Bayfield, Wisconsin Family Resorts

Bayfield, Wisconsin Family Resorts
"Where the water meets the soul" is how the locals describe Bayfield, Wis. Perched on a hill looking over Lake Superior, Bayfield is, according to the Chicago Tribune, "the best little town in the Midwest." With access to more than 20 islands in Lake Superior that make up the Apostle Islands, Bayfield is the perfect place for the outdoor lover to kayak, fish, swim, boat, hike, dogsled, snowshoe, ski or snowboard. The ice and sea caves lend a mystical quality to the already deep water features, making the entire town a resort.

The Bayfield Inn

Located in downtown Bayfield, the Bayfield Inn is close to the Madeline Island Ferry Line and the Apostle Islands Cruise Services, overlooking a small park near the main harbor. A popular place for gatherings, the inn features both a quiet indoor lounge and rooftop bar and grill. Room features include: lakeside views in some rooms; double, queen or king beds; individual control of heat and air-conditioning; leather recliners (some rooms); well-lighted modern baths with hairdryers and make-up mirrors; cable TV; down comforters; telephones with data ports; and framed historic photographs of the Bayfield area. All rooms are smoke-free and offer wireless Internet access.

The Bayfield Inn
20 Rittenhouse Ave.
Bayfield, WI 54814
(715) 779-3363

Winfield Inn

The Winfield Inn has 30 secluded, lakefront rooms close to the Madeline Island Ferry, Apostle Islands Cruises and downtown Bayfield. It also has nightly and monthly vacation cottage rentals for those looking for a "home away from home." Visitors can kayak, sail or fish right from the inn's access to the lake. All rooms at the Winfield include cable TV, double beds, air-conditioning, phone, lake view, refrigerator, patios or balconies. Suites also include a sleeper sofa, full kitchen and a massage tub. Dogs are permitted at the inn.

The Winfield Inn
225 E. Lynde Ave.
Bayfield, WI 54814
(715) 719-3252

The Rittenhouse Inn

The Rittenhouse Inn is a beautiful Victorian manse, with a front-porch perfect for viewing Lake Superior. Rooms at the Rittenhouse are luxury rooms with whirlpool tubs and wood-burning fireplaces. In addition to standard amenities, the Rittenhouse offers special add-ons like roses and flower arrangements, champagne or sparkling cider, homemade sweets or a fruit or cheese plate. Its own restaurant, the Rittenhouse Restaurant, features hearty country breakfasts, casual fine dining for lunch or dinner and special events like wine tastings and musical dinner theater.

Rittenhouse Inn
301 Rittenhouse Ave.
Bayfield, WI 54814
(715) 779-5111

Article Written By Michelle Hogan

Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.

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