Thursday, June 20, 2013

Door County

by Julie

We loved our vacation! We took off last Monday with our good friends, Rene and Mike, for a few days of R&R and fun in Door County, Wisconsin. Exactly the time off I needed, now it's back to work! But hey, I love writing, so  no complaints.

After we'd made our reservations, we found out that the Bed and Breakfast we'd chosen in Sturgeon Bay isn't in the heart of Door County - it's more at the base. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Scofield House. Beautiful rooms, fabulous breakfasts, enjoyable discussions with the other guests... but next time we visit, we may head a bit farther north into Fish Creek or Egg Harbor. Sturgeon Bay is lovely, but Fish Creek and Egg Harbor are the more quaint locations Door County is known for. Still, no biggie. And if we ever want to go up there and stay in a quiet spot, we will definitely remember The Scofield House.

Plus, Sturgeon Bay was about halfway between Von Stiehl in Algoma (one of the coolest wineries) and the northernmost winery we visited on the Door County wine trail. So, it all worked out.

Highlights of the trip included a ghost tour. We *loved* Bob, our guide. Here he is at the cemetery we visited. The man knows his stories and he tells them well. I highly recommend you take his haunted trolley tour.

We also went to a fish boil. We've gotten the impression that if you visit Door County (and this was our first time there), you must go to a fish boil. We went to the White Gull Inn and watched as Tom cooked our dinner. The whitefish we were served was good, the tartar sauce fabulous, but it was the spectacle that was the most fun.

Did I mention wineries? We hit the seven spots suggested on the wine trail map. Doing so (and getting a stamp at each) won us souvenir wine glasses. The last place we visited almost didn't want to give us our glasses because one of the stops along the way hadn't stamped it properly. They'd signed their name instead. No idea why --

maybe they misplaced their stamper? In any case, the final spot finally relented and handed over the glasses. It had taken us two days to hit them all - they're miles and miles apart - and I have to say that the man's reluctance to give us our glasses (which probably cost them all of 50 cents each) left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. He argued that the "signature" could have been forged by one of us. Really? Seriously?

Anyway, we'd done the wine trail for the fun of it, and it had been fun, so I'm putting that man's unpleasantness out of my mind. I'm specifically *not* mentioning his winery because he may be the only sour grape of the bunch (get it? Sour grape?). We loved most of the stops, in particular Von Stiehl, as I mentioned, and The Door Peninsula Winery where we tasted wine, vodka, olive oil, and fudge. You can't beat that!

We stayed busy, which is something we like to do on our vacations. And we enjoyed hanging with our great friends, Rene and Mike.

What's your favorite kind of vacation?

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