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Bayfield is the type of small town travelers dream about – picturesque and charming with modern amenities and accommodations. The city is the gateway to the stunning Apostle Islands National Lakeshore - 22 gem-like coastal islands that are home to lighthouses, sea caves, hiking trails, camping, terrific blue-water sailing, and some of the best kayaking in the world. Summertime fills this Lake Superior port with sailboats, sea kayaks and charter fishing boats.
The Madeline Island Ferry crosses the bay on a 3-mile trip to Madeline Island, home to Big Bay State Park and the Madeline Island Historical Museum, located on the historic site of the former American Fur Company trading post. Bayfield takes pride in its quaint, harbor town atmosphere. Attractions include the Big Top Chautauqua tent shows, a heritage and maritime museum, eclectic retail shops, Victorian B&Bs, fine restaurants, bluff-top orchards, a pair of golf courses with spectacular views, and a burgeoning artisan community.
Don't leave without tasting...
- Chocolate almond winebread from The Candy Shoppe
- Freshly roasted coffee from Big Water Coffee Roasters
- Hand-picked strawberries & blueberries from one of Bayfield’s 14 orchards
Top photo opportunities are...
- The mainland sea caves at Meyers beach where Lake Superior has sculpted majestic brownstone cave formations
- The view of Lake Superior and the 21-island archipelago, part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, from the ninth hole at Apostle Highlands Golf Course
Classic scenic drive...
Take a 70 mile drive along Wisconsin’s newest scenic byway, the “Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway” and absorb the majesty of Lake Superior paired with the rustic forest beauty along the Chequamegon Bay. Along the way, stop to explore the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, mainland sea caves, hiking trails and waterfalls.
Explore your creative side
Ever wanted to make pottery? How about write a book or create a masterpiece in watercolors? Bayfield offers classes that will let you scratch almost any item off your bucket list. Bayfield has always attracted artists and craftsman, and they are willing to teach you their trade.
Where the locals go
The locals spend a hot summer afternoon at Bayview/Friendly Valley Beach when given the chance. Round out the day with some ice cream from one of Bayfield’s shops or a frosty Wisconsin-brewed beer at the Rum Line or Morty’s Pub.