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301 Rittenhouse Ave Bayfield, WI 54814
301 Rittenhouse AvenueUSWisconsinBayfield54814
(715) 779-5111rittenhouseinn.com
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The first Bayfield, WI bed and breakfast, the Old Rittenhouse Inn features luxury suites, a fine dining restaurant, and stunning Lake Superior views. Join us in our Wisconsin bed and breakfast for a getaway to remember!
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Victorian-era inn with sophisticated rooms, plus a refined restaurant & flower gardens.- Google
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Shelly Johnson
10 months ago
I cannot say enough about the comfort, hospitality and the food! Rittenhouse is by far the BEST bed and breakfast I have every stayed in. Normally old mansions turned into such places need repair, try to hard to be eccentric, or otherwise fall short of expectation. Not so at the Rittenhouse! Modern conveniences for comfort without spoiling the décor of the period in which the house was built is what you will find. Great bed, shower, spectacular view (from room X), whirlpool hot tub in room (much welcomed after walking around all day for hours on end, and there is so much within blocks of the Inn to see), fridge, and clean everything! There is no TV, but you don’t need it (and I would not have wanted it, I’d miss the views)! There is plenty to do and even in the Inn itself, you can play board games, socialize, or spend a quiet moment swinging on the front porch swing reading. The warmth and hospitality from the staff is overwhelming—so eager to help and make your stay memorable. The FOOD. Do not leave there without experiencing it. The included breakfast is 2 courses, and absolutely delectable. We are gluten-free, and if you let them know of diet restrictions ahead of time, they accommodate! We didn’t have to skip delectable breads and sides like we normally have to because they made special gluten-free alternatives to whatever they baked or put on the menu that day. You feel important, cared for and the stay was worth every penny. We will be back. It is my new favorite place for rest.
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Franklin Pierce
a year ago
I must say I was truly impressed with my stay at Rittenhouse. It has a victorian flair to it, but the room I stayed in had a modern feel and was not frilly, as is the problem with some places. First off, Bayfield was great. It was off season in the Spring but it was still a great place to just be by the water. Top things at Rittenhouse: Fantastic views out over the Lake, amazing breakfast special (if they have biscuits make sure you get them), friendly staff, and just an all around serene and comfy atmosphere to relax for a few days. Can't imagine staying anywhere else if I come back to town.
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Larry Skupien
2 years ago
My husband and I recently stayed at the Rittenhouse Inn for the first time. It was a wonderful experience! As others have commented, the food is superb, the service is outstanding, the place is impeccable, and the people there are so warm and friendly. They "bend over backwards" to accomodate you and make you feel at home. The rooms are all different, and they are beautiful! We will definitely return to the Rittenhouse when we visit Bayfield again. This time we went dog sledding, which was amazing!!
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Sarah Menya
2 years ago
Wonderful brunch!
Ann C
a year ago
We had a very nice stay in Bayfield at the Old Rittenhouse Inn. Located in the downtown area, we were able to walk to shops and restaurants from the Inn. The room was large and comfortable and the breakfast was filling and delicious. So if you’re wondering why I only gave 3 stars it is because this Bed & Breakfast felt more like a restaurant that has an inn attached to it. The only way to meet the owners/hosts is to have dinner - they recite the menu to each table. Usually when you stay at a B&B the host serves you breakfast and talks about the house, the area, their story, etc. The breakfast is continental, although you can purchase hot entrees on the menu – served by a wait staff. Here it felt like we were going to a local restaurant for breakfast - and had the awkward feeling of needing to leave a tip – but our wallets were still up in our room. They give you a bill – even if you don’t order anything so you can leave a tip on your room tab – so really the option to leave a tip for an included meal is really expected. This might have been okay had we known what to expect. Finally - it would have been nice to have a separate dining space for guests of the inn and a separate entrance to the rooms – it was often quite tight coming and going. In closing I had a nice stay but I don’t think I would stay again as there was nothing that wowed us about the stay.
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Sara Sauer
a year ago
My husband and I stayed at the Rittenhouse Inn for our 15 year anniversary this past Thursday - Saturday. The staff was very kind, going out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. For breakfast the menu was recited by memory, and when we asked questions they had all of the answers. We tried different breakfast entrees (quiche, ham and egg scramble), with the blueberry cobbler one day and fruit, granola and yogurt another, definitely leaving full and with a small bag of breads/muffin left over! We stayed in room XI, very plush, super clean, loving that the housekeeper came in daily to freshen up our rooms! The rooms were wonderful with many options for comfort - whirlpool, steam shower ******, bench window seat, outdoor balcony, comfortable sofa, romantic lighting, plush towels, complimentary robes for our use, and much more. The Inn was close to everything - we walked all over town, loving the small town atmosphere. We definitely plan to be back and stay again at the Rittenhouse!!
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Joe Topinka
2 years ago
My wife and I stayed the the Rittenhouse (Chateau) this past week and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We have stayed at both locations and have always had an amazing experience. The grandness of the venue and the top notch service are hard to beat. The food is the best in town and the service is the same. We have been going to Bayfield for the past five years and stay at the Rittenhouse each year. We couldn't be more enthusiastic about our recommend for the Rittenhouse or Chateau.
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A Google User
3 years ago
The Rittenhouse Inn is my all time favorite place. I think of it as my home up north. A staff that takes care of "my" home when I am not there, and takes care of me when I am there. The food is phenomenal, the rooms are fabulous. The attention to details and cleanliness are superb, the staff are so knowledgeable and friendly. Jerry and the Phillips family are the perfect Inn keepers and always ready to strike up a conversation. I also love the Big Lake, time on the water, the views, my quiet time reading on the big wrap around porch and my new room in the Chateau. Thanks everyone! And my highest recommendation to all of you.
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Famous Lake Superior Ice Caves to open Saturday, February 28, 2015! Join us in exploring these amazing natural caves. Reserve Your Stay Now!
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Enjoy a great winter getaway with a Sled Dog experience. These hands-on trips include the opportunity to get to know the dogs, harness them up, and drive your own team!
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Come witness the magnificent changing of the fall colors and enjoy some fantastic midweek savings. Book 3 nights from now through November 6th and save 50% off your 3rd night.

Escape to Bayfield on spectacular Lake Superior!
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Check out our blog for a preview of the new cookbook coming out next week!!
New Cookbook Arrives in July Here at the Inn, the excitement is building for the impending release of our new cookbook! After nearly two years of hard work
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Our brand new cookbook is coming out in about a week!  It features lots of recipes with local and regional ingredients, such as our smoked trout salad. Give us a call to order a signed copy!
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We are working on our new cookbook, due in June!
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Apostle Islands Sailing Adventures are an ideal way to experience Lake Superior’s National Lakeshore Wilderness Area. Book our convenient packages now!
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For your fix of winter fun, call us at 715-779-5111 or visit our website at www.rittenhouseinn.com for winter packages including skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and more.
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Snowshoeing is an excellent way to experience nature in the wintertime - explore the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Bayfield and the Apostle Islands!
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Lake and Island views from Suite X at Old Rittenhouse Inn
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The lake ice is getting ready to break up! The white lines you see are ice roads #1 and #2. The rest is punky blue ice, ready to disintegrate. This was taken from the 2nd floor balcony of Le Chateau a couple days ago
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