Apostle Islands Sea Caves and a Great Family Friendly Hotel

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.)

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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.

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We eventually came upon the caves. Simply amazing!!!! I really have no words to explain how magnificent they were.

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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.

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Yard game with a fun director on staff in the evening so parents can relax and kids can have fun:)

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A dock to fish off of or to sit and watch the sunset, which is what we did.

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A beach with chairs and two paddle boats are also parked behind the bush that you cannot see.

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And they even supply bug spray and sunscreen.

This was our picnic dinner our last night. We ate, played cards, and watched the sunset.

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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)

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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:)

 

 

 

 

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore-Bayfield, WI

On the third day of our vacation we woke up, packed up all our camping gear and were on the road by 8 a.m. to our next destination, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, WI.

As much as we love the outdoors and hiking, it was time for a little sight seeing and relaxation. We actually spent two days in this area. The first day we did lots of walking, some shopping, took tons of pictures and picked up our tickets we had ordered for a tour of the Apostle Islands sea caves the next day.

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We ate lunch at The Pickled Herring overlooking Lake Superior and had a delicious meal.IMG_0478

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By mid afternoon we headed back to Ashland, WI which was where we had a hotel booked for the next two nights. We checked in, looked over the grounds, and stopped at a local grocery store for some picnic items we needed for the next day.

After all that, we took advantage of blow up inner tubes offered by the hotel and my husband and I floated out into Lake Superior and drifted around for about two hours. It was so relaxing and refreshing.

We eventually figured it was time to head back to our room and change to venture out for some dinner. We found ourselves back in Bayfield, WI at a restaurant that was recommended to us while shopping that morning. Maggie’s is just a little building with flamigos everywhere. Even the building itself is painted bright pink.

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It was a fun place, packed from wall to wall, with great service. They have a very unique menu with many different items you typically would not find anywhere else. I enjoyed one of their specialty pizzas.

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After another big day, it was back to our hotel for a good nights sleep.

Tomorrow I will share the grand tour of the sea caves with you and tell you about the terrific family friendly hotel we stayed in.

More to come…

 

 

 

 

 

Our 2014 Summer Vacation

Hello,

We are back from vacation, everything is unpacked and almost put away. I have so much to share with you all that it’s hard to even begin to document everything. For now I will share a few pictures and return later in the week with more in depth details. Enjoy….

We camped at  Copper Falls State Park,

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hiked some easy trails with beautiful views,

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enjoyed some great freeze dried meals,

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After a few days of camping we moved on to another town and traded the tent for a soft bed and a shower in a hotel. Along with many comforts of home it also offered a perfect view of some spectacular sunsets.

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During the last two days of our vacation we took in the beauty of some sea caves in the Apostle Islands.

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We ate at some wonderful restaurants.

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Then ended our vacation with a small picnic watching over Lake Superior playing a game of cards together.

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I have so much more to share, from our great family oriented hotel, to trail descriptions, food planning, great restaurants and some great tips on visiting the Bayfield, WI area. However, until I have a free moment, this will have to do.