“Vacation” day one – to Bayfield!

Posted by Nate in Travel.
Saturday, April 5th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

20080405180352_pict0002.jpg20080405180711_pict0005.jpg20080405180735_pict0006.jpg20080405180803_pict0009.jpg20080405180824_pict0010.jpg20080405180857_pict0011.jpg20080405180916_pict0012.jpg20080405180930_pict0013.jpg20080405180945_pict0014.jpg20080405181017_pict0015.jpg The pictures largely speak for themselves here: what’s a trip through Duluth without a stop at the Brewhouse at Fitger’s??  No trip we’d be on, tell you that!  And what’s a stop at the Brewhouse without a few refilled growlers??  And what goes best with two full growlers??  The answer of course, lies two doors down: a malte from ye olde shoppe.

Then down along the South Shore — a first for both of us! — where we took in an amazing view of an enormous bald eagle hunting in a field.  This natural beauty, however, was utterly upstaged by the even more amazing view of the offcie / office sign.  Come on.  That’s just too cool.

Then we were in Bayfield at our wonderful green-tourism-friendly B&B, the Pinehurst Inn, where we made best friends with the innkeepers.  They are a driving force in the Wisconsin sustainable business scene, and it was great to chat with them about travelgreenwisconsin.com and compare it to greenroutes.org and possibly dream of partnering someday…

Finally we went out to pick up our free llamas, only to be sidetracked into a crazy but delicious and fun flamingo-filled restaurant called Maggies.  Yum.  On the way out Karen was inspired to snap a quick pic of this pretty cool wood carving of a couple embracing and releasing a butterfly.

Bayfield is deserted this time of year, which I suppose is understandable, but really it’s almost nice to have the small town to ourselves!  The innkeepers tell us the ferry is planning make it’s first run of the season tomorrow(!!), and we’re hoping to watch it break the ice and come in to the dock (it leaves from the island).  Then we’re planning to take it back to Madeline Island and explore for bit before returning for one more night here and then off on the rest of the journey!

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6 Responses to ““Vacation” day one – to Bayfield!”

  1. Karen Says:

    BTW, vacation was in quotes because we’re on our way to a conference where Nate will have to work, and because I just finished doing some work while Nate was posting this and will have to do more… but we’re on vacation, really. BTW.

  2. justin Says:

    Yeah, Maggies is rad. Love that place.. Some day, I’d be dazzled to retire in the area.

    You guys are going to LOVE the UP.

  3. Q Says:

    You know, life looks pretty darn rough. I’m sorry your vacation is turning out to be such a bust. That’s too bad.

  4. Rick Says:

    Sweet road trip! I didn’t realize you were going to take it slow and visit such nice places. And good bird reporting – bald eagles are awesome!

  5. Marianne Says:

    Looks like a fantastic start to a vacation, or a “vacation.” I just spent some time with Google Maps figuring out where you are and where you’re going. What a great trip, keep the posts coming!

    So, did you pick up the llamas after the flamingo dinner? Maybe you forgot….

    I am anxious hear about the ferry coming in and breaking the ice and your ride to Madeline Island. Happy vacationing!!

  6. Marianne Says:

    I checked out Green Routes to see the REAL reason you haven’t been posting, Nate. Checked out Travel Green Wisconsin -also a nice site. I really liked some of the features on Green Routes tho, you did a really good job making it very easy to use.