• We've been voted Best of the Lake 2016!

    Thank you everyone for your support - we are so honored to have been chosen as Best of the Lake for the second year in a row. We could not have done it without your support. Thank You!


  • New Essentials

    The Scent of 100% Pure Essential Oils

    New to the Candle Shop and coming soon to our online store, our new Essentials candle collection are scented with organic essential oil blends. Choose your scent for a truly soothing, healing, or invigorating experience: Delight, Energize, Meditate, and Relax.


  • 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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  • May Musings

    Greetings from our Spring Garden & Shop

    Happy Spring! Like the flowers and plants in our candle shop garden, we're turning our faces toward the sun, stretching our winter-weary limbs, and looking forward to the bright, lively months ahead. A few of our garden favorites:







    Spring is such a creative time, with the feeling for newness and possibility all around us! We're taking that creativity with us into the candle studio, testing a new line of candles that use essential oils for fragrance:

    Mandarin, Geranium Rose, Neroli, Rosewood, and Jasmine
    Lavender, Cedar Atlas, and Sandalwood
    Blood Orange, Mandarin, and Vanilla
    Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Spearmint, and Cypress

    What do you think of these combinations? We'd love your feedback & more fragrance ideas!


    Best of the Lake Awards

    c8672539-7c99-419d-bc69-20de55918b21When we're not tending the garden, mixing essential oil concoctions and pouring candles, or chatting with visitors to the shop, we're working to gather support for all of our favorite local businesses. There are just a couple weeks left to vote for your picks in the Best of the Lake Awards, and island business visibility and recognition really helps our local economy. If you haven't yet, please cast your votes - it's fun & easy, and will remind you of all the plans you'd like to make this summer!


    Candle of the Month: Lilac

    Enjoy the fresh scent of a lilac bush in bloom with Lilac Soy Candles, our May Candle of the Month. Save 25% on any Lilac Soy Candle for the month of May - simply place the item in the cart on our website to see your savings. View Candles

    Local Notes & Happenings:

    Gallery Opening

    LaPointe artist Holly Marie Tourdot will be opening her new studio/gallery to visitors on May 28. We carry her cards in our giftshop and have always loved her plein air – painting “in the open air”  - work, which beautifully captures Madeline Island landscapes.

    Film & Music

    mad-film-seriesThe Madeline Island Summer Film Series is teaming up with theMadeline Island Music Camp for a special performance, followed by the screening of The Music of Strangers, the award-winning documentary about Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

    July 7th at 8 PM: Click here for all Music Camp performance listings

    Congratulations, Bayfield!

    Our neighboring town on the mainland, Bayfield, has been named as one of USA Today's Top 10 Best Coastal Small Towns:

    "Gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, charmingBayfield features hilly streets lined with Victorian-era homes and quaint bed and breakfasts. This coastal town on the shores of Lake Superior is particularly charming come autumn, when the foliage is at peak color and the apple harvest is in full swing."

    We agree!
  • 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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    Madeline Island Spring

    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!

    Click to Vote


    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!

    Click to view

  • Our January Newsletter


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    Sled Dog Race
    Annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race
    10 AM, February 6 & 7

    Sled Dogs by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson
    Celebration of the Sled Dog in the Northwoods: Lecture with Hannah Stonehouse Hudson
    Madeline Island Ferry Line Terminal Building
    7 PM, February 6

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    Wintry "Mix"

    Candle Making in 3 Degree Weather

    Dear Friends,

    Despite our "Snow Day" Candle of the Month (see below), it's been a less freezing and snow-filled winter than those in the past, and the ice road has not arrived.  The ferry is continuing to carry chilly passengers to our fair island, bringing mainland visitors to our doorstep - a treat this time of year! If you make the voyage, come visit our cozy & merry candle shop, where we are mixing soy wax and pouring beeswax in preparation of warmer days.
    3 Degree Weather on Madeline Island
    This is what 3 degrees looks like! Brrrr
    While making all shapes and sizes of our favorite scents, we're also concocting new scents for the year (feel free to share your ideas with us!), as well as working on a brand new line of essential oil fragrances - coming soon!
    To get a glimpse at our candle making process, watch this short video from last year, now on YouTube:

    Candle Making on Madeline Island
    Stay warm!
    - The folks at Madeline Island Candles

    Candle of the Month

    Save 25% on our line of Unscented Candles

    Snow Day Purity Candles
    "Snow Day" Purity Unscented Soy Candles are our January Candles of the Month, commemorating these chilly snow days of winter!Save 25% on any Purity Unscented Soy Candle when you place it in the cart, now through January 31. These soft white, scent-free candles create a peaceful glow on a winter's night.

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