Some of the Best Things to Do in Bayfield, WI

Plan your getaway to Bayfield with our list of recommended things to do in Wisconsin and the Bayfield area.

Located in northern Wisconsin, Bayfield provides a unique mix of beauty, history, and nature. It’s also one of the best places to escape and relax. The options of things to do in Bayfield, WI, are myriad, ranging from active outdoor activities to shopping and museums. Spend your day sightseeing and exploring, then come home to total peace and tranquility at the Pinehurst Inn – a premier Bayfield bed and breakfast.

Learn more about attractions and activities near Pinehurst Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide! It’s full of recommendations on the best things to do in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

For those looking to explore nature, Bayfield offers miles of scenic hiking trails as well as many opportunities for kayaking. Take a cruise to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Madeline Island, or enjoy shopping at various artisan shops in Bayfield. You may also enjoy visiting the beautiful Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Cap off your day at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua where you can listen to fantastic live music in a glorious setting.

Pinehurst Inn provides an ideal location near the best things to do in Northern Wisconsin. After a fun day, come home to our beautiful Wisconsin bed and breakfast and tell us all about your adventures.  

Have an Adventure in the Great Outdoors!

There are so many amazing adventures to be had in Northern Wisconsin! Take a look at some of the best options for outdoor recreation in and around Bayfield to start planning an unforgettable experience.

1. Riding the Madeline Island Ferry

The Madeline Island Ferry is located on the south shore of Lake Superior at the gateway to the Apostle Islands and offers daily passenger, bicycle, and car transportation between LaPointe and Bayfield. The trip lasts about 25-minutes and provides scenic views of Lake Superior and the 22 Apostle Islands, including the beautiful Madeline Island. Read our blog for a list of the best things to do in Madeline Island, WI.

2. Kayaking with Living Adventure

A full day kayaking adventure with Living Adventure will take you out to the Mainland Sea Caves located along the mainland shoreline, part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. These amazing sandstone caves have formed over centuries of wave action, freezing, and thawing – nature’s way of artful carving. The full day trip includes all equipment, basic training, a certified and knowledgeable guide, a full lunch, and lots of laughs. Offered daily from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30p.m. June – September.

3. Sailing with Dreamcatcher Sailing

Get on the water and enjoy a 2 1/4 hour Afternoon Sail (2:30 to 4:45 p.m.) offered by Dreamcatcher Sailing, which departs out of Bayfield, WI, every afternoon. Explore the beauty of Bayfield from the water, Madeline Island and beyond. Take the helm under the guidance of the boat’s captain or sit back and relax, enjoying a magnificently relaxing experience.  This is just one of many trips offered by Dreamcatcher Sailing.

4. Dog Sledding with Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing

Winter in the Bayfield Peninsula can be magical. Throw in a dog sledding adventure along with the Pinehurst Inn Winter Lodging (think sauna, fireplace, whirlpool….) and you are good to go! Enjoy the Wolfsong Morning Adventure, a 4-hour dog sledding trek (includes a hot lunch on the trail!). You will learn from the best in handling, harnessing and running the dog through absolutely beautiful winter terrain.

Dine in One of the Most Delicious Bayfield Restaurants

Refuel at the many delicious Bayfield, WI, restaurants in the area as well. There are endless types of cuisine to choose from, guaranteeing something for everyone to enjoy. Each of the nearby places to eat in Bayfield, WI, is known for their delicious menus, fresh ingredients, and exceptional service. Make your stay with us even more enjoyable by checking out the local Bayfield restaurants near the inn! Check out our innkeepers’ favorite places to eat in Bayfield, WI, below:

1. Pier Plaza Restaurant & Pickled Herring Club

Located in downtown Bayfield, Pier Plaza is a family-owned restaurant that offers a wide variety of delicious lunch and dinner entrees. The Plaza is best known for their incredibly fresh Lake Superior Trout and Whitefish fish fry, a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Pair your amazing dish with a refreshing locally brewed beer or try a fun Strawberry margarita at the Pickled Herring Club.

2. Maggie’s Restaurant

Maggie’s is a bright, eclectic, and unique in its decor and menu. Known also as the Pink Palace or Flamingo Land, Maggie’s provides guests with a fun atmosphere while they enjoy entrees that include delicious sandwiches, burgers, fish dishes, pizza and more. Try the extremely fresh Lake Superior Whitefish Liver Dinner or experiment with a local favorite, the Flamingo Chicken Sandwich which is made with hot flamingo sauce.

3. Wild Rice Restaurant

Wild Rice Bayfield is one of the best restaurants in the area and is located on Lake Superior, offering beautiful lake views while you dine. Each dish at Wild Rice is made with the freshest ingredients, with a focus on creating new and innovative combinations. This is evident in each of their dishes from the creamy wild rice soup with house smoked duck and sugar pears, to the Wood Fire Grilled Northstar Wisconsin Bison Tenderloin with chevre mashed potatoes and spinach-chorizo-olive saute.

4. Ethel’s Restaurant

Ethel’s Restaurant is one of the best Italian restaurants in Bayfield, serving delectable gourmet pizzas, pasta, burgers, and fresh local whitefish. Located on the harbor, Ethel’s restaurant provides guests with beautiful scenic views while dining. Choose a classic favorite like Lobster Ravioli or try the new Salmon with Glazed Walnuts.

Attend a Local Festival

Bayfield is well-known for their annual festivals and events that highlight the area’s colorful culture and welcoming community. Here are a few of the best annual events to attend while you’re here!

1. Bayfield in Bloom

This month-long celebration of spring draws both visitors and locals alike. You’re bound to be inspired when you attend the many activities of Bayfield in Bloom, such as garden tours, demonstrations, and other interactive programs related to gardening.

2. Bayfield, WI, Apple Fest

Celebrate the arrival of autumn when you attend the Bayfield Apple Festival! This beloved tradition offers food, games, vendors, and much more.

3. Bayfield Winter Festival

Winter is a thrilling season in Wisconsin! The Bayfield Winter Festival encourages visitors and locals alike to enjoy this winter wonderland through skiing, live music, food, candlelight walks, and even a polar plunge!

Take a Trip Back in Time

Explore the area’s fascinating history by visiting one of these museums in Northern Wisconsin! Each one has something unique to offer, so don’t miss out.

1. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

This institution has a little of everything! Visit the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center for entertaining events, outdoor recreation, and intriguing exhibits.

2. Bayfield Maritime Museum

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about boating at the Bayfield Maritime Museum! Discover how to tie knots, fish, or build a boat!

3. Lake Superior Lighthouses

The nearby Lake Superior is filled with gorgeous, historic lighthouses that each tell a story about this area’s history. Visit some of these Lake Superior lighthouses for a memorable day around Bayfield, WI.

4. Bayfield Heritage Museum

Bayfield, Wisconsin, has an incredible history. If you want to learn all about this area’s origins and culture, visit the Bayfield Heritage Museum to hear the stories of this charming city on the banks of Lake Superior.

Want to Learn More? Contact the Pinehurst Inn Today!

Guest resources for good information about things to do in Bayfield, WI, start here! As innkeepers, we are ready to help you plan in any way we can. Whether you want to arrange a romantic getaway or take on the challenge of a dog sledding adventure, we can assist in ensuring your arrangements are made just the way you wish.