My wife and I booked one night at the Rittenhouse and I ended up selecting the ballroom at the Chateau.
The ballroom is on the 3rd floor of the Rittenhouse's sister property, which is a few blocks from the main house. It's still a gorgeous Victorian mansion with I believe 7 rooms. We were very happy with our choice once we saw both properties - the restaurant and front deak is in the main house so the Chateau offers a lot more quiet. There is a beautiful front wrap around porch to enjoy the lake views with, although our room did not have any views of the lake. I have seen a few people give negative reviews to the inn for this reason, but the price of the room reflects this fact. I thought the price was extremely reasonable all things considered and would love to stay in the ballroom again. We also did not note any musty smell that another reviewer complained about.
We also took part in the 5 course dinner at the main house. Oh my, what an experience that was. White fish liver for an appetizer, clam chowder with chunks of white fish and trout and tomato basil soup, we had a trout salad and a bacon vinaigrette on baby spinach salad, and our entrees were the filet mignon and the trout. The trout was the best preparation I've EVER had of lake trout, and I've had a lot. It was lightly floured, drizzled with olive oil, and served over capers, kalamatta olives and I believe wild rice. Amazing. Dessert was also very good. The service was outstanding.
We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Rittenhouse Inn is Bayfield, Wisconsin's first Country Inn Bed & Breakfast and gourmet restaurant offering 20 guest rooms in 2 Victorian homes and a private cottage. Accommodations include wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and spectacular views of Lake Superior. A full service restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, and dinner, and showcases regional cuisine in season. The Inn is located blocks from Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. This year-round getaway offers seasonal rates and special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Rittenhouse Hotel Bayfield