Celebrate Summer in Door County Wisconsin
Begin your decompression. Linger over breakfast on your balcony overlooking the water. Hike the adjacent Ridges Sanctuary. Wander down to the Chives food truck for lunch and relax in their outdoor seating. Let the kite boarders entertain you as you play backgammon on your balcony with a bottle of chilled chardonnay. Ten minutes to the Gordon Lodge for waterfront dining and an incredible sunset, summer evenings don’t get better.
Indulge the child within at Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf and Johnson’s Go Kart Track in Sister Bay. Picturesque Ephraim is the place for lunch. Wilson’s is a classic soda fountain with mouth-watering hamburgers and the obligatory ice cream cone while you stroll the waterfront. Take advantage of the host of water activities, parasailing, jet skiing and boat rentals offered at the water front in Ephraim. Locally sourced, from scratch fare is to be found at Trixie’s, hidden behind the Ephraim Town Hall.
A morning sailing charter is a great way to start the day! Bella leaves Ephraim at 10:30 for a two hour tour. Lunch is overlooking the beach in Fish Creek at the Blue Horse Cafe. Shops in Egg Harbor will fill an afternoon or drive a short distance to Murphy Park and take a dip in the cool waters of Green Bay. Pick up dinner at Parador, lovely tapas with an emphasis on locally produced fresh, fresh food in Egg Harbor, one block away Harbor View Park provides a dining spot overlooking the harbor.
Set the alarm. Charter fishing boats leave the Baileys Harbor marina early to land the big ones! Trolling for lake trout and salmon is exhilarating. After the boat docks, call in a to-go order from the Cornerstone Pub right across the street, grab a picnic table at the marina and enjoy! A hike at Whitefish Dunes is next followed by a Door County Fish Boil at the Old Post Office in Ephraim.
Washington Island is the destination. Stop at one of our farm markets on the way to the ferry dock. Pick up a loaf of bread, cheese and smoked fish for a picnic. Catch the Washington Island Ferry from the Northport dock. The crossing of Death’s Door offers views of Poverty and Plum Island Lighthouses. Rent some bikes on the island, marvel at the scenic beauty of Washington Island as you traverse the island to Schoolhouse Beach for your picnic. The Wickman House is a fine choice for dinner once back on the mainland.
Your last full day on the peninsula and you have not been to Peninsula State Park! Nicolet Bay beach is chock full of activity; rent boats, kayaks, bikes or segways and explore. Lunch at the The White Gull Inn. Spend the afternoon strolling Fish Creek and poking in the shops. The Wild Tomato is at the entrance to Peninsula State Park and offers mouthwatering wood-fired pizza. Return to one of the park’s picnic areas and take in the sunset while noshing on pizza.
Oh, Oh – today is check out day. Enjoy one last sunrise over the harbor with a blaze of orange leaving the water glistening with diamonds of light. Linger over breakfast. Jump in your whirlpool one last time. Alleviate the pain of your departure by taking a slice of Door County with you with one last stop at Sweetie Pies in Fish Creek on your way home.