The last day of our vacation was spent taking the grand tour of the Apostle Islands sea caves. We boarded the boat at 10 a.m. and returned to the dock at 1:15 p.m.. We traveled with Apostle Islands Cruises.
We were two of the lucky 37 people allowed on the top deck for prefect viewing of everything around us. (If you want to be on the top deck, be in line early, it is first come first serve.)
They took us around many of the islands, pointing out facts about each one along the way. I saw a commercial fishing boat in action for the first time and could not believe the amount of sea gulls waiting for a hand out.
We eventually came upon the caves. Simply amazing!!!! I really have no words to explain how magnificent they were.
The cruise company made sure to make enough passes so that each side of the boat could get close up pictures They were patient and a wonderful company to have traveled with.
****A word of advice, if I may. Bring a lot of sunscreen and water. Top deck is VERY hot and you are up there for many hours.
After our tour we tried to find somewhere to have lunch, but being it was a Saturday, everything was so busy with tourist we decided to head back to Ashland and have lunch there.
****Another word of advice, plan ahead, buy your tickets ahead for any tours, and make reservations ahead if you plan to be there on the weekends.
After lunch we headed back to our hotel, which I cannot say enough good things about. We have stayed at many AmericInn’s all over the state of WI and this is by far the most unique one yet.
This place could easily be a vacation destination all by itself and for not a lot of money. Besides the typical hotel rooms, they offer an indoor splash park (sorry no pics, we stayed far away from the kiddos,after all, it was my vacation too), free breakfast, and everything was clean and the staff was friendly.
Then you go to the back yard of the property and prepare to be amazed. Remember I said that they offered inner tubes for play time on Lake Superior, well that is not all they offer for FREE!!! Take a look….
A patio with chairs, tubes, life jackets, fishing poles and free bait in the lobby to fish with. A gas grill and charcoal grill for guest to use. Free smores ingredients to roast over a nightly bonfire.
Yard game with a fun director on staff in the evening so parents can relax and kids can have fun:)
A dock to fish off of or to sit and watch the sunset, which is what we did.
A beach with chairs and two paddle boats are also parked behind the bush that you cannot see.
And they even supply bug spray and sunscreen.
This was our picnic dinner our last night. We ate, played cards, and watched the sunset.
They also have free bikes to use on the local trail near the hotel. And believe it or not, they even offer bug window cleaner for these nasty bay flies that these poor people found all over their vehicle one morning. (We made sure never to park next to any light posts)
I really would seriously recommend this hotel to anyone, with or without kids. It had everything you could think of and then some.
And I do want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to the Honda Dealer in Ashland,WI. We ran into a little issue with one of our tires and showed up on the doorstep of their dealership 20 minutes before they closed for the weekend. They helped us, made our repair, and had us on our way again in a matter of minutes. What started as a little issue could have made our trip home a disaster but thanks to them, we made it home with no problems at all. Thank you so much!!!!
That was our summer vacation. Busy, active, fun and relaxing. Just like we like it. It’s just too bad we have to wait another year to plan another one…or maybe not.
If you have any specific questions regarding the Bayfield/Ashland area, Copperfalls State Park or any trails we hiked let me know. I will do my best to make your trip to this area as memorable as our is:)