Monday, July 25, 2011

Sign up now for 2011 Fall Cultural Trip!

WHEN: October 7-9, 2011
WHERE: Bayfield, WI

WHY: 50th Annual Bayfield Apple Festival—"A festival of family, food, and fun featuring orchards selling their bounties, apple cider, caramel apples, apple pie, apple tortes, Bayfield’s own famous apple "brats" along with over 60 festival food booths, ongoing stage entertainment, fish boils, dance, rides and games, pie contests, an evening Venetian Boat Parade, a Grand Parade featuring the Wisconsin Mass Band of over 500 band members, orchard visits, vendors, arts and crafts, pie and apple peeling contests, Apple Dumpling Contest and street musicians."

WHO: The first people to contact me with a commitment by September 1st. All of the hotels in the area require a 2-night minimum. I have been told that there are no rooms available in Bayfield, so I have reserved 4 rooms at an Americinn in Ashland, which is about 20 miles away. (At this time, they have 3 additional rooms if I get overwhelming interest.) Originally, I had hoped to stay in Duluth on Friday night, and in the Bayfield area Saturday night, but with the 2-night minimum, that doesn’t work. And since Duluth is 1 ½ hours from Bayfield, I didn’t think we would want to drive back there Saturday night.

One thought is to leave Fergus Falls on Friday in time for an early dinner in Duluth, before driving to Ashland. Or for those of you working, who don’t want to, or can’t get away Friday afternoon, you could consider driving to Duluth Friday night, and meeting us in Bayfield or Ashland Saturday morning, and doubling up in the reserved rooms Saturday night. Each room has 2 queen beds at the AARP rate of $143.99. The hotel has an "activity pool" with water slide, sauna, etc. and extensive continental breakfast.

Bayfield and Ashland are situated in bays on Lake Superior, and the drive to Wisconsin should be beautiful in October.


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