Dates: 10/7 – 10/10/2016
Events: Bayfield Apple Festival
If you have ever visited Bayfield, WI, you have probably taken a ferry over to Madeline Island, one of islands in the group of Apostle Islands. The ferry ride is an experience in itself, however pulling a full-sized truck and 26′ camper onto the ferry for the short trip to the island is an event in itself. It’s amazing that (for a fee) you can pull your camper along with several other vehicles and campers onto a small ferry and make the trek to an island for a weekend of camping!
Once you get to the island with its quaint shops and restaurants, including an open-air bar called “Tom’s Burned Down Cafe”, you will take a beautiful drive to the other side of the island to Big Bay Sate Park.
Big Bay State Park has a boardwalk that takes you on a beautiful walk with many small animals scurrying past you as you meander your way to small beaches and overlooks of Big Bay and Lake Superior. You can make this a day hike with a picnic stop or a quick hike just to breath in the forest air and smells of the cool water breezes.
If you want to leave the campground, there are many things to do in the area. The Island has a large family beach and many shops and restaurants. There are scooter rentals which is a fun way to explore the island. We made a stop at “Tom’s Burned Down Cafe” for a hot drink in the 40 degree weather then moved on to one of the local gift shops where we were able to design and paint our own tie-dye shirts!
Another highlight of our trip was the annual Apple Festival in Bayfield. We boarded the ferry back to Bayfield and wandered the streets filled with tents offering food, drinks and trinkets. We made several purchases and had lunch at our favorite Bayfield restaurant, “Greunke’s First Street Inn & Dining.” This restaurant brings me back to my childhood where I would “belly up to the bar” with my parents at our local cafe. This restaurant has a very home-town feel complete with breakfast bar and a variety of kitchen and dining room tables set up in different rooms as you would do at a large family gathering. The food is good and the company of easy-going tourists makes “Greunke’s” a must-stop if you are in the Bayfield area.