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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
"It is my new favorite place for rest."
"We could not have been more pleased with the staff and Victorian facilities."
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Jeff J
a month ago
You have to go to this B & B! Wow, knocked our socks off. The most romantic setting in Wisconsin. Bedrooms are so plush, food is amazing and staff was so accommodating. They do it right. It is nice to see a business that still understands what customer service is.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you Jeff, your words mean much to us. Hospitality is our life, and we are so fortunate to have amazing guests like you! Wishing you the best, Mark and Wendy
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Joe DiBiase
2 months ago
The Old Rittenhouse Inn has great food and great service!
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thanks for the review, Joe. We're glad you enjoyed the food and service and look forward to your return. Warm regards, Mark and Wendy Phillips, Innkeepers
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Shelly Johnson
a year 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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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Shelly, thanks so much for your Google review of Old Rittenhouse Inn. You seem to have really captured what we're all about, and we truly appreciate the kind words. We look forward to your next visit. Warmest regards, Mark and Wendy, Innkeepers
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Sara Sauer
2 years 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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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thanks for your review Sara! We are so happy you enjoyed your anniversary stay at Old Rittenhouse Inn's Suite XI. That is one of our favorite rooms too, especially the window seat looking over the lake. Thanks for pointing out our close proximity to shopping and the marinas, we love the fact that there's no stoplights in Bayfield and everything's within walking distance. Thanks again for the kind words. We look forward to your return.
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Doug Jacobson
8 months ago
We stayed at the Rittenhouse on our wedding anniversary. We could not have been more pleased with the staff and Victorian facilities. The 5-course dinner was a unique, culinary delight. Our server Lance was a special delight with his skills, attentiveness, and professional etiquette. We will return often.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thanks for your review, Doug. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at Old Rittenhouse Inn. We are always surprised and honored by how many of our guests are here to celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding anniversary. It's probably because of great employees like Lance, who share our vision and work hard to take special care of guests. Thank you for your stay, we look forward to seeing you again. Mark, Wendy and staff, Old Rittenhouse Inn
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Terry St Martin
10 months ago
We had an absolutely wonderful 2 day stay celebrating our 30th Anniversary at the Old Rittenhouse Inn! We loved the property, the staff, and the food! Thank you!
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thanks for your review, Terry. We appreciate your comments and your patronage. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the future.
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Ann C
2 years 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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Response from the owner - 7 months ago
Thank you for your review. We're glad you found the room to be large and comfortable and the breakfast filling and delicious. We regret that you were not "wowed" by your stay and wish we had done more to earn a 5 star review. We do feel the need to respond to the comment that "the only way to meet the owners is to have dinner." This is simply not true, as one of our family members is onsite nearly all the time, whether it's Jerry, Wendy, Julie, or Mark. Unlike many smaller B&Bs, we have a total of 20 guest rooms and suites in three historic Bayfileld, WI properties. We also have an onsite gourmet restaurant that is open to the public for breakfast and dinner. This is a lot to manage, and we rely on our staff of about 25 year-round employees to accomplish everything. We have learned over 40 years of innkeeping that some guests prefer more contact with innkeepers, while some definitely prefer less! We try to use cues from our guests to determine how much interaction they prefer and provide the right amount. We don't always get it right, and we're sorry if we failed in this case. One other thing to note: as of January 1, 2014 we include a 2-course hot breakfast with every overnight stay. The reason we give a bill to our houseguests is so they might add an evening meal or a server gratuity to their lodging folio if they so choose. As the review noted, we have waiters who serve our guests (we are a full service restaurant after all) and we do hope our guests will show some appreciation for the efforts of our staff, though it is left to the individual's discretion. As to the last comment in the review regarding separate entrance to the rooms, we are blessed with an old victorian house and we make the best use of the space we can. Guests looking for more space and less hustle and bustle associated with a busy restaurant may find our Le Chateau property to be more ideally suited to their needs.
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Franklin Pierce
2 years 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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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thanks so much for your review of Old Rittenhouse Inn. We're pleased you enjoyed the views, breakfasts and staff. I always think spring is one of the best times to visit Bayfield... we're so glad you visited us and spent some time by the water. It always seems to do wonders for me! Looking forward to your return, Wendy and Mark, Innkeepers

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