3 Reasons Why You Need to Go to the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race

Bayfield, WI holds numerous exciting events every year!  The Apple Festival in October celebrates the autumn harvest, the Festival of Arts in July honors inspiring local artists, and the Hometown Holiday Season starts Christmastime the right way with cheery concerts and activities.  However, the most thrilling annual event in Bayfield, WI, is, without a doubt, the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race in February!  For over 21 years, this race has continued to captivate its audience with its two full days of heart-racing action!  The event features two main races: a 10-dog, 80-mile race and a 6-dog, 60-mile race.  Two shorter races are held as well, a Family Race and a Youth Race, that are both 6 to 8 miles. This year’s Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race will take place February 3-4, 2018, so start planning for it today! Discover the top three reasons why you simply can’t miss this traditional, momentous event and mark your calendar!  

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Go to the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race


  1. To Experience the Exhilaration

Imagine the thrill of watching a group of dogs, primed and ready, quivering with anticipation, wait anxiously at the starting line. The crowd is anxious as well, eagerly anticipating seeing the dogs bound forward. When the race begins, they all suddenly launch into the icy tundra! Watching them move at top speed, one can’t help but feel the rush of excitement. It’s like the energy of the dogs spills over into the crowd! Best of all, the competition is thrilling, but good-natured. Everyone’s here to have a good time — especilaly the dogs! After the race, spectators still have fun with other attractions, until Sunday afternoon, when they announce the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race results at an awards ceremony.  

  1. To Enjoy the Activities

What are some of those other attractions to see before and after the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, you ask? Well there’s plenty! After your group find your perfect viewing spot at any of the multiple onlooker locations set up along the course, spend some time with the warming tents and bonfires. The heat will relax you and thaw your chilly fingers and toes, and you’ll feel great before watching the race. If you get hungry, there are also concession stands available. In addition to the race itself, the event holds a “Meet the Mushers” dinner the night before. This dinner is located in the City of Bayfield’s Lakeside Pavilion, a lovely venue placed right along the water.  Finally, the awards ceremony also includes a “Musher Mixer,” where you can meet and greet other dog sled race lovers, like yourself!

  1. To Stay in an Amazing Bed and Breakfast!

In order to thoroughly appreciate your vacation to Bayfield, WI, to see the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, you need to stay in the best lodging possible!  Treat yourself to a truly amazing getaway by staying in Pinehurst Inn, a deluxe Bayfield bed and breakfast.  Our staff of this cozy, eco-elegant inn dedicate ourselves to bestowing warm hospitality and luxurious amenities to our honored guests.  Relax and refresh in our secluded little haven by the lake; as well as offering heavenly rooms with private baths. You are welcome to explore the many attractions and activities in Bayfield, WI, and the neighboring Madeline Island, or simply relax in the comforts of our inn. We know you’ll love your escape to our wonderful bed and breakfast, so what are you waiting for? Don’t delay and book today!

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