On a summer's day…
After a long awaited drive, we'll welcome you with a glass of iced lemonade & homemade bars in the Inn & help with plans for your stay. Ephraim's beautiful white sandy beach awaits a block away & frolic in the shallows~ask for our colorful beach chairs if you think you might just stay awhile! Let your spirits soar! For dinner take the 5 minute drive to Fred & Fuzzy's, Little Sister, where umbrella tables are waterfront & the view is spectacularly sheltered pristine bay & skip stones while waiting for your basket. Back in Ephraim, sunsets over Eagle Harbor are a nightly attraction, especially with an ice cream cone from Wilson's, a classic soda fountain from 1904. You've arrived!
Wake early for a run through our historic village & reward yourself at Leroy's Coffee while you catch your breath. On this beautiful summer's day take advantage of Peninsula State Park Golf Course with spectacular views at some of their 18 holes. Then on to Nicolet Bay in the Park where you can rent kayaks returning for a picnic with sandwiches from Chef's Hat in Ephraim. Remember to check out the cool camp store for a classic Pen Park tee. At dusk, American Folklore Theatre puts on original, funny, folk theatre productions in the park amphitheatre under the stars. A must do!
Goat's on the roof: the curiosity highlighting this Scandinavian tradition is at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant, Sister Bay, for a breakfast of Swedish pancakes with lingonberries. If it's Saturday head to “Corner of the Past” on Hwy. 57 for a Farmer's Market, with fresh produce, products from Door County & good conversation. Check out K. Allen Gallery with other worldly glass creations on the corner of Hwy 57 & ‘Q' & kittycorner, Chelsea Antiques with Blue Willow Gallery before wending your way east on ‘Q' to Ridges Sanctuary for a forested hike.Guides are happy to help interpret what you see. On your late afternoon return, stop at Top Deck at Gordon Lodge for a spectacular waterfront drink, often with a jazz combo in play. No matter where you are, the evening sky is a spectacle.
A trip to Door County wouldn't be complete without taking the winding road to Northport, where you can take the ferry over to Washington Island. On the way, stop at Charlie's Smokehouse for his best smoked whitefish or salmon for your picnic lunch. On the Island rent mopeds to see the sights. On your return down Hwy. 42, take a left on NP, north of Ellison Bay to the 90* turn; park in field on right. Straight ahead is a hidden gem managed by the Nature Conservancy with a 3/4 mi.walk in the woods to the Mink River Estuary with water fowl aplenty. Returning home, grab your beach towel for a nap on Ephraim Beach before heading out for rustic gourmet pizza at Wild Tomato, Fish Creek. Cap off your evening with cold stone custard from Malibu Moos & be sure to say hi to our daughter Ava.
Walk down to Good Eggs for Joel's filling potato & egg wrap & it'll keep you ‘til late in the day. Be inspired by local artists in Ephraim at Fine Line Design & the Hardy Gallery, the graffiti covered boathouse on Anderson Dock. Try your own hand at Hand's On Studio where you can spend the afternoon in the country making art; ironwork, pottery, glass or mosaic. They'll fire it for pick up the next day. Plan on taking a Sunset Sail of Eagle Harbor to see Door County from a different perspective. For dinner, Whistling Swan, offers fabulous global cuisine in an intimate setting, downtown Fish Creek. Return to your fireside whirlpool!
On your last day, linger in bed over our Homemade Breakfast Basket delivered to your door, enjoying the warm homemade goodness that comes from our kitchen. Wake up with a walk to Anderson Pond, a 3/4 mile nature hike in Ephraim. Rent a tandem for two from Edge of Park Rentals, Fish Creek and cruise the streets of town, taking a break with shopping. Enjoy lunch at Stillwater's, an outdoor cabana, where you can get a quick bite to eat while watching the bustling streets of Fish Creek. Check out the jewelry at J. Jeffrey Taylor's as well as the leathers at Hyde Side Boutique. Take ‘Cottage Row' up and out of Fish Creek to check out the century old cottages. The rural landscape of orchards & barns will remain with you a long time, ending at the village of Egg Harbor where you can try their cheese board, indulging on Artisanal Wisconsin cheeses & homemade crackers at Schoolhouse Creamery, a new little gem. On your last evening, take in Door Shakespeare, a play in the garden at Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor. Time to start our scrapbook.