Featured: A Bayfield Destination Wedding

Bachelor + Bachelorette Parties: Bayfield Style

March 11, 2018

Wedding planning is underway- that is great! Now you’re discussing what to do for your bachelor and bachelorette parties.

If you’re looking for unique ideas, outdoor adventures or just a really fun weekend look no further! We have put together a great list of ways to celebrate with your closest friends, Bayfield style.

Water Adventures

  • Kayak: Spend the day or weekend kayaking the sea caves. Local outfitters offer day and overnight trips, perfect for groups looking to get outdoors.
  • Cruise, Sail + Charter: Get out on the water and relax. Feel the breeze, tour the Apostle Islands and lighthouses, pack a picnic and spend the day soaking up the sun.
  • Fish: Bring your own gear or charter, either way get out on Lake Superior with your friends and have fun!
  • Paddle Board + Swim: Our bay offers a number of sandy beaches, perfect for laying out, swimming, paddle boarding, stone collecting and general sunny-day fun.

Land Adventures

  • Orchard, Winery + Berry Picking: Did you know that Bayfield is the berry capital of Wisconsin? We have so many beautiful orchard and fruit farms, where you can spend your morning or afternoon picking fruit and relaxing under the trees or near the gardens. Add in the local wineries, pack a picnic and you have a fun, relaxing and delicious day!
  • Biking, Camping + Hiking: With over 10 different hiking trails in the area, waterfalls, campgrounds and national forests, this area is really an outdoor-lovers paradise.
  • Golfing: Not just your average golf courses, ours have views of the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior making it a beautiful and really fun course.
  • Winter: Dog sledding, snowmobiling, winter hiking/biking, skiing, ice fishing and more! Keep in mind- many of the other great activities listed here are available all year long!

In-Town Adventures

  • Shopping: With a number of gift stores and boutiques, you’ll be able to spend the afternoon shopping and browsing in town right by Lake Superior.
  • Artist Galleries + Museums: Visit the galleries and museums for tours, demonstrations, classes and gift shops!
  • Local Cuisine: No matter if you are looking for fine dining, local fish fry or breakfast, one thing is for sure: it will be a fantastic meal!
  • Shows + Concerts: We have free concerts every Tuesday, in the summer, in Memorial Park down by the water. Our area also offers the opportunity to attend a play or concert together!
  • Massage + Spa: Have a group spa day, right in town- spend the day relaxed and pampered!

Make sure to explore our website, where you can find much more information along with fantastic businesses to help make your trip so special! Feel free to contact us at (715) 779-3335 to request a visitor guide.

We also have a really great vendor and venue resource if you are planning your wedding here as well!

 

Featured: A Bayfield Intimate Wedding

December 15, 2017

Most of the couples that get married in Bayfield fully embrace everything we have to offer! One way of doing this is by making a whole weekend out of your wedding, instead of just one quick day. With many guests coming here for the first time, show them around and recommend your favorite things to do! This is exactly what David and Efrie did for their wedding!

With just 24 guests, David and Efrie had an incredibly memorable wedding weekend spending time with family, taking in the Apostle Islands and even giving beautiful local gifts in gift bags to each guest. Read all about their wedding and how it came together so beautifully!

Photographer: Ps 139 Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.
David is a computer programmer, originally from North Carolina, and Elizabeth (nickname: Efrie) is an architect, originally from Milwaukee. We met almost 10 years ago through Match.com while living in New York. Since then, we’ve lived in Connecticut, Michigan, and Philadelphia (where we live now).

Our first date was a concert in New York, but the most memorable part was playing several very competitive rounds of Connect 4 at a dive bar, where we went for drinks before the concert.

What made you choose Bayfield for your wedding?
David grew up spending his summers at his grandfather’s lake house in the Poconos, which is a place that is very special and important to his family. He proposed while we were hiking around the lake.

Efrie’s family has a similarly special place: her grandmother’s cabin on the Brule River. It made sense to us that in officially merging our families, each of these very special places would be a part of the festivities. One of the highlights of trips to Brule for the last 16 years has been a night in Bayfield for dinner at Wild Rice Restaurant (we missed their first year they were open), and Efrie and her mom started talking about how beautiful the location would be for a wedding from the very first time they saw the restaurant, so it sprang to mind immediately when we were brainstorming possible wedding locations.

Photographer: Ps 139 Photography

Tell us about your your wedding!
Our weather was fairy-tale perfect, and we were so excited to be able to share our wedding with our very small party of 24 guests, for most of whom it was their first time to Bayfield. They all left stunned at how beautiful the area is (which is why we picked Bayfield for our location!) We kicked off the weekend with a champagne cruise around the Apostle Islands, giving all our guests an intro to the local history, with delicious appetizers from Ashland Baking Co. We followed the cruise with a dinner at Ethel’s, teaching everyone about the very important food group of cheese curds.

The day of our wedding, we spent the morning eating a luxurious breakfast from Pinehurst Inn, and then Efrie was whisked away to get ready. Our guests spent the morning and afternoon enjoying all that Bayfield has to offer – some went sailing, others went hiking, and some just strolled around town browsing the shops. Our wedding ceremony took place in the evening on the back deck of Wild Rice, and we were thrilled to find out that Mary Rice was actually having dinner at the restaurant that night!

Efrie’s brother Dave and his wife Megan conducted our ceremony. One of the most touching parts was a piece we adopted from the Quaker tradition (which has a very important place in the history of our current home state, Pennsylvania), where everyone attending is given the opportunity to impart blessings and words of wisdom to the couple. Hearing the best wishes and love from everyone was definitely a highlight of the night!

After we were introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Escott, we celebrated with a delicious meal at Wild Rice. We also had each of our guests write us notes to put into boxes with bottles of wine that we will open and drink at each of our milestone anniversaries, so that we can experience their words of wisdom and blessings at our first year, fifth year, tenth year, and twenty-fifth year of marriage.

Photographer: Ps 139 Photography

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to get married in the Bayfield area?
Start your planning early! Everyone is incredibly helpful and excited about making all your dreams for your big day come true, but it’s important to have enough time for all the plans to come to fruition (and to have the time to work in all the extra ideas once they start popping up). Also, it’s a really good idea to talk to people at all the restaurants and B&Bs for recommendations on who to use for what — we never would have found our amazing florist (Kelly) if we had only looked at business listings.

Vendors
Photographer: Ps 139 Photography
Flowers: Kelly & Crew Designs
Groom’s party lodging: Rittenhouse Inn
Bride’s party lodging: Pinehurst Inn
Dinner and ceremony: Wild Rice Restaurant (Closed)
Rehearsal dinner: Ethel’s Restaurant
Rehearsal cruise: Apostle Island Cruises
Catering for cruise: Ashland Baking Company
Goodies in guest gift bags: Erickson Orchards and Country Store (bottle of cider), The Fat Radish (voucher for a cup of coffee), The Candy Shoppe (voucher for an ice cream cone), Apostle Islands Booksellers (souvenir photo books)

 

Proposing in the Winter: Bayfield Style

November 17, 2017

So, you are looking to propose… congratulations! Bayfield, Wisconsin is the perfect place to get away and have a romantic weekend. Many couples choose Bayfield to be their destination for their wedding, elopement, honeymoon or proposal!

We have put together a really great list of ways to make your Bayfield winter proposal extra special! We hope you enjoy!

Old Rittenhouse Inn

Overnight Accommodations
You’ve decided the “when” now you need to think of the “how”! First off, we recommend booking your overnight accommodations. Bayfield has a beautiful array of hotels, bed and breakfasts, condos and cabins to choose from! Old Rittenhouse Inn is known for their romance, and they even have a special proposal package for you! Centrally located right in town, you’ll be able to walk to the restaurants and shops.

If you’re looking for more seclusion we recommend renting a cabin in the woods. Hauser’s Bayfield CabinBrickyard Cottage 41 and Whispering Pines on Lake Superior are just a couple of options for your woodland getaway. Curl up next to a cozy fire, spend time hiking outside the snowy woods and don’t forget to pick up wine from Bayfield Wine and Spirits!

See all the lodging Bayfield has to offer and the availability by clicking here.

What to Do During Your Stay
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing trip spent curled up by the fire or for a weekend adventuring the outdoors, Bayfield has all of this and then some. Spend some time at Seven Ponds Winery, which also features select wine from Bayfield WinerySuperior Body Massage and Spa is located right in town, and they even have couples packages. Bayfield offers outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and dog sledding. See our Get Active this Winter post for more ideas. If the ice caves are open, those are a must-see as well!

Peruse shops and galleries downtown like Eckels Pottery and Fine Craft GalleryHowl Clothing & AdventureSilverwaves Jewelry, Sweet Sailing and Bates Art Gallery. Make sure to get something special to take home!

Depending on the time of the year and ice conditions, you can take the Madeline Island Ferry Line or drive on the ice road over to Madeline Island. Make sure to stop over at Madeline Island Candles and Woods Hall Gallery and Studios.

Lakeside Dining Room at The Bayfield Inn

Where to Dine
From fine dining to pubs, Bayfield has many dining options that will surely delight you. We recommend Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant and Lakeside Dining Room at The Bayfield Inn if you are looking for a delicious and romantic dinner. The Fat Radish is a must-stop if you are looking for cuisine made with local ingredients and many vegan + gluten-free options.

If you aren’t staying somewhere that provides breakfast then we highly recommend you visit Manypenny Bistro, Cafe Coco, and Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant!

Making your Proposal Special
We can’t tell you exactly how to propose, because that comes from you! We recommend reflecting back on your relationship and thinking about the special moments that come to mind. Do something meaningful and memorable! Whether you propose over dinner, in the snowy woods or out in the ice caves- make it unique and special for both of you.

If you are looking to hire a photographer we recommend Bemused Photography, Bottle Rocket Photography, Leafblad Photography and Ps 139 Photography!


Photo Credit: Ps 139 Photography

Take a look at our resources and inspiration page to help plan your Bayfield proposal!

Interview with Becky Haller of Pinehurst Inn

August 2, 2017

A relaxing, romantic and adventurous honeymoon is exactly what Bayfield can offer newlyweds looking to get away! Pinehurst Inn is one of many beautiful Inns here in the Bayfield area- a perfect place to honeymoon! We interviewed with Becky Haller to hear all about their honeymooners and what Pinehurst Inn has to offer. Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Pinehurst Inn.
Mike and I purchased Pinehurst Inn in March of 2016. We made the move from Chicago to Bayfield to enjoy a slower paced life and the beauty of Lake Superior and the Bayfield area. Owning an inn allows me to cook and bake for guests, which I love to do.  The Inn is comprised of 2 buildings—the original home built in the late 1800s, which includes 5 guest rooms, and the garden house built in 2003, which includes 3 guest rooms. A 3 course breakfast and an afternoon snack is provided each day.

What makes Pinehurst Inn special for honeymooners? 
The Pinehurst Inn is located 3 miles south of downtown Bayfield on 3 ½ acres, surrounded by soaring pines and adjacent to Pike’s Creek. Couples can enjoy the peace, beauty and tranquility that the property offers, yet be just minutes away from Lake Superior and the many activities the Bayfield area has to offer.  Many of our rooms have large jetted tubs and fireplaces, and some have private decks—some of the favorite amenities of our honeymooners. We have a number of porches, a patio, and other sitting areas on the property allowing couples to find their own special spot.

What time of the year is busiest for honeymooners?
The summer is the busiest for honeymooners, which is a great time of the year for enjoying Lake Superior, Madeline Island, and all the many hiking and biking trails in the area.

What activities do you typically recommend to honeymooners who stay with you?
It all depends on the couple’s interest.  Many of our honeymooners have enjoyed kayaking to the sea caves, exploring Madeline Island, taking a private boat tour to some of the Apostle Islands, hiking the nearby trails, and visiting the local wineries, orchards and farms.

What recommendations do you have for couples looking to honeymoon in Bayfield?
Make sure they schedule any kayaking or small boat tours ahead of time so they are not disappointed if they cannot take the tour they want, but don’t over schedule your trip. Most couples enjoy some down time and the Pinehurst Inn is ideal for rest, relaxation and connecting with one another.

To learn more about Pinehurst Inn visit their website and Facebook page.

Featured: A Madeline Island Wedding

July 3, 2017

Bayfield, the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior have an incredible amount of magic and charm to them. Many of the couples getting married in the area feel this and are drawn to spend their special day here!

Michele and Rick are one of those couples, who could not see their wedding day happening anywhere else but here. We hope you enjoy reading all about their beautiful story and their wedding on Madeline Island.


Photo Credit: Happily Ever After

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.
Rick and I met in early 2006 on Match.com. 😉 He was recently divorced, and I had a brick-and-mortar business that basically consumed every waking hour of my life. One of my staff members suggested (actually… insisted) that I join Match to “get a life.” So I did. And after six months of rolling my eyes at the concept, I received a lovely message from this very thoughtful man who wrote well and spoke of his love for the water. It was “best friendship” at first sight… We talked non-stop for hours – weeks – and then one day that little *spark* happened. The rest, as they say, is history.


Photo Credit: Happily Ever After

What made you choose Madeline Island for your wedding?
While our relationship began where we live in Minnesota, it was built on the water. Rick has been sailing the Apostle Islands for (now) over 20 years. When we met, he showed me photos of his sailboat and the islands. I was obviously intrigued, but having grown up and establishing my love of the water on Lake Minnetonka (and several stints on the Pacific Ocean), I figured Lake Superior was just another body of water to love.

That’s an understatement.

When I first arrived at the marina with Rick late in the evening on May 19, 2006, it took my breath away. I had never seen so many stars. The sound of the breezes across the water and the clinking of the lines against the masts. I was instantly hooked. We sat in the cockpit of the sailboat with glasses of wine and watched the stars until the wee hours of the morning (something we still do to this day). The entire weekend was “charmed.” There were so many moments where I wondered who this guy had made deals with in order to orchestrate so many wonderful moments. Now I know. Rick is an absolutely wonderful man to begin with, and he was very excited to show me his Happy Place. “His” Lake Superior. But, as you know, Lake Superior “speaks” to you. She had called to him years before, and she “greeted me by name” the moment I arrived (and I’m pretty sure Her first words were, “What took you so long?!”).

We’ve been answering Her call together ever since. Almost every weekend during the summer months on our boat, and several times throughout the winter when we “need” to visit her to re-charge our winter-weary batteries. We adore “Mother Superior” and everything that surrounds her.

But I digress… Why Madeline Island? On more than one occasion, we saw weddings happening on the island as we cruised by on our boat. Each time, they took our breath away. Weddings have a way of doing that, but to us – the water lovers that we are – there just seemed to be something extra magical about it.

The business I mentioned earlier was a wedding and event design company. We designed, decorated, flowered, and foofed over 1,500 fabulous weddings and events of all sizes. As much as I loved the many venues we worked at in the Twin Cities, there just didn’t seem to be one that was right for us. Neither of us wanted a “big” wedding. We just wanted it to be “us.”

We started tossing around the idea of having our wedding in Bayfield, and fell in love with the idea. We contacted on of our favorite Bayfield chefs to see if he was available, and as luck would have it, his daughter was getting married on the same date that we had chosen. We then toyed with the idea of getting married on Madeline. Called a few places, looked around a bit, and ended up falling in love with The Inn on Madeline Island after a brief chat with Susan. We could immediately envision our wedding there, and everything just fell into place.

Tell us about your wedding!
Knowing we’d have to “drag” 75 of our closest friends and family members all the way up there, we put together a website that listed all the details of our wedding, and every imaginable resource in Bayfield and on the Island: hotels, B&Bs and inns, restaurants, shopping, transportation, all of our favorite spots – you name it. We wanted to make sure people had plenty of options for planning their trip, and that everyone felt like they “knew the area” when they arrived so they’d enjoy themselves more while they were there.

We told everyone it was a Casual Island theme: Sun dresses and sandals, Hawaiian shirts and khakis. We arranged for a pizza party at The Inn, and enjoyed greeting our guests at that gathering spot as they arrived on the island.

We also planned a special little surprise for our guests. On a recent trip to Black River Harbor, we met a woman who came down to the water to “wish the Lake Goodnight” each night. We loved the way she appreciated the Lake, and decided to incorporate that appreciation into our wedding. We were also lucky enough to have four members of the Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay agree to come and play for our wedding when we reached out to them on a long shot. It was the best-kept secret ever! We were so excited!

We orchestrated the ceremony around the bagpipers. Starting with our beautiful flower girls and ring bearer (our nieces and nephew), Rick’s three sons, and a selection of songs that we had chosen beforehand, we walked down the winding aisle, through all of our friends and family, and “met” down at the end of the dock to have our first look and a brief moment together. As planned… We turned around on the dock to face our guests as the bagpipers began to play. One of the highlights of our wedding (for us) was watching our guests’ faces as they started hearing the bagpipes and wondering what was going on. As they bagpipers marched around the building, everyone smiled and stood up. There were cheers and clapping, and lots of pictures being taken. It was such a treat!


Photo Credit: Happily Ever After

After they played several pieces, they piped as we walked up the aisle (dock) together and stood before our longtime friend, Captain Dave, who married us. We then enjoyed an amazing dinner (Prime Rib and Lake Superior Lake Trout with Lemon Burre Blanc) prepared by The Inn, and then promptly celebrated our “sweet luck” with a gorgeous Sweet Table and ‘Tuxedo’ wedding cake – all prepared by April and company at Country Cake Cupboard – one of my absolute favorite Twin Cities bakeries. We had worked together on countless weddings over the years, and I just love her work. There were a few things I had my heart set on for our wedding, and April’s Tuxedo cake with Italian Mocha Cream filling was one of them.

We were very fortunate to have a lot of help with preparations and set up… Everything from the absolutely incredible invitations that my talented friend, Gina designed and created, to the collection of silver trays that held all the sweets on our dessert buffet, to the photos and music we shared during the wedding, and even the Tiki torches that were set out just before sunset. It was all relaxed, casual, “island-y” and fun.

At 7:03 p.m., the bagpipers again began playing “unexpectedly” as the sun started to set. We all gathered at the beach and “wished The Lake goodnight” as they played. It was magical.

As the evening progressed, we chatted, hugged, mingled, and even danced a little. We felt so lucky to be able to celebrate our special day in such a special place. And we still celebrate our special day each time we come to Madeline Island or see “our” beach.

Photo Credit: Happily Ever After

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to get married in the Bayfield area? 
YES!!! Spend some time in the area if possible before your wedding. Visit a few times. Explore a little. Find the things that you love most about the area and incorporate those things into your wedding.

Hire a professional wedding coordinator who knows the area, knows the best vendors to hire for your wedding, and knows your day-of Wish List well! I can’t state this strongly enough! After doing as much wedding work as I had done over the years, I just figured it would all come naturally when it came time to plan my own wedding. And it did. But there are SO MANY reasons NOT to do it all on your own, I don’t even know where to begin.

Do it. Splurge. Hire a professional coordinator that you can trust to “watch over” all the little details that will make your wedding day the day you dreamed of… Whether it’s making sure you get your much-needed skim latte with one raw sugar the morning of the wedding, keeping an eye on “those” family members, or making sure the gardenias get tucked in your hair just before you walk down the aisle… Let your coordinator handle the details so your only “job” is to thoroughly enjoy every moment of your day. xo

Bayfield Bakeries and Their Favorite Desserts

May 22, 2017

Get your keys and wallet ready because after reading about all of these amazing desserts you’re going to want to head over to Ashland Baking Company, Cafe Coco and/or Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn!

Tiered wedding cakes, dessert tables, tortes, cupcakes and are just a few of the fantastic options for your wedding dessert! We spoke with a few local bakeries to hear about their favorite desserts to serve, their specialities and if they have any recommendations for those getting married. Enjoy!

Cake made by Ashland Baking Company
Photographed by Bemused Design & Photography

Ashland Baking Company
Located in a neighboring Chequamegon Bay city, Ashland Baking Company is an artisanal bakery that offers an array of high quality, handmade products. Wedding cake designer, Kealy White, says traditional stacked wedding cakes are her passion. She really enjoys collaborating with couples to create the perfect cake for their special day. She also loves making French macarons!

Chocolate cake is Kealy’s favorite, which she thinks pairs well with so many great flavors: raspberry, vanilla, coffee and fresh local berries! Wedding guests tend to get very excited once a cake is cut and they discover that the inside is decadent chocolate. She also loves their coconut cake with passion-fruit filling!

What is Kealy’s recommendation for couples planning a Bayfield wedding? She says planning a wedding can be stressful but she always tells her couples that choosing your wedding desserts should be part of the planning that is lighthearted and fun. Wedding trends are really allowing for a lot of creativity and expressions when it comes to desserts. The sky is the limit!

Ashland Baking Company‘s Cake & French Macarons

Cafe Coco- Artisan Bakery and Good Eats
Located in the neighboring town of Washburn, Cafe Coco serves breakfast and lunch, and also features a delicious deli and bakery. They pride themselves on using local ingredients and offering a variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. In addition to making your wedding cake, they also offer catering services. 

Cake made by Cafe Coco

The owner of Cafe Coco, Noreen, says her absolute favorite dessert presentation is an assortment of pastries- baklava, cheesecake danish, bobka, hazelnut cream tarts all delivered to tables for guests to make their selections. Her favorite cake is an almond cake with mascarpone and fresh raspberry filling and dulce cream frosting.

Cafe Coco‘s specialty ranges from challenging croquembouche and kransekake to a simple valrhona chocolate ganache cake. Their top recommendation for those getting married is to book your wedding desserts as early as possible!


Dessert made by Cafe Coco

Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn 
Located inside the Old Rittenhouse Inn, Landmark Restaurant offers upscale American and French cuisine all year long in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Landmark Restaurant offers many dining and bakery options for small weddings and intimate celebrations.

We spoke with the owners about their favorite dessert to provide for weddings, which they said are Old Rittenhouse Inn Tortes! Their tortes are multi-layered (4-7 layers) in house-baked cakes that are sliced thin and brushed with liqueur/preserves/filling and alternately frosted with buttercream icing. The exterior is simple, yet elegant, and sometimes garnished with flowers or berries/nuts/icing that complements the chosen flavor.

The orange blossom torte and white chocolate raspberry torte are among staff and guest favorites. The orange blossom offers a vanilla cake sliced into thin layers that are brushed with Cointreau and alternately layered with orange butter cream icing. White chocolate raspberry offers white chocolate cake sliced into thin layers that are brushed with Chambord and alternately layered with raspberry preserves, which chocolate butter cream and fresh raspberries.


Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant Blackberry Torte

Take a look at our resources and inspiration page to help plan your Bayfield Wedding!

Incorporating Lake Superior into your Wedding

April 18, 2017

Let’s be honest, if you are getting married in the Bayfield area you have a love for Lake Superior and the beautiful outdoors! What better way to celebrate her beauty than by incoporating Lake Superior throughout your wedding!

We have gathered some of our favorite ways to do just that. Whether you are getting married in Bayfield or on Madeline Island, or up on the north shore of Lake Superior, you can take advantage of the beauty of the lake! Read ahead to hear and see our ideas.

Food
One of the many things visitors love about Bayfield is the fresh fish you can enjoy at every restaurant in the area. Many couples choose to include fresh whitefish or trout somewhere on their menu- whether it’s smoked trout as an appetizer or whitefish tacos for dinner.


Lake Superior Whitefish Provençal made by Good Thyme Catering, Events & Lodging

Ceremony
Getting married on the shores of Lake Superior offers many possibilities. Whether you’d like sand under your toes, to be in a grassy area beneath a stand of willow trees or standing on a cliff overlooking the water, we have all these options right here. Or, you could even get married on Lake Superior in a sailboat!

Take a look at our Bayfield Weddings Venue Chart to find all of the traditional venues along with beach/ primitive spots!

Photographer: Jaimee Morse / Venue: Superior Rentals / Coordinator: Lace & Brass Events

Decorations
Rocks and driftwood gathered from the shores of Lake Superior make perfect decorations for your lakeside wedding! Whether you are going for a more natural look or getting crafty, you can gather materials right here where you are getting married.

Photographer: Jeff Loves Jessica Photography / Coordinator: Lace & Brass Events

Engagement Session
Spend some time on the shores of Lake Superior for your engagement session. Not only will it provide a gorgeous setting for your photos but you could use them for your Save the Dates. Your Bayfield wedding will mean that much more to you and your guests when they see your beautiful photos inviting them to join in on the fun.

Photographer: Narrowleaf Photography / Planner: Simply Gypsy Events

Jewelry
Looking for jewelry or rings that are a little different than the norm? Bayfield is home to a number of incredibly talented artists who could custom make your wedding day jewelry and/or wedding rings! How beautiful would it be to have have your earrings, necklace or ring be made with a Lake Superior agate?!


Lake Superior Agate Ring made by Silverwaves Jewelry

Take a look at our resources and inspiration page to help plan your Bayfield Wedding!

Bayfield Summertime Proposal

March 31, 2017

Many couples, families and friends plan trips to Bayfield every year. Whether you’re a first timer or you travel here every summer, the Bayfield area is a perfect destination for your getaway. What better way to propose to your sweetie than surprising them during your vacation!

Matt and Jenn live in Milwaukee and planned a summertime trip up with their closest friends. Jenn had no clue that Matt had another reason for their trip- to propose to her! We spoke with Jenn all about their trip and proposal, we hope you enjoy it!

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.

Matt and I met in 2010 at Valparaiso University in Indiana. I was a freshman in college at Carroll University in Wisconsin and took the train through Chicago to visit a friend that ended up being in the same fraternity as Matt. Matt was so sweet, he offered me his coat when I was cold and (reluctantly) watched Friends with me. As they say, the rest is history. Matt graduated in 2012 and moved to Milwaukee so we could begin our forever together.

What made you choose Bayfield for your trip?
This is a fun story. So we were sitting in one of our favorite Milwaukee bars with Matt’s childhood friend Pat and his wife Meghan planning out our summer. It was the dead of winter and we wanted to road trip somewhere fun! We planned a trip to Bayfield to kayak the Apostle Islands. The weekend was all set in July, I was in charge of the playlist (bad idea), and we were excited. Somewhere between that January weekend and July, unbeknownst to me, Matt decided to bring a ring!

Tell us about your Bayfield trip and your proposal!
Early one Friday morning in July we picked up our friends, packed the car, grabbed coffee and set out north! Even just the road trip up was a blast as we climbed further and further north and made note off all the gorgeous scenery and local color.

Emily, of Lace & Brass Events, is a long time friend of Matt so he reached out and consulted with her on best places to stay, eat, things to do, candy shops to eat everything at, etc. She was instrumental in not only planning a wonderful vacation getaway but also a beautiful proposal!

So we arrive to the perfect Winfield Inn, settled in and met everyone for dinner. We then spent the evening walking around town a little bit and taking it all in. The next morning we jumped on the ferry to Madeline Island to meet up with our kayak guide. We set off in our kayaks and had an amazing time cruising in and out of all the caves along the shore.

After a FULL day of kayaking we were all sore, mosquito bitten, sunburnt- really in a romantic place as you can imagine. On the way back to our rooms, I mentioned that I was planning to wear jeans to dinner instead of the dress I brought. Meghan, knowing what was about to happen exclaimed “NO!” and politely but persistently asked that I change my mind (in hindsight I am so glad she did!). We had a great dinner at The Pier, right in the heart of downtown looking over Lake Superior. As the sun was setting with pinks and oranges bouncing off the lake and we were enjoying our after dinner drinks, Matt began telling me how much he loved his life with me in it. Being completely unaware of what was actually happening, I started to reciprocate my feelings and explain how much I loved him too. Later, come to find out, Pat was ready to kick me under the table and let me know this was not a two sided conversation…

Remember that Matt’s legs are terribly sunburnt from sitting in a kayak but he continues talking and before I know it he is down on one knee with a ring extended out to me asking me to marry him. I was so surprised, I looked at him and all I could say was “SHUT UP!”

Once I gained a slight amount of composure, I said yes, of course! Our friends cheered, the nearby tables realized what was happening and congratulated us, and our amazing waitress brought us a dessert to celebrate. I was still in shock with everything but it was the perfect proposal.

After dinner we continued to walk around town and just enjoy our engagement. All of the cute shops were fun to walk through and the owners were excited to hear our news. My favorite stop was The Candy Shoppe where I picked out a ring pop to enjoy alongside my new ring! Still being a little shaky from the nights events, I actually ended up knocking over a box of candy. As I was picking it all up, Matt proudly exclaimed that it was ok, I could do what I want because we were getting married!!

After the sun set completely it was time to let EVERYONE know! Opening the door to our room, we saw the most beautiful flowers and champagne that Emily arranged with Winfield Inn. Sitting on the porch with that bottle of champagne, cigars and our friends, we alternated calling everyone that needed to know. It was a beautiful night with the moon shining over the trees. A great way to end a perfect day!

The next morning, still elated from the day before, we packed up everything and met Emily and family in town for brunch at The Egg Toss. We enjoyed some celebratory mimosas and continued our stroll through the town’s stores. After our thanks and goodbyes, we set off down the road back to Milwaukee, nearly planning the entire wedding in the car on our way home.

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to propose in the Bayfield area?
Plan your trip when that January cabin fever is really setting in. It’s nice to just unplug for a weekend, enjoy the great outdoors and experience a new area. What’s so fun about Bayfield is the natural lake town feel. Everyone is so kind and laid back and the views of Lake Superior are amazing. A never ending supply of outdoor adventuring right at your finger tips. For the actual “big question,” Matt has said it was so helpful having Emily with Lace & Brass Events recommend places to go and thing to do during the trip so the happy couple can focus on one another.


If you are planning a Bayfield proposal, wedding or honeymoon take a look at our resources and inspiration page!

Bayfield Caterers and Their Favorite Dishes

March 20, 2017

One of the biggest components of your wedding reception is the food! The caterer and menu you choose should reflect both your style and palate. Bayfield, Wisconsin and the surrounding Chequamegon region is home to a vibrant community of local farmers and producers, offering a variety of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. This allows local caterers to provide you the best of the best!

We asked three local caterers to describe a favorite appetizer, entree or dessert that they commonly provide for weddings. Along with their favorite dish, they each offered up a catering recommendation for couples planning a Bayfield Wedding! Get ready for your mouth to water. Enjoy!

Cafe Coco- Artisan Bakery and Good Eats
Located in the neighboring town of Washburn, Cafe Coco serves breakfast and lunch along with a delicious deli and bakery. They pride themselves on using local ingredients and offering a variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. In addition to offering catering services, they can also make your wedding cake!

We spoke with Noreen, the owner of Cafe Coco, about her favorite dishes to cater. A favorite appetizer is Veggies and Dip, local vegetables with a basil and pesto cream. A favorite dessert is a pastry assortment, cheesecake danish, chocolate focaccia, raspberry kolache, baklava, hazelnut cream tarts and local blueberry bobka.

Noreen’s catering recommendation? Book your caterer early and discuss all details and charges with them.

Cafe Coco: Pastry Assortment + Veggies and Dip

Good Thyme Catering, Events and Lodging
Good Thyme is a well-established catering company that provides artisan, house-made cuisine for weddings and events in the Chequamegon Bay area. They have a fully licensed mobile kitchen, which enables them to prepare your food on site.

One of Good Thyme’s favorite dishes to cater is Wisconsin Cheese Curds with Dipping Sauce. A local favorite- no matter where you’re from! They dip fresh Wisconsin cheese curds in a signature batter and fry them until they’re golden brown with just a hint of crisp on the outside, with all the melty, cheesy goodness you could hope for on the inside. The cheese curds are excellent on their own, but they are happy to help you choose one or two of their scratch-made dipping sauces to serve them with.

Good Thyme: Wisconsin Cheese Curds with Dipping Sauce

Good Thyme’s favorite entree is Lake Superior Whitefish Provencal. Unbeatably fresh, local whitefish is poached in white wine, shallots and butter, then plated with Israeli couscous and topped with a colorful ensemble of cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, capers and herbs. It’s wonderfully elegant without being fussy, and it’s absolutely delicious. This dish also works wonderfully with tender chicken breasts, and makes a lovely family-style presentation as well!

One of Good Thyme’s top catering recommendations is to let the seasons help you choose your menu! It’s always best to start with what’s in season. Bayfield’s local fruits and vegetables are fresher and more flavorful than the store bought varieties, so they suggest including them whenever possible. From there, start thinking about your favorite dishes and determine a theme for your menu. One small little detail- like a specific herb, or a dish enjoyed while traveling- can provide inspiration for everything from starters to desserts.

Good Thyme: Lake Superior Whitefish Provencal

Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn 
Located inside the Old Rittenhouse Inn, Landmark Restaurant offers upscale American and French cuisine all year long in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Open for breakfast, lunch (by appointment) and dinner, Landmark Restaurant offers elegant ambiance with a casual feel. Landmark Restaurant offers many dining options for small weddings and intimate celebrations.

We spoke with the owners of Old Rittenhouse Inn about their favorite dish to cater, and their answer? Champagne Chicken. Their champagne chicken dish is marinated chicken breast char grilled and served with roasted mushrooms, a champagne-Gran Marinier cream sauce and julienne sliced fried prosciutto. Yum!

Landmark Restaurant’s catering recommendation is: Don’t try to please everyone! Go with what you like best, or go with locally sourced fare for the best, freshest experience.

Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant: Champagne Chicken

Take a look at our resources and inspiration page to help plan your Bayfield Wedding!