Learn Madeline Island history while strolling downtown La Pointe.
The Angus Cheese House and Transportation murals are located at the Madeline Island Heritage Center, 273 Colonel Woods Avenue. The Peterson Night mural is located at Island Carvers, N662 Main Street. The Poppy mural is located behind the Parkside Condominiums, Main Street across from Joni’s Beach.
All murals designed and painted by Holly Tourdot. The Angus Cheese House, Transportation Mural and Peterson Music Night Murals were supported by a grant from the La Pointe Center for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Additional funding for the Peterson Night Mural was provided by Island Carvers.
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 of Commerce. 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.