcatcher Sailing offers three trips daily – choose from a full-day, half-day or overnight sailing excursion and see the Apostle Islands while either helping to sail or sitting back and letting your licensed captain steer the ship.
8. Meandering Through Shops in Bayfield
Bayfield’s variety of shops offer something for everyone. The 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, books from Apostle Island Booksellers, freshly roasted coffee at Big Water Coffee, the Bayfield Historical Museum and Maritime Museum, both with hands-on exhibits are sure to please even the most discerning visitor. Bayfield’s shopping district is a short walk from the lakefront and the Old Rittenhouse Inn (though it’s uphill on the way back!).
9. Visiting the Orchards
You will find a plethora of orchards and berry farms just a few minute’s drive from Bayfield. Check the Bayfield Chamber’s website for what berries and fruits are in season then visit the orchards where you can take home freshly picked fruit, enjoy a wine tasting, pick your own berries, or take in the view from the Bayfield hillsides. Blue Vista Farm, Hauser’s, and Erickson’s are among the favorites of Old Rittenhouse Inn staff.
10. Hiking Bayfield’s Many Trails
If it’s experiencing the outdoors by foot you’re looking for, check out the many hiking trails in the Bayfield area. The Bayfield Regional Conservancy offers a helpful trail guide indicating where visitors can hike along Lake Superior’s shore or on an extensive trail system on the hills overlooking Bayfield and the Apostle Islands within the Chequamegon Forest.