Drove up from MKE. Needed one night before we did the Ice Cave Hike, and the Bayfield Inn was perfect for us. We had a lovely King Suite in the "Garden Guest House" across the street from the main building. Not much of a view, but tasteful elegant decor, with a nice sitting area and little kitchenette area. Very clean / comfortable bed.
Had a Very good dinner next door at Pier Plaza (fish fry and cobb salad were great / service excellent)
Overall, thx to Bayfield Inn staff --- we had a great visit, and we'd highly recommend to others!
If you're planning to do the Ice Cave Hike, make sure that you talk to a Park Ranger about expected conditions for the day you plan to hike. Ice conditions are very changeable due to storms & winds. Icewalkers (mini crampons you can wear over your shoes) were very helpful (we got our at REI, I'm sure that Cabella's has them). Do not underestimate the windchill factor. When we did the hike it was 0 deg, with a windchill of -20. Ski goggles and many layers were mandatory (if you don't already have snowmobile or hunting clothes) The mile hike is not difficult, but can be tiring because of the terrain. I wouldn't take a dog unless the temps warm up. We saw a few dogs --- the breeds that were designed for ext cold looked fine, but a few of the other dogs were walking like their paws were hurting. Also note that camera batteries die quickly in extreme cold temps so take photos before your camera dies.
HTH Have fun!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bayfield's premier lodging establishment located on the shoreline of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Our exclusive downtown location is central to restaurants, shops, and attractions and within walking distance of the Apostle Islands Cruise Service and the Madeline Island Ferry Line. The Bayfield Inn is newly renovated offering yesterday's charm with today's amenities and continues to raise the bar for "the Bayfield Lodging Experience". The Bayfield Inn has been serving Bayfield and it's visitors for close to 100 years. You will find our staff to be experienced, most courteous, and knowledgeable. Whether you are planning a quiet getaway, adventure, wedding, family reunion, "girls" weekend or a corporate retreat/meeting, The Bayfield Inn offers a wide variety of lodging options to fit all needs and budgets. Choose from our 21 luxury hotel rooms or any of our centrally located Vacation Rentals including condominiums, homes, apartments and suites. The Bayfield Inn is at your service year-round. Secure complimentary high speed WiFi (30 mbps), HD programing to include HBO, and private off-street parking is available. Our restaurant serves Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner lakeside! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Bayfield Hotel Bayfield