Where has the summer gone? A few weeks ago Nadia and I decided that while the boys were away camping, we would have ourselves a fun trip too! We packed up the car and headed north for a quick two day tour of Door County Wisconsin!
We started off our day early…by early I mean we were in the car by 5:30 a.m. The plan was to drive straight through, check-in early, then continue to see a few sites until we both collapsed. The driving part was a breeze, we missed all heavy traffic and we made it to Door County before 10 a.m. Our first stop was our motel…yup, that’s right…I said motel. It appears that very few hotels allow only a one night stay, the ones that do will not allow children, and we were making the reservations two days ahead of our scheduled date of arrival! Since we had slim pickins, we ended up at the Holiday Music Motel.
When I was making the reservations, I kept passing this one up because I thought that it was seriously outdated. Much to my surprise…it’s actually the theme! The rooms were clean and everything was very retro-on purpose! The staff was super friendly and we enjoyed our stay. Since we were only there to sleep, shower, and eat breakfast…I only have a few pictures.
Since we arrived waaaayyyy ahead of time, we were able to sightsee a bit before checking in. Our first stop was Cave Point County Park. We clearly didn’t realize just how big the park was! Be prepared to do some walking and be sure to have your bathing suit on.
For those of you courageous enough, there are some underwater caves to explore. We were drawn to the limestone cliffs and the cool water.
After a little walking around the park and eating some wild raspberries, we started our journey to Jacksonport for some paddle boarding! I wish we could have photographed that experience! If you have ever wanted to give it a whirl, I highly recommend it. We both tried paddling standing up, sitting, and we even took a rest and laid on the boards. Word of caution…don’t let too much time pass while you’re laying down. We found ourselves drifting well beyond the area where we were suppose to be! After paddling our way back to the “safe zone”, we had a quick hot dog and started our drive through the rest of the park. But first a quick picture…we felt so accomplished!
As we started to drive back, we noticed a nice spot to take a panoramic picture. It was a beautiful day and the water was just gorgeous!
On our way back to Sturgeon Bay, we spotted a cute little candy shop. I’m not sure how it happened, but we spent enough money to earn a free spin on the wheel of fortune. The prize…more candy!
Although we were only in Door County for two days, we planned on making the most of our adventure. We woke up early the following day and headed up the peninsula to the ferry…our next stop was Washington Island. As it turns out, the ferry runs on a schedule. It doesn’t just leave when I arrive! Who would have thought?? Since we had some time to kill, we decided to backtrack a tad and pick some raspberries.
Right around noon, we made our way onto the Island Clipper. The tickets were reasonable and we decided to purchase our bike rental at Washington Island. At first I thought that we would just walk around the island, but after seeing the distance between destinations we opted to rent bikes.
With a belly full of raspberries, we were all fueled up and ready to bike across the island to School House Beach!
Despite the fact that the roads were less than flat, every up-hill battle was worth it! School House Beach was absolutely breathtaking. The water was clear and the round stones stretched out as far as the eye could see!
The best part of this beach…no sand in your suit! I can’t explain why it is so addicting to make these little sculptures, but it is a ton of fun. School House Beach is a real gem…it is one of five sand-less beaches world-wide!
After a brief rest and a quick dip to cool off, we hopped back on our bikes and headed to the lavender fields. This is definately the spot to bring your camera and your love of lavender.
As we entered the shop that sells everything from lavender soaps to lavender flavored chocolate, Little Miss Sunshine admits that she doesn’t like lavender. Well…at least she made the effort!
Here is the bike path that we took along Washington Island…
It was a lot of fun to be able to bike together in a place where cars didn’t seem to be speeding past us. It was also interesting to ponder what life would be like on the island! I think I could handle it!!
As we were heading to the infamous Al Johnson’s for dinner, we stopped at a cherry farm to pick a few tart cherries. We were a bit behind schedule and only had 10 minutes to power pick! Somehow we managed to pick 5lbs. I wonder if we have a knack for this???
After all that biking and picking, we were famished. We went to Al Johnson’s on a recommendation from a friend. Once we saw the adorable goats grazing on the rooftop, we couldn’t resist stopping. The Swedish themed restaurant was delicious! It was hard to find Paleo friendly options, but the two that I picked were incredible. I have yet to eat pickled beets like I had there. Seriously!
The last thing that we wanted to see was a fish boil. They only have these infamous fish boils in areas like Wisconsin and around the Great Lakes. We thought that maybe we might have room for a taste, but once I saw everything that was included in the price, I knew we couldn’t even split it!
So what is included in the fish boil dinner you ask???
Whitefish, red potatoes, little white onions, homemade lemon, pumpkin, and rye breads, and fresh baked cherry pie! If you decide to go to a fish boil, I recommend trying the one at the Old Post Office. The locals all say this is the best place to go and they will even de-bone your fish…you can’t beat that!
Just when we thought that the day was coming to an end, we spotted Door County Confectionery! I use to work there when I was a freshman in high school…I know that seems like just months ago, but in actuality it is nearly 26 years ago! I worked at the store that was located at a mall in our area! So of course, we stopped in to say hi!
It was so nostalgic to walk into the shop and see the familiar candies and decor. Just when we thought that we had eaten enough, we remembered the little yogurt shop that we vowed to visit!
If you have any questions on the trip…feel free to ask! Did I miss any places that you love to visit in Door County? I’d love to hear about them…maybe I’ll go there on our next trip!
For a look at the necklace and earrings that I wore on this trip, please visit me at www.willowandbee.etsy.com I picked these two items to bring along with me because they went perfect with my teal bathing suit and complimented my brown shirt too!