1 June 2017

6 Ways to Spend a Weekend Away in Door County

It might have been two months since I got back from Wisconsin after visiting my boyfriend, but I recently realised that I never wrote about our weekend away in Door County. Until now. And that is a CRIME, because Door County is B-E-A-UTIFUL!

I initially mentioned it on the blog after my first visit to Wisconsin back in December, when I talked about the highlights of my time over there, but I’ve decided that it’s so awesome that it deserves its very own special post.

SO, I apologise profusely that I’m a little late to the party with this – but better late than never, right?

If you’re heading to Wisconsin soon, or want to check out a new destination in the US of A, I’d certainly recommend Door County. With a variety of things to see, and cute little places to check out that look like they’ve jumped right out of a postcard, you’re sure to love it just as much as I do.

Here are my top 6 tips for how to spend a weekend away in Door County.

1. Go to Casey’s BBQ for Friday night Fish Fry.

If you don’t participate in Friday Fish Fry then are you even in Wisconsin? It’s a well-known ‘thing’ in this state that you ain’t gonna get away from. Everybody has Friday Fish Fry and everybody likes an alcohol beverage (or five). Casey’s BBQ - in the adorable little town of Egg Harbor - does crackin’ Friday Fish Fry. If you’re heading up to Door County for the weekend, pitstop here on your drive over so you can gorge on some delicious perch, potato salad and coleslaw. It’s unbelievably yummy - and unforgettable.

2. Stay at the Hilltop Inn in Fish Creek.

Fish Creek looks like those typical small American towns that you see in TV shows and movies. The fact that it’s right on Lake Michigan on the west coast, with its own harbour, makes it positively peaceful and serene. The Hilltop Inn provides amazing accommodation to stay at in the form of two-bedroom houses, complete with their own bathrooms, kitchen and living areas. These houses are spacious, well-kept and homely – and also have their own fireplace in the living area and hot tub in the bath! What more could you ask for?

3. Visit some (or all) of the wineries.

The first time we were in Door County, Nathan took me wine tasting. At 10AM. That’s right, whilst most people were waking up on their Saturday off work and having breakfast, I was getting a little too merry on multiple samples of wine. (Welcome to Wisconsin!) This time around, we waited until a reasonable hour before we started hitting up the wineries (ahem, midday). However, as there’s so many located in Door County, it would be rude to only visit one. (Ahem.) My favourites are Door Peninsula, Harbor Ridge (yes, Americans miss out the ‘U’ in harbour but let’s just gloss over that) and Stone’s Throw Winery. Feel free to check them out, but don’t expect to walk out of any of them sober.

4. Have breakfast at Al Johnson’s in Sister Bay.

Sister Bay is super pretty, with little beaches lining the bay, and what better way to admire the scenery than from one of the restaurants on the waterfront? Al Johnson’s is a Swedish restaurant that has great brunch! Traditional American breakfasts are given a European twist, there are a variety of drinks on offer and I hear they also rustle up a nice dinner. Whether you decide to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s definitely an eatery that’s not to be missed!

5. Drive through Bailey’s Harbor to see Lake Michigan.

Want to see Lake Michigan in all its glory? Take a drive through Bailey’s Harbor and you’ll be able to park up right on the edge of the lake and photograph it until your heart’s content. With its multi-tonal blue water and golden sands, its beauty is simply breathtaking.

6. Visit Cave Point.

Cave Point County Park is situated in Sturgeon Bay and features underwater caves, hiking trails and limestone cliffs on the edge of Lake Michigan. When we went to see it, it was extremely cold and icy, which made the cliffs look even cooler! (No pun intended.) We had a little walk along the clifftops – which would have been much more pleasant in warmer weather, admittedly – before we hit the road to get back to my boyfriend’s home town of Green Bay. It was just a LOVELY way to spend our last morning.

It goes without saying that the towns in Door County have some pretty decent shopping too. We spent a good amount of time browsing the independent stores and local boutiques during our two days there. I loved our days out, but there was also nothing better than snuggling up in front of our fireplace at the Hilltop Inn, with a bottle of wine that we’d purchased from one of the wineries earlier that day, and a good film. It’s the little things in life...

...But, it’s also the big things. Door County is seriously great. I’d love to go back in summer now that I’ve experienced it twice during off peak times in winter. I bet it would have a whole different feel to it in the warm weather, with a bunch of tourists swarming around! Either way, I can’t wait to go back and do all of these things all over again. God bless America!




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