Door County, Wisconsin
September 1-6, 2020
Day 1: Departing Yoder this morning, we head north where our first night is in Coralville, IA. Enjoy getting acquainted as we anticipate the fun adventures ahead in Door County, Wisconsin.
Day 2: Today we continue northeast across Iowa and Wisconsin. By mid-afternoon, we arrive in Sturgeon Bay, the gateway to Door County. We meet our local step-on guide, who is with us for the entirety of our time here. First, we make our way to the Bay Shipping Canal, hopefully catching a glimpse of a lake freighter as it passes through the canal. We make a couple of stops getting us near the edge of the canal. Continuing up Door County, we stop for dinner at a Swedish family-owned restaurant where, if you are lucky, you can find goats grazing on the sod roof. This evening we check-in for our three-night stay at Rowleys Bay Resort, located on Lake Michigan’s Rowleys Bay. (B, D)
Day 3: Today features a full day on Washington Island, situated at the northern tip of Door County. After our ferry ride, where Green Bay and Lake Michigan meet, enjoy the slower pace of “Island Time.” We visit Washington Harbor and Schoolhouse Beach, site of the first log schoolhouse on the Island. This stone beach with deep, clear, blue waters, has sheltered many a ship and small vessel in storms. We tour the Farm Museum which offers a glimpse into the unique history of farming in Door County. Lunch is served at Findlay’s, a local favorite, before heading to Mann’s Mercantile to shop like the locals. Our next stop is at Nelson’s Hall to join the Bitters Club… if you’d like. We visit Stav Church, a wonderful example of the history and presence of Norwegians who settled this area. Our last stop on Washington Island is the Lavender Farm to discover the growing and processing of this fragrant flower. Back on the ferry to the mainland for our evening meal at our hotel. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the resort’s picturesque setting. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Another full day in Door County awaits us. Our first stop is at the handcrafted Norwegian Bjorklunden Chapel for a photo op. Next, we head to scenic Cave Point, one of the most photographed areas in Door County. A walking trail leads us down to Lake Michigan. Then on to Whitefish Dunes State Park, to take a stroll into the woods, stopping to see a shipwreck. Enjoy free time to dine, shop, and explore Fish Village. Sitting atop a bluff, the Eagle Bluff lighthouse offers incredible views. During our tour, we hear the remarkable story of one lighthouse family that served for 35 years. Later, we visit Seaquist Orchards Farm Market for a tour of this popular cherry orchard. Then it’s back to our hotel to get ready for a special night. Tonight, we listen to a historic storyteller re-enactment while enjoying an authentic Fish Boil, just like the Scandinavian settlers of old. The fresh, locally caught whitefish are cooked outside over an open fire. (B, D)
Day 5: It is time to say goodbye to our local guide as we leave Door County! We make our way through Wisconsin and back into Iowa for our last night. (B)
Day 6: Today we return to Yoder reminiscing about the scenic harbors and quiet coves of Door County!