• Color Explosion!

    Bright summer flowers open in the Garden

    Visitors, stroll through the Candle Shop Garden and have a chat with us about the many flower and plant varieties showing their true summer colors. Not on the islander but want to enjoy the foliage? We post photos almost daily on Instagram.

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  • Our Pick for Best Sunset: The Inn & The Pub

    The Pub at The Inn on Madeline Island features gorgeous views of Lake Superior. Without a doubt, this coastal restaurant and inn is our pick for Lake Superior Magazine's Best of the Lake Awards, in the category "Best Place to Watch a Sunrise/Sunset".


    Whether you've booked a room in the The Inn on Madeline Island or enjoying cocktails on the beachfront patio, walking along the docks or swimming laps in the lake-side pool, the view of Lake Superior is everywhere you turn. Situated on the southwest tip of the island, close to Grant's Point beaches and the ferry landing, the beautiful lighthouse-themed building is in the perfect location for viewing the sun set over the water.

    A memorable setting for weddings, the Inn hosts many weddings each season, with ceremonies on the lawn overlooking the water and wedding parties in the Great Room in the Lightkeeper's Lodge. The spacious accommodations also work well for large group outings and family events.

    The Pub and The Inn are delightful at any time at day, with delicious fare and a relaxing atmosphere; but sunset is when the Madeline Island "magic" happens. The sky's bright colors reflect across the lake waters, encouraging scenic strolls along the docks and a beautiful dining experience in the Pub.

    Here are just a few sunset views from The Inn's backyard: we encourage previous guests to tag their own sunset photos on Facebook Twitter with the hashtag #bestofthelakebestsunset to encourage votes for this gorgeous Lake Superior destination!

    Click here to place your vote for The Inn on Madeline Island for "Best Place to Watch a Sunrise/Sunset" - and please consider Madeline Island Candles for "Best Shopping Experience"!


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  • Kramer Watch

    Kramer the Dog to visit Madeline Island: Kramer Watch 2016

    Sidewalk Dog is an excellent resource for dog owners in the region, promoting dog events and information and most importantly, advocating for Minnesota rescues, shelters, and dogs in need. If you haven't already, you'll love following the online travel journal of Kramer, dog blogger and Minnesota/Wisconsin enthusiast! Kramer is Sidewalk Dog's "Canine Reporter", on the prowl for the best dog-friendly destinations in the region. You can read his blog here: Kramer Series.

    This month, Kramer will be travelling to our area! He'll be in Bayfield and take the ferry over to Madeline Island - and our candle shop - on April 22/23rd! Come stop in Madeline Island Candles to catch a glimpse of this canine celebrity.

    While waiting, we'll be on "Kramer Watch", sharing Kramer's travels as he gets closer to the island. Keep an eye out for Kramer - here are a few pics so that you'll know the famous travel dog when you see him!

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    (All Photos: K. Lessard)

  • Cast Your Vote


    Cast your vote for the Lake Superior Magazine "Best of the Lake" Awards!
    Click here to vote for us & other favorite local businesses!

    #bestofthelake #lakesuperior #lakesuperiormagazine #bestof #madelineisland #madelineislandcandles #wisconsin

  • Our Pick for Best Breakfast: Farmhouse

    We’re excited to spread the word and get the vote out for Best of the Lake 2016. We’re so proud of our community and local businesses, here on the island and across the water on the mainland. It’s a growing, thriving, creative and amiable community, with so many “bests” it’s hard to decide on favorites for the ballot!

    1458772035For Best Breakfast, however, a local favorite immediately springs to mind: the wonderful, warm, inviting, and absolutely delicious Farmhouse restaurant.

    Though relatively new, Farmhouse has already established itself amongst locals as a sustainable, farm-to-table, good food eatery and community gathering place.

    One of Kickstarter’s success stories, Farmhouse was launched by food industry veterans Lauren Schuppe and Gilpin Matthews with pledges of over 146 financial backers, eager to see their vision come to light. Their goal was both health and community focused: to contribute to the local food system of Madeline Island by providing local breakfast and lunch, growing produce for a true farm-to-table approach, and eventually providing fresh produce and fish in the winter months when food and resources are more scarce.

    Lauren and Gilpin's long term goal vision for Farmhouse is especially appealing: “A community center for food sharing and education will be born. Farmhouse will be a gathering place to share recipes, farming techniques and yes, last night's shenanigans.”

    It’s begun! Lauren and Gilpin’s passion for creating a balanced, sustainable food system for a healthy community shows through every lovingly prepared meal and morsel. Their recipes find ways to creatively incorporate seasonal ingredients sourced from community farmers, creating a simply delicious, wholesome menu and wonderful dining experience.

    If you haven’t stopped in Farmhouse restaurant, be sure to on your next visit to Madeline Island! And if you have, then we know you’ll want to vote for them as “Best Breakfast” in the Best of the Lake Awards. And don't forget "Best Shopping Experience" here at Madeline Island Candles! Click here to vote: Best of the Lake

    hash_nest (1) Hash nest - Shredded hash brown nest filled with Farmhouse's seasonal scramble featuring local, organic vegetables


    donuts (1) Donuts - housemade old fashioned cake donuts, made with love of course


    berry_tart (1) Berry Tart - Breakfast custard tart with dark cherry and thyme compote
  • March Newsletter: Here Comes the Spring!

    The Beauty of Madeline Island in March

    Here comes the spring! The island is starting to come to life under the ice and snow. We're hoping that March, in like a lion, will indeed go out like a lamb. Madeline Island Candles co-owner Michael has been snapping photos all over the island, and capturing a few picturesque scenes of our quiet island, slowly waking up to spring:

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    Follow our shop on Instagram or Facebook for more photos of Madeline Island.


    Candle of the Month

    Save 25% on Vanilla & Sandalwood Candles

    Vanilla & Sandalwood Candles

    Our March Candle of the Month Vanilla & Sandalwood Soy Candles are inspired by Grant's Point on Madeline Island. The historic south tip of the island is the probable point of the original French fort, and home to beautiful sandy beaches and tranquil breezes.

    Save 25% on Vanilla & Sandalwood Soy Candles for the month of March. Sandalwood & Vanilla scents are infused with a touch of musk and patchouli.


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    The Knot

    Hear Wedding Bells?

    Madeline Island Candles is now on The Knot, the popular site for wedding planning. Visit our Page, featuring beautiful photography of our Custom Wedding Candles.


    It's Time to Vote!

    We were absolutely thrilled to be named one of Wisconsin's Best Gift Shops in 2015 by Lake Superior Magazine’s annual Best of the Lake Awards, and also to see that other local Madeline Island and Bayfield businesses were featured. Please support our local community this year with your 2016 Vote!

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    Madeline Island Web Cam

    A Glimpse at "Now"

    What's happening on Madeline Island... literally, right at this moment? Check out the live Madeline Island web cam for a glimpse at our weather and shoreline!

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  • Shipping for Christmas Delivery!

    Make your holidays bright with all natural soy and beeswax candles! Place your order by December 18 for Christmas Delivery.holidays-bright

  • Why Beeswax?

    New Beeswax Taper Candles from Madeline Island Candles

    Madeline Island Candles has always used Soy Wax for our hand-poured candles. You may have read about the advantages of using soy wax – from slow burning time and better air quality to sustainability and supporting domestic farming (read more here).

    Now, we are excited to introduce a new collection of handpoured Beeswax candles, all available as beautiful 10 inch taper candles. So you may be wondering – Why Beeswax?

    beeswax-tapers-pack-of-six-sand_1Beeswax Facts:

    Unlike Paraffin Wax candles, Beeswax Candles burn cleanly, and because they are all natural, do not release additives or toxins into the air.

    Beeswax Candles are hypo-allergenic. They can effectively reduce allergies, asthma, and hay fever by releasing negative ions, cleansing the air of dust, odors, and toxins.

    Beeswax is a renewable resource, made by the worker bee for honeycomb.

    Beeswax candles burn very brightly and yet slowly, lasting a longer time than paraffin candles.

    Each candle is naturally scented by the honey and nectar of flowers packed into the honeycombs – so the sweet scent varies depending on the hive.

    We carry both naturally colored Beeswax Candles and candles dyed with colors inspired by the colors of Madeline Island. Shop our new collection of deliciously honey-sweet, long-lasting beeswax taper candles >

  • Green Light on Madeline Island

    We were so pleased to meet with Adam and Jennifer from KBJR/NBC recently, and show them around the candle making studio. This news segment and accompanying article are part of the news station's "Green Life" Lifestyle series, and focuses on our natural candlemaking practices, local ingredients, and green choices. It also touches on our relationship with Woods Hall Studio and Gallery, who have fostered an educational arts community on the island for over 60 years. You can read more about Woods Hall Craft Shop here.

    Watch the "Your Green Life" News Segment:

    Read the Summary:

    Your Green Life: "Green Light on Madeline Island"
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    Woods Hall Studio and Gallery serves an important role on Madeline Island for artist and entrepreneurs.

    Michele Auger, a Weaver/Artist, told me "Woods hall studio and galleries are and incredible stepping stone for a lot of people on Madeline island to get started in there, what may become a simple craft or an interest in something."  Read More

  • Discovering Wisconsin's Makers

    As you may know, Madeline Island Candles is a Finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, with voting open now through October 19. We appreciate every vote, especially those of you voting every day! Click here to view our profile and cast your vote.

    A few other American Made makers have caught our eye - especially those from Wisconsin. Check out these other incredible works by local makers!




    A Design Finalist, Tom Dumke of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, is a self-taught woodworker that handcrafts solid wood traditional furniture with a modern flare that is built to last for generations. Beautiful work.



    Um.... we want to try this. Tamara & Daniel Herskovic make "the most luxurious and delicious candy bar you have ever tasted" and are located in beautiful rural Northwest Wisconsin (Spooner).



    Ecofriendly and beautiful! Milwaukee-based Melissa Pare's geometric eco jewelry is made by using reclaimed local Wisconsin wood sourced from trees cut down in heavily populated urban areas.


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