Apostle Islands Journals

Island-hopping in Wisconsin

An August 2003 trip to Apostle Islands by karameister

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Quote: The Apostle Islands have so many nooks and crannies that you could spend weeks exploring them all! Unfortunately, we only had a few days but found a number of good spots anyway.

Apostle Islands Area Campground

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Hotel

Apostle Islands Area Campground Photo, Bayfield, Wisconsin
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Best Things Nearby:Bayfield is a few minutes drive, so there is easy access to the Apostle Islands! The AIAC is also closer to mainland Wisconsin than the other area campgrounds.Best Things About the Resort:The friendly owners, level campsites, and hot showers made this a great campground.Resort Experience:I have not camped in a tent since I was a wee Girl Scout, so when my significant other suggested that we rough it in the Apostle Islands, I was hesitant. But, I toughened up and we staked out for a night. The Apostle Islands Area Campground (AIAC from herein) is run by a husband and wife. They are very friendly and live on-site. As you enter...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2005

Apostle Islands Area Campground
Star Route Box 8
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814
(715) 779-5524

Egg Toss Cafe

Restaurant

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The Egg Toss Cafe is not hard to find. Favored by locals and visitors alike, there are signs pointing the way to this house turned breakfast joint. Even if you miss the myriad signs, ask anyone on the street, and they'll point you there. There is a good reason this place is so popular - the food! The Egg Toss Cafe knows how to fill you up on breakfast alone, and you won't be hungry until dinner. Homemade cinnamon bread, smoked apple sausage, and the Mexican omelet are just a few of the specialties. Every meal comes with a side: either bacon, sausage, toast, or potatoes. The decor at the Egg Toss is sunny, to say the least. The walls are a light wood panel, but there are hu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Egg Toss Cafe
41 Maypenny Avenue
Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
715-779-5181

Greunke's Restaurant (First Street Inn)

Restaurant | "Gruenke's"

Greunke's Restaurant (First Street Inn) Photo, Bayfield, Wisconsin
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Everywhere you turn, Gruenke's claims itself to be "fine dining". The entrance to the restaurant, the website, and ads all tell you that they are known for fine dining. I disagree. Maybe Gruenke's is indeed the finest dining establishment in Bayfield, but if you're from even a medium-sized city, it's just average. I had a feeling the moment I walked in - the restaurant feels like a diner. The first thing you see upon entering Gruenke's is the formica counter. Next comes the wood-paneled walls filled with kitschy memorabilia, and then the jukebox. The tables do have tablecloths on them, though, which may be their reason for being a "fine dining" establishment. The f...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 25, 2005

Greunke's Restaurant (First Street Inn)
17 Rittenhouse Avenue
Bayfield, Wisconsin
(800) 245-3072

Apostle Islands Excursions

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Attraction | "Apostle Islands Excursions - Grand Tour"

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The Apostle Islands are a fascinating area. There are 22 small islands that run along the North Shore of Wisconsin in Lake Superior. We were excited to see at least some of the islands instead of staying on the main land, so we opted for the Grand Tour. The Grand Tour promises "geology, history, legends, and lore," all on a 3-hour narrated journey. Gilligan's Island, anyone? Unfortunately, the tour wasn't quite as exciting as Gilligan's Island. I felt like I was back in high school, listening to a lecture on Wisconsin's history. The tour may be three hours to cover every island, but they really do not need to do so. Some of the islands are boring and do not have much histo...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Apostle Islands Excursions
City Dock
Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

Bayfield Winery

Attraction

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A small operation tucked away in northern Wisconsin, the Bayfield Winery feels more like a country store than a hip place to taste some fine wine.The winery and store are located in a large red barn overlooking Lake Superior. When you enter, you'll find plenty of varieties of locally-made wine and apples. There's also a wide selection of apple-related products, like jams, dips, apple chips, and corers. But let's get back to the real focus - the wine! The Bayfield Winery is open 7 days a week during the summer season (May-October). They offer wine tastings throughout the day, with about 10 different wines to choose from. They offer traditional honey wines, chardonnay, and - of c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2006

Bayfield Winery
Route 1, Box 199
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814
(715) 779-5404

Shopping Downtown Bayfield

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If walking isn’t exactly your cup of tea, the shopping district in Bayfield is for you. It is much smaller than many towns of comparable size, but packs in a lot of punch. In a 4- or 5-square-block area, you can find everything from hardware to traditional Scandinavian goods to lots and lots of monkeys! Monkey Business – 19 Front St.: You’ll go bananas! Sorry for the cheap cliché, but it’s true. This is where to go to find stuffed monkeys of all varieties and shapes, monkey T-shirts, monkey boxer shorts, and monkey coffee mugs, alongside other monkey collectibles. You can also shop online at the Monkey Business website. Keep...Read More

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karameister

karameister
Saint Paul, Minnesota

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