Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year's Eve in Bayfield

Greetings. We just got back from New Year's Eve in Bayfield!! Some un-named benefactors (you know who you are....) gave us a gift card for our wedding. It was for the Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield. So we inquired about a stay and found that we could use Dec. 31st as a Sweetheart special (for Sunday night stays) even though it was New Years! As always, clicking on a photo will get you a larger version, then click your back button to return.

These poor boats look quite cold, don't they? Not much action in the marina at this time of year, except for the Madeline Island ferry. It runs til the lake freezes, then they keep an ice road plowed, County H, the only road to exist for only part of the year.

There are still some geese around the area, and some gulls were around. Quite a different scene from the bustling summer season.

Looking North along the shore, you can see the gap between the mainland and I think it's maybe Basswood Island to the right. Not many boats out there! One local reported seeing someone kayaking out there on Sunday, wanted to be able to say he kayaked on New Year's Eve.

Apparently they are still fishing. Seems like it would have to be a terribly cold job.

This is the view of the harbor area as we were leaving Le Chateau Boutin, the house we stayed in. It's part of the Ritenhouse holdings and is on the National Register of Historic places. A wonderful old house you can see here.

I'll give you some photos of the Chateau in the next installment. We had a great time. We visitied some shops (and bought only an umbrella). It rained hard all the way from home to Bayfield on Sunday. During the night it blew really hard and snowed, but there was only an inch or so on the ground in the morning. This is the midmorning view of the lake as you leave the Chateau. More later.....

____________Hey!! Scramble those eggs, would ya???_____________


At 5:29 PM, January 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the pictures are wonderful. Such a nice place to vacation, by that beautiful lake. I am enjoying the blog more than ever being away from the old homestead. Keep up the good work.


At 6:10 PM, January 02, 2007, Blogger Yram said...

yes, basswood. may get our collapsable kayak out tomorrow. supposed to be great weather again tomorrow. seems to be quite a drought here...lake down but up a bit with the weekend weather.
had a lovely weekend here. lots of company and laffs.

At 6:55 PM, January 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pictures are lovely - it surely is a wonderful spot. However, if this was a HONEYM0ON hope your fun was warmer than the outdoors. Seems to me vacations should be in sand with sun!!! Hope that you had a good time. What a dandy house! Kate

At 10:50 PM, January 03, 2007, Blogger polkafan said...

bayfield is so yummy. im glad you had a nice time
thanks for the snow snow(man) pic!!!!


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