Lodging in a historic Bayfield home,
near the shore of Lake Superior.


In 1888, Ervin Leihy, owner of the Bayfield general store, spent $5,000 to build his new Swede Hill house on the corner of Seventh Street and Manypenny Avenue.

The Bayfield newspaper wrote that his new home was ‘the costliest and most beautiful residence on the west side of the bay.’

The foundation was built with native quarried brownstone and included a full basement. It is one of the few houses of the era still standing, as most of Bayfield’s original homes were built on cedar block foundations.

Adapted from Brownstone and Bargeboard, A Walking Tour of Historic Bayfield, by Whitney Gould and Stephen Wittman. 1998. Bayfield Heritage Association.

Innkeepers Susan Larsen and Neil Howk have made Bayfield their home since 1983, and have operated the Grey Oak Guest House since 1986.

They’ll get you a map for the orchard tour, suggest a few local restaurants, and then leave you to enjoy yourself.

In later summer months, you may find Susan out in the backyard, picking pears for your breakfast.
Neil is a park ranger for the National Park Service at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Call Susan and Neil at 715-779-3264, or e-mail info@greyoakguesthouse.com to reserve your next Bayfield experience.

• Grey Oak Guest House takes its name from the spectacular quercus rubra, commonly known as the red oak or grey oak, that graces the front yard. It stands alongside two other unusual nut trees, a shagbark hickory and a rare American chestnut. This beautiful trio of trees provides lovely shade and seasonal color for guests to enjoy.