Superior Horizons
Carriage House Rental
Bayfield, Wisconsin
"Gateway to The Apostle Islands"

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 About Us



John and Barb Murphy are no strangers to the north. John was actually born in Racine, Wisconsin and grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan. Barb was raised in northern Michigan on the east shore of Lake Charlevoix in the small town of Boyne City. Career opportunities led them both to Houston separately, where they eventually met, got married and raised a daughter. After 30 years in the big city, it was time to retire. Having spent the latter 10 years searching for the perfect place, and some 10 states later, they ended up in Bayfield on a whim in the summer of 2009. On the advice of a friend, they scouted an area south of Bayfield County. It was a beautiful place but something was missing. One of the locals there suggested visiting Bayfield; so, they packed for a day trip and headed north. Within the first few minutes of arriving they were definitely “Up North”; they knew this was the place: quaint shops; islands; friendly residents; and, of course, the big water - Lake Superior. It was like coming home. With sights set high, they headed back to Houston, sold their home and moved to Bayfield in August of 2010. Their new home and Carriage House Rental is situated on 10 beautifully wooded acres just one mile north of town.




John is retired from the Houston Police Department where he served for 28 years. He joined the force in 1982 and after 4 years of working Patrol, he joined the SWAT Team and remained with that division until his retirement in 2010.   John has worked with Secret Service and other dignitary protection groups serving four presidents and numerous high profile individuals.  He has a thorough understanding of one’s privacy and security and strives to ensure it.


Barb has 20 years experience in the restaurant industry. She retired from her position with Le Peep Restaurant in 2010 where she served as a General Manager for 10 years. Providing great customer service was her primary goal and she played an active role in training her employees to assure it. Barb is a Certified Personal Trainer and ran her own women’s boot camp class from 2007-2010 in Houston during her spare time.


John and Barb enjoy outdoor activities that are eco-friendly. They have both competed in adventure race competitions throughout Texas where hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering were involved. They have climbed several peaks in Colorado, Montana and Arizona; and, enjoy touring America on their motorcycle. 

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