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Winter Fun in Bayfield, WI

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Dog sledding, anyone? Bayfield, WI has it, and there are guided expeditions for newbies which might be most visitors. No need to go to Alaska to experience real dog sledding. Right at the top of the state, Bayfield freezes up nicely for skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and skating as well.

There are 130 miles of ski trails for cross country skiing, and they're "groomed." Snow shoe trails abound: more than 100 miles of them. Some trails are near Mt. Ashwabay where there is Nordic skiing with a chairlift and 13 runs. Yes, there are snowboard trails. This site has a snowfall base of 4-6 inches now and snow-making machines. The Alpine trail base is 6-18 inches, and a rope-tow and chairlift await.

The Bayfield WinterFest is March 4-6, 2016, just in case cabin fever takes a toll. Snow and ice continue to prevail, but everyone celebrates the coming of spring in "interesting" ways. A 5 km WinterDash is an obstacle course that includes most kinds of scrambling to get to the finish. It takes about two hours, so carbs may be in order before racing.

WinterFest also includes a nice candlelight trail walk and a contest of vintage ski wear. There is also a "shopping poker run," whatever that is, adding to these various outdoor activities. The Run on Water is a race to Madeline Island and back, just over 4 miles in length, and participants can walk, run, snowshoe, ski, skate, bike or "skijor" their way through it. Entrants must register and pay $15 for this excitement. Food and beverages are available, of course, so party on.

About three miles north of Bayfield, Legendary Waters Resort & Casino has gaming and slot machines along with an indoor pool and whirlpool. Evening entertainment is also on the schedule including various live acts. Lodging is available in the hotel, and there is an onsite restaurant.

Fans of indoor activities will enjoy the many restaurants in Bayfield, and there is a variety of cuisines. Local whitefish, chowder and soup are winter treats, but fresh, homemade pies may win the day. The New York Times, Gourmet and Bon Appetit have featured some Bayfield restaurants; proceed with glee.

Shops and galleries also grace the downtown in Bayfield for even more indoor fun. Reserve rooms at one of the hotels, lodges, cabins or other available housing in and around Bayfield. Make the winter more lively and less dreary. 

About the Author: Chelsea is guest contributor from Pinehurst Inn, a beautiful Bayfield bed and breakfast. 

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