There’ve been a lot of changes happening up in Bayfield over the last year! Today, I am writing on behalf of our community’s Rental Oversight Group to talk to you about membership in the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau.

UNity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. - Mattie j.t. Stepanek

In the past, if you were a renter working with Winfield, the inn automatically renewed your annual membership on your behalf. Most current rental management agencies working with our community members do not offer that convenient service.

This means, perhaps unbeknownst to you, your Chamber membership may have lapsed over this past year. To double-check your current membership status, call (715) 779-3335 or email office@bayfield.org.

While membership is not board mandated, we strongly encourage you to invest in supporting Bayfield tourism as a rental business owner.

Here are a few things to consider:

LOCAL EVENTS — The vast majority of Bayfield events that attract renters and residents alike are coordinated, promoted, and managed by the Chamber — think AppleFest, my friend!

These annual activities create a vibrant and energy-filled community for homeowners and guests. When we cut support to the Chamber, we cut support to these popular events.

A HEALTHY ECOSYSTEM — In small communities like ours, the presence of a collaborative support system like the Chamber is critical for the community’s strength as a whole. In 2020, the Chamber invested over $174,000 in marketing Bayfield. This massive advertising groundwork sustains the business ecosystem that supports our community.

BAYFIELD.ORG — As a member, you get a customizable listing on the Bayfield & The Apostle Islands website. You can capitalize on the significant presence the Chamber holds online. A single booking because of the rental listing, and your membership cost is covered for the year! (Here’s an example listing of one of your neighbors.)

In the end, we believe your support of the Chamber is your support of the Bayfield community.

As we head into the summer season, we hope you check-in with the Chamber on your current status. We encourage you to support the Bayfield area (and your rentals) with a membership.

If you have questions or concerns, let us know!