Every year Mom makes her list for Door County. She writes down her favorite restaurants as well as new places to try. She loves the Chop in Sister Bay; we discovered it last year. Gotta have a pizza from the Wild Tomato! She likes breakfast at the Blue Horse; Dad has the Meatzilla and she has the fruit parfait. She said Carina makes the best caramel latte and the windows facing Fish Creek Beach are perfect for watching Main Street wake up. We wag our tails at her as Dad takes us on our walk. A return visit to the White Gull called for some cherry pancakes although their cherry stuffed French toast is liked by many. White Gull Inn, dating back to 1896, provides a perfect atmosphere and Mom said the hash browns are out of this world. This year we tried the Harbor Grille in Bailey’s Harbor. It has a nice water view, oysters on the half shell and absolutely the best cherry pie in Door County. We will be going back there next year as well as DC Deli for BBQ and Coyote Cafe for a burger and a reuben. Mom has been talking about a ferry ride for two years and this year we did it. It was a beautiful day and got to see some neat new sights. Of course, the real reason we come up here is for the Scottie rally but Mom figures if you drive this far you need to stay awhile. We took a nice tour around Peninsula Park, did a photo shoot with Carina’s sister, Heidi, shopped and just enjoyed the natural beauty that is Door County. We heard Mom talking about a harbor ride and a Segway tour for next year…..get ready. ~ Indy and Lucy
West of Cottage Row on Main Street in the lovely village of Fish Creek, WI. Is Sunset Beach Park where a small green lawn, a stone wall and some benches line a crescent of beach. It is here that the sun sinks directly into Green Bay, vanishing into open water, painting the sky with its colors.
Mom is so funny. ~ Indy and Lucy
Sometimes navigating the Door is not easy as shown by this unique landmark called Jen Jensen’s Winding Road. Jensen, a Danish-born landscape architect, founded an landscape architect school nearby. You can follow this winding road passing Gills Rock, heading toward the car ferry on Hwy. 42. Right now the road is dressed in its spring colors. Mom would like to see its fall and winter outfits too.
On the ledge….a view from the edge of Sven’s Bluff. The bluff is a popular overlook spot in Peninsula State Park. Mom wants to be sure to get some sunset pictures here next year.
The sands of the Ridges Sanctuary are only a part of this U.S. National Natural Landmark. The Ridges is also home to 500 different species of plants, 25 species of native orchids, and 60 species of breeding birds. This beach area was open to dogs. It was pretty windy and cold; Mom was wanting some more oysters on the half shell so our stay was short. ~ Lucy
Any visit to Door County includes a stop at Anderson Dock. Aslag Anderson, a Norway immigrant, built the first dock in 1858 for community export use. The original warehouse was destroyed in a storm and a second warehouse by fire in 1880. It was replaced by the one that stands today which now belongs to the city of Ephraim and is listed in the National Register of Historic places.
High bluffs, sandy beaches, an 1860s lighthouse, hiking, biking, and ski trails….where are we? Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek. Mom loves the panoramic overviews in this park. What about a picnic, Mom? ~ Indy and Lucy
In 1896 the first cherry trees were planted on the Door County peninsula and the rest is history. Door County’s Mortmorency cherry is the cherry of choice, a tart one with medicinal claims. Cherry juice is sold by the bottle and used to treat conditions like inflammation and arthritis.
Cherry orchards put on a dazzling display each spring. The fruit is ready to pick around 60 days later. The cherry is found not only in juice but wine, pies, jams, jellies, relish, salsa, BBQ sauce, and come fresh, frozen, canned, and dried. Mom always brings home some dried cherries because she likes how they plump up in oatmeal; she is always sure to stick some fine cherry wine under the car seat too. She prefers the cherry wine at the Simon Creek Vineyards although her favorite winery is Harbor Ridge Winery who boasts such wines as Knockin’ Heads Red, Call Me a Cab, and Gimme One Good Riesling. Her favorite place to eat cherry pie is Harbor Fish Market and Grille in Bailey’s Harbor.
Mom has always wanted to take the ferry to Washington Island, a 35 square mile island lying off Door County peninsula. The watery trip included safe passage through Port des Morts or Death’s Door. Legends surrounding the turbulent currents between Lake Michigan and Green Bay began with the Indians who navigated the narrow channel in their birch bark canoes.
Schoolhouse Beach whose stones are rare and special to the Island heritage was not dog friendly.
It takes a long time to get to Door County but well worth it: the sights, the smells. Here I am checking out Lake Michigan.
We get to have two Springs, one in Oklahoma and one in Wisconsin.
Another thing we like is walks. Since we have a yard at home, we don’t go on walks–that and people don’t follow the leash laws and let their big dogs run unattended. ~ Indy and Lucy
There is a lot to get ready for this trip. We have to take our x pens, chairs for our folks, a cart to pull it in, not to mention all this stuff. We have all sorts of calming solutions like chews, sprays, and essential oils for car rides or unusual situations. For our entertainment, Mom has some yummy chew sticks and a few new toys. Our polka dot life jackets for our ferry ride. Did you notice our new collars with cherries on them? Door County has more than 2500 acres of cherry orchards. I hope we can see some blooms this year. Regardless, we will wear our collars in celebration of it. Gotta bring our raincoats in case of you know what. We take two sets of kilts. Mom can’t find one of the Red Stewart collars. Have we mentioned food and treats? Wonder where they are putting their stuff? ~ Indy and Lucy