Today we went to the quaint little village of Bayfield, settled in 1856 with a population 457. During the summer season and week-ends, it population swells because of its location on Lake Superior. It is Gateway to the Apostle Islands. It is the port for the Island Tours and Ferries.
We had planned to take a boat tour of the islands, but all tours were sold out for the weekend. We were disappointed with that, but drove around the area and discovered Hauser's Superior View Farm. Located 600 ft. above Lake Superior it was settled in 1908 by a Swiss American family. John Hauser was a gifted horticulturist who grew strawberries and prize-winning potatoes. Today Hauser's Superior View Farms is one of the largest producers of northern field-grown perennials in the country. They offered a wine-tasting of their apple and fruit wines today and we happily took part. Most of their wines are sweet and light and are all produced from fruit they raise.
We ate lunch at Greunke's First Street Inn. Built in 1863 in the heart of downtown Bayfield, it offers fine food, quaint lodging,and traditional Wisconsin fish boils.
This is a small, but beautiful town that has tremendous arrays of flowers planted outside all of the buildings. It is very clean and cozy and offers great opportunity to get up close and personal with Lake Superior.
We also went to the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, located in Ashland, WI. It is a four season facility capturing the unique qualities of this multi-state region. It has a 5-story observation tower with a panoramic view of Chequamegon Bay. Ashland and Bayside have snowmobile trails designated through-out the towns and surrounding areas for winter residents and guests.
Tomorrow we plan to spend time in Ashland, WI and maybe find a couple of local waterfalls. This is a beautiful area of Wisconsin, but not very heavily populated. Would love to see some of their wildlife. They have magnificent wild flowers blooming everywhere. I truly enjoy seeing all of them and wish I could take them home with me.
I hope to order some plants from the Hauser Farm. Who knows, maybe they will even survive in our red clay soil back in Piedmont Virginia.