Eloping in Bayfield – the How & Why

Mothers of the Bride + Groom Gifts, Bayfield Style

May 8, 2016

We all know how stressful wedding planning can be, and who do we turn to when we are stressed, in a pickle or need help with important decisions? Our moms! Many engaged couples find it to be a nice gesture to give their parents gifts at the rehearsal dinner, a way to say “Thank you!” for all of the help given throughout the wedding planning process. Below you will find some of our favorite local gifts to give the Mothers of the Bride + Groom – Bayfield style!

BeFunky CollageLeft: Lake Superior Drifting Stone Jewelry // Right: Silverwaves Jewelry

Unique, One-of-a-Kind Jewelry
Here in Bayfield we have some very talented artists who handcraft beautiful pieces of jewelry, perfect for a one-of-a-kind Mom. It would mean so much to the Mothers of the Bride and Groom if they knew the jewelry was handpicked by you. Here you can find a list of our local jewelers.

Tickets to a Local Concert or Play
Summer in Bayfield is filled with concerts at Big Top Chautauqua, comedies, musicals and dramas through the Sidekick Theatre and so much more! Purchase tickets for your moms to go together, with their spouse or with friends!

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Spa Day
Pamper your moms with gift certificates to a local spaSuperior Body Massage & Spa is a local spa that offers massage, hot stone massage, facials and more! You could even make a day out of it, and join the two of them after your wedding.

Get Outdoors! 
Is either the Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom an outdoors lover? Bayfield has many opportunities to get outside! You can book them to tour the Apostle Islands through Apostle Islands CruisesGood Earth Outfitters, or Manitou Sailing Charters. They could kayak the sea caves through Living Adventures, Inc, Trek & Trail, or Lost Creek Adventures & Outfitter. They could golf at Apostle Highlands Golf Course or even try out dog sledding through Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing.

Pick out Something Special at a Local Gift Shop or Art Gallery
Whether your gift be a piece of art from a local art gallery, a locally made candle from Madeline Island Candle Company or something special you pick out from a gift shop in town, your mothers will know it was picked out with love!

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For more information and ideas visit the Bayfield Chamber’s website and Facebook page!

Interview: Anna Johnson of Superior Body Massage & Spa

May 2, 2016

Whether you are planning a bachelorette party, honeymoon or a pre-wedding spa day – Superior Body Massage & Spa has a variety of packages and services for you!

This day-spa is located in downtown Bayfield. Open year-round, they offer massage, facials, spa treatments, manicures, pedicures and facial waxing.

Read on to  hear about the bachelorette groups they have hosted, their newly renovated spa, the bridal packages they offer and their recommendations for brides!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Superior Body Massage & Spa.
Superior Body Massage & Spa is on the eve of its 10th anniversary. We opened in May of 2006. We have been at the same location the entire time, adding on more space every few years as we’ve grown.

We finished our last remodel and the addition of almost 1000 more square feet of spa space at the end of last year. It turned out beautifully and we now have three treatment rooms (a couples massage room, a wet room for spa treatments and an individual treatment room for massage and skin care). We also have a large nail service room with two spa pedicure thrones and our manicure station.

With the remodel we were able to make our reception area much larger to include retail space of some great new product lines and also make our waiting area much more private for groups.


What inspired you to start your own spa here in Bayfield?
I had moved away from the area for a couple of years and my then-boyfriend, now-husband convinced me to move back here with him. There was no one doing anything like this at the time – and there still isn’t – so it was the perfect time to open a day spa here.

What wedding related services do you provide?
We offer massage, facials, spa treatments, manicures, pedicures and facial waxing.

Do you have a bridal package? If so, what does it include/entail?
We do have a bridal package that can be viewed on our website, it includes a massage or facial as well as a manicure and pedicure. Although groups do book this package, often bridal groups design their own package because we have such a large service menu and typically not everyone wants to do the same services. For bridal groups of four or more people, I discount their custom designed packages 10% when they book by May 1st.

Have you hosted any particularly memorable wedding-related parties/groups?
We recently had a large bachelorette group come in that were all dressed in red flannel, which was very cute. Another group did a Geisha theme, we hung paper lanterns and they drank sake. We have had groups as large as 14 and as small as just the bride and her best friend. Some bring in loads of munchies, desserts and champagne and make a party of it. Others just really want to chill-out before the big day. They are all a pleasure to have here.


What is the most common service you provide for newlyweds on their honeymoon?
Any of our couples massage services are very popular for newlyweds. Bayfield is a hot spot for honeymooners wanting to stay within driving distance of their homes and there are some Saturdays where we have three or four newlywed couples. It’s fun to hear them congratulate each other.

Do you sell gift certificates?
We do sell gift certificates both on our website and at the spa.

Are there any recommendations you have for brides?
From a logistical side, I recommend handing the spa-day planning off to a bridesmaid or family member. There are so many details and decisions with any sized wedding and it’s really enjoyable for brides to just get to show up and enjoy themselves without having to organize another event. That being said, plenty of brides really want to make sure that the day goes as they envision, in which case I recommend contacting me directly a couple months prior to help design the perfect spa day for you.

What advice do you have for couples (or brides) planning their wedding in Bayfield?
Plan an extra few days in Bayfield after your wedding so you can relax and enjoy Bayfield as a newly married couple.

To learn more about Superior Body Massage & Spa visit their website + Facebook page!