Door County WI
August 14-19, 2022
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With more than 300 miles of scenic shoreline dotted with bustling harbors and quiet coves, Door County, WI next to Lake Michigan, offers a wealth of scenery and entertainment. Door County is one of the top destinations in the United States year after year.
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 each day in Door County. 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 near the edge of the canal. 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, the 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. Then we head 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. Later, we visit Seaquist Orchards Farm Market for a tour of this popular cherry orchard. After dinner, the rest of the evening is free to enjoy the resort’s picturesque setting. (B, L)
Day 4: Another full day in Door County awaits us. 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. Our lunch stop is at a Swedish family-owned restaurant where, if you are lucky, you can find goats grazing on the sod roof. This afternoon we visit 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. Then it’s back to our resort 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, L, D)
Day 5: Before leaving Wisconsin, we make a quick stop at Renard’s Cheese Shop. They feature a wide variety of artisan cheese, tasty cheese curds, and specialty foods from throughout the Door County area. This afternoon we make our way into Dubuque, Iowa, and take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator. This historic elevator is also known as the shortest, steepest, scenic railway, spanning 296 feet in length. The views from the top are spectacular, overlooking the Mississippi River. Continuing, our last night is in Coralville, IA. (B)
Day 6: Today we return to Yoder reminiscing about the scenic harbors and quiet coves of Door County!