Bayfield Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Bayfield Trip Guide

The gateway to the Apostle Islands offers walking and biking tours, sailing outfitters and great ice cream. Check out our trip guide for what to do, where to eat and where to stay on Bayfield.


Apostle Islands Cruises A 55-mile narrated cruise goes past highlights of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Other options: island shuttles, private tours and glass-bottom boat tours.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore The 21-island archipelago in Lake Superior known for lighthouses and sea caves draws kayakers. More cautious visitors can get to Madeline Island's rocky hiking trails via ferry.

Exploring sea caves around the Apostle Islands

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Bayfield Bike Route Rent bikes by the hour or day to hop on the Brownstone Trail for an easy ride along Lake Superior.

Bayfield biking

Bayfield biking

Bayfield Heritage Tours Walking tours bring to life the history of the town and the characters who settled it.

Bayfield Maritime Museum Nautical artifacts tell the story of life on an inland sea. Maritime Museum Facebook page

Big Top Chautauqua Folk, rock and Americana groups headline under this tent.

Big Top Chautauqua

Big Top Chautauqua

Living Adventure Guides share history and geology lessons and lead explorations of the sea caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on kayaking trips.

Orchard tours Pick up a map at the visitors center and drive to 14 orchards, including Bayfield Apple Company, Hauser’s Superior View Farm and Blue Vista Farm for fresh fruit, baked goods and locally made products.


Big Water Coffee Roasters Kick back with a lavender mocha made with beans roasted on-site. Nibbles include scones, cookies and muffins.

Big Water Coffee Roasters

Big Water Coffee Roasters

Cafe Seiche The menu at the relaxed Madeline Island spot changes daily but keeps its focus on locally sourced fare, such as Lake Superior whitefish and Maple Hill Farms bacon. 

The Candy Shoppe Old-fashioned hand-dipped sweets fill the shelves, and a small bakery makes waffle cones for the ice cream counter. Candy Shoppe Facebook page

DaLou’s Bistro For cheap but authentic New York-style wood-fired pizzas, follow State-13 ten miles south to Washburn.

Ethel’s at 250 For the past decade, guests have come for great burgers and must-try pizza with apple and bacon.

Old Rittenhouse Inn The menu is seasonal, but the signature fork-tender pork roast in apple-cider glaze is always available. The historic lodging is one of our all-time favorites.

Pier Plaza Restaurant A bayfront location makes for great views for guests eating burgers, sandwiches, wraps.

Wild Rice Restaurant It’s worth the drive just outside town for fresh lake trout at this five-star eatery in a Scandinavian-style


Bayfield Inn Whirlpool tubs and fireplaces enhance rooms with views of the Apostle Islands.

Legendary Waters Resort and Casino Every room overlooks Lake Superior and the nearby Apostle Islands, as do the fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub.

Old Rittenhouse Inn Suites with fireplaces, steam showers or whirlpool tubs promise indulgence, as do five-course dinners and gourmet breakfasts.

Pinehurst Inn Reuseable stainless-steel water bottles are just one of the ways this B&B gets its rep as a premiere ecofriendly stay.

For information: Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau


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hausersbayfield wrote:
Also check out Hauser's Bayfield Cabin -- Dog friendly!

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