Bayfield, Wisconsin is a Great Place
Bayfield is a super cute waterfront town in Wisconsin. It’s about one hour and 40 minutes from Duluth and there are so many things to do. We were able to get away for a two-day trip and we’re so glad we went. This tiny town has a population of just 439 people. With a coffee shop, book store, boutiques and more it’s a great place for a family trip or girls weekend.
Stay in a Hotel or Camp on Madeline Island
While in Bayfield, we stayed at the Harbor’s Edge Motel. This motel is clean, cute, and conveniently located across the street from the Madeline Island ferry. It also has outdoor seating, which was just a few yards from Lake Superior. If you prefer something more rustic, consider camping on Madeline Island, which many people do!
Shop Around Main Street
Start your morning at Gale Force Coffee. Located just a block from Lake Superior, we grabbed coffee and bagels to get the morning started. We brought our coffee and treats one block over to Bayfield Civic League Memorial Park, which has a ton of benches all facing Lake Superior. Visit the bookstore, or stop in any number of the cute little gift shops and boutiques that line Main Street.
Find Great Pizza at Manypenny Bistro
One night we had pizza from Manypenny Bistro. The pizza was really good and cheesy, and the service was super quick. Another day we grabbed a meal from Morty’s Pub. They have a great selection of sandwiches, fish and chips and burgers. And across the street from Morty’s is a a cute and tiny ice cream shack is you’re looking for something sweet.
Take the Ferry to Madeline Island
From Bayfield, you can take a beautiful 25-minute ferry ride over to Madeline Island, where you’ll find an entire town to explore. The ferry schedule changes seasonally, but during peak summer months it runs every thirty minutes daily. It costs $16 roundtrip for an adult. For an additional fee, you can bring a car as well as a car with a trailer for those planning to bike, kayak, and camp on Madeline Island.
Madeline Island is a Very Unique Place
There are 22 Apostle Islands and 21 of them are protected National Lakeshore. Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 islands is 14 miles long and has an entire town built on it. Spend the day meandering around. There is a post office, police and fire departments, art galleries, restaurants, bars, and a museum. Be sure to stop by Tom’s Burned Down Cafe for a unique experience! There is also a beautiful public beach for swimming. You can rent bikes, hike Big Bay State Park, rent kayaks, or camp.
Take a Cruise Around the Apostle Islands
For a fun adventure on Lake Superior, book a tour with Apostle Island Cruises. The boat ride is about 55 miles round trip and close to three hours long. Our captain was fourth-generation from Bayfield and he had an incredible amount of knowledge about each island. My favorite story was about a bear who enjoys swimming back and forth between two islands. I imagine her living her best life, catching fish all day and swimming around her private islands.
You’ll also get really close to the sea caves, which are one of the biggest attractions in the area. The caves were carved by wind and waves over the course of thousands of years. If you want to get even closer, you can rent kayaks and go under and through the caves. We were lucky enough to see an incredible sunset on the way back to Bayfield as well.
A Beautiful and Easy Getaway
Bayfield and the Apostle Islands are such a unique place with so many things to do! I highly recommend a trip that is at least two days long so you can enjoy the many restaurants, shops and activities. It’s an absolutely beautiful area with plenty of options for places to walk, eat, drink and explore!