outside view from a terrace of property during the day in the middle of the nature

Hotel Policies & FAQ

What time is check-in and check-out?

Check in is at 4:00 PM and check out is at 11:00 AM

Do you offer on-site parking and electric charging stations?

On site parking is available to retreat guests at no charge. A limited number of electric charging stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is the cancelation policy for retreat guests?

Reservations must be canceled 14 days prior to arrival to avoid forfeiting the deposit.

What is the cancelation policy for guided retreat guests?

If you need to cancel attendance at a Guided Retreat, please call the property directly. Provided the cancellation occurs more than 60 days prior to the start of the retreat, your deposit will be refunded less a $250 cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs within the 60 days leading up to the start of the retreat, no refunds will be provided.

What is the cancelation policy for guided retreats canceled by Wild Rice Retreat? 

Wild Rice Retreat may choose to cancel a retreat if the minimum number of guests is not met at least 30-45 days prior to the retreat start. Should this cancellation occur, guests will be notified and receive a full refund. If you are purchasing airfare as part of your transportation plan, it is recommended that you investigate travel insurance as Wild Rice Retreat will not provide reimbursement for guest travel expenses.

What kind of deposit is required to secure a reservation? 

Personal Retreat: 50% deposit at the time of booking. The remaining balance will be charged at check-in.
Guided Retreat: 50% Deposit at the time of booking. The remaining balance is to be paid in full 30 days prior to the start of the retreat.

Are pets allowed on property?

We do allow dogs in select dog-friendly lodging. A pet fee of $150 per stay, for up to two dogs, will be incurred in addition to the accommodation rate. Please take a moment to review our pet policy (click here) so we can ensure a great experience for all.

Is there a shuttle available to Wild Rice Retreat? 

Shuttle services are available through Wild Rice Retreat from either the Duluth, Minnesota airport or the Ironwood, Michigan airport. Arrangements for shuttle service should be made more than 30 days in advance of arrival and are based on availability and will result in an additional charge.

What are the options for transportation once onsite? 

Once onsite at Wild Rice Retreat, guests may use the Brownstone Trail to walk to Bayfield (approximately 1.5-miles one way). The Brownstone Trail is a relatively flat trail running along the top of a cliff overlooking Lake Superior.

Alternative transportation while onsite includes e-bike rental from Howl Adventure Center which a team member can help arrange. A variety of bike types may be rented on a daily or multi-day basis.

The Bayfield area does not have taxis, Uber, or Lyft. Car rentals may be made in Duluth, Minnesota or Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

How do I get trip insurance? 

Where available, we encourage guests to research travel insurance. Wild Rice Retreat is not responsible for cancellation of travel due to weather, natural disasters or government mandated emergencies.

How is Wild Rice Retreat different from a hotel? 

Unlike hotels, Wild Rice Retreat offers daily class offerings for all retreat guests. Classes may include yoga, meditation, movement practices, cooking classes and demonstrations, garden classes and demos, mixology, essential oils guidance, and more. For more information on daily class and demonstration offerings, click here.

Wild Rice Retreat offers simple luxury designed for maximum relaxation. Wild Rice Retreat’s facilities do not feature televisions, rather, the spaces offer a quiet environment for rest and renewal. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the grounds, facilities and amenities throughout their stay. While some guests may focus on learning and creativity, others may be maximizing relaxation, rest, and quiet time in nature, whether through a scheduled guided or unscheduled personal retreat.

Wild Rice Retreat asks all guests to adhere to quiet hours of 10:00 pm to 6:00 am for the peaceful enjoyment of all guests. Guests should refrain from making loud noises and avoid disruptions to other guests at all times, but especially during quiet hours. We ask guests to refrain from playing loud music at any time of day.

Is Wild Rice Retreat ADA Accessible?

Wild Rice Retreat’s main building, the dining space, the PeacePod and the SaunaHaus and Rain Room and designated lodging units meet all requirements for ADA compliance. Please call the office at 715-779-0178 or email info@wildriceretreat.com to make specific inquiries about spaces and ADA-accessible lodging. While the Wild Rice Retreat team is happy to provide reasonable accommodations to all guests, please provide your requests at time of booking.

Are the lodging units air conditioned? 

Nests and RicePods offer controllable air conditioning in each unit. The TreeHauses also feature controllable air conditioning in all communal spaces. Individual sleeping rooms are not air conditioned. Due to the proximity of Lake Superior there are only a handful of summer nights on which the temperature is likely to be above 70 degrees. All rooms are outfitted with windows that open to allow access to fresh air and cross ventilation at all times. Should temperatures soar, fans will be provided to Treehaus guests.

When are the onsite trails available for use? 

Wild Rice Retreat onsite trails are open for use by all registered guests. Maps and other trail information may be obtained from any Wild Rice Retreat team member if not provided at the time of check-in. Guests are advised to not feed or approach any wildlife while on trails.

The Brownstone Trail is a public trail running via an easement through the Wild Rice Retreat property closest to Lake Superior. This trail is open year-round for use by the public and is maintained by volunteers coordinated by Landmark Conservancy. Currently, the trail has a detour onto Highway 13 of about ¼ mile due to a washout. Retreat guests are welcome to use the Brownstone Trail to walk or bike to/from downtown Bayfield (approximately 1½ miles, one way) and should adhere to all posted detour information.

Where are the nearest health services? 

In case of emergency, Wild Rice Retreat team members can provide basic first aid and can coordinate emergency medical services. Due to our somewhat remote location, we recommend that you bring any needed medications with you. The nearest emergency room is approximately 25 minutes away. There are pharmacies in Washburn and Ashland Wisconsin, 12 and 25 minutes away, respectively.

What is the age limit on site?

Wild Rice Retreat does welcome infants under the age of two years old and young adults over the age of 16. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate children between the ages of 2 and 16. There are no exceptions to this policy. We do require guests to be 18 years of age to check-in.

What kind of food and beverage do you offer? 

Wild Rice Retreat offers delicious light breakfasts, deluxe brunches, and chef curated dinners featuring local purveyors for registered retreat guests in Wild Rice Retreat’s Nourishment Center. Meals are served 7 days a week at set time frames. Guided retreat guest dining schedules may vary from this plan. A full menu of hand selected beverage options are also available including spirited wines, cider, and beer and non-spirited options curated by our Nourishment Team. We welcome you to explore, stay curious and open your mind and palette to new experiences. While our culinary team makes every effort to accommodate allergies, dietary restrictions, and preferences, some accommodations may not be possible. Downtown Bayfield also offers dining options, open seasonally, for guests to enjoy.

Can I bring my own alcohol onsite? 

In compliance with Wisconsin State law, Wild Rice Retreat cannot allow any off-site alcohol to be brought onsite or consumed in any public or common area. Wild Rice Retreat’s license requires WRR to sell and serve all beer and wine onsite. No other alcoholic beverages may be consumed in any public spaces, including anything you purchased elsewhere and transported onsite.

Is smoking allowed onsite?

Smoking is prohibited on the entire Wild Rice Retreat property. Those found smoking onsite, whether inside or outside, face a possible fine.