Inhabited Madeline Island makes a fine day trip and is reached by a 25-minute ferry from Bayfield. The isle's walkable village of La Pointe has a couple of mid-priced places to stay, a smattering of eateries and a g…
The Radish uses quality, sustainable ingredients in its deli wares. It's located by the docks and handy for amassing snacks to take on the boat tours. At night the chef serves tasty pizzas and seafood dishes.
The Chautauqua is a major regional summer event with big-name concerts and musical theater. It all happens under a big tent about 3 miles south of Bayfield. A free shuttle runs from the Seagull Bay Motel.
Big Bay is at Madeline Island's far edge, with a pretty beach and hiking trails. The well-maintained campsites are awesome and book up fast.
Kitschy, flamingo-themed Maggie's is the place to sample local lake trout and whitefish; there are pizza and burgers too.