I am so excited to share with you our recent Door County getaway here in Wisconsin (and our first trip alone in years)! Since I grew up on the North-Western side of Wisconsin my family and a lot of my friends have never been to Door County. And folks, I was really missing out! For a first-timer (for my husband too), it was so memorable, and staying at the Double S Lodge didn’t hurt either (cuz it was amazing).
For those who don’t have a clue where/what I’m talking about, Door county is the thumb of Wisconsin, the peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Which means you’ll see gorgeous water and so have so many things to do and see. With that being said, I urge you to take a trip or plan a getaway (for at least 4 days) because you will love it. With that being said I wanted to share with you our recent trip North, as well as some top things you can do and places to visit while in Door County. I’ll go through the days we spent as well as a detailed list of others things to do!
The Double S Lodge: Holy shit friends, this has got to be one of the nicest B&B’s in all the land. From the lodge vibe, the beautiful interiors (restoration hardware meets rustic western lodge), and the above and beyond hospitality. Don’t expect mismatched floral wallpaper and rod iron beds (which can be cute), but instead reclaimed wood, cowhide rugs, marble bathroom, and a large deck with string lights and heaters.
– The daily (local) wine and cheese happy hour
– The Common Area: drinks, snacks, cookies, coffee, etc..
– S’mores and Whiskey around the campfire at dusk.
– Turn down service during happy hour (hello, chocolate)!
– Waking up to the amazing smell of coffee, opening the door to find a small basket that included a couple thermoses of coffee, a pastry, and milk and sugar!
– Tasty, homemade breakfast in the morning
– And of course, how perfectly branded everything once (coffee cups, stickers, shampoo, etc..)
We arrived around 4pm, so we didn’t get to do that much the first day, but we did head to LURE Restaurant to have dinner and a drink (and to meet up with a friend). This restaurant is one of three owned by the same family. LURE serving seafood, CHOP serving steak, and PASTA Vino serving Italian. We capped the night with the s’mores and whiskey by the fire!
After having breakfast we went out to explore Sister Bay, hitting up the popular Basecamp Coffee. It’s a cute little coffee shop and I got a chai latte (I’ve had better, but glad we checked it out). We then drove into Sister bay a bit more and walked the streets to check out some shops, walked down to the docks, admired the sailboats, and then went to lunch at Wild Tomato Pizza (IT WAS DELICIOUS).
After that we wanted to do the kayak tours at Cave point, but unfortunately the wind was too bad and went toward Ephraim to go mini golfing. There are a 2 places, and were told to go to the Red Putter (there’s Pirates Cove as well), and I thought it was cute because it was so old school! No crazy thrills/frills, but good old mini golfing (and yes, I did beat my husband :). On our way back to the lodge we hit up City Farmer, which is a huge barn full of a ton of small decor items, from candles, silk flowers, gifts, etc. And then had to stop for a sweet treat at Door County Ice Cream Factory.
Since we are not used to all this activity, we went back to the lodge to take a nap before heading out to the cider brewery at Island Orchard Cider. This place is definitely something I would do again and will recommend. It’s small, quick, and had quite a few varieties of ciders to try!
Since Day 2 was already our last night, I made reservations earlier that week for the Wickman House. I’m so glad I found this place prior to our trip, because not only were the food and drinks amazing, but the place itself is so adorable and quaint. We pulled up to what looked like a large white farm house with a gazebo and a ton of string lights. The bartenders wear bowties while crafting cocktails, and the servers were just about the kindest people ever. The best part is that we were sat in the porch area, so we could see outside (it was covered too, so no bugs)!
I couldn’t believe our trip was already over, 1 full day was just not enough. But after packing up, getting some pics with the other guests, we made sure to hit up a few more places. We stopped at The Creamery, (which I definitely wanted some cheese if we didn’t just have breakfast), got my latte at Drink Coffee (which I thought was delicious), and then went South heading out.
I knew I wanted to go to Blossoms Flower House because I heard it’s right up my ally. And well, it had just about everything I wanted, from succulents, cute cards, dyed ribbon, vases, candles, etc. (highly recommend). And we couldn’t leave without checking out the iconic Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor in Ephraim.
Oh, and we really enjoyed the other guests staying at the lodge with us, they were all very intrigued by my business (and calligraphy), so I took a photo of the gang, as well as individual couples, which I sent to them with their names in calligraphy ;)
So, for those planning a trip to Door County, I made a list of things to do in a few of the areas, Sister Bay, Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, Ellison Bay, and Ephraim!