A few weekends ago, Sean and I went to the Bayfield Apple Festival. It was deemed as one of the “10 Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the Nation” by USA Today, so we decided to take a day trip up there to see it for ourselves. We woke up Saturday morning, packed up the car, and headed north. It was about a three hour drive but ended up being longer because I tend to take a few detours…

It was a rainy drive up; the clouds were low and grey. We had made it into Bayfield County when in the distance, I spotted a cool photo opportunity. I could see the terrain suddenly gain elevation, creating a huge hill that ran for miles across the horizon. It was bursting with autumn colors and the low hanging clouds brushed the very tops of the trees.

Sean saw me looking at it and smiled,

“You want to go over there, don’t you?”

He took the next left and we started following random roads, hoping to find an angle where I could snap a photo. We drove and drove, winding our way through the countryside only to realize we wouldn’t be able to get to it. We chalked it up to a good try and started heading back to the main road. As we came over a hill however, we were greeted by this beautiful scene. I took a few pictures and then handed Sean the camera. I love this one he took of me!

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You’re looking good, October.

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After our little detour, we finally arrived in Bayfield. It’s just the cutest little lakeside town. Little shops and restaurants line the streets and sailboats bob quietly in the marina on Lake Superior. During Apple Fest weekend, Bayfield’s population swells dramatically. The streets were lined with cars and crowds of people milled about. We explored around the harbor and zigzagged our way through the crowds.

I think the reason I love Bayfield so much is because it feels like a setting in a novel. It has that misty harbor town feel, moody and mysterious; the type of town people write about in books.

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We also found this tiny, narrow little bookstore with books stacked from floor to ceiling. One of my dreams is to have a room like this in my house! How great would it be to curl up here on a rainy day and read?

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This is the same sweater I wore in my Sweater Weather post the other day. I’m slightly obsessed with it, mainly because of the bell sleeves. I wanted a few photos of me and my sweater so I had Sean take a few photos. In the middle of this mini photoshoot, one of the barges blew it’s horn and I nearly jumped right out of my socks.

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I’m really glad we were able to make it up here for this festival. However, next year I’d like to visit during a quieter weekend and just explore the area when it’s not so busy. I’m thinking a weekend stay at a quaint bed and breakfast and kayaking around the Apostle Islands sounds pretty nice 🙂

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