Before saying goodbye to summer, Justen and I decided to plan one last quick two day trip to Door County. We left early Sunday morning and came back super late on Monday night/Tuesday morning. There is a lot to see if you’re only going on a mini trip. I looked at pictures from my last trip with Nadia for inspiration. I also found a lot of valuable posts on Pinterest. I’ll add the link here just in case you want to take a peek. Here’s a “postcard” of the itinerary too!
Our first stop was Crossroads At Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. We desperately needed to charge the car and stretch our legs, so a “hike and charge” was in order. This beautiful 200-acre preserve is full of wonder. It has hiking paths, bat houses, and a few old buildings. Check the times to be sure you’re able to see the exhibits. Unfortunately, we were there when most of the buildings were closed, but it was still interesting and super peaceful. This is also an excellent place for scouts or younger kids learning about history.
With stretched legs and the car slightly charged, we moved on to the next location, which was going to be lunch and a charge stop. Unfortunately, the restaurant had closed an hour earlier, so I took the chance to nap while Justen did some investigating. He found the most incredible slice of heaven in Egg Harbor. For some reason, we didn’t pack any snacks on this trip, and we were both famished. If you like tapas, you need to make a stop at Glacier Ledge Restaurant. The service was terrific, and the food was superb! They also have a cheese shop and free wine tasting.
Since we still needed to get a decent charge, we headed to Fish Bay. We found a charging station at the Main Street Motel, which looks a lot cuter than it sounds. There are so many cute shops in this town. We bought a couple of sweatshirts for the unplanned “chill in the air,” and we also found a sweet shop, Sister Golden. This store had a little bit of everything. I loved the jewelry and artwork there. We found a print that we couldn’t walk away from and then realized that the artist owned the shop and was there to check us out; it was a truly unique experience!
The next morning we visited the famous Al Johnsons for breakfast. They had a fair amount of gluten-free items, and the cute rooftop goats never disappoint. This Swedish restaurant has tasty food, large portions, and the staff dresses in traditional Swedish attire. The shop has some unique gift items, and you can even bring home some lingonberry preserves.
The plan was to head out to Washington Island, but first, we needed to find a place to charge the car…again! We found a charging station at Gills Rock Maritime Museum. While the car charged, we caught a ferry to Washington Island. There are two ferries to Washington Island, one that leaves from Gills Rock, and one that departs from Northport Pier. I wish I had some pictures of this ferry adventure, but the fog was relentless that day. The trip is a short 30 minutes, and on a clear day, you get to enjoy the view of the beautiful cliffs.
Washington Island has it’s own unique kind of charm. The best way to see the island is by bike. The way to see the whole island and to survive the hills is by car, moped, or cart. Justen and I were feeling good after our hardy breakfast, and we opted for the one-speed bike. Our first stop was School House Beach. If you have never seen a beach made up of smooth rocks, you must go to this beach!
After the beach, we made a few stops before catching the ferry back. We visited the old Scandinavian Church-Stavkirke Church. The church was tiny but stunning. Although lavender was not in season, the lavender farm was still impressive and super fragrant. Lunch options were slim, but we had a great meal at Bread and Water. Most places close early, so remember to check the times before heading out.
Once we were back to a fully charged car, we made our way to Ephraim. This cute little town has incredible views of the lake, great shops, and fantastic food. We had dinner reservations at The Old Post Office Restaurant. Apart from serving breakfast and lunch, they are most famous for their fish boil dinner. Make sure to call ahead if you want to eat the fish boil dinner. If you only want to go to watch the fish boil, they have plenty of space to catch the show.
Two full days of exploring later, we were ready to head back home through the densest fog ever! I’m not sure if that much fog is common up north, but we sure did count our blessings when we finally arrived back home.
Let me know if you plan to visit or your favorite spot to visit in Door County. I can’t wait to go back!
Here’s a free printable. How to use this printable:
1. you can print it and give it as a card
2. you can print it and use it as a “first picture on a trip” marker.
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