Easter Ideas in Door County

April 4th, 2014

Will you be in Door County for Easter this year? Will you be visiting family but not staying with them? Here are a few Door County Easter ideas…

Visit Bailey’s Harbor and take part in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Hunt for Easter Eggs and Meet the Easter Bunny! The Bailey’s Harbor Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 19th, 2014 in Bailey’s Harbor at the Ball Field on Summit Road.

Are you looking for Door County Lodging? Visit Bridgeport Resort for some fun Easter extras. Celebrate Easter at Bridgeport Waterfront Resort… Each Bridgeport Child Guest will receive an Easter Basket and will Participate in an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 20th, 2014.

Plan on shopping for Easter Candy while in Door County? Door County Confectionary has Fudge, chocolates, candies and a variety of special Easter Eggs.

If you are looking for a Church to visit while on your Easter Vacation in Door County, take a look at this list of local churches. Make sure you call for Easter Service hours as they may be different from the usual times.

Door County Confectionary Fudge  Door County Confectionary Easter Candy

Season of Blossoms in Door County

March 28th, 2014

What is the Door County Season of Blossoms? It is that special time of year when the flowers begin to bloom in all the beauty that nature has to offer. Door County feels this is a reason to celebrate as the snow has gone and the green grass returns. Businesses open fresh for the season, bursting with bright new ideas and smiles.

The official dates of the Door County Season of Blossoms are April 12th, 2014 to June 8th, 2014. The Visitor’s Center has put together special lodging packages that each include a twenty five dollar gift certificate good at most businesses in Door County.

Are you wondering when your favorite flower will bloom? Looking for a beautiful garden in Door County to see? Take a look at the following resources and see where to go to find blooming beauty in Door County this spring!

Door County Season of Blossoms

Door County Season of Blossoms

Door County Guidebooks

March 25th, 2014

Are you looking for something to do in Door County? One of the many advantages of visiting a tourist town is that there are many great resources to help you plan the perfect vacation. The Door County Visitor’s Center has put together some guides that are able to assist you in finding whatever you are looking for. Find out which restaurants are open all year round in Door County by looking at the Door County Winter Guide. Locate all eleven lighthouses to visit or fins a genuine Door County Fish Boil! Take a look at some of these helpful guides…

2014 Door County Visitor Guide               Door County Winter Guide

                                Door County Winter Guide

Bicycle and Other Silent Sports Map       Water Sports Rentals and Tours

Bicycle and Other Silent Sports Map                                               Water Sports Rentals and Tours

Family Fun                                        Restaurant Dining Guide and Fish Boils

Family Fun                                              Restaurant Dining Guide and Fish Boils

Fishing Guide                                   Golf Guide

Door County Fishing Guide                                                Golf Guide to Door County

Lighthouse Map                            Apple and Cherry Orchards and Farm Markets

Lighthouse Map of Door County                                                 Apple & Cherry Orchards and Farm Markets of Door County

Door County Coastal Byway

Door County’s Coastal Byway, a Wisconsin Scenic Byway

Top Five Door County Spring Activities

March 5th, 2014

Spring begins on Thursday, March 20, 2014 (count the days) and ends on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Here are Five Door County Spring Ideas!

Door County Spring Blossoms

  1. Stop and smell the flowers! After the deep cold and white of winter, the Spring Blossoms of Door County are beautiful! Find out when your favorite variety of Spring Flowers are in bloom by checking out the Spring Guide from the Door County Visitor’s Bureau.
  2. Al Johnson’s has Goats on the Roof. It never gets old! This year’s annual “Roofing of the Goats Parade” is scheduled for May 11th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of Mill Road and Hwy. 42 “Creative goat endeavors are encouraged, such as goat costumes, goatees, viking hats (as in horns and braids), etc.!”
  3. Take a Bike Ride in Peninsula State Park! The Sunset Bike route is almost ten miles and starts at the Fish Creek Entrance of the Park where you are able to rent bicycles. You will see Weborg Marsh, cedar and maple trees and cliff communities.
  4. Spring is a great time for Ferry rides to Washington Island – And when you arrive, consider taking the Cherry Train Tour. “Enjoy our 15-mile, 1-1/2 to 2-hour narrated tour, highlighting island features and attractions.”
  5. Door County Trolley  has a Spring Blossom Tour- The tour takes place on Saturdays in May and April. Trolley guests will have wine tastings at two Door County Wineries. The day will also include a carriage ride in Fish Creek. “Trolley navigates guest to the hidden peninsula blossoms, carpeted forest wildflowers and majestic scenic overlooks that this rejuvenated season brings.” The Spring Blossom Tour ends with lunch at the English Inn.

Where will your Spring Travels bring you?

Door County Spring Blossoms

Top Ten Door County Winter Activities

February 18th, 2014

What will you do with the Winter Wonderland of Door County when you visit this year? Here are the Top Ten Suggestions.

1. Snowshoeing

Door County has many great places to go snowshoeing. Find Door County’s Secret Snowshoe Spots.

2. Cross-country skiing

Potawatomi State Park has over eight miles of one way trails and this is just one of the many places to ski in Door County. Download the Door County map of ski areas.

3. Sledding

Get out your sleds and find a big hill to slide down. Take a look at this video of Sledding at Hill 17.

4. Tubing

Door County has some of the best tubing slopes in northeastern Wisconsin. Bridgeport Resort has plenty of Hot Chocolate waiting for when you return!

5. Sleigh rides

Visit Mayberry’s Carriages and “Bundle up the kids, and get ready for the snow to brush your face, as one of our beautiful teams transport you in our winter wonder land. A narrated tour explains the workings of the orchard and winery, as we glide over glistening white snow. In the woods we use one of the old logging trails. When we return to the barn, adults are welcome to sample wines and kids can try the ciders, all made on site.”

Mayberry's Carriages

6. Snowmobile rides

Find out what the trail status is for the four Door County Snowmobiling Zones! Information is updated as it becomes available.

7. Ice skating

Door County has a few ice skating rinks to choose from. Rinks are groomed and maintained, and some even have heating rooms where you can warm up.

8. Ice fishing

Experience some fantastic ice fishing opportunities in beautiful Door County on Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay. Are you looking for a guide service? Try Reel Action Ice Fishing.

9. Horseback riding

Picture it now. Soft white snow, clear blue skies and horses. Take a trail ride in the winter and see how beautiful it can be. Call Kurt’s Korral to schedule your horseback riding session.

10. Winter Games

Find many Door County Winter ideas in the Door County Winter Guide!

February in Door County – Get Romantic

February 12th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14th, 2014. But don’t let that stop you from getting romantic all month long. It’s often been said that it’s the little things in life that make all the difference. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to keeping your relationship alive, growing and vibrant. Romance can be one of those things that keeps a relationship fresh and exciting. (Learn More Here)

Here are some ideas for getting some “Door County Romance” into your relationship!

Hold Hands – The value of physical touch is beyond measure.

Visit a Door County Winery – The Door County Wine Trail has many great ideas for you of local wineries in Door County. Don’t forget to get a bottle to bring home or to your hotel with you…

Door County Romance at Bridgeport Resort

Bridgeport Resort has a special Romance Basket that includes a scented candle from Candleworks of Door County, homemade Door County soap, bath salts, body oil, a loofah and lip balm. A bottle of wine is also included.

Door County Romance at Bridgeport Resort

Look into each other’s eyes… Smile while you are at it. A look can tell a thousand stories.

Go on a Private Sleigh Ride – Call Mayberry’s Sleigh Rides and arrange to take a romantic trip through the winter wonderland of Door County. You can’t do that everywhere!

Dance Together. Find a cozy Door County Pub with live music or create your own music. Put together a selection of your partner’s favorite songs and get close together.

Nothing in the world says love like Chocolate! – Visit Door County Confectionery and pick out a box or two. Try some fudge. You can never have too much chocolate in your relationship.

Bubble baths. Even better – Whirlpools. Warm sudsy water is definitely a romance builder.

Take a Winter Wonderland Trolley TourDoor County Trolley has a beautiful Saturday morning planned for your delight. The ride includes a winery tour and sleigh ride!

Love with Flowers or Roses. You will always earn a smile with a bouquet or even a single bud. Flowers are the universal code for, “I was thinking about you.”

Door County Romance at Bridgeport Resort

Couples MassageSaguaro Day Spa offers the opportunity for two to have a massage. Get rid of your sore muscles and feel yourself relax.

Sit by the Fireplace. Conversation optional. Put on a few logs and get toasty warm together.

Try a Champagne Brunch at Alexander’s. Start your romantic Sunday off with one of Alexander’s famous Sunday Champagne Brunches.

Or forget about going anywhere and serve Breakfast in Bed. A classic romantic gesture.

Fire and Ice Festival 2014

February 4th, 2014

Every year the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center holds the Fire and Ice Festival during February. This year’s Fire and Ice Festival will be held February 14th to 16th, 2014. The weekend starts out with the “Ice” portion of the festivities. On Saturday there will be two cold happenings! There will be an ice carving competition with beautiful sculptures being made by local artists. There will also be some professional carvers turning snow blocks into fantastic snow creations. The cold will be transformed into art. Here are some pictures of Snow Sculptures from the 2013 Door County Fire and Ice Festival.

Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice Festival Door County Fire and Ice Festival

People attending the Fire and Ice Festival will get a chance to vote for their favorite carving to receive the “People’s Choice Award”. You can pick up an event map showing the location of snow and ice blocks at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center located on 36 South 3rd Avenue or at most local businesses.

Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice Festival Door County Fire and Ice Festival

The “Fire” portion of the Fire and Ice Festival will take place on Saturday Night. Get ready for a warm and cozy night of food and sizzling music and dancing. The Annual Fire and Ice Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction will be held at Stone Harbor Resort. There will be a delicious dinner followed by live music from the 1950’s to 2000’s of Little Vito and the Torpedoes. Get out your very best formal attire for this classy and “Fiery” part of the night!

Purchase tickets to the dinner dance by calling the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center at 800-301-6695.

Sign up for the “Fire and Ice Package” at Bridgeport Resort and we will get your tickets for you. Bridgeport Resort Guests will enjoy a band and a welcome reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday Night at Bridgeport Resort. Guests will also receive complimentary continental breakfast served on Saturday and a complimentary brunch on Sunday morning.

Top Five Winter Vacation Traveling Tips

January 28th, 2014

Summer vacation, winter vacation… there is no such thing as a bad time for a vacation. But a winter vacation is definitely different from a summer vacation. Here are a few tips to help make your next Winter Get Away everything you hope it will be.

1. Make a Plan! A good plan can save time and alleviate stress. So sit down and decide all the things you can do in advance to make your vacation relaxing. Will you be flying? Call ahead to purchase your flight tickets. Most airlines allow you to print your tickets in the comfort of your home and bring them with you. Call and set up hotel reservations. This is much quicker and easier than taking your chances that you will find a place with vacancies when you arrive. Plus you can take advantage of special winter promotions in many places. Bridgeport Resort has a Mid Week Special during the winter…

2. Give Yourself Extra Time. You will want to allow plenty of time for all the little things in life that happen on the road between home and your perfect vacation destination. Are you traveling with children? Somebody will likely lose their shoe right as you are walking out the door. Winter conditions can be slippery, wet and frustrating. Leaving earlier will give you the peace of mind to be able to slow down, make an unplanned pit stop and stay in that restful vacation state of mind.

3. Spend Some Time Packing. Although there are not many things you cannot live without, there is no cure for the plight of searching the racks of a department store for a bathing suit in the depth of winter. Put some thought into the things you will need and things that will never leave your suitcase. If you are driving, make sure you also have your winter survival kit packed. Just the basics… gloves, a blanket, jumper cables, a flashlight with some extra batteries, and a windshield scraper. If you are going somewhere in the wilderness you might consider popping in a bottle of water and a granola bar too. Pack your car with gas too… Especially if you are coming to have your winter vacation in Door County. There is a stretch of highway that can feel like it lasts forever if your tank is on empty!

4. Get Some Sleep. Sleep is one of the basic requirements in life. If you want your winter travels to be safe, merry and pleasant make sure you get adequate sleep the night before leaving. You will be in a better mood and your reactions will be quicker. Avoid Red Eye Flights at all costs as they will leave you feeling drained no matter how you try to sleep on the plane.

5. Slow Down! You will get there. All the rules change once that winter ground is covered in snow. All of the great things you can do in the snow from skiing to snowmobiling will still be there when you arrive. Take it slow, be cautious and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and other travelers.

Door County Winter Vacations

Looking for more Travel Tips and Ideas? Check out some of these resources.

10 Winter & Holiday Travel Tips to Melt Your Worries Away

Winter Travel Tips from The Independent Traveler

Safe Driving Tips For Winter Travel

Whitefish Dunes Candlelight Ski

January 22nd, 2014

Door County’s Whitefish Dunes will be holding their Annual Candlelight Ski on January 25th, 2014. The last Saturday of January will be a night to remember with skiing, fun and snowy, candle lit trails. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Whitefish Dunes, so it is completely free although visitors are required to have a park sticker.  The fireplace will be lit and there will be cookies and hot beverages. If there is no snow, there will be a candle lit hike instead. The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can also find more information at 920-823-2400 or 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

Candlelight Skiing is a favorite of many people and these special events can be found at many different locations.

DNR List of Candlelight Skiing

Midwest Weekends Candlelight Ski Events

Whitefish Dunes Candlelight Ski Whitefish Dunes Candlelight Ski

Performing Arts Choices Abundant in Door County

January 14th, 2014

Sturgeon Bay has a wide variety of Performing Arts Choices for your next Door County Night Out! You will find a wide variety of concerts, theatre and entertainment for every appetite within the performing arts venues of Door County. See a play, watch a symphony or take part in hands on exhibits to learn about the rich history of Door County.

Visit the Door County Visitor’s Bureau Performing Arts Webpage for a list of the many venues to visit on your next trip. There are year round shows and activities available. The next time rain tries to dampen your parade, consider sitting in style at Third Avenue Playhouse and catching a show. Will you be in town on February 1st, 2014? Billy Jonas will be playing at Third Avenue Playhouse. Billy Jonas is one of those rare performers who can engage and delight both young and adult audiences.

Planning your vacation for next year? Door Shakespeare will be holding both Wine Nights and Family Nights during the 2014 Performing Arts Season. Door Shakespeare is also the home of DOORWAYS – a workshop dedicated to the development of communication skills, language and group social skills through the process of creating original theatre.

No discussion of Performing Arts in Door County would ever be complete without mentioning the Peninsula Players. 2014 will be the 79th Season of the Peninsula Players. It is America’s Oldest Professional Summer Theatre! You can enhance your visit by purchasing a backstage tour. Take a look behind the scenes of the Peninsula Players at the new stage house, audience pavilion, control booth, actor dressing rooms and scene shop as well as the costume shop and lodge.

Still not sure where to see a great show? The Door County Navigator has a list of possibilities for you. Browse their list of Door County Performing Arts.