In September, to celebrate our 20th anniversary, my hubby and I spent two nites in room 405 of the Inn on Madeline Island's Lightkeeper building. The deck and comfy chairs were our place to rest after a busy day at Bayfield. The Lake is gorgeous. Our suite was gorgeous, the bed extremely nice, the linens soft and the hottub great. One drawback is there is no elevator so I assume the building is not handicap accessable. If you need a walker or crutches do not book into this property.
We had been there 18 years ago and a lot has changed.
If you go in the fall, most food/coffee shops do not open until Thursday so bring breakfast items to prepare in the microwave. There are dinnerware and glasses for 4. And a refrigerator. On the 1st floor is a big freezer where you can get ice, bring the bucket from your room or just carry the bag upstairs, but it won't fit into the freezer.
The ferry will take you to Bayfield where you will find high end shops, book stores, wine stores and great restaurants. One we enjoyed was Grunke's, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your get the blueberry pancakes, share them as they are SO BIG! Women, spend some time in 'the Ladies' and read all the stickers and posters!
On the Island, the Beach club has a tasty taco supper.
Food at the Pub is great and they make a real 'Grasshopper' with Ice Cream!
If you are visiting in the summer it is extremely busy and a lot to do, biking, scooters, windsailing, and Big Bay state park.
We are looking forward to a return visit next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn on Madeline Island, adjacent to the marina, offers 60 plus rental homes, cottages, condominiums, hotel suites and rooms. Beachfront pool, hot tub and sauna, Tennis courts and gift shop. Year-round lodging. The Pub restaurant is open April through October. Daily summer yoga classes and yoga retreats. Home to the Madeline Island Summer Film Series in early July. ... more less