Updated: 06/26/2014 2:45 PM
Created: 06/25/2014 3:40 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
Folks around the country voted Duluth the Best Outside City. Now, a different part of the Northland is looking for votes.
This winter, the ice caves put Bayfield County on the map for visitors all over the world, and with this contest, the county's tourism department hopes to show everything the county has to offer.
The contest offers 34 different "Best of" categories. One category is Best Art Gallery and Karlyn's Gallery in Washburn is already pulling ahead.
Karlyn Holman has been growing her small business in Bayfield County for quite some time.
"I've been here since 1968!"she said.
Holman supports local potters, sells her watercolor paintings and gives classes, too.
"Everybody gets a whole table for themselves and people fly in here from all over the country. It's really been great," she said.
From art galleries to festivals and from lodging to ski trails, the Best of Bayfield contest spans the spectrum of activities and destinations.
Mary Motiff with the county's tourism department said she hopes the contest will simplify traveling around the county.
"We have so many amazing things in Bayfield County and it's really not easy for people to know all that we have," she said.
Motiff said the food categories are bringing in quite a few votes already.
Patsy's Bar and Grill in Washburn is a hot spot for Packers games and weekend getaways. This winter, the ice caves brought in busy, summer-like business.
"Oh, it was wonderful for the whole area! In the winter time it is a slower season, this was like summer in the winter," owner Barbara Engelhard said.
Engelhard said her grill has quite the reputation.
"For having really tasty burgers," she said.
Patsy's is leading in the Best Burger category, but there is still a week of voting and Motiff said anything could happen.
So, what comes with the the Best of Bayfield County title? Bragging rights.
Voting for the Best of Bayfield County will close July 4 and the winners will be announced the following week.
To vote, Best In Bayfield Contest.
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