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Situated at the top of Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, Bayfield Wisconsin has something for everyone. You can stroll the streets of this quaint village and see the Victorian homes or shop in stores that feature beautiful local art and other gift items as well as traditional souvenirs. Bayfield was once home to many ships and captains operating on the lake. You can see this heritage at the Maritime Museum. One of the most beautiful of the homes, the Rittenhouse Inn, has been turned into a bed and breakfast so you can stay there for a night or two, or just enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. Many water sports activities await you in Bayfield. Guided k tours and lessons are available as well as charter and bare boat fishing and sailing boats. While in Bayfield Wisconsin, don’t miss a trip to the apple orchards on the hills above town. Berries of all kinds are grown all summer long, and you can pick your own or buy some in the carton. For a fall visit, plan to attend the annual Apple Festival. For help planning your itinerary, contact the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau. Wisconsin can be your year-round vacation destination. And, of course, no trip to northern Wisconsin is complete without a ferry ride across the lake to Madeline Island. Historic Madeline Island is only minutes away from Bayfield and well worth the trip.
A Madeline Island map will show you that there are many spots to visit on the Island by car or bike. Gorgeous sand beaches stretch a mile or so from Big Bay State Park to the Town Park, but that’s not the only beach on the island. There’s Joni’s beach close to town. The beach that joins the parks is a barrier beach, one of few in the United States. Behind the barrier beach is a lagoon which is home to countless types of wildlife, and you can take a walk on the board walk that goes through the lagoon. Various signs along the way will explain what you are seeing. For a closer experience with nature, you can even camp in either of these parks (Big Bay Town Park or Big Bay State Park). For Mother Nature at her majestic best, you can get a view of other islands and Michigan from the lookout at Big Bay Point. Watch the waves as they crash up on the boulders there and imagine what thousands of years of weathering have done to them. Short hiking trails wind along the shoreline, and frequently you can see eagles soar above the pine trees. Various wetlands have been preserved in their natural state through the Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve. You can hike longer trails through these wetlands. At the end of your day in the wild, relax and have a soak in a hot tub-many of the island’s accommodations have them-or watch a pink and blue sunset give way to a starry night on the lake. Most bars and restaurants have outdoor seating for you to enjoy.
Many Apostle Islands tourist attractions will bring you to the Bayfield Peninsula in both summer and winter. In the summer you can enjoy the many water sports that are available. You may like to kayak; kayak tours as well as kayak lessons can be found in Bayfield, Wisconsin and nearby Madeline Island also. Charter fishing and sailing boats may also be rented in both locations. If it’s nature you’re interested in, Madeline Island boasts both Big Bay State Park and Big Bay Town Park. Both offer scenic views of Lake Superior as well as beach and rock formations. Bikes and mopeds, available for rental on Madeline Island will get you there. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Park is headquartered in Bayfield; several water taxi services can get you there, but you should check with the park headquarters before you go. Bayfield also has an Island cruise service. Madeline Island is accessible by the Madeline Island Ferry. The dock is easy to find in Bayfield, and the ferry runs every half hour in the summer time. If it’s winter activities you seek, you’ll want to see the Apostle Islands ice caves (access is weather permitting). The ice forms beautiful stalactites. Dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and skiing are just a few of the Apostle Islands tourist attractions awaiting you in northern Wisconsin.
Come to the Upper Great Lakes and see some of the most gorgeous vistas in the world! And nowhere is better for this vacation than Bayfield County Wisconsin. Situated at the top of the Bayfield Peninsula, the town of Bayfield, and nearby Madeline Island are easily accessible from Chicago, Madison and the Twin Cities. Where is Bayfield Wisconsin? In the heart of the scenic north woods on the shores of Lake Superior. A day’s drive or less will bring you to Bayfield where you can visit apple orchards and see them in operation. Or you may want to shop in the quaint town that features local art, apple goodies of all kinds as well as tee shirts and sweatshirts. Nearby you’ll find a winery. Or you can go sailing or fishing on a charter boat. Tour the Apostle Islands and see the lighthouses on the Island Princess that leaves Bayfield harbor twice daily. Also located in Bayfield is the park headquarters of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Next you’ll want to plan a trip across the lake on the Madeline Island Ferry to see historic Madeline Island. On the Island you can rent bikes or mopeds and go out to Big Bay State Park, which offers hiking trails along the lakeshore and through beautiful wetlands. You might prefer to get out on the water in a kayak on a guided tour. The kayak people will teach you the technique. Plan to spend the night on the Island: there’s a broad range of accommodations available. So, where is Bayfield Wisconsin? Your next travel destination!