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Explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Program Number: 12512RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2014 - 9/18/2014; 10/6/2014 - 10/11/2014; 6/7/2015 - 6/11/2015; 6/21/2015 - 6/25/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/10/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/24/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Bayfield (Wisconsin), Wisconsin
Price starting at: $749.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover the remote Apostle Islands, 22 Lake Superior isles (only one of them inhabited) off the northern tip of Wisconsin. Learn about the history of shipwrecks in this area and board a boat to discover the historic lighthouses that guide ships and boats safely through the sometimes-rough waters. In Bayfield, the small fishing town where this program is based, a National Park Service Ranger tells you more about the environment of this area including which wildflowers are in bloom.




Highlights

• Ride the ferry to Madeline Island (the only inhabited island in the chain) to explore Big Bay State Park with its pristine barrier beach and boardwalk.
• Delve into the history of shipwrecks near the Apostle Island in an expert presentation by the director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center.
• Hear some great tales of how the locals survived in the early years in this beautiful but sometimes harsh environment.



Activity Particulars

Walking a few blocks on sidewalks; some moderate hills.




Date Specific Information

9-14-2014, 6-21-2015

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10-6-2014

This week has an additional day and includes visits to the orchards and wineries that dot the Bayfield countryside.
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Coordinated by University of Wisconsin-Superior.




Bayfield (Wisconsin)

Gateway to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, an archipelago in Lake Superior, this area is rich in history, culture and natural wonders, including the Anishinabe Indian heritage, French fur traders and Lake Superior's majestic shoreline.



Accommodations
Comfortable inn on the shores of Lake Superior.
Meals and Lodgings
   Bayfield Inn
  Bayfield, Wisconsin 4 nights
 Bayfield Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The Bayfield Inn is the premier hotel in Bayfield, Wisconsin. It is located in the heart of Bayfield, right on the waterfront of the city pier and city garden, with a great view of Madeline Island and sunrise each morning. Extensively remodeled in 2003 the knowledgeable staff will be ready to assist and attend to your every wish.
  Contact info: 20 Rittenhouse Ave.
Bayfield, WI 54814 USA
phone: 800-382-0995
web: www.bayfieldinn.com
  Room amenities: A/C, cable TV, phones/dataports, hairdryers, down comforters.
  Facility amenities: On-site sports bar and art gallery.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $95.00 to $195.00 Please contact the hotel as soon as possible to book any additional nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $95.00 to $195.00 Please contact the hotel as soon as possible to book any additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM at hotel in Bayfield, WI. You will be staying at Bayfield Inn that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM at hotel in Bayfield, WI. You will be staying at Bayfield Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bayfield, Wisconsin
  Nearest city or town:  Washburn, WI
  Nearest highway: Hwy 13
  Nearest airport:  Duluth International Airport (DLH)
  From End of Program
  Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Duluth, MN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

 
Driving Directions
  Duluth/Superior Take Hwy 2 east. Just outside Superior, you will see a Bayfield-Port Wing sign for Hwy 13. This is the scenic route. Once in Bayfield, this turns into 1st St. The Hotel is on this street by the marina, on your left. You can also stay on Hwy 13, drive through Washburn into Bayfield. Once in Bayfield, 13 turns into 6th St. Turn right on Rittenhouse Ave. Inn is at the end of the road by the marina on your right.
  Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport From the Airport: Start out going NW on Glumack Drive, merge onto MN-5E toward MN-55 / St. Paul / Minneapolis. Merge onto I-35E N to Exit 242B, take the I-694 W / US-10 exit, Exit 113. Merge onto I-35E N via Exit 47 towards Duluth. I-35E becomes I-35 N. Merge onto I-535 S / US-53S via EXIT 255B towards Wisconsin. Crossing into Wisconsin, then take the US-53 S / WI 35 S exit toward US-2. Keep right to take US-53 S ramp toward US-2 E. Once in Wisconsin: Take US-2 east. Just outside Superior, you will see a Bayfield-Port Wing sign for Hwy 13. This is the scenic route. Once in Bayfield, this turns into 1st St. The Hotel is on this street by the marina, on your left. You can also stay on Hwy 13, drive through Washburn into Bayfield. Once in Bayfield, 13 turns into 6th St. Turn right on Rittenhouse Ave. Inn is at the end of the road by the marina on your right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival at the beautiful Bayfield Inn and greeted by the Road Scholar coordinator. Dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, September 14)

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 Afternoon: Please register with the Road Scholar coordinator at the Bayfield Inn Dining room by 4:00PM to pick up your arrival packet containing your updated program information.
 Dinner: Dinner will be held in the hotel restaurant/meeting room. We have worked hard to create menus with dishes that are both healthy and nutritious as well as tasty. If you have special dietary requests, please by sure to advise us prior to your arrival for the program. Our caterer will let us know if they can accomodate your request. Dinner is an opportunity to become acquainted with your fellow participants and to discover what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.
 Evening: After dinner we will have an orientation meeting. We will review the materials in your packet including the schedule and answer any questions you may have about the program.
   
Accommodations: Bayfield Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Enjoy lectures about the Bayfield Area History, presentations from the National Park Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.
(Monday, September 15)

Note: There is about a 6 block walk uphill to the National Park Service. The U.S. Coast Guard building is approximately 3-4 blocks from the hotel on level sidewalk. Participants are invited to drive if they so chose to either or both locations.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the meeting room, with a gorgeous view of the public pier on Lake Superior, Madeline Island and the sunrise.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: A retired historian from the National Park Service will give us the history of the Bayfield area along with some entertaining stories and a beautiful slide presentation.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will take a walk through town and visit the historic National Park Service Building. We will hear a lecture on the Apostle Islands as well as the wildlife and vegetation that inhabit those islands.
 Dinner: Another delicious and nutritious meal!
 Evening: FIELD TRIP: After dinner we will have a presentation from some of the staff at the US Coast Guard. Then we will walk to the Coast Guard Station itself for a brief tour.
   
Accommodations: Bayfield Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Take an Apostle Island cruise in the morning and learn about the shipwrecks among the Apostle Islands in the afternoon. End the day with a tour and presentation of the Bayfield Heritage Center and tour of the Bayfield Heritage Center.
(Tuesday, September 16)

Note: There is about a two block stroll to the dock for the cruise. The Bayfield Heritage Center is about a 5 block walk uphill from the hotel. Participants are welcome to drive if they so chose.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room - another great meal.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We will take a three hour boat tour with the Apostle Islands Cruise line. We tour by historic lighthouses and get a close up view of the sea caves in the area.
 Lunch: We will enjoy yet delicious lunch!
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: A presentation about shipwrecks among the Apostle Islands will be given by the retired director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center/Army Corps of Engineers in Duluth, Minnesota. You will get to see and hear stories about some of the many ships that went down in and around the Apostle Island. This will highlight the importance of the Coast Guard even more!
 Dinner: Dinner will be back at the hotel.
 Evening: FIELD TRIP: We will walk up to the Bayfield Heritage Center for a special presentation.
   
Accommodations: Bayfield Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Enjoy a ferry ride to the beautiful Madeline Island. You'll be treated to a bus tour of the island and the museum with a lecture on the fur trade.
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: Optional walking on Madeline Island at various stops. Bus is the main transportation during this activity.



   
 Breakfast: Another delicious and hearty breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We will take the ferry to Madeline Island. Once on the island we visit the Madeline Island Museum and are treated to a lecture on the fur trade. From there we head to Big Bay City Park and walk along the barrier beach. This is an incredible stretch of pristine sand that Mother Nature is constantly changing.
 Lunch: We will enjoy another wonderful meal on the island.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We are treated to a bus tour of the island with various stops along the way including an artisan shop and church. We'll learn from a native how they thrive in summer and how they survive in the winter.
 Dinner: Back at the hotel dining room for another great dinner.
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Bayfield Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: We conclude our time together with another exciting lecture from Bob Mackreth and then bid farewell to all.
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Our retired historian from the National Park Service will be back to entertain us with stories of the people who settled this incredible area and their trials and tribulations. Another beautiful slide presentation will give you a glimpse of what those folks encountered and how they lived in this wild, beautiful and sometime scary place
 Lunch: Bid farewell to all with boxed lunches to go!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Bayfield, Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
National Park Service. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/apis/
  Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Your guide to Bayfield. For additional information, visit www.bayfield.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


La Pointe: Village Outpost on Madeline Island


Author: Hamilton Nelson Ross


Description: The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has republished a long-out-of-print classic of Wisconsin history, La Pointe: Village Outpost, by Hamilton Nelson Ross (1889-1957). The book, which first appeared in 1960, provides a 300-year history of La Pointe, a community on Madeline Island, one of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands. With flair, humor, and solid scholarship, Ross tells the story of the region's evolution. Madeline Island served initially as a refuge for the local Ojibway from their enemy the Sioux before the arrival of French explorers in 1659, then an epicenter of the fur-trade era in the eighteenth century, and finally a summer vacation spot for businessmen and industrialists. Today the island attracts thousands of summer tourists who vastly outnumber the 200 or so year-round residents. Ross first visited Madeline Island from his native Beloit as an eight-year-old, returning again and again over his lifetime to the Ross family cabin in La Pointe. His years of careful study and observation served him well. Ross told the region's story so eloquently that his book helped persuade Congress and the President in 1970 to preserve the islands in perpetuity as the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.



Superior's Jewel: The Apostle Islands Trilogy


Author: Barb Dimich


Description: A dauntless street sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department, Kat LeNoir possesses courage and confidence until she shoots a man to death in the line of the duty. Follow it up with another near death encounter on a hot city night and Kat suddenly finds herself incapable of serving the citizens or commanding her patrol. There’s only one way out--to resign. Emptied of life, terrified of failure, Kat returns to Madeline Island and discovers island peace shattered by the crosscurrents of her hometown’s first murder and an outsider homicide cop on a two-year search for a killer of sixteen-year-old girls. While it’s clear nothing will stand in his way of catching a crazed killer, especially a lady cop who couldn’t hack it, it’s also clear that his determination and her dwindling courage turn into a battle of wills that can salvage or destroy what’s left of Kat’s pride.



Tales of Bayfield Pioneers: A History Of Bayfield


Author: Elenor Knight


Description: Tales of Bayfield Pioneers is an exploration of a wonderful past. To read it is to come away with a sense of place. The times, the lives of the pioneers and settlers, the shipwrecks, community spirit, and institutions of a fledgling community on the shores of Lake Superior are meticulously documented for posterity. Eleanor Knight, "provided a new appreciation of local history to the citizens of Bayfield during the Centennial period." Eleanor, the grand-daughter of one of Bayfield's pioneers and captains of industry, William Knight, was one of Bayfield's finest and talented writers and highly qualified to document and record the wealth of historical facts. She has left a legacy for all to enjoy. Now, citizens of Bayfield and the future, together with the Knight family, can share the history of early Bayfield, as written by Eleanor Knight and published in the Bayfield County Press from 1950 through the 1956.



The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom


Author: Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri


Description: The Four Hills of Life tells the wise and beautiful Ojibwe story about the path we walk through the seasons of life, from the springtime of youth through the winter of old age. The hills we climb along the way are the challenges we face and the responsibilities we accept. The path is not always easy; some of us lose our way. We question the meaning of life. But when we walk the Good Path—when we commit to values and fulfill our goals—the meaning of life finds us.



This Superior Place: Stories of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands


Author: Dennis McCann


Description: Picturesque little Bayfield on Lake Superior is Wisconsin’s smallest city by population but one of its most popular visitor destinations. This book captures those unique qualities that keep tourists coming back year after year and offers a historically reliable look at the community as it is today and how it came to be. Abundantly illustrated with both historical and contemporary images, This Superior Place showcases, as author Dennis McCann writes, “a community where the past was layered with good times and down times, where natural beauty was the one resource that could not be exhausted by the hand of man, and where history is ever present.” Because Bayfield serves as “the gateway to the Apostle Islands,” the book also includes chapters on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Madeline Island, and the nearby Red Cliff Ojibwe community. It also covers the significant eras in the city’s history: lumbering, quarrying, commercial fishing, and the advent of the orchards visitors see today. It is not a guidebook as such but more of a visual and written tour of the city and the major elements that came together to make it what it is. Colorful stories from the past, written in Dennis McCann’s casual, humorous style, give a sense of the unique characters and events that have shaped this charming city on the lake.




What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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