Door County Fall Fifty

October 14th, 2014

The Fall 50 is a classic Door County event. This fifty mile run is going into its 9th year! 2006 was the first Door County Fall 50 with one hundred eighty six participants. A cap of three hundred sixty participants was put into place for 2013 and the race was sold out in less than four hours.

“THE FALL 50 is a 50-mile running adventure for solo ultra-marathoners and teams of up to five runners. The course route begins at the northernmost tip of the peninsula and travels down the western shoreline along scenic back roads to the population center in Sturgeon Bay. The event ends with an outrageous party set under a tent along the shipping channel at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay.” Take a look at the Fall 50 Website to read the full history of the Fall 50.

Fall Fest 2014 – Friday through Sunday, October 17th to 19th, 2014

October 2nd, 2014

2014 will be the sixty ninth Sister Bay “Fall Fest”! This is one of the largest weekend celebrations in Door County. This classic Door County Festival takes place in Sister Bay. There are many great activities planned for this fun weekend… a parade, arts & crafts fair, food booths, live entertainment, and children’s activities! For more information visit Sister Bay.

Here is a sneak peak at the schedule…

Friday, October 18:

9am-5pm: Classic Auto Show – West side of Mill Road – Sponsored by Sister Bay Lions Club
10am-5pm: Arts & Crafts Show – Mill Road – Sponsored by the Sister Bay Advancement Association
: Food & Drinks – Various places in Village
Music @ Grasse’s Grill: Dirty Deuce
Music @ Husby’s: Modern Day Drifters
5-8 pm
: Fish Boil – Fire Station on Mill Road – Sponsored by Sister Bay Lions Club
Cake Walk in the Village Hall – Fundraiser for Gibraltar School Destination Imagination 8pm: Movie Screening & fundraiser in the Fire Station – for the D.C. Short Film Fest
10pm-close: Music @ Husby’s: Muddy Udders

Saturday, October 19:

7am-11am: Pancake Breakfast – Village Hall – Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Northern Door
: Food & Drinks – Various places in Village
: Classic Auto Show – West side of Mill Road – Sponsored by Sister Bay Lions Club
: Mechanical Bull @ Sister Bay Bowl
: Inflatable Games/Bouncers, Bungee Jumping & More – Across the street from Al Johnson’s (weather permitting)
: Camel Rides next to the Bowl (weather permitting)
: Arts & Crafts Show – Mill Road – Sponsored by the Sister Bay Advancement Association
10am-1pm: Music @ Husby’s: Learning to Fly – Tom Petty tribute band
11am: Parade – Bay Shore Drive, Downtown Parade Marshal – Volunteer of the Year
: Music next to Al Johnson’s: Whiskey Ditch w/ special guests
12:30-4:30: Music on Husby’s/Sister Bay Bowl Stage: Hoi Polloi
12-4pm: Music @ Grasse’s Grill: The original Big Mouth Quartet
Children’s Entertainer/Musician Randy Peterson – Gazebo by Village Hall (inside Village Hall if bad weather)
Music on the Husby’s/Bowl stage: Hoi Polloi
Wisconsin Cinderella Queens Coronation (Miss Cinderella scholarship pageant – inside Village Hall)
Music @ Husby’s: Happy Schnapps Combo
: Music @ Grasse’s Grill: Bacchus Lotus
: Music @ Husby’s: Hoi Polloi
: Music @ Sister Bay Bowl: Glas Hamr

Sunday, October 20:

9am-2pm: Classic Auto Show – West side of Mill Road – Sponsored by Sister Bay Lions Club
: Food & Drinks – Various places in Village
: Arts & Crafts Show – Mill Road – Sponsored by the Sister Bay Advancement Association
: Inflatable Games/Bouncers, Bungee Jumping & More – Across the street from Al Johnson’s (weather permitting)
10am-3pm: Camel Rides next to the Bowl (weather permitting)
: Pumpkin Bowling – on grass hill next to Sister Bay Bowl
: Music @ Grasse’s Grill: Double W
: Sloppy Joe Eating Contest – Sign up @ Bowl
: Music between Husby’s/Sister Bay Bowl: Unity
: Polka Man Dale with Bellows & Strings – near Village Hall
: Ping Pong Ball Drop

Peninsula State Park – Courtesy Ally in Wisconsin

September 15th, 2014

The following blog by Ally in Wisconsin was so good, I asked for permission to use it as a “Guest Blogger” post. The Author, Ally, graciously accepted. You can find more of her work at

Returning again to one of my favorite parts of Wisconsin, Door County, today we explore another beautiful state park just an hour north of where I live. The gorgeous Peninsula State Park lines Green Bay (as opposed to Whitefish Dunes State Park, which lines Lake Michigan).

Fish Creek, WI in Door Co.

Peninsula State Park is absolutely MASSIVE. The 3,776 acre park has eight miles of shoreline to offer ample boating, swimming, fishing, vantage points, and on a clear day – stunning views of the islands and Bay. You can rent kayaks, sailboats, canoes, paddle boats, and paddle boards at the Nicolet Beach rental stand.

Peninsula State Park from Lookout Tower

If you aren’t into water sports, you can take advantage of hiking (more than 20 miles of trails), biking, golfing and archery. During the summer, the American Folklore Theatre has live performances in the park six nights a week.

Yours truly, sailing from Nicolet Beach

In the winter, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, sledding and ice fishing are popular. For those who want to camp, camp on one of the 468 campsites within the park. The park boasts an 18-hole golf course, a historic lighthouse (you can tour, for a small fee), multiple lookout towers, and even a camp shop with supplies, food, gear, etc. It’s no surprise that over one million visitors come to Peninsula each year.

Eagle Bluff Light


The park is the third largest in the Wisconsin State Park system, and was the second Wisconsin State Park (opened in 1910). The Park grew slowly but surely, with an annual budget of $2,000. Land was originally acquired for $20/acre.


The best (and most convenient part of Peninsula State Park is that the park is just minutes (by car / bike / on foot) from downtown Fish Creek. The hustling and bustling little town has a large number of shops, restaurants, a marina, and more. The quaint Door County culture rings true in this bayside town. (And you don’t have to eat camp food if you don’t want to).


Five Fabulous Fall Facts

September 6th, 2014

Door County is the place to be in the fall. Tourists come from everywhere to see the beautiful changing of the leaves. You may wonder… what else is there to do?

Here are five fall facts…

Fact #1: Kerosene is the cause of the Big Blaze of the Door County Fish Boil.

If you have not yet tasted the mild flavor of whitefish accompanied by potatoes and coleslaw, it is time to visit one of the many restaurants in Door County serving nightly fish boils. A Door County Fish Boil is a dinner and a show all in one!

Find a listing of restaurants that serve fish boils along with other dining options in the Dining Guide and Fish Boils of Door County Brochure.

Fact #2: Door County is home to more than ten golf courses.

Fall is the perfect time to practice that swing during the beautiful lazy days on Indian Summer. Peninsula State Park has a scenic 18 hole course and professional golf instruction is available by appointment.

Fact #3: Door County has Five State Parks.

Do you want to go for a walk? Door County is full of State Parks, County Parks and local parks. There are even three dog parks for those who prefer to walk with their furry friends.

Fact #4: Big Mouth will be at the 2014 Pumpkin Patch Festival.

Harvest Festival - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Festival – Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, 12th, 2014

Fall Fest – Friday, October 17th to Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Jack O’Lantern Days - Friday, October 24th to Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Fact #5: Door County boasts has two thousand acres of cherry orchards and another five hundred acres of apple orchards

In spring, the county is filled with blossoms, and is richly decorated with delicious fruits in the late summer and fall. Take a tour of the orchards, then stop by one of the many farmers’ markets to take some of the county’s finest produce home with you.

Six Waterfront Dining Options in Sturgeon Bay

August 31st, 2014

Door County has over three hundred miles of shoreline! The county is surrounded by the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal runs through Sturgeon Bay. There are many restaurants in Door County offering both outdoor dining and waterfront dining. Here are six waterfront dining options located in Sturgeon Bay.

Stone Harbor Resort and Pub
107 N. First Ave. Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone: (920) 746-9004
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Sunset Grill
3810 Rileys Point Rd Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone: (920) 824-5130
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Waterfront Mary’s Bar and Grill
3662 N. Duluth Ave Sturgeon Bay , Wi 54235
Phone: (920) 743-3191
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Gilmo’s Bar and Bistro
3600 County Rd. CC Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone: (920) 824-5440
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Glas The Green Coffeehouse
67 E. Maple Sturgeon Bay , Wi 54235
Phone: (920) 743-5575
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Donny’s Glidden Lodge
4670 Glidden Dr. Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone: (920) 746-9460
Waterfront dining available.

Door County Wine, Beer, Vodka and More!

August 4th, 2014

What would you like to taste in Door County? Door County is home to numerous wineries… but did you know you can also enjoy locally made beer, vodka and cider? Whatever your palate, you can tour and taste your way through everything from cherry flavored wine to gin. Here are a few of the numerous choices available…

Door 44 Winery

Door 44 Winery is located in the heart of Door County, Wisconsin on Hwy 42/ 57.  The specialty is making wine from grapes that grow here in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. Parallel 44 has a variety of events from live music to a Frozen Tundra Wine Fest. See their events calendar for more information.

Door Peninsula Winery

A selection of almost 50 wines – from Sweet Cherry to bone-dry Cabernet Sauvignon. Join Cerise, the signature wine club and receive 2 full-sized, 750 ml bottles of the latest award-winners or select wines every other month. Also receive member-only perks like deep discounts, priority invitations to winery events, even free gifts just for purchasing wine.

Door County Brewing Company

Door County Brewing Company is inspired by our surrounding; our friends, our families, our landscape. Our mission is to create beers that lead to a gathering of community and friends where ever you are. We promise to create only the best tasting, thought provoking, carefully sourced, eco conscience beers that are constantly pushing the edge of imagination and senses. Our Tap Room is open daily from 11AM – 10PM.

Door County Distillery

Door County Distillery is the first in Door County to produce vodka, gin and fruit infused vodka. The distillery is reminiscent of the casual, pastural surroundings of Door County and showcased in the stone-barn style feel of the building’s exterior, yet modern and elegant inside, showcasing the copper still and small batch, on-site production.

Island Orchard Cider

Handcrafted Normandy style cider made in a Door County Cider House. Our ciders are dry, crisp and refreshing: richly complex with fruit, natural tannins, sugars and a light acidity. A perfect accompaniment to an everyday meal or a holiday celebration, our pair easily with both sweet and savory dishes. Visit the tasting room!







Door County Fish Boils

July 31st, 2014

The “Fish Boil” is a delicious Door County Tradition. Typically, the meal consists of locally caught whitefish that is cut into small chunks and cooked with onions and red potatoes in boiling water. Salt is used to raise the specific gravity of the water. Much of the fun of the Door County Fish Boil is the elaborate presentation that takes place during the cooking of the fish. Everything happens outdoors where the fish is boiled in a giant cast iron kettle. The fish oils rise to the top of the pot during cooking and a small amount of kerosene is tossed on culminating in flames and a boil over. The fish, potatoes and onions are pulled out and carried to the kitchen, where they’ll be served with a generous drizzling of Wisconsin butter.


Here are a few places to get a Door County Fish Boil:

Old Post Office Restaurant
10040 Water St, Hwy 42 (located At Edgewater Resort)
Ephraim , WI 54211
Phone: (920) 854-4034

The menu for the traditional Door County feast includes: Steaks of Fresh Whitefish, Small Red Potatoes, Little White Onions, Homemade Lemon, Pumpkin and Rye Breads, and Fresh Baked Door County Cherry Pie. Chicken or ribs are available for those who prefer an alternative to fish, and hot dogs or chicken tenders are in reserve for children.

Pelletier’s Restaurant
4199 Main Street Founders Square
Fish Creek , WI 54212
Phone: (920) 868-3313

The Door County Fish Boil consists of fresh, locally caught Whitefish cut into steaks, small baby red potatoes and Texas sweet boiling onions. Salt is the only seasoning used. The hot whitefish, potatoes and onions are served with butter. Included with the meal is made fresh daily coleslaw, Bavarian Dark Rye and honey white bread. A slice of Door County Cherry Pie is offered for dessert. There are several substitutions for those who prefer not to eat fish.

The Viking Grill and Lounge
12029 Hwy 42
Ellison Bay , WI 54210
Phone (920) 854-2998

Viking Grill owners Annette and Lawrence Wickman began their commercial whitefish boil back in 1961. Whitefish is served with new potatoes, sweet white onions, coleslaw, pumpernickel bread, lemon wedges, Kosher pickles and topped it off with a piece of Door County Cherry Pie. Serve with iced tea or your favorite brew. My personal recommendation is a tall frosty mug of Leinenkugals.

White Gull Inn Restaurant

4225 Main Street
Fish Creek , WI 54212
Phone (920) 868-3517

Whitefish and potatoes are served with lemon, melted butter, garden fresh coleslaw, homemade breads and homemade Door County cherry pie for dessert. Imported and Wisconsin craft beers, wines and a variety of soft drinks are available to enjoy with the meal and while you watch it being prepared on the patio. Roasted chicken is available for non-fish eaters.



2014 Pumpkin Patch Festival in Door County

July 18th, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Festival
October 11th and 12th, 2014

Make your way to Egg Harbor the weekend of October 11th, 2014 for Pumpkin Patch Festival. There will be loads of fun to be had for this great annual Door County Fall Festival. There will be live music on both days including a children’s musician. Carnival rides, inflatables and a roaming magician will keep the children happy and occupied. Expect food, fun and great shopping opportunities.

2014 Pumpkin Patch Festival Agenda

Saturday, October 11
10am-4:30pm Silent Auction
10am-2pm Modern Day Drifters
10am-4pm Carnival Rides and Inflatables
10am-5pm Face Painting
10am-5pm Juried Arts & Crafts Vendors at Baylake Bank
11am-3pm Roaming Magician
12pm-4pm Children’s Musician
2pm-5:30pm Mango Brothers
Sunday, October 12
10am-1:15pm Big Mouth
10am-4pm Carnival Rides and Inflatables
10am-5pm Face Painting
10am-5pm Juried Arts & Crafts Vendors at Baylake Bank
12pm-3pm Children’s Musician
1:30pm-4:30pm Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns | Rock & Blues



Door County Trolley

July 16th, 2014

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Door County Trolley has a great Old Time Trolley to take you on scenic tours of Door County. They have eight different special tours to choose from. The Trolley is located at 9197 State Highway 42 in Sturgeon Bay.

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Take a look at the Door County Trolley Slideshow!

There are Eight Themed Trolley Tours to Choose from:

Lighthouse Tour
Trolley navigates guests to Door County’s most treasured lighthouses.

Scenic Tour
This 1 hour narrated tour will take guests to see breathtaking vistas atop 225 foot limestone bluffs.

Premier Wine Tour
Experience the VIP Tour of the area known as the “boutique wineries” of the Midwest Wine Region.

Ghost Tours
Step aboard the “trolley of the doomed” as we share tales of ghostly sunken ships, haunted lighthouses, and mysterious happenings on the darker side of this spirited peninsula.

Culinary Tours A “Food Lovers” delight! Get a behind the scenes look and participate in mouth watering tastings at five unique culinary destinations.

Spring Blossom Tour
Guests will partake in wine tastings and a cozy carriage ride.

Bloody Mary Brunch Tour
Indulge in a Wisconsin tradition – Bloody Marys and Sunday Brunch!

Winter Wonderland Tour
Shopping, Wine Tasting, a Sleigh Ride and Lunch!

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Gluten Free Dining in Door County

July 2nd, 2014

It has become very common for a guest to inquire, “Where can I find a place to eat in Door County that is Gluten Free?” A Google search revealed… that it is really hard to find a list of Gluten Free Restaurants in Door County. The available information was hard to find and dated in many cases.

I have researched and compiled a list of places to eat in Door County who state they have gluten free options. Some have a few salads… and some places have everything from pizza to pasta.

2014 List of Gluten Free Restaurants in Door County

  1. Bistro Bar –

The Bistro Bar and Grille is located in Liberty Square in Egg Harbor. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available with fresh food prepared to order. Choices include gluten free salads, burgers, sandwiches and breakfast. The Bistro Bar also has vegetarian options like the Walnut Burger. Christine’s delicious vegetarian recipe combines cheese, walnuts, bread crumbs and spices. Consider adding caramelized onion, sautéed mushrooms, mixed greens, blackening spice, Swiss, cheddar, five cheese, or bacon.

  1. Carrington –

The Carrington is located in Egg Harbor. The gluten free menu has numerous options including pizza and dessert. Try Malibu Apple Pork, a Grilled pork loin set atop Fuji apples lightly sautéed in Malibu Rum and rosemary. Served with a vegetable and your choice of baked potato or wild rice blend.


  1. Danish Mill –

The Danish Mill is located on beautiful Washington Island at the tip of Wisconsin’s Door County Peninsula. The Danish Mill serves Udi’s Whole Grain Gluten Free Bread. In addition, all of their potato chips and potato salad are gluten free along with a daily offering of gluten free bars and cookies.

  1. Gibraltar Grill –

The Gibraltar Grill is on Main Street in Fish Creek. They state, “We welcome advance notice of special dietary requests and will do our utmost to accommodate your needs.” Try the Whitefish Roma, a locally caught Door County whitefish broiled and topped with diced roma tomatoes, red onion, garlic, parmesan cheese and fresh basil finished with a balsamic reduction accompanied with the potato of the day and vegetables.


  1. 5.       Harbor Fish Market –

Waterfront dining in Bailey’s Harbor. The gluten free menu includes a variety of seafood like salmon, lobster, snow crab, oysters and mussels. There is a New England Lobster Boil every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This unique venue also offers a “Doggy Menu” with a fun selection such as “Sterling’s Doggie Kibble”.

  1. Inn at Cedar Crossing –

The Inn at Cedar Crossing is located in Historic Downtown Sturgeon Bay. The Pub offers the areas widest selection of beer from across Wisconsin, including New Glarus, Tyranena, Gray, Lakefront, Sand Creek, Sprecher, Capital, Hinterland, Leinenkugel, Point and O’so breweries. For breakfast, consider an egg white frittata with sweet peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and green onions.


  1. Julie’s Park Café –

Julie’s Park Café in Fish Creek serves daily from 6:59 a.m. to 9:01 p.m. Gluten free lunch specials include sandwiches like coconut chicken salad prepared on gluten free toast or a bun. Get it with an Angry Orchard Hard Cider.

  1. Mission Grille –

The Mission Grille is located in Sister Bay. Start your gluten free dining experience with a Wisconsin Artisan Cheese Flight. Try Wisconsin’s finest Artisan cheeses for this tasting treat.  Served with herb-toasted almonds, marinated olives and pear and honey quince. Have a unique gluten free entrée such as half a roasted Maple Leaf duck and Door County cherry-Bigarade Sauce, sweet potato mash and fresh vegetables.


  1. The Cookery –

The Cookery is a family run restaurant in Fish Creek since 1977. The menu features American fare with a creative twist. Have a Turkey, cream cheese & cherry chutney sandwich on a gluten free bun for lunch. In the wine bar, try the smoked whitefish spread with cucumber slices.

  1. White Gull Inn –

Traditional Fish Boils, Candlelight Dinners and a Gluten Free Menu are available at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. The lunch options include an Asian Chicken Salad with, mixed salad greens, grilled chicken strips, mandarin oranges, sliced red onion with Honey Lime, Lemon or Cider vinaigrette.


  1. Wild Tomato Pizza –

The Wild Tomato in Fish Creek has numerous reviews on Trip Advisor speaking of their gluten free options. The menu includes gluten free pizza, sandwiches and pasta. One of their specialties is the The Green and Gold Pizza with Roasted chicken, bacon, grilled broccoli, spinach, and topped with REAL Wisconsin cheese curds. It comes with ranch dipping sauce.

Do you have a restaurant in Door County that serves Gluten Free Food? Send us a copy of your gluten free menu at and we will add you to our guest book of menus to choose from and include you in our online listing.

Gluten Free Dining in Door County