Bachelor + Bachelorette Parties: Bayfield Style

Mothers of the Bride + Groom Gifts, Bayfield Style

May 8, 2016

We all know how stressful wedding planning can be, and who do we turn to when we are stressed, in a pickle or need help with important decisions? Our moms! Many engaged couples find it to be a nice gesture to give their parents gifts at the rehearsal dinner, a way to say “Thank you!” for all of the help given throughout the wedding planning process. Below you will find some of our favorite local gifts to give the Mothers of the Bride + Groom – Bayfield style!

BeFunky CollageLeft: Lake Superior Drifting Stone Jewelry // Right: Silverwaves Jewelry

Unique, One-of-a-Kind Jewelry
Here in Bayfield we have some very talented artists who handcraft beautiful pieces of jewelry, perfect for a one-of-a-kind Mom. It would mean so much to the Mothers of the Bride and Groom if they knew the jewelry was handpicked by you. Here you can find a list of our local jewelers.

Tickets to a Local Concert or Play
Summer in Bayfield is filled with concerts at Big Top Chautauqua, comedies, musicals and dramas through the Sidekick Theatre and so much more! Purchase tickets for your moms to go together, with their spouse or with friends!

downloadSidekick Theatre at STAGENORTH

Spa Day
Pamper your moms with gift certificates to a local spaSuperior Body Massage & Spa is a local spa that offers massage, hot stone massage, facials and more! You could even make a day out of it, and join the two of them after your wedding.

Get Outdoors! 
Is either the Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom an outdoors lover? Bayfield has many opportunities to get outside! You can book them to tour the Apostle Islands through Apostle Islands CruisesGood Earth Outfitters, or Manitou Sailing Charters. They could kayak the sea caves through Living Adventures, Inc, Trek & Trail, or Lost Creek Adventures & Outfitter. They could golf at Apostle Highlands Golf Course or even try out dog sledding through Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing.

Pick out Something Special at a Local Gift Shop or Art Gallery
Whether your gift be a piece of art from a local art gallery, a locally made candle from Madeline Island Candle Company or something special you pick out from a gift shop in town, your mothers will know it was picked out with love!

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For more information and ideas visit the Bayfield Chamber’s website and Facebook page!

Bayfield Activities For Your Wedding Guests (2)

November 6, 2014

Create an exceptional experience by offering memorable activities for your guests. While the main reason for your guests gathering is to watch you get hitched, Bayfield’s boundless beauty sets the stage for countless memorable experiences for them to enjoy during their stay. Check out some of the seasonal activities waiting for you and your entourage to dive into. Your wedding guests will be thanking you.

Part 2 of a 2 part series.

Entertainment + Leisure

Orchards + Wineries — Nestled in the rising hills of Bayfield are a bushel of scenic and charming orchards and berry farms. During the summer months, invite your wedding guests to experience the simple pleasure of picking a variety of berries. Come fall time, apples and homemade treats are the pride of the land. Don’t miss out on the unique treasure, Wisconsin’s Berry Capital, and all it has to offer. Find everything you need to know right here

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Apostle Islands Cruises — Your guests can go beyond simply sightseeing and learn about the culture, history and highlights of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands on one of several Apostle Islands boat cruises. Tour lighthouses or go hiking out on the islands, browse different cruises here

Museums + History Tours —  You know there will be a few history enthusiasts on the guest list, so why not introduce them to Northern Wisconsin’s rich history by inviting them to visit the Bayfield Historical Museum or Bayfield’s Maritime Museum? Visitors can also enjoy one of the town’s award winning historic walking tours along the streets of Bayfield.

Golf — It will only take your guests one time golfing Apostle Highlands Golf Course to know they need to take a little extra time to enjoy the scenic vista overlooking the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior. Northern Wisconsin golfing at its best, Apostle Highlands is located 500 feet above Lake Superior’s south shore and offers fantastic views of Chequamegon Bay!

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Concerts by the Lake — If your guests decide to get into town early or stay a little longer during the summer months, they’ll have the chance to enjoy an outdoor concert in Memorial Park along the shores of Lake Superior. Concerts take place on Tuesdays at 7pm. The view? They’ll be looking out to Madeline Island and the pier as the sun sets… They’ll have the best seat in town!

Shops + Galleries — Bayfield has no shortage of charming boutiques and galleries. When your guests are perusing through town, they’ll find a plethora of unique jewelry, art and clothing. Not what they’re looking for? Candy, fudge, fruit pies, fresh or smoked fish… Bayfield has that too! Find a list of retailers here.

Big Top Chautauqua — This famous blue circus tent on top of Mt. Ashwabay welcomes nationally and internationally known entertainment. Seating 900, there is more than enough room for your whole guest list if you wish it! Hands will be clapping and toes will be tapping. Check it out!

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Bayfield Activities For Your Wedding Guests (1)

October 30, 2014

Create an exceptional experience by offering memorable activities for your guests. While the main reason for your guests gathering is to watch you get hitched, Bayfield’s boundless beauty sets the stage for countless memorable experiences for them to enjoy during their stay. Check out some of the seasonal activities waiting for you and your entourage to dive into. Your wedding guests will be thanking you.

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Part 1 — Outdoor Adventures

Sailing & Boating — Bayfield is known for some of the best sailing in the world due to the shelter offered by the Apostle Islands. Charters can take you and your group out all day or for a shorter happy hour outing. Find more information here.

Kayaking — Apostle Islands kayaking is an experience not to be missed. Your guests will enjoy breathtaking views of rising bluffs and historic lighthouses while cruising along the pristine Lake Superior shoreline. Don’t forget to venture into the famous sandstone sea caves! Find more information here.

Hiking  — Whether your guests are looking for a quiet hike or to burn off a couple glasses of wine consumed at the reception, they’ll find it here (plus stunning views no matter the season) Check out this complete list of hiking trails in the area.

Bicycling — Cruise past orchards just outside of Bayfield on country roads or on biking trails
within the plentiful forests of the Chequamegon National Forest. Pick a route here and rent your wheels here.

Beaches — Crisp, clean waters and warm sandy beaches? Your guests will be sold. Don’t get us started on the views. Check out this map of beaches in Bayfield County here!

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Madeline Island — The possibilities are endless over on the island. Your guests will enjoy a beautiful 20 minute ferry ride from Bayfield before getting a taste of island life. Bring a car over or rent mopeds or bikes. Because there are so many activities on the island, the best way to find what’s most appealing to your guests is by exploring the Madeline Island Chamber website.

Dog Sledding — Riding a dog sled over the hills surrounding Bayfield is something few people think about when they think of this beautiful area, but now that your know of this secret adventure, syou can inform your thrill-seeking guests! Wolfsong Adventures will take them on an unforgettable ride. 

Skiing + Snowboarding — Wisconsin’s most delightful winter playground with great downhill skiing is just 3 miles south of Bayfield at Mt. Ashwabay. While racing down the hill, visitors enjoy the spectacular view of Chequamegon Bay. Your guests don’t event have to bring gear, rentals are available.

Ice Caves — The hype is real! Lakeshore cliffs along Lake Superior form crimson red borders to create an arctic landscape. Inside the ice caves awaits a fairyland of needle like icicles. If you’re in Bayfield in the winter, the ice caves are a must. Dazzle your guests with these hidden winter gems. All the information you need can be found right here

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