Bayfield County Wild Podcast

Ron BerginHit the trails in this episode of Bayfield County Wild, as Co-hosts Nancy Christopher and Mary Motiff, director of Bayfield County Tourism, talk to Ron Bergin, publisher and editor of Cross Country Skier Magazine and an outdoor sports enthusiast, about Bayfield County’s highly-rated trail system for cross country skiing and mountain biking, as well as some of the best ways to cure cabin fever in February.

An Event-Full February

Fat Tire Biking is all the rage in Bayfield County with groups like the  leading Fat Bike Safaris at a new location, either on ice or through the woods, every Saturday. Locations for the Saturday rides are posted each week on North Coast Cycling’s Facebook page and bike rentals are available for visitors.

Visitors who enjoy the great outdoors have many opportunities to watch or take part in events:

Feb. 3: The Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race has cross-country classic and skate ski races for kids 8 and under, middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults.

Feb. 3 and 4: The 23rd Annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race is held both Saturday and Sunday with two main races: a 10-dog, 80-mile race and a 6-dog, 60-mile race. There’s also a 40-mile Sportsmen’s’ Race, a 6 to 8-mile Family Race and a 6 to 8-mile Youth Race (16 and under). Multiple spectator locations are available with amenities including a warming tent, concessions and bonfires.

Feb. 11: The North End Classic Ski Race is an annual 25k and 12.5k cross-country classical ski race to benefit the North End Ski Club.

Feb. 17: The “Book Across the Bay Race” , is open to skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability. The 10-kilometer course is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world’s largest lake. The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route.

Feb. 17: The 19th Annual Drummond Bar Stool Race is the craziest bar stool race across snow you’ll ever witness in Drummond, Wis.

Feb. 18: The “Bike Across the Bay” is a 10k and 20k race on fat tire bikes across Lake Superior, starting on the Washburn shore with gorgeous ice formations on the brownstone cliffs along the shoreline.

Feb. 24: The American Birkebeiner is North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon, attracting over 10,000 racers and featuring a 50k Skate and 55k Classic race from Cable to Hayward, Wis.

March 2-4: Bayfield WinterFest is a wild weekend of fun celebrating winter with on last hoorah

March 10: The Fat Bike Birkie is the premier on-snow bike event in North America. Riders test their skill and endurance on the professionally groomed American Birkebeiner Ski Trail!

Lots of Valentine dining specials are available in mid-February. Find options on our website: travelbayfieldcounty.com.

Trail Blazing

Bayfield county is a hub for cross-country skiing activity and has been a training ground for winter Olympians, and host to the Junior Nationals, the IPC Paralympic Games and Super Tours. Ron Bergin shares his involvement with two great organizations that have literally blazed trails, creating cross country skiing and mountain bike-specific trails. The North End Ski Club has developed a great trail system with a warming cabin and more than 30km of groomed trails interconnecting with the Birkie Trail and Birkie Classic Trails. Another organization, the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) has developed the longest, uninterrupted mountain bike trail system east of the Rockies. The trails were recently designated as an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Ride Center, recognizing the trail as large-scale mountain bike destination that offers something for every rider. 

Ice Cave Update

Mary Motiff gives the latest news regarding walking access to the famous ice caves. While the caves are not currently accessible, Mary says don’t give up. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page gives frequent updates for visitors.

Bayfield Countys New Story Map

Located on the Tourism home page of the Bayfield County website is a button that takes visitors to Bayfield County’s new story map that explores where to “play, eat and stay” in the county. Every point of interest is mapped and listed alphabetically, so that visitors can look up the location and information about what they are interested in. Also new, are listings for “adventure lodging” where you can find more exotic places to stay, including Yurts, a treehouse and sailboats.

March Preview

We’ll talk about Frog Bay Tribal National Park in Red Cliff, Wis. It is the first Tribal national park in the nation.

If you like what you’ve heard, and want to learn more about Bayfield County, be sure to subscribe to our podcasts.

Get a little WILD at travelbayfieldcounty.com, and don’t forget to explore our interactive map.

Affiliate Notes

Lakewoods Resort - Lakewoods Resort in Cable, Wis., is next to more than 600 miles of super-groomed trails in Bayfield County. You can ride for a week and never cross your tracks.

Spot Supper Club & Resort – Nestled in the Northwoods with a million-dollar view, the Spot Supper Club & Resort in Iron River, is a year-round feast of outdoor adventure. If you have a hunger for great food and adventure, this resort is for you.

Winfield Inn & Gardens – This is the perfect family vacation destination. There are lots of lodging options, plus a spectacular view of Lake Superior and close proximity to attractions and events in Bayfield.

Legendary Waters Resort & Casino – On the shores of Lake Superior in Red Cliff, the hotel offers 47 deluxe rooms and premiere suites, each with a Lake Superior and Apostle Islands view. The Casino has 24/7 entertainment, featuring all your favorite slot machines and table games.

In this episode of Bayfield County Wild, host Nancy Christopher talks with Mary Motiff, Bayfield County’s Director of Tourism, and P.C. Rasmussen, General Manager of Lakewoods Resort, about the abundance of winter fun at the resort and what else Bayfield County has in store this winter.

Lakewoods winter

Winter Wonderland
Winter is in full swing in Bayfield County with plenty of snow for all of your favorite outdoor winter activities! There are more than more than a dozen trail systems across a half a million acres of combined county and national forest land dedicated to cross-country skiing, fat biking, and snowmobiling. One trail even offers a great spot for downhill skiing and tubing, and another for the unique sport of skijoring (Not sure what skijoring is? Pay close attention at 1:53!). And, don’t forget to save the date for the  Birkie Tour! (Note: this is a ski event only, not fat bike as mentioned in the podcast)

If you’d rather be out on the ice in the winter, Bayfield County won’t disappoint! Ice fishing is an extremely popular winter activity in the area. You can choose to ice fish just for fun, or you can participate in the array of ice fishing tournaments throughout the winter. A couple of the fun ice fishing events coming up include the Fishin’ Chicks ladies-only fishing contest fundraiser for breast cancer awareness on Spider Lake and the  8th Annual Four Seasons Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Namakagon, both on January 20th.

For a more nostalgic tribute to winter, you will want to mark your calendars for the 32nd Annual Northwoods Sleigh and Cutter Rally on January 13th. Ride in replica sleighs from the 1800s that are pulled by beautiful horses from the region. This storybook-like event is held at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.

Lakewoods Resort
Lakewoods Resort, in Cable, Wisconsin, is a full-service resort next to more than 600 miles of super-groomed trails in Bayfield County. Lakewoods has been a family-owned resort since it opened in 1907. They take pride in their personal service, and are the #1 snowmobile destination in the nation. Located in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this all-season resort has more than 100 rooms, an indoor pool, a hot tub, and two restaurants that feature regional specialties with many locally sourced foods.

In addition to the many amenities Lakewoods Resort has to offer, many events are also held on the grounds throughout the year. Details on all of the events at Lakewoods can be found on their  Event Calendar.

A few upcoming events at Lakewoods Resort:
January 2018:
6-7     Cor Powersports Races
13-14 SnowFest Pond Hockey Tournament

February 2018
9-11   WI Cross Country State Ski Meet

March 2018
3       World's Longest Weenie Roast
9-11  Hot Air for Hearts Balloon Rally

February Preview
You’ve all heard about them, hopefully, soon it will be time to witness the beauty once again! Late January/early February designates the time of the year for the indescribable Ice Caves on the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. The National Park Service monitors the ice conditions and teams up with local organizations to communicate ice readiness for visits. Keep tabs on all of the latest Ice Cave updates on our website!

If you like what you’ve heard, and want to learn more about Bayfield County, be sure to subscribe to our podcasts. And don’t forget to follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with all of the latest Bayfield County events!

Get in touch with your inner wild at travelbayfieldcounty.com, and don’t forget to explore our interactive map.

Affiliate Links
Woodside Cottages of Bayfield – Woodside Cottages offers a quiet, warm, comfortable setting on spacious grounds that offer lots of room to enjoy the outdoors. Their lodging is just a two-minute drive from downtown Bayfield, WI or an easy 1 ½-mile hike or snowshoe into town along the historic Brownstone Trail next to Lake Superior.

Loon Saloon – Enjoy one of the best pizzas in the Northwoods at Loon Saloon, and they offer a full menu of burgers, wraps, and appetizers. Loon Saloon is a great stop on the snowmobile trails and is a hub for some of the best ice fishing in Bayfield County. Plus, there is a bait shop and convenience store on site to help you prepare for a great day on the lake.

Woody’s Food & Spirits – Enjoy a Lake Superior fish fry or a delicious homemade pizza at Woody’s Food & Spirits in Herbster, WI. It’s a must-stop on snowmobile trails, and don’t forget to try Woody’s very own inferno chicken wings – they will surely warm you up after a day on the trails!

Hyde’s Resort on Buskey Bay – For fine dining and a comfortable place to stay in Bayfield County, check out Hyde’s Resort on Buskey Bay. Enjoy fishing on the Pike Chain of Lakes, or snowmobiling on the thousands of miles of trails right outside their doors. Ad days end, enjoy steaks, burgers, seafood, pasta, or your favorite cocktail in their lounge. Hyde’s Resort has clean, comfortable cabins and a five-bedroom apartment.

In this episode, host Nancy Christopher will talk with Mary Motiff, Bayfield County’s Director of Tourism, and John Thiel, co-owner of Howl Adventure Center, about winter fun and dog sledding.

Find Winter Fun Outdoors
Find the best fun in Bayfield County outdoors! There are more than more than a dozen trail systems dedicated to cross-country skiing, fat biking, and snowmobiling. One trail even offers a great spot for downhill skiing and tubing.

Howl Adventure Center
Sled Dog adventureBayfield County has some trails dedicated to dog sledding, and the Howl Adventure Center will help you enjoy every mile of it. John talks about the tours that Howl/Wolfsong Adventures offers, where you’ll get to meet the dogs, harness them up, learn about steering and braking the sled, and have an exhilarating experience on the trails. Plus he gives us a little tidbit on the new adventure center coming to Bayfield County next year.

Kicking Off December
Christmas in Cable - Art & Craft Fair with over 50 vendors, Festival of Trees and Breakfast with Santa at Lakewood's Resort. Be sure not to miss the holiday shopping sales at area specialty stores. 

 Holiday Spirit Gallery Tour - See the work of Bayfield's artists on display for the holidays. Beautiful paintings, pottery, metal sculptures, wood carvings, fiber arts and more.

Oulu Glass Gallery – See glass blowing demonstrations and a holiday show at Oulu Glass Gallery. View their incredible pieces and, if you’re feeling creative, sign up for a class to experience the art of glass blowing.

Holiday Open Houses & Events – Learn more on our website: travelbayfieldcounty.com.

January Preview
Ring in the New Year at various restaurants in Bayfield County that offer delectable meals and specials.

Sleigh & Cutter Rally and Parade- Northwoods Harness Club presents the 32nd Annual Sleigh & Cutter Rally. 1800's costumes, antique sleighs.

Birkie Tour - The BirkieTour is an untimed, non-competitive, “open-track” style event on a loop course up to 47 km. Spend the day skiing with family and friends with a morning start time window, short and long distance options, aid stations along the trail, and food and beverage at the start/finish when you’re done.

February Preview
Book Across the Bay – Cross-country ski, snowshoe, or walk across frozen Lake Superior from Ashland to Washburn.

If you like what you’ve heard, and want to learn more about Bayfield County, be sure to subscribe to our podcasts.

Get into nature at travelbayfiedlcounty.com, and don’t forget to explore our interactive map.

Affiliate Links

Lakewoods Resort - Lakewoods Resort in Cable, Wisconsin, is next to more than 600 miles of super-groomed trails in Bayfield County. You can ride for a week and never cross your tracks.

Runamuk Rides - Located in Iron River, WI, Runamuk Rides offers both guided and unguided ATV, UTV, and snowmobile rentals. In addition to rentals, they also offer sales, service, and fuel at four locations along the endless trail systems.

Legendary Waters Resort & Casino – On the shores of Lake Superior in Red Cliff, the hotel offers 47 deluxe rooms and premier suites, each with a Lake Superior and Apostle Islands view. The Casino has 24/7 entertainment, featuring all your favorite slot machines and table games.

Washburn Inn and Harbor View Event Center – The Harbor View Event Center is the perfect place to host a memorable experience for any type of event or celebration.  Relax next door at the newly-remodeled Washburn Inn and plan your next event at the Harbor View Event Center.

In this episode, host Nancy Christopher will talk with Mary Motiff, Bayfield County’s Director of Tourism, and James Taylor, owner of Runamuk Rides to talk about the amazing ATV and snowmobiling trails in Bayfield County. We’ll also talk about upcoming holiday events.

Best of Bayfield County Contest
Winners have officially been released!

Holiday Shopping
Bayfield County has many different shops and galleries that people can visit for holiday gifts and entertaining. The area also hosts a number of holiday bazaars and has a Holiday Spirit Gallery Tour just around the corner. Find more events on our Events Calendar.

Runamuk Rides
Located in Iron River, WI, Runamuk Rides offers both guided and unguided ATV, UTV, and snowmobile rentals. In addition to rentals, they also offer sales, service, and fuel at four locations along the endless trail systems.

Runamuk Rides
Bayfield County Trails
Bayfield County has some of the best ATV and snowmobiling trails in the state. Jim shares his favorite trails in the area, describes the tours Runamuk offers, and discusses popular off-road technology and vehicles.

Upcoming Events
Wine Tasting Dinner
Wine tasting dinner event hosted at Lakewoods Resort.

Chequamegon Bay Turkey Trot
5K walk or run along the Lake Superior shore. Funds raised are donated to the Chequamegon Bay Area Community Fund.

Tree Lighting Events: Various communities embrace the excitement of the season with traditional tree lighting ceremonies and events, beginning in late November.

Hunter Dinners
Many communities throughout the county host Hunter Dinners to raise money for various fundraisers. Find them all on our Calendar of Events.

If you like what you’ve heard, and want to learn more about Bayfield County, be sure to subscribe to our podcasts.

Get in touch with your inner wild at travelbayfiedlcounty.com, and don’t forget to explore our interactive map.

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Affiliate Links
Tri Lake Timbers - Tri Lake Timbers, in Iron River, has a variety of beautiful cabins with access to snowmobile, ATV and hiking trails galore. In the summer, relax on the swimming beach or rent a pontoon or fishing boat and get out on the water.

Valhalla View Pub & Grub - Valhalla View has 24-hour pay at the pump fuel, drinks, and food to satisfy you and your machine. One of the best dining experiences around, Valhalla View has a full dinner menu, daily specials, all-you-can-eat salad bar, hand-made pizza and more!

Barnes Trading Post & Wilderness Inn - This historic property in the Town of Barnes began in 1888, and is now a get-a-way for all seasons. Fishing, hiking, swimming, water skiing, picking wild blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in the summer months, plus hunting, snowmobiling and ice fishing during the winter months. Relax in any of 8, beautifully-themed suites and enjoy the great company at the bar, which serves great food breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Flying Eagle Resort - Nestled between Basswood Lake and Spirit Lake in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Flying Eagle is adjacent to the major snowmobile and ATV trails. Relax in any of our 13 fully-furnished modern cabins or more than 150 campsites, and enjoy a full-service bar and restaurant located on-site.


Episode 2

In this episode, host Nancy Christopher will talk with Mary Motiff, Bayfield County’s Director of Tourism, and Jon Hamilton, of White Winter Winery, to learn about the many divine beverages White Winter has to offer, as well as local agritourism. Additionally, we will highlight the upcoming Bayfield Apple Festival and preview a couple favorite Bayfield County holiday happenings.

Bayfield Apple Festival
Bayfield’s annual Apple Festival is a celebration of the autumn harvest and Bayfield’s agricultural history. This year’s festival is October 6-8, 2017. 

White Winter Winery 
Located in Iron River, Wis., White Winter Winery has been creating handcrafted meads since 1996. One of the truly authentic features about White Winter Winery is that they create their meads, spirits, and ciders by sourcing locally grown fruits. Mead Mead is an alcoholic drink made from honey, water, and yeast. The entire fermentation process takes approximately 12-18 months, from start to bottled and ready to enjoy.Image of prize-winning White Winter Hopped Cider

The Winery
The best way to experience White Winter Winery is to visit the winery in person. White Winter offers tours, a tasting bar, and has a gift shop with everything from hats and handcrafted items to bottled varieties of each of their delightful meads, spirits, and ciders. 

Agritourism
Agritourism is growing in popularity across Bayfield County as locals and visitors alike continue appreciate the value of locally grown produce and fresh, farm-to-table foods.

Holiday Preview
Wassail Dinner Concerts at Old Rittenhouse Inn: Treat yourself to an experience like no other that combines a delectable meal, music, theatre, and history into one unforgettable, holiday event.

Tree Lighting Events: Various communities embrace the excitement of the season with traditional tree lighting ceremonies and events, beginning in late November. 

Be sure to subscribe to our podcasts, and don’t forget to grab the White Winter Winery coupon that Jon mentioned during the show! 

Get into nature at travelbayfiedcounty.com, and don’t forget to explore our interactive map. 

Affiliate Links 
Erickson Orchard - Erickson Orchard is a family-owned apple orchard and strawberry farm in Bayfield, Wis. that has been in business since 1954. Together they have kept the farm growing and offer cider, baked goods, jams & jellies and lots of other treats at the country store. 

Old Rittenhouse Inn -  Old Rittenhouse Inn is Wisconsin’s first Bed & Breakfast. The Country Inn and gourmet restaurant offers 20 guest rooms in 2 Victorian homes and a private cottage with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and spectacular Lake Superior views.  

North County Vacation Rentals - North Country Vacation Rentals offers comfortable vacation home rentals and cabins conveniently located on or near ATV/snowmobile trails in Drummond, Grand View, Cable, Barnes, Cable, Delta and Iron River, Wis.

Episode 1

Hello and welcome to the very first Bayfield County Wild podcast. This show features the year-round splendor of natural beauty and culture that Bayfield County, Wisconsin, has to offer.

In today’s episode, we will be talking with Mary Motiff, Bayfield County’s Director of Tourism, and Mike Garnich of Good Earth Outfitters to explore some of the area’s breathtaking natural wonders.

Natural Wonders

With over 900 lakes, hundreds of miles of trails, abundant orchards and berry farms, and the renowned Sea Caves, Bayfield County is a nature lover’s dream. Kayaking is a favorite local activity, as is muskie and trout fishing, and hiking.

Culture

If exploring culture is more your style, you’ll be able to embrace what the locals call the good life, where relaxation and quality living are top of mind. Area restaurants feature farm-to-table goodness with homegrown berries and produce, locally caught fish, and local wineries.

Good Earth OutfittersGood Earth Outfitters

Good Earth Outfitters, located in Cornucopia, WI, offers affordable, semi-private tours of the legendary Sea Caves. Experience the cave formations up close and personal with Captain Mike and Good Earth Outfitters.

Be sure to join us for our next podcast, where we will be speaking with John Hamilton from White Winter Winery.

Get into nature at travelbayfiedcounty.com, and don’t forget to explore our interactive map.

Affiliate Links

Erickson Orchard - Erickson Orchard is a family owned apple orchard and strawberry farm in Bayfield, WI that has been in business since 1954. Together we have kept the farm growing – planting and selling apples & strawberries for pick-your-own and ready-picked.

Old Rittenhouse Inn - Old Rittenhouse Inn is Bayfield, Wisconsin’s first Country Inn and gourmet restaurant offering 20 guest rooms in 2 Victorian homes and a private cottage with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and spectacular Lake Superior views.

North County Vacation Rentals - North Country Vacation Rentals offers comfortable vacation home rentals and cabins conveniently located on or near ATV/snowmobile trails in Drummond, Grand View, Cable, Barnes, Cable, Delta and Iron River, Wisconsin.

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