Need to escape the hub-bub of your daily life for just a few hours or even a long weekend? The quaint area of BayField and the Apostle Islands, located on the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin, is always my first choice. It’s gorgeously simple. Ruggedly beautiful. A trip you’ll inhale and not want to breathe out. Bring your appetite, thirst for the outdoors, and a great pair of walking shoes. You won’t need any pretentious expectations. A smile and a thank you will bring out the best BayField area has to offer.
I visited BayField and Madeline Island a few weeks ago. It was a cold, rainy weekend, but both towns were warm and alive with activity….even in their paired down status. Not everything was open for business yet. They were just getting warmed up for the summer season. It didn’t matter. I’ve visited BayField in all four seasons and there’s lots to enjoy any time of year. This trip we caught an insider look as the regulars arrived into town to open their seasonal shops…
get their unique gardens going…
and ready their toys.
We stayed at the well-known BayField Inn which overlooks the water and has a staff that loves when you’re having a great time. We’re indebted to them for their incredible hospitality and special efforts to make our anniversary weekend special.
We were greeted with wine, fresh flowers and impeccable accommodations. They also steered us to some of BayField’s best local dining, where food is a community art-form.
Food & Artistry
Our first night we ate at The Fat Radish. A deli by day and fine dining restaurant by night. But it’s always a restaurant committed to eating local and serving in the Slow Food style. Everything is fresh and made at the time you order. My salad was sourced from the spring-growing hoop houses of the high school’s community garden. I also enjoyed fresh broccoli along with my pesto crusted salmon. The entire meal was wonderful as well as the warm, hospitality of the staff and local patrons.
If you like to eat local and enjoy that artsy-community flavor, I also recommend you jump on the ferry and head over to Madeline Island. There’s a new place in town called the The FarmHouse. Served up just like it’s name, it’s delicious, healthy food served with Midwest farm generosity. Organic and natural, it’s a gem of a place.
I also love going to the The EggToss . The locals love it so you know it’s good. It’s simple, old school style with great food and a fabulous hot cup of coffee. (I’m in love with those red stools!)
We were also glad that Morty’s Pub had completed their renovations and were open for business. They’re known as an old-fashioned pub with an assortment of brews and hearty food, but we decided to mix it up a bit and ordered a Bloody Mary. They were great and I’m so sorry I forgot to take a photo. But, we ordered ours, the table next to us saw them and ordered theirs, then a small group of twenty-somethings came in and ordered a round, too. Get the picture?
My husband then ordered a burger,(What’s a beverage without a burger?) but I had a taste for fish. I remembered to take a photo this time…Their hot and spicy fish tacos were hearty and extremely good.
Bayfield has so many places I love that this post could easily turn into a novel. I’d like to share just one more place. If/When you go I hope you also get a chance to wander over to Madeline Island Candles. We spent a long time in this shop this trip enjoying the atmosphere and checking out all their wares. They offer an extensive collection of handcrafted, natural soy & beeswax candles that burn clean. You’ll find handmade gifts, gardens, a welcoming shopping experience, and a comfy place to sit and enjoy the outdoors.
I hope I’ve encouraged you to check out this small, rejuvenating area. Don’t worry about the weather or the season. There’s always plenty to enjoy.