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).
2019 Spring - Fall Ashland WI Events & Festivals
Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival - May 16 -18, 20179
Apostle Islands Inline Marathon - June 15th
Superior Vistas Bike Tour, Washburn - June 22nd
Bay Area Car Show - July TBA
4th of July Parade, Concert, Fireworks over Lake Superior
Board Across the Bay - July 26 - 27
Ashland Bay Days Festival - July 19 - 21th
Ashland County Fair - August 15 - 18th
MuralFest & Car Show - September 7th
Red Clay Classic Super Stock Car Championship - Sept 27 -28
Whistlestop Marathon & Blues & Brews Festival - October 12 - 13th
Big Water Film Festival, Bay Theater - November 6 - 9th
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
Holiday & Winter 2018 -2019 Events
Big Water Film Festival, Ashland - November 7 - 11th
Christmas Activities & Parade - December 1st
Northwoods Sleigh & Cutter Rally - Jan 12th
Sunday Ice Car Races - begin Feb 1st
King of the Bay snowmobile drag race - TBA
Book Across the Bay Snowshoe & Ski Race - Feb 16th
SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2019
See the Best Scenic Fall Color Drives Around Lake Superior & when Peak Fall Color is expected to arrive.
Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory
Camping along the Lake Superior Circle Drive.
Take a scenic drive of
farms and orchards in the Bayfield area.
See the lighthouses on an Apostle Islands Cruise.