Two days in Door County

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At the end of Au­gust, I got the chance to take in a whirl­wind trip to Door County, fly­ing into Green Bay late on the Sun­day night af­ter WTS Mon­treal and head­ing back out the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day morn­ing. While some of the ac­tiv­i­ties had to be cur­tailed due to rain storms, there was no short­age of things to do in the re­gion.

I stayed at the Ea­gle Har­bor Inn in a quaint, fully-equipped suite that would be a per­fect spot to stay for a train­ing or rac­ing hol­i­day. Day one fea­tured a hike at White­fish Dunes State Park (un­for­tu­nately, with­out the hike up “Old Baldy,” the high­est sand dune in Wis­con­sin) that took in some of the his­toric na­tive villages dat­ing from 100 B.C. to the late 1800s that have been found in the park.

Lunch that day of­fered up the first of a num­ber of ex­cel­lent din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, this one at the Har­bor Fish Mar­ket and Grille that spe­cial­izes in New Eng­land style seafood with beau­ti­ful views of Lake Michi­gan. The af­ter­noon was spent at the Door County Ad­ven­ture Cen­ter, first zip lin­ing, then kayak­ing and open­wa­ter swim­ming. That was fol­lowed by more food – this time in the form of an au­then­tic fish boil din­ner at Row­ley’s Bay Restau­rant. The tour­ing day ended with a view of the sun­set from Fish Creek’s Sun­set Beach Park.

Tues­day morn­ing started off with an­other sea kayak ex­cur­sion, out to Horse­shoe Is­land. There’s also a one-mile hike on the is­land, but I chose to kayak back to the beach and get in an­other swim in the warm and calm wa­ters in Horse­shoe Bay. Lunch was at a classic Door County land­mark, Wil­son’s Restau­rant and Ice Cream Par­lor, in Ephraim, equipped with juke boxes, old-fash­ioned soda foun­tains and lots of burger and ice cream spe­cial­ties.

The af­ter­noon fea­tured an­other hike, this one at Wis­con­sin’s only for­mally des­ig­nated wilder­ness park, Newport State Park. The hike took in some of the ev­er­green and hard­wood forests, wet­lands and, of course, more of the spec­tac­u­lar shore line and beach. Our raft­ing and boat­ing trips were, un­for­tu­nately, called off be­cause of the rain, but that hardly meant we weren’t kept busy – the rest of the af­ter­noon was filled with wine and cheese tast­ing. We rounded out our ex­cel­lent din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Fred and Fuzzy’s Wa­ter­front Grill, which of­fers a spec­tac­u­lar lake­front view and out­stand­ing ca­sual cui­sine (a big hit on the menu is the steak and blue cheese sand­wich with their sig­na­ture cherry mar­gar­i­tas).—KM

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