Photo by Gwenevere Young Copyright 2000
I fell head over heals in love with Bayfield, WI, the moment I saw this tiny enchanting city. Under a fresh snow fall and glowing softly from the full moon, Bayfield embraced me with feelings of romance and adventure. The city is entrusted with a spectacular view of one of the grandest fresh water bodies in the world, Lake Superior. The water, in the night seems to swallow the moon's reflection into her vast depth as if to preserve the warm luminosity forever.
Lake Superior is a one of a kind lake that powerfully commands respect from all, whether on, around, in, or just simply near her. The city of Bayfield and Red Cliff give her just that and expects their welcome visitors to do the same. Many legends tell of the lakes spirits and speak of those who used poor judgment by underestimating her ancient bounty.
Whether you are visiting in the summer months or during Bayfield's adventures winter months, you will find great things to do for the entire family. 3 miles west on highway 13 north, you will find a fun and rather large casino "Isle Vista". Isle Vista is full of fun entertainment Blackjack, lots of slot machines, Bingo, Lounge with a full bar and live entertainment many weekends, lots of summer events and a great restaurant that offers some of the best casino food I've ever had. Visit the Isle Vista web site by going to the main index or www.wisconsingaming.com/islevista.html also your calls are welcome (800) 226-8478 and (715) 779-3712.
Lots and lots of places to stay in Bayfield all year around. Many hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts camp and RV sites including a very nice camp ground on the grounds of Isle Vista Casino. If you are looking for the comforts of home, I definitely recommend the Winfield Inn. This inn is competitively priced, right on the shore of the lake, very clean, with a great gift shop. The Winfield Inn even allows pets. They also offer kitchen apartments. Owned and operated by a lovely family who really seems to care about their visitors. 100 Lynde Ave. Bayfield, WI. 54814. For reservations and rates call (715)-779-5180.
Bayfield offers many restaurants and bars, some of which are closed during the winter months. My companion and I tried The Bayfield Inn. We really enjoyed the decor, filled with all the things you would expect to find on an old ship. The food is good with a great lakes feel. Full bar with casual dining and a formal dinning area. Over looking the lake. (715) 779-3363. Maggie's is another good choice for year around dining, featuring Mexican & American fare at mid range prices. A comfortable atmosphere with a full bar located down town. (715)779-5641.
As far as family fun, look no farther, Bayfield is a top notch place for adventure when it comes to our seemingly tireless children. On the top of my things to do list for winter fun, I'll be bringing my family to Jim Ryder for a dog sledding excursion. Jim offers lessons, day and overnight excursions. Jim is located on the very beautiful Madeline Island, Jim also owns and operates the Madeline Island Inn for convenient accommodations. Jim will also make your trip out to the island simple, Just ask him when you call. (715) 747-2000. Jim also organizes the annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race. This is a full scale race for seasoned dog sledders as well as newcomers. There is a$ 15 discount for these who apply before Jan 31, however sledders are welcome to join the day of the race. Should the weather not cooperate by freezing the lake trails, the race will run the alternate rout on land. To apply call the chamber of commerce at 800-447-4094. Or print this order form in the link above.
Other fun things to do in Bayfield this year include: January: Stock car racing begins February: Apostle Island Sled Dog Race, Run on Water, Bayfield; Blue Moon ball. March: Spring Carnival & end of ski season Pre- Easter Egg Hunt, Mt. Ashwabay. May: Fishing season opens; Apple Blossom Run. June: Big Top Chautauqua Summer season begins. July: Annual Red Cliff Pow Wow, Blues Fest, Red Cliff Bayfields Festival of arts; Bayfield Race Week.