When in Bayfield we stay in the Ada O'day Condos. Complete with gas grill, full kitchen, and a washer dryer. It is home away from home, and that means this frugal wife/mom cooks the meals. During our 2012 trip we ate out once, on Madeline Island. I spent most of the meal wondering how the bill reached $35 -- two burgers and two grilled cheeses. Sure, if you eat out a lot this may seem normal, but we don't eat out a lot. And the quality of food I prepared at home blew away the food in the restaurant. Here are some photo highlights.
And the point of this post is -- if you want frugal travel, stay in a place where you can cook up a storm (assuming you know how to cook).
|Dinner the night we arrived: leftover pizza, cottage cheese, and scrambled eggs . Cleaning out the fridge at home was a great way to use up items that would have gone bad.|
|Breakfast of eggs topped with salsa, berries and sausage. All brought in a cooler from our home.|
|Dinner Night 2: grilled hot dogs (from farmers' market in Madison), beans, cheese, and berries. The berries were bought at the Bayfield Farmers' Market on Saturday.|
|Breakfast Day Two: more eggs and salsa, bacon (frozen at home and helped keep the cooler cool on the drive) with yogurt and berries. Again, all brought in the cooler.|
|Reusing ice cream cups for the kids beans....the condo did not have toddler friendly dishes.|
|$5 for berries -- brought us breakfast and snack foods for 2 days.|
|Cava -- from Spain, inexpensive alternative to Champaign. Purchased back in Madison.|
Next year (yes, the reservation is already made...and we got the smaller condo and will save $45 a night -- advance planning saves money) I don't think we'll eat out at all. The exceptions will be the ice cream shop and the cafe for coffee.