August is the month of our wedding anniversary. 33 years this year! Most years we are in Maine during this time, but this year, some things prevented us from being there… (so far… still working on that though…)
So on this special day this year, we decided to hop in the car and drive North to the shores of Lake Superior and enjoy the day walking around the little town of Bayfield, Wisconsin.
Bayfield is a tiny town at the top of the state of Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior.
Although it is a tiny town, it is packed with quaintness! The first weekend of October, Bayfield has the famous ‘Apple-fest’ where thousands of people celebrate with every kind of apple dish and beverage you could imagine in this gorgeous setting. We’ve visited during that festival time many times and it’s so much fun, but the streets are packed with vendors and people, not exactly how the street scenes look in these pictures I took on our trip this week.
The downtown is a few cross streets with antique buildings filled with fun shops including several that have ice cream, coffee, clothing and candy and of course lots of shops featuring water and lighthouse themed items.
The lake curves around the point of the town of Bayfield, so there are so many good views of the water and boats from the town.
The town is nestled on the edge of the land, with steep hills and woods to the West, and with the shores of Lake Superior on the East.
With several churches in this small town, steeples are sprinkled throughout the wooded hills and skyline.
Who said a chain-link fence can’t be beautiful? Each link is huge, (hard to show the scale in this pic) and welded to the next, creating a solid fence, to lean against as one takes in the water views.
Here you maybe get a better idea of the size of the links, the fence was about 4’ high, so what’s that make each link… 6” or so?
On the left you can see the ferry docking station. Both pedestrians and cars are welcome, for a fee of course, and the ferries make stops to the Apostle Islands… I’m not sure if it stops at more than the one inhabited island: Madeline Island, but for sure I know it goes there.
We’ve been there several times, visiting friends that used to have a home on the island, traveling via the ferry or one time when we stayed on the island so late that we missed the ferry, we went back to the mainland on our friends huge boat/yacht… that was a very fun treat.
From almost all the streets, is a view of the water, apparently this old sailor is always keeping his eye on the water too.
On the way out of town, the charm of the fish market sign with the fish weather vane atop exemplifies the casual quaintness of Bayfield, WI.
Next time, I’ll share with you some of the public buildings in Bayfield, followed up with another post highlighting some of the houses, inns and cottages there.
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