Friday, September 14, 2007

What Can You Do In Bayfield?

I wanted to start this by saying - What CAN'T you do in Bayfield?!!!?

But if you've never been...

It is one of my favourite destinations for a quick get-away.

Situated on the shore of Lake Huron, Bayfield is a beautiful,quiet town - the main road isn't a thoroughfare to anything, so once you've driven in and parked, you're free to wander and enjoy the peace.

The main street is lined with shops, galleries and restaurants, all housed in beautiful old buildings, nestled among trees. Wander into the shops, stop for lunch, then keep on going.

One of my favourites is Marten Arts Gallery a showcase for fine arts and fine crafts in many media. You can find jewelry, sculpture, paintings, housewares. I'm always a little breathless by the time I've finished looking!

Taking a Break Outside Marten Arts

On our last visit, we discovered a new store: Hutchinson's at 28 Main Street. They carry a mix of antiques, and hand-crafted items. The prices are amazing. In fact, I'm thinking we'll be heading back to do some Christmas shopping.

These are just two among many great shops to look through. But all that looking tends to make me hungry, so on to the food!

For a coffee or light lunch, you might try The Bean Bag. Lots of choice in the coffee and tea, and fresh, yummy fare for lunching or snacking.

Another great place is The Martha Ritz House, especially if you're in the mood for burgers or sandwiches. In the warmer weather, lunch on the patio really makes you feel like you're on vacation.

After lunch, you'll want to wander on down to the beach for awhile. Enjoy the breezes, get your feet wet, head over to the marina to look at the sail boats.

Dinner choices are plentiful, too.

There's The Little Inn, which I wrote about here. Or The Red Pump. Or a relative newcomer to the scene is the Black Dog Bistro, which features a traditional pub/bistro menu made fresh with local ingredients.

It's The Famous Black Dog!

Indoors by the fire, or out on the patio in warmer weather, it's one of my favourites.

With all the choices for eating and shopping, plus walking on the beach, watching the sunset or the nearby hiking trails, you'd be wise to make it an overnight, at least!

The Dining Room Windows at The Little Inn

I must admit, we've only ever stayed at The Little Inn, but there are many other places to choose from. Check the Bayfield website!


Marc and Marcy said...

Bayfield looks lovely and I would love to visit. I'd also love to visit Panifers - we stayed at the B& B in Stratford while Barb and Alan were there (and had some wonderful meals!!)

However, my husband, Marc Waldauer, is running for Onondaga County Family Court Judge, and we need to stay close to home (Syracuse). The meals we have had (quite a few) are so far from Alan's cooking as to be in another universe.

Please check out our Website:

Looking forward to hearing from you.

- Marcy Waldauer

Barb McMahon said...

Thanks, Marcy! Always nice to hear from our guests!

Best of luck with the election!