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The Old Rittenhouse Inn
The Inn is nicely located in the heart of Bayfield, within easy walking distance of shopping and restaurants. We stayed three nights and loved it. Our room was cozy, just like Kathy loves. If you're interested in the Inn, here is their website: The Old Rittenhouse Inn.
|The Old Rittenhouse Inn|
The town of Bayfield is located on Lake Superior in north-central Wisconsin. It is the jump-off point for the Apostle Islands. It would be a fun place to visit in the summer as well. We did not get a chance to take the tour or ferry to the islands but will someday. By the beginning of October, when we were there, the scheduled tours drop dramatically due to weather.
We found several good places to eat. The Fat Radish was a good spot to stop for coffee and rolls. They also serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We only had time for a coffee and roll, but the meals get good reviews and we will try it at a later date.
The Copper Trout was a very good spot for Italian food. The staff was friendly and the interior was inviting. You probably need reservations here, particularly in the summer.
Maggies was the funkiest place we found. It has a flamingo theme and color scheme that is very interesting and a lot of fun. They have mostly comfort food, including good burgers and white fish (a Lake Superior specialty).
Our best meal was at the Old Rittenhouse Inn where we stayed. You can eat there even if you are not a guest. It is more of a fine dining experience, but well worth the price. The link is The Old Rittenhouse Inn. We had the five-course gourmet meal which was fantastic!
|Coffee and rolls at the Fat Radish|
|All set for Halloween.|
We visited the week before the Bayfield Apple Fest. On the weekend of the fest, it gets crazy busy, but the week before was calm with most of the items for apple fest still available. They have a driving tour through the apple farm country that was fun. We did the drive and stopped at several places to taste the wines of the area. We brought some wine home with us, but it never seems to taste as good as the wine at the vineyard. Must be psychological.
|Processing the apples.|
|Wine sampling at the Seven Ponds Winery.|
While most of our touring was via car, we did take an afternoon to do some hiking. Houghton Falls State Nature Area is an easy hike that takes by some falls and ends on the shore of Lake Superior. It was not as nice as it could have been due to the low water levels in the river, however, I did get some good photos. The lakeshore was very colorful.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the fall trip to Bayfield and will definitely do it again!!
As always, I have more photos for you to enjoy at this link: Wisconsin Fall Photo Album.