Bachelor + Bachelorette Parties: Bayfield Style

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.

Calling all Bayfield Love Stories!

December 12, 2016

Did you get engaged or married in Bayfield? Did you spend your honeymoon here with your newlywed? We are searching for real love stories, taken place right here in Bayfield, Wisconsin!

Named the most romantic town in Wisconsin by Discover Wisconsin, Bayfield is perfect for honeymoons, weddings, elopements and getaways. We would love to learn more about you and feature your love story!

Bayfield WeddingsPhoto Credit: Studio10 Photography

What do you need to do?
For the chance to be featured on our blog, please comment directly on this blog post or onto the original Facebook post with the following:
1. Is your love story a proposal, wedding or honeymoon?
2. Date of your love story
3. A little summary of your story
4. Bonus: A picture of you two during your time here!

Please Note:
This is open for couples, if you are a wedding vendor please do not submit your client’s story. You are welcome to tag them, but it is up to the actual couple to submit.

Take a look at our resources and inspiration page!

Interview: Anna Johnson of Superior Body Massage & Spa

May 2, 2016

Whether you are planning a bachelorette party, honeymoon or a pre-wedding spa day – Superior Body Massage & Spa has a variety of packages and services for you!

This day-spa is located in downtown Bayfield. Open year-round, they offer massage, facials, spa treatments, manicures, pedicures and facial waxing.

Read on to  hear about the bachelorette groups they have hosted, their newly renovated spa, the bridal packages they offer and their recommendations for brides!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Superior Body Massage & Spa.
Superior Body Massage & Spa is on the eve of its 10th anniversary. We opened in May of 2006. We have been at the same location the entire time, adding on more space every few years as we’ve grown.

We finished our last remodel and the addition of almost 1000 more square feet of spa space at the end of last year. It turned out beautifully and we now have three treatment rooms (a couples massage room, a wet room for spa treatments and an individual treatment room for massage and skin care). We also have a large nail service room with two spa pedicure thrones and our manicure station.

With the remodel we were able to make our reception area much larger to include retail space of some great new product lines and also make our waiting area much more private for groups.


What inspired you to start your own spa here in Bayfield?
I had moved away from the area for a couple of years and my then-boyfriend, now-husband convinced me to move back here with him. There was no one doing anything like this at the time – and there still isn’t – so it was the perfect time to open a day spa here.

What wedding related services do you provide?
We offer massage, facials, spa treatments, manicures, pedicures and facial waxing.

Do you have a bridal package? If so, what does it include/entail?
We do have a bridal package that can be viewed on our website, it includes a massage or facial as well as a manicure and pedicure. Although groups do book this package, often bridal groups design their own package because we have such a large service menu and typically not everyone wants to do the same services. For bridal groups of four or more people, I discount their custom designed packages 10% when they book by May 1st.

Have you hosted any particularly memorable wedding-related parties/groups?
We recently had a large bachelorette group come in that were all dressed in red flannel, which was very cute. Another group did a Geisha theme, we hung paper lanterns and they drank sake. We have had groups as large as 14 and as small as just the bride and her best friend. Some bring in loads of munchies, desserts and champagne and make a party of it. Others just really want to chill-out before the big day. They are all a pleasure to have here.


What is the most common service you provide for newlyweds on their honeymoon?
Any of our couples massage services are very popular for newlyweds. Bayfield is a hot spot for honeymooners wanting to stay within driving distance of their homes and there are some Saturdays where we have three or four newlywed couples. It’s fun to hear them congratulate each other.

Do you sell gift certificates?
We do sell gift certificates both on our website and at the spa.

Are there any recommendations you have for brides?
From a logistical side, I recommend handing the spa-day planning off to a bridesmaid or family member. There are so many details and decisions with any sized wedding and it’s really enjoyable for brides to just get to show up and enjoy themselves without having to organize another event. That being said, plenty of brides really want to make sure that the day goes as they envision, in which case I recommend contacting me directly a couple months prior to help design the perfect spa day for you.

What advice do you have for couples (or brides) planning their wedding in Bayfield?
Plan an extra few days in Bayfield after your wedding so you can relax and enjoy Bayfield as a newly married couple.

To learn more about Superior Body Massage & Spa visit their website + Facebook page!