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Greunkes First Street Inn Information


First Street Inn is two of Bayfield’s oldest and most historic structures; the LaBonte House built in 1863 and the Wachsmuth House in 1880. There are seven rooms in the LaBonte House on the second floor above Greunke’s Restaurant. These rooms are reminiscent of the inn’s past, furnished with pieces from earlier years. Some have a queen size bed, others have a queen and twin, and there’s a large suite with three queen size beds, private bath, loft, color tv and wet bar. Guests at the LaBonte House also have access to a porch overlooking Bayfield’s North First Street. Lodging in the Wachsmuth House are in four restored rooms, each on the second floor and named for one of the Apostle Islands. They have private baths, air conditioning, plush carpet, color tv, down comforters and access to a porch overlooking First Street.

ayfield, Circa 1865. An ambitious young man, of French-Canadian descent, secured the property at 17 North First adjacent to the Hotel, for his residence as well as vocation. Nazar LaBonte, some years later heartened by his own as well as the village’s success, set out for St. Paul. Along with a contingent of businessmen and entrepreneurs, LaBonte convinced the railroads of the peninsula’s potential. Part of the deal was a commitment that would take 6 years to meet. As Nazar helped organize the labor, the railroads provided the resources. In the meantime, the LaBonte House welcomed its first guests. Numbers swelled the village into a town. The boarding house and the LaBonte family residence, between the Hotel Bracken and Whisker Wachsmith’s tobacco shop was doing brisk business. Today, stepping in Greunke’s is like stepping back in the ‘40’s. The Coca-Cola memorabilia, the working Wurlitzer and old soda fountain counter conjure images reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell cover on the “Saturday Evening Post.” Today these historic buildings are combined into Greunke’s First Street Inn.

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected daily
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Rooms sealed after cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines


  • Free WiFi internet
  • Restaurant
  • High speed internet
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Breakfast served in restaurant


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Children's menu
  • Highchairs


  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • American breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options

Activities and Experiences

  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Sailing
  • Walking
  • Adventure
  • Family fun
  • Group parties
  • History/science museums
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    2:00 PM 7:00 PM
  • Check out
    11:00 AM
  • Child Policy
    Infants and children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions

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