We said goodbye to Fond du Lac and headed northeast to Door County, which is a large peninsula between Lake Michigan and Green Bay…. the actual bay, not the city of Green Bay. We stopped just outside of the city of Green Bay for lunch to break up the drive and it was an easy ride after we got off the interstate and onto a Wisconsin highway taking us to our destination for 6 nights in Baileys Harbor.
When we arrived, we found an older campground which means tight spaces for large RV’s like ours. But Jay managed to get us parked and even though there are some trees, we were able to get satellite service.
Rocky hasn’t been feeling well with an upset stomach but he did want to go for a walk and check out all the new scents. He seems to be feeling a little better and ate some dinner tonight.
So while we left Rocky to rest, Jay and I went into town, which is quite small. The peninsula is made up of lots of lakeside towns and ours is one of the smaller ones, but it does have some restaurants and coffee shops and beautiful views of Lake Michigan.
We did try to go to the lighthouse but we were stopped by EMS outside the area leading to it. He told us there was a police incident going on up ahead and we weren’t to go any closer, so visiting the light house would have to wait for another day. Sure made me wonder what was going on.
Our first full day took us to the northern most point of Door County’s peninsula. We went to the Death’s Door Maritime Museum. The dangerous waters where Lake Michigan and Green Bay meet have had the largest concentration of shipwrecks in fresh water. Aside from shipwreck information in the museum, there were also other boats, including the fishing boat, Hope, which we could go in to explore.
After the museum, we stopped at some gift shops, antique shops and even a scenic viewpoint on the way back to Baileys Harbor. We also stopped at Seaquist Orchards Famers Market and they had everything cherry there from cherry salsa, to cherry jelly, cherry dressing and MUCH more including tubs of frozen cherries. It sure was yummy taste testing all those products!
We started out our Saturday morning at the Rusty Tractor Cafe, a GREAT breakfast place near Egg Harbor. What a cute restaurant and gift shop, IN A BARN! But it was all new inside and just a cute as could be. And the food was great too.
Then we started headed back to Egg Harbor stopping at every little antique shop and farm stand that was on Highway 42. Some really beautiful antique shops and the farm stands were fun too. Before getting to downtown Egg Harbor, we stopped at quite a milestone marker on the road. We were at the 45th parallel which is half way between the equator and the north pole. WOW! And guess what? We’ve seen this marker before when we were in Maine in 2009. Guess we’re as far north as we were there.
We then stopped in downtown Egg Harbor which is only a few blocks long, but found some nice shops there too and a beautiful view of the marina. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the mid-70’s and a nice breeze off the bay. A perfect day!
I was supposed to take a cooking class in the evening. I was really looking forward to it. I got there 10 minutes before it started and waited for 15 minutes past the start time and no one showed up. To say I was a little pissed, is an understatement. Plus SO disappointed. I was really looking forward to the class. Oh well… now to get my money back.
Sunday morning, Jay went bike riding and Rocky and I sat outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Then Jay and I headed to Sisters Bay for lunch and looking around town. Before we left Baileys Harbor, we did stop of the farmers market which was more like a small craft fair. Nothing too exciting but just like everywhere on this peninsula, the flowers downtown are just beautiful.
We stopped for lunch at the Wild Tomato in Sisters Bay and the food was great. Jay and I both had different types of chicken sandwiches. Mine was with pesto and mozzarella and Jay’s was jerk chicken. We both had a side of greens with watermelon and feta. What an interesting taste. Delicious!
We checked out the shops, which were few compared to the number of restaurants, as well as the marina. A beautiful day outside turned a little cool now and then, but it was sunny and a great day to be outside.
We stopped for an ice cream cone (Wisconsin has WAY too much ice cream! Damn those cows!) and then stopped at another farm market. Then we headed to Canas Island to visit the light house. Well, we found something quite different after we parked the car.
We were met by a tractor pulling a large wagon which was going to give us a ride over to the island through a very shallow area of the lake. What??? Well, it was one bumpy ride over the rocks under the water, but we got there.
Since it was late in the day, we were told that if we wanted to climb the 97 steps to the top of the lighthouse to see the gorgeous views, we needed to do it before the last ride back to the “mainland” left…. Or we’d be walking back through the water. So up we went.
Now you might think this would be difficult for my new knee, but climbing the stairs was easy. The part that didn’t dawn on me until we got to the top is that I HATE heights. I managed to go outside once I got up to the top and take a few pictures. The view was beautiful, I think. I barely remember anything. Then the docent started talking to us. I don’t remember a thing. All I could think about was how was I going to take that first step down on the open stairs let alone walk down the other 96. The stairs were open and it felt like a tighter spiral going down than it was coming up. But finally we got back to the bottom. Whew! Well, that will be the last lighthouse I climb on this trip!
Monday was our 40th wedding anniversary. Wow! Has it really been 40 years? Where did the time go?
We started out with breakfast at The Cookery in Fish Creek, which is a town that we hadn’t explored yet. Jay picked out the place, which is unusual, as I usually do the planning. The yelp reviews were correct and It turned out to be a great place. We sat outside and he weather was beautiful.
Jay had a usual breakfast of eggs and pancakes, but I tried something unusual…. eggs and whitefish chowder over biscuits. Kind of a biscuits and gravy with a seafood twist. It was an interesting combination and I was glad I tried something so different and local.
After breakfast we checked out almost all the shops downtown. Amid the shops were lots of cottages for rent right on the water. Downtown Fish Creek is definitely a pretty busy place. Lots going on.
We stopped at a garden art store and there were so many things that I loved. But I limited myself to one pretty blown glass flower which will look great in my garden at home. I also bought some glass mushrooms that will look great in my new succulent garden.
With all of that, I pretty much decided I was done shopping until… we stopped in a store that had the most beautiful leather jackets. I have been looking for one for quite a while but never found one I liked or that fit well. Well, that wasn’t the case today. I found one on sale and although I didn’t want to spend that much, Jay said it was our anniversary, so I should get it. I couldn’t disagree. They are sending it back to the manufacturer to have the sleeves shortened and will mail it to us when we get home. On the good side, they didn’t charge us for the alterations, shipping or sales tax. Woohoo!
In the evening, we went to a play at the Northern Sky Theater, which is in Peninsula State Park. It’s an open air theater and the musical, Dairy Heirs, was really cue and funny. It was a fun evening.
By the time we got out, it was close to sunset, so we headed to sunset beach in Fish Creek. What a gorgeous sunset tonight with the sun going down over the water. A perfect end to a great anniversary day.
Our last day in Door County took us into Sisters Bay again for lunch. We wanted to eat at the Swedish restaurant with the goats on the roof but the wait was 55 minutes…. A bit much. So we had lunch at the Angry Tomato again and then walked down to the lake beach. We did take our pictures on the troll bench, though, at the Swedish restaurant.
We drove south on Hwy 42 after that and stopped at several shops including a beautiful lavender shop. Some of the gardens at these shops are just as beautiful as the items in the shops.
On our final night in Door County, we went out to dinner in Sister Bay. Since we had to go to the show so early last night, we couldn’t fit in dinner, so we’re doing it a day late.
Dinner was fabulous. I had white fish, which is a specialty up here and Jay had salmon. We wanted to sit outside, but weather took a turn for the worse with cold winds. We had a beautiful window view, though, of the bay and a great dinner topped with ice cream from our favorite ice cream shop.
Tomorrow we leave Door County and head inland some to the Green Bay area. It’s about a 2 hour drive, so it will be an easy day.
Goodbye Door County. We had a GREAT time!