Old Rittenhouse Inn
About Our Inn
An elegant Country Inn with Lodging and Dining in two historic Queen Anne-style homes and a private cottage. Onsite Restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Amenities include Lake Superior views, free WIFI, wood-burning fireplaces, private baths and whirlpools. Located 4 blocks from Lake Superior and the gateway to the Apostle Islands. The Rittenhouse offers Romantic Getaways, Red Wine & Fall Brew Weekends, Wassail Dinner Concerts, Murder Mysteries. Destination Weddings and Elopements are a specialty, with an onsite Events Director to coordinate the details. Gift certificates are available. The Inn is open year round. Check website for seasonal dinner hours and special offers.
Things To Do In Our Area
Bayfield is the gateway to Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore wilderness area. Nearby Madeline Island is accessible by ferry, and contains several of the many excellent beaches in the area. There are outdoor opportunities in both summer and winter, from kayaking, sailing, hiking and biking, to skiing, snowshoeing and dogsledding. Bayfield is known as the quintessential seaside town of the Midwest.
Top Events In Bayfield
Bayfield is home to Big Top Chautauqua, a giant blue canvass tent that hosts concerts, plays, and more throughout the summer months. The BTC has brought national recording and touring artists such as Brandy Carlile, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Greg Brown, Bonnie Raitt, and many more to this tiny lakeside town. Bayfield hosts a popular Art Festival the 3rd weekend of July, and the famous Bayfield Apple Festival the first weekend of October. Speaking of apples, Bayfield is surrounded by a series of farms and orchards that produce a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are several wineries to visit in ‘orchard country.’ Downtown Bayfield is filled with cute shops and casual restaurants. For a fine dining experience, visit Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn for a menu emphasizing local and regional products to create unexpected twists on classic cuisine.
Awards & Distinctions
Trip Advisor Hall of Fame, Award of Excellence for 10+ years
Lake Superior Magazine Best of the Lake, multiple awards for lodging and dining
Featured in Gourmet, Midwest Living, Minnesota Monthly, Victoriana, Travel & Leisure, Wisconsin Trails, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times
Lifetime Achievement Award from PAII (Jerry)