Best 3-Day Getaway Ideas in Bayfield WI
Where is Bayfield Wisconsin located?
Bayfield is a city in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 487 at the 2010 census. This makes it the city with the smallest population in the state of Wisconsin. Wikipedia
Bayfield is considered the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, located on Highway 13 and centrally located in the Chequamegon Bay. The Chicago Tribune awarded Bayfield Wisconsin the 'Best Little Town in the Midwest', and the Smithsonian Magazine named Bayfield Wisconsin one of 'Americas Best Small Towns.' Home to the Bayfield Apple Festival which brings in 50,000+ visitors over the course of three days in celebration of the apple. USA Today touted the Bayfield Apple Festival as one of the 'Top 10 Best Fall Harvest Festival' in the United States.
Located just 464 miles away from Chicago Illinois, 370 miles away from Milwaukee Wisconsin, 324 miles from Madison Wisconsin, 210 miles from Minneapolis Minnesota, and 185 miles from Wausau Wisconsin. All locations are no more than 6-7 hours away.
Day 1: Getting Settled In
Your first few minutes in Bayfield Wisconsin may very well be your arrival. Let's find you a couple of places to stay for the night so you can rest up, and get prepared for your very first full day in Bayfield Wisconsin.
You can choose from a variety of accommodations. If historic lodgings are your fancy, you are in for a treat. There are two historic properties located in Bayfield Wisconsin.
Your travel to Bayfield likely had you working up somewhat of an appetite. Don't worry, we have some recommendations for you to take advantage of for dining. We'll walk you through the highest rated Bayfield Wisconsin Restaurants.
Day 2: Explore the Shore
Manypenny Bistro has the most reviewed and most requested breakfast in Bayfield Wisconsin. Try the eggs benedict, it comes highly recommended.
Apostle Islands Cruises
Schedule a tour with Apostle Islands Cruises. The pricing is affordable and offers a great 55 mile scenic cruise and you'll pass extraordinary natural scenery, beautiful historic Raspberry and Devils Island Lighthouses, standing rocks, extensive sea caves and marine wildlife. Learn the rich history of centuries of human interaction with Wisconsin's "Crown Jewels" on majestic Lake Superior. All cruises range from 2.5 to 3 hours in length. The starting times are 10:00am CST, and last until 12:30pm - 01:00pm.
We are recommending trying The Copper Trout, as the second highest rated restaurant in Bayfield Wisconsin. The Prosciutto is absolutely delicious and something to consider for lunch.
Tour Top Bayfield Wisconsin Orchards
We definitely are going to recommend Erickson Orchard. Erickson Orchard, in fact, started the Bayfield Apple Festival as a means of bringing people to the apples, versus delivering apples throughout the Midwest. Erickson Orchard has various picking seasons which include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and of course, apples. Other items to pick and harvest include squash, corn, cucumber, tomatoes, beans, gourds, and pumpkins. Don't forget to grab some pasteurized apple cider and Muriel's world famous apple cider donuts.
Now that you have had a solid breakfast, a great 55-mile cruise, and tried the Italian inspired menu at the Copper Trout. You had some time to visit the most popular apple orchard, pick some fresh fruits and vegetables. Now, let's explore downtown Bayfield's retail shops.
Shopping and Specialty Retail in Bayfield Wisconsin
Sweet Sailing is overflowing with goodies to sooth your appetite, tempt your sweet tooth, and please the eye. Homestyle fudge, salt water taffy, domestic and import candy, gourmet foods, kitchen and home decor, and much more.
Howl Adventure Center
The Howl Adventure Center is a unique retail location with cross country ski equipment, snowshoes, winter accessories, men's clothing, women's clothing, fat bikes and a plethora of outdoor gear. If you're just here for the day, find some rental equipment for Day 3, which includes outdoor and recreational activities to explore the shore Adventure Club Brewing, the in-house brewery, has outdoor seating, campfires, crowlers, and growlers to go so that you can continue to enjoy our tasty beverages safely.
We do recommend to visit the third highest rated restaurant in Bayfield Wisconsin. The Landmark Restaurant. The Landmark Restaurant has a more upscale menu and dining experience. There is no dress code, but dine in elegance at The Landmark Restaurant. We do recommend trying the Lake Superior Trout Wellington.
Day 3: Get Active
Let's get started with a great cup of coffee, latte, or your favorite cup of tea by visiting Wonderstate Coffee for a light breakfast and some caffeine. If that's not your style, check out Gale Force Coffee, just a block away. Either one provide great coffee and tea selections with baked goods, and light breakfast items.
Shoreline, Shipwreck and Cliffs Adventures
Stop by Trek & Trail to enjoy a beautiful half day tour of he beautiful Bayfield shoreline combined with visits to towering sandstone cliffs and the sunken Finn McCool. This paddle highlights notable features of Bayfield’s present and includes stories of the beloved town’s past. Perfect for beginners or those looking to view the City of Bayfield from a unique water perspective. The half day tour is just $60 per person, and a great affordable option to explore the shore.
We recommend visiting Frog Bay Tribal National Park, as it is a easier trail that is 2 miles in length that covers boreal forest and beach front. This trail is sustainably protected by Frog Bay Conversation Manageent and federally protected from developments. It is truly one of the most pristine trails Bayfield has to offer. To see our full list of Lake Superior Hiking Trails, click here. The list comes complete with 15 hiking trails located in and around Bayfield Wisconsin.
By now, you're probably tired and ready for a meal before you hit the road home.
We recommend stopping by Legendary Waters Resort and Casino to grab a bite at Legends Sports Grill. They have a great selection of Lake Superior whitefish, among other breakfast, lunch and dinner items.
Fueling Up and Road Snacks
While in Red Cliff enjoying a meal before you hit the road, we recommend visiting the Buffalo Bay Store. A very unique wigwam structure transformed into a convenience store. The Buffalo Bay Store is part of the Tribal Business League, and by association has the lowest prices on fuel, tobacco, soda, snacks, and light grocery in all of Bayfield County. Fuel up, grab some snack items, and throw in a Tribal First Pizza to try when you get home.
Explore the Shore
While planning out your Bayfield Vacation Getaway, we hope this was a useful guide to help you navigate all that Bayfield Wisconsin has to offer. We are recommending some of the most popular places to explore while in Bayfield, but also recommending hidden gems Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other sources tend to gloss over.
If you're planning a trip to Bayfield Wisconsin anytime during 2021, we are happy to provide you with resources to Explore the Shore.
See you soon!
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Things To Do in Bayfield
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