Small-Town Getaways in Wisconsin
Bayfield trip guide
WHERE TO START
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau (800/447-4094; bayfield.org).
WHAT TO DO
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Explore 21 islands known for rocky hiking trails, lighthouses and sea caves (715/779-3397; nps.gov/apis).
Bayfield Bike Route Rent bikes by the hour or day and hop on the Brownstone Trail for an easy ride along Lake Superior (715/209-6864; bayfieldbikeroute.com).
Bayfield Heritage Tours Ninety-minute walking tours offer insights into town history and the characters who settled it. Reservations required (715/779-0299; bayfieldheritagetours.com).
Hauser's Superior View Farm Gardeners come here for plants and local wine and jams for sale in the barn (715/779-5404; superiorviewfarm.com).
Stone's Throw This funky shop sells local artists' work. A cool courtyard holds garden stones and sculptures (715/779-5200; stonesthrowbayfield.com).
WHERE TO EAT
Ethel's at 250 The burgers are great, and the Bayfield apple pizza, topped with thinly sliced Granny Smiths and chopped bacon, is a must-try. (715/779-0293; ethelsat250.com).
Old Rittenhouse Inn Try the $39 two-course dinner and share a dessert. The menu is seasonal, but the signature fork-tender pork roast in apple cider glaze is always available. Retire to one of the luxe guest rooms; some have lake views. From $140, including Continental breakfast (888/611-4667; rittenhouseinn.com).
Wild Rice Restaurant Stop here for a five-star dining experience. The prosciutto-wrapped beef with mascarpone mashed potatoes is a best-seller (715/779-9881; wildricerestaurant.com).
WHERE TO STAY
The Pines at Apostle Highlands Situated along the Apostle Highlands Golf Course, these two-bedroom, two-bath town houses come with kitchens, screen porches and lake-view decks. From $225 (715/779-3252; winfieldinn.com).