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Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

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Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

We are planning a trip to this area Aug. 14 - 16th. Does anybody have any advice on whether to stay on Madeline Island or in Bayfield for two nights and where would you recommend for me and my husband ? Any other advice about the area would be appreciated. Thank you !

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1. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

Madeline Island we used to stay at the Island Inn. It changed owners and prices but still may be worth looking into. The location is very nice on the main strip, quiet spot, next to the historical museum. It's only got a few rooms so it's nice in that respect as well. http://www.ontheisland.com/

Be sure and drive if you want to see Big Bay Town Park (a highlight). Big Bay State Park is nice as well (one is free and one you pay, state park one). There may be a bus that can get you there too if they still have one. Also you can bike/scooter at the island rental cost for one which might be fun as well.

In Bayfield Seagull Bay Motel:

http://www.seagullbay.com/ great owners, and great price. Also it's wonderfully located above the Brownstone Trail, along with the excellent Lake Superior view. They may easily be booked but you have weekdays in your favor per your above dates. They also do free shuttles to the shows at the Big Top.

Berry picking is great to do there, you have to check and see if anything is still going. Walk the Iron Bridge for a nice view and trail below. The shops are fun to peek in and lunch at the Egg Toss is great for breakfast and breakfast or lunch is a great lunch treat at the Landmark Restaurant at the Rittenhouse Inn:

http://www.rittenhouseinn.com/index.php

lodging here would be nice also, for a special treat. It's in the pricier range.

www.eggtoss-bayfield.com/flash/index.htm

Take one of the boat tours for the Apostle Islands:

http://www.apostleisland.com/schedule.php

Take in a great show at the big top:

www.bigtop.org

There's 100 yrs. of Woody Guthrie on the 15th.

Edited: 30 July 2012, 12:56
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2. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

Thank you so much for all of your help. We are also wondering what is the best way to see the sea caves ? Thank you again !

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3. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

Thank you for all of the help. We are also wondering what is the best way to see the sea caves ? Thank you again !

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4. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

by kayak if you're up for it so hit up one of the rental/guide services in Bayfield for that. Another is through the boat service on a tour:

www.nps.gov/apis/naturescience/caves.htm

http://www.apostleisland.com/index.php

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5. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

You can take your car or bicycles on the ferry from Bayfield to Madeline Is., so I suppose it depends where/how you plan on doing most of your sightseeing. Kayaking is definitely the way to see the "sea" caves. There is at least one outfitter in Bayfield.

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6. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

If you want to see the sea caves, you can rent a kayak in Bayfield, or on the island go to the Island Oasis and Bud Nelson has a boat and takes people over there. Also, stop in at Tom's Burnt Down Cafe, it's a real hoot!

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7. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

Cool it all sounds so nice :)

I am planing a trip up there and I was wondering what is the price for a ferry from bayfeld to Madeline island???

Any help would be great :)

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8. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

Oh, I forgot to say, The price for 2 adults and a teenager, for a ferry ride?

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9. Re: Madeline Island vs. Bayfield WI ?

this thread is 2 years old... but nevertheless, the ferry to madeline island is reasonable... go to their website for fare info.... re lodging, i researched lodging on the island and on the mainland, and the mainland won.....more options for sure.... and for the record, last winter we stayed at the americinn in ashland and highly recommend it, if you're OK with a chain hotel.... see my review....

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