This building dates from 1901, but the parish was originally founded by Father Frederic Baraga, "the Snowshoe Priest." Baraga was originally from Slovenia, and traveled extensively through the northwoods in his missionary efforts. Check out my VT page for Baraga MI to see the "shrine" dedicated to his memory. Fr. Baraga is currently being...more
The museum is located on the site of the historic fort, a symbol of the European presence here and of the significance of the fur trade to economic and cultural interests throughout the region. Madeline Island has a rich and multi-cultural history, as its French, British, and Native Americans inhabitants all intermingled and intermarried over the...more
The Bell Street Tavern is another excellent dining choice in La Pointe. Beautiful interior, with a lush bar and elegant dining room. It's a little more "dressy casual" than some of the other places on Madeline - you might feel out of place here in shorts and a tee. Wide ranging and ambitious menu that focuses on seafood.When I dined here, I ordered...more
I don't _really_ know if Lotta's is the best restaurant on Madeline Island, but I'd have to aver that it is the best restaurant I've experienced. The service was warm and professional, and I loved sitting out on the screened-in porch in the gloaming. And the food was the best I've had in many a month. I had one of the specials of the day - a...more
"No serious tourist should be able to sleep at night until they've drunk in the beauty of Tom's Burned Down Cafe."You never know who you're going to meet at Tom's: descendents of the original creole settlers of the island, leather clad bikers from the Twin Cities, youthful viola players from the Madeline Island music camp, perky Bulgarian...more
The story I heard goes like this. Tom used to have his bar in a building on this site. About ten years ago, there was a fire that destroyed the bar. Tom's never gotten around the actually rebuilding the place; instead, his business now operates out of a tent. The bar is open for the warmer months of the year - the season extended by "fireplaces"...more
Local and regional artists, pottery, painting, knick-knacks, old photos, fishing tackle. This is pretty much your standard souvenir shop, but it's in an old house, and there are several galleries that feature the work of people who live (at least part of the year) on the island or in nearby Bayfield.