Hotel Chequamegon overlooking the Chequamegon Bay - Ashland Wisconsin
In the late 1800s, Ashland, Wi was one of Wisconsin's largest cities and a major Lake Superior port. But the end of the logging era and other economic changes took its toll. In the latter part of the 20th century Ashland was on the official list of depressed areas. But today, the city is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. The Chequamegon Hotel (pictured below), built in 1986 to recollect Ashland's grand era, is among the revitalizing changes occurring.
Ashland Wisconsin Travel Directory (our Ashland home page).
Holiday & Winter 2017 -2018 Events
Big Water Film Festival, Ashland - November 8 - 11th
Christmas Activities & Parade - December 2nd
Northwoods Sleigh & Cutter Rally - Jan 13th
Sunday Ice Car Races - begin Jan 18th
King of the Bay snowmobile drag race - TBA
Book Across the Bay Snowshoe & Ski Race - Feb 16 -17th
Ashland Wisconsin Chamber Calendar of Events
Many of the buildings of downtown businesses and shops are being preserved and restored. It is fun to go shopping in a real downtown instead of an urban Mall.
Ashland Mural Walk
One of the many murals that are refurbishing the sides of downtown buildings. See more Ashland Murals here.
The Ashland Waterfront Trail, a paved walking, running, and biking trail, stretches all along Ashland's lakefront from Masalowksi Beach on the west end to Bayfront Park on the east end of town.
Half way along the trail is a pedestrian underpass of Highway 2 that joins the trail with the downtown area. It comes out in the new Pearson Park.
The Artesian Well Kiosk at Masalowski Beach is favorite stop for locals and visitors alike. Jo is refilling a small bottle for the road, but most visitors go away with gallons of the tasty spring water.
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is a don't miss stop, 2.5 miles west of Ashland off Highway 2. Interactive exhibits, multi-media theater, museum, gift shop, and five story observation tower.
There's also a 3/4 mile boardwalk nature trail. Nearby Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge offers more hiking and nature walks. Go "Here" for more info and photos of the Center and some Lake Superior Facts
Some Ashland - Bayfield Wisconsin Area Links
SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2017
Copper Falls State Park
is near Mellen, Wisconsin.
See the lighthouses on an Apostle Islands Cruise.
Take a scenic drive of
farms and orchards in the Bayfield area are open for fall produce.