Door County & Washington Island Wisconsin
WOW.. Did we ever have a great time in June of 2018 touring Door County. There is no way that we would skip putting together another exceptional tour of the Door County area for 2019.
The following all new Door County itinerary has been prepared in order for us to experience the area to it’s fullest potential.
Sunday, June 2
7:30 AM – Depart Cedar Rapids Sam’s Club on Blairs Ferry Rd. behind Burger King.
Additional pickups available in route.
10:30 AM - Rest and lunch in Verona, WI
11:15 AM – Depart Verona, WI
2:30 PM – Rest stop in Green Bay, WI. Area TBD
3:00 PM – Depart Green Bay area
4:00 PM – Arrive
Door County has one of its greatest wineries in Egg Harbor called Harbor Ridge Winery where we will do some tasting. Maybe even do some shopping of their great wines and cheese.
5:30 PM – Arrive at Open Hearth Lodge
Reservations are made for 3 nights stay in Door County on June 2- June 5, 2019. This package includes daily continental breakfast and luggage handling.Open Hearth Lodge 2669 S Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234 (920) 854-4890
6:30 PM - Dinner at the Log Den. It’s a beautiful log restaurant family built and family run. A very nice buffet selection will be provided.
Monday, June 3
6:15 AM - Breakfast at Open Hearth
7:00 AM - Depart for Northport Pier (end of Hwy 42N)
7:30 AM - Our guide will meet us on the mainland at Northport Pier. We will be escorted aboard the ferry, relaxed in the comfort of our own bus. During the 30 minutes boat ride, our guide will explain the history of the outlying island and the lighthouses on them. We will have an intro to Washington Island. On the island we will stop at the Welcome Center for a bathroom stop then on to West Harbor to learn about logging in the 1800’s as well as the Niagara Escarpment. We will also see the beautiful Norwegian Stave Chapel - patterned after the one in Borgund, Norway. Follow the prayer path to Trinity Lutheran Church and learn about life on an Island.
During our day we will visit the Historic Island Dairy and see their Island Lavender fields. They also have the Island History Exhibit and the Type & Ink Art Gallery there. This stop will make everyone happy.
If we have time we can step back into history at the farm museum and learn about Island life without electricity! On to Jackson Harbor to learn about Commercial fishing and view Wisconsin’s smallest state park across the Harbor. We shall wind our way across the back roads to the Ferry dock. Leaving your guide on the Island.
11:00 - Depart island
12:15 - We will meet another guide at the English Inn for lunch with your choice of a French Dip sandwich, a grilled chicken sandwich or spinach salad with grilled shrimp. And cherry pie ala mode. With coffee, tea or milk included.
We will travel to the Ephraim Historical Foundation with a guided tour that includes a tour through the Ephraim village. You will also visit the Anderson Store Museum, the Pioneer Schoolhouse Museum, and the Goodletson Cabin Museum. This is a fun way to learn the history of the Ephraim village.
As we drive through Wisconsin’s largest state park we can experience the beauty of the shores and bluffs on our way to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Built in 1868, the living quarters are completely furnished from that era. We will learn about life in a Lighthouse as they step back into the 1880’s.
Then on to Fish Creek where we will get to do some shopping in some of the neatest shops on the peninsula. After shopping, we will just have to stroll over to Pelletier’s about 6:00. We will watch the “boil over” and enjoy the technique and cooking process of the Traditional Door County Fish Boil. Our meal at 6:30 will consist of Fresh Lake Michigan Whitefish boiled with baby red potatoes and sweet boiling onions, served with melted butter and lemon along with made fresh daily homemade coleslaw, dark bavarian rye and homestyle honey white bread, choice of milk, coffee, iced tea, lemonade, Pepsi products (refills included) and of course a slice of Seaquist Orchards Door County Cherry Pie for dessert; or we may substitute with vanilla ice cream. Ala mode will be an extra charge and also they serve beer or wine, available at an extra cost.
After dinner back to the Inn we go…
Tuesday, June 4
7:00 AM - Continental Breakfast at the Open Hearth Lodge
8:15 - Meet our guide at our hotel.
8:30 - On to experience a further “Taste of Door County” at the Koepsel’s Farm Market. Sample Wisconsin’s Famous cheddars, homemade jams/jellies/relishes and dried/chocolate covered cherries!
Then on to the Chicago Fireboat Tour. It is a narrated 1 ½ hour tour that will either take you on cruise through the Sturgeon Bay Canal or to Sherwood Point lighthouse; the winds have a lot to do with the direction you go. Both tours are breathtaking.
After the boat tour you will lunch at Sonny’s Pizzeria. They serve a great lunch buffet with a salad bar and some great pizza choices. Served with a basic drink. Your tax and tip is included.
Then off to the Door County Maritime Museum at 120 N Madison Street Sturgeon Bay, 54235. We will have a guided tour of the 20,000 square foot museum where you will explore the rich maritime history of our county.
We will travel to Cave Point Door County Park where the winds & waves from Lake Michigan have worn away limestone cliffs to create underwater caves. On some days the sound of waves crashing into the cliffs is thunderous, and the spray can shoot up to 20 feet in the air. The view from the top is breathtaking as you watch the water splash and swirl beneath you.
5:00 PM - Dinner at Galileo’s, located at Liberty Square if we care to do more shopping.
6:15 PM - After dinner you will head over to Dan Meunier School House.
Dan is a composer, singer and storyteller. He holds concerts in his historic schoolhouse which doubles as a museum. The schoolhouse is filled with works of art and eclectic antiquities, and has become a place for Dan to share his love of the creative spirit. Enjoy a special concert of old-time music, comedy and hymns that is sure to please! Dan performs from a grand piano, an upright piano, and from an antique parlor organ. g
Wednesday, June 6
Continental breakfast before departure.
7:00 AM – Luggage out
8:00 AM – Departure for Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Included in this package
- 3 Dinners: Pelletiers Fish Boil, Galileo’s, The Log Den Buffet
- 2 Lunches: Sonny’s Pizzeria Salad Bar & Pizza, English Inn (Meals/Tax/Tip) (All meals come with a basic beverage)
- All Fees for the trip to Washington Island & Tour (ferry, bus on the ferry, tour)
- All Fees for Peninsula State Park & Eagle Bluff Light House, the Chicago Fire Boat Cruise, Door County Maritime Museum, Koepsel’s Farm Market, Harbor Ridge Winery, Cave Point, Dan Meunier Concert, Ephraim Historical Foundation)
- Plus 3 nights lodging at the Open Hearth Lodge
- All transportation via. Luxury motor coach equipped with restroom, AC Power outlets, WiFi, DVD player. Our famous “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” refreshment cart will be on board serving travel libations for all tastes, both adult and soft. Tell us your refreshment pleasure and it will be on board.
$895 pp.dbl.oc. “A whole lot of fun for less than $210 a day.”