"There are two kinds of people: the squirtable and the non-squirtable." This quote sums up the philosophy of Judith, the gregarious and wonderful owner of Gruenke's. At the flip of a coin I ended up at Gruenke's one hot summer day following a major thunderstorm that had just come through town. After being seated in the cheery yet hot dining room (the storm had knocked out the air conditioning) I was greeted by a woman walking through the restaurant who was periodically squirting people with her massive water gun. Patrons were laughing, the woman was laughing and I started laughing as we all soon found out who was 'squirtable' and who wasn't.
Gruenke's is the epitome of a classic roadhouse diner with vintage everything, everywhere, good home-style food and great beer. There is a story behind each piece of kitsch, from personal photos to record albums to celebrity portraits. Judith can talk a mile about each piece and her stories are as genuine, hilarious and generous as the lady herself.
Staying at Gruenke's Inn, with its quaint rooms and creaky hallways, adds to the experience of being in a truly one of a kind place that feels more like the home of a relative or friend in the country than the Inn on the corner, right near the water, in the the picturesque town of Bayfield.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The building that houses Greunke's First Street Inn has been accommodating guests for more than 150 years. The quaint guest rooms are comfortable and neatly decorated with antiques and original art. The inn is conveniently located in the center of downtown Bayfield and is within walking distance to the Madeline Island Ferry, Apostle Islands Cruises, museums, gift shops, and other attractions. The onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner 7 days a week! New in 2016: FREE WIFI is available in all guest rooms! ... more less