We usually come to Door County in the fall for our anniversary, but this time we had a special family event that brought us as summer was ending. It was fun to see people enjoying the water. The best part of Door County is that there's so much offered in a relatively small area and we took advantage of much of it.
On the way up we stopped in Algoma at our favorite spot, Caffe Tlazo for some cake and treats--got there too late for lunch. We took 57 up, rather than 42, for something different. We haven't been to the lake side as much and it definitely is quieter with fewer people. For the first time ever we stayed at Somerset Inn, technically in Ephraim, but about 20 feet from the Sister Bay limits. We usually stay in larger condo set ups but wanted something nice for less money and this definitely fit the bill. (I'll write a separate review of it and the restaurants). It was very nice and at a terrific location. The room was large, the grounds attractive and with both an indoor and outdoor pool, it was a terrific deal.
For dinner we finally got to Fred and Fuzzy's. It's been recommended to us many times, but we just never got there. Phil at the hotel told us it was better than our first choice, so we went. It was only about five minutes away, but a little tricky to find. It's at the end of a barely paved road on the grounds of Little Sister Resort on the water. It was worth the little but of trouble finding it. This was one of those experiences where you say, "this is perfect, why didn't we do this before?" The food was good, the laid back music set the tone and the view was the best. We felt relaxed as soon as we sat down. Sadly, we were gone before the sunset, which is one of the main attractions. After that it was time with family, for lots of fun. Otherwise I would have enjoyed seeing the American Folklore Theater again.
Next day was breakfast at Julia's Cafe, good cherry french toast. I liked the smaller portions, just right for me, the others had larger breakfasts. Then we browsed around Fish Creek for a while before hitting Peninsula for some pictures at the lighthouse (passed on the paid tour) and hiking.
We found that much of the hiking is in the wooded areas, not along the water and that the trail heads aren't often near the parking. Our main choice then was the Eagle Tower area but instead of taking the Eagle Trail, we headed left, on the Minnehaha instead. This was both wooded and had easy access to the water's edge. The water was warm and tempting, quite different from October's. Then it was time for shopping in Fish Creek and facing those weekend summer crowds. There was the usual bit of back up at the main intersection, but no big deal. We park down near the Whistling Swan a few blocks west.
By then we were ready for a little bit of something to tide us over to dinner. We checked out the Summer House, again, first time. We had a couple of lemonades (well DH's was a bit stronger than that), sat on their patio and shared an appetizer of crab cakes. They were very tasty, but smaller than expected. The menu looked terrific and the dining room very attractive, we'll have to come back. Time for the typical Door County shopping. I love J. Jeffrey Taylor for jewelry, they have a wide variety of styles and prices. Then we indulged our sweet tooth at Sister Sweets (cash only, please) and picked up a White Gull Inn cherry pie. Back to the hotel for a quick swim and dinner.
We ate with friends at the Northern Grill, again another first time--that's the great thing about the Door, it's hard to run out of new things to do. We were very happy with the food. It seems our days of disappointing meals in Door County have come to an end. I've seen an improvement in both the service and the quality of food over the years.
Next day was check out but also still plenty of time for vacation. We drove up to Ellison Bay and Rowley's Bay and looked for lunch. Rowley's only had a Sunday Brunch Buffet, which didn't work but we got pulled in by Grandma's Bakery and the small of the cinnamon rolls. Very, very good stuff and an interesting variety.
Most the the restaurants are further south so we headed back to Sister Bay. Drink Coffee/Cookie Lady had good deli sandwiches and more delectable dessert. I got the Neuske's ham on sourdough bread, really tasty, even just a half sandwich was filling. DH enjoyed his, particularly as we walked down to the park and had a little picnic there. That's one of our favorite things to do--just get sandwiches at a deli and eat outside somewhere. After that we still had time for golf at Peninsula--the course was in really nice shape. Poor Maxwellton Braes was looking a bit rough, so we passed on that one. Then time to head back home after one last quick stop again at Algoma for some take out dinner after the unpacking.
Just like every other time we come; we say we have to do this more often and we have to stay longer.