Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Five Things to Do in Bayfield, Wisconsin for the Perfect Family Trip



If you’re looking for a break from a hectic routine, but don’t want to spend the day driving, Bayfield Wisconsin may be the perfect get-a-way. Surrounded by serene wooded scenery and Lake Superior, it is only about a four-hour drive from the Twin Cities. Bayfield is a fun weekend getaway for the girls or the guys, a romantic spot for couples, but also the perfect spot for family fun. 

Family Activities in Bayfield:

There are family appropriate accommodations in Bayfield from camping grounds to luxury hotels. Of course, you won’t be spending much time in your room or at your campsite. Below are just a few of the activities to keep you and your loved ones entertained: 

• Madeline Island- Hop on a ferry and in about thirty minutes you will find yourself in nearby 
Madeline Island. The ferry ride is a delight, and once you get to the Island, you will find it has its own unique feel as well as one of a kind restaurants, shops, and bars. 

• Apostle Island Cruising- Apostle Island Cruises offers many discovery options from lighthouse cruises, glass bottom boats, shipwreck cruises and more. If you are looking to keep it "all in the family", they even offer private charters. It is an excellent way to sit back and relax while enjoying the sights and learning the history of the Apostle Islands.

• Enjoy Lake Superior- Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake on the planet offering an array of summer activities such as boating, waterskiing, sailing, fishing, and just taking in the beauty of this spectacular body of water.

• Apple Festival- If you are fortunate enough to be in Bayfield the first weekend of October be sure not to miss the Bayfield Apple Festival. It is billed as one of the top ten apple festivals in the country. Besides apple delicacies of all kinds, there is also a fish fry, dancing, and arts and crafts. If you can’t make it for the festival, the orchards are open for picking all the apples you can handle during the months of September and October.

• Arts and Shopping- Bayfield is a place with many unique shops and art galleries. Besides a plethora of art galleries, there are quilt shops, glass shops and jewelry and other gifts. In mid-July, the Festival of Arts and Gallery Tour takes place offering not only gallery tours but auctions and markets with a variety of art vendors. 

Though Bayfield sees most of the tourists in the summer, there is plenty to do for winter enthusiast as well. Bayfield is blanketed in snow for nearly five months of the year offering snowshoeing, skiing, and dogsledding. One of the most spectacular winter sights to take in is the Apostle Island Ice Caves. 

No matter what time of year your family visits Bayfield, Mother Nature will supply a spectacular backdrop for countless activities and experiences.

This post was contributed by Pinehurst Inn, a bed and breakfast in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

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