The Best Things to Do in Bayfield, WI

Let us help you plan your getaways to Bayfield with our list of recommended things to do in Wisconsin and the Bayfield area.

Bayfield is located in northern Wisconsin, providing a unique mix of beauty, history, nature and one of the greatest opportunities to escape and relax. The options of things to do in Wisconsin are myriad, ranging from active outdoor activities to shopping and museums.

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For those looking to explore nature and wanting to enjoy all the active things to do in Bayfield, WI, there are so many scenic hiking trails as well as many opportunities for kayaking. Or consider a cruise of the Apostle Islands and Madeline Island followed by shopping the various artisan shops in Bayfield. Cap off your day at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua where you can enjoy some of the best local musical entertainment in a glorious setting.

Pinehurst Inn provides the ideal place for guest enjoyment of the inn and all the fun things to do in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Located just three miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, the inn is perfect for those looking to visit the awe-inspiring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Madeline Island. The area offers wonderful opportunities for anyone looking to have a getaway to Wisconsin, with beautiful scenic views and endless activities to enjoy, including visiting the many area waterfalls, exploring the local orchards and artisan shops, and hiking and biking the many trails within Chequamegon Forest and surrounding areas.  You may also enjoy visiting the beautiful Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.

Here are some of our favorite Bayfield area activities:

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 Superiors and the 22 Apostle Islands, including the beautiful Madeline Island. Be sure to keep exploring our blog for a list of the best things to do on Madeline Island.

Kayaking with Living Adventure

Try the full day kayaking adventure which 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, certified and knowledgeable guide, full lunch and lots of laughs. Offered daily from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30p.m. June – September 12, 2016.

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  each afternoon departing out of Bayfield, WI. 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.

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.

Our Favorite Bayfield Restaurants

Refuel at the many delicious Bayfield 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 Bayfield restaurants 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 our our innkeepers favorite Bayfield restaurants below:

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.

Maggie’s Restaurant

Maggie’s is a bright, eclectic, and unique in it’s 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.

Wild Rice Restaurant

Wild Rice is one of the best restaurants in Bayfield as it 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.

Ethel’s Restaurant 

Ethel’s Restaurant is one of the best Italian restaurants in Bayfield, serving delectable gourmet pizzas, pastas, 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.

Guest resources for good information about things to do in Bayfield, WI start here. Pinehurst Inn innkeepers are ready to assist in guest planning. It starts when making your reservation as we discover your reason for coming. Whether a romantic getaway or adventure-seeking dog sledding, we can assist in ensuring your arrangements are made just the way you wish.