Monday, August 11, 2008


Greetings from Carmela's Cucina,

I first read about the Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, Wi. about 25 years ago. Cuisine Magazine did a Christmas article about them and I have been wanting to make a visit there ever since. I finally made it last weekend.
Located at 301 Rittenhouse Ave. in Bayfield, it over looks Lake Superior and provided my husband, two of our close friends and me a beautiful weekend get away.

When we arrived to this beautiful B and B we were give a beautiful assortment of chocolate treats which included chocolate covered strawberries, a double chocolate cookies and a chocolate pecan clusters. The tray was decorated with fresh raspberries from one of the many farms in the area and with fresh figs which was a nice surprise.

After lunch we walked around charming Bayfield and admired the many boats docked in the marina. We returned to our rooms for a little rest and then gathered later in the afternoon for some champagne on the porch over looking one of the great lakes. The weather was picture postcard perfect and so was our weekend. It was so worth the 25 year wait to get there! I hope it won't take you as long to make the trip.

To learn more about this quaint little hotel and the area go to their website at: This weekend gets a perfect 10.

More about our weekend adventures in the days to come.

Buon appetito,

Carmela Tursi Hobbins

The rooms are spacious and done in the Victorian style and included a fireplace which would have been very welcome during the winter months and a whirlpool tub. The furnishings are quite beautiful, the room was very comfortable and the staff very warm and helpful.

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