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August visit

We will be flying from the UK to Chicago in August for a little over two week's vacation. We have never been to the area before and are thinking about doing a five to seven day city break seeing the sights in Chicago followed by seven to nine days touring the Great Lakes area in a hire car. We are both in our fifties, physically fit enjoying walking, good food and wine and both want to get to know just a little bit more than the obvious tourist places. I have read that Door County isa popular holiday area, and the mix of small towns, parks and beaches sounds ideal. I am a little concerned that it may be very busy and expensive. Can anyone recommend good places to stay, we would prefer small hotels for some of the time, but a large hotel with pool might be nice for a couple of days. Also, are there any alternatives to Door County that people might recommend?

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we were there the end of August once and found it quite calm during our visit. Ephraim and Fish Creek are great hubs around Peninsula State Park which is a must visit. Others may include: Ridges Sanctuary, Cave Point County Park, Whitefish Dunes State Park, Cana Island Lighthouse, one of the two maritime museums we enjoyed the one in Sturgeon Bay. Sturgeon Bay is the gateway to Door County and still has chain lodging and chain restaurants whereas the rest of the Door this is nearly 100% absent save a store or two along the way I've been told. Ephraim is a dry town you'll find more dining in Fish Creek though there's decent dining in Ephraim as well. Head to White Gull Inn for their famed Cherry Stuffed French Toast :-).

Another area I equate similarly with Door County yet different is Bayfield, WI (Apostle Islands and Madeline Island). http://bayfield.org/ You can enjoy kayaking around by the sea caves, visit the Iron Bridge, go berry picking in the summer (they're well known for this), take a boat tour of any sort (lighthouses, glass bottom, etc.), there's great dining. Check out the well known Old Rittenhouse Inn if not for the stay then the food. I recommend breakfast or lunch (less pricey but a great treat and great fresh/local food). Seagull Bay Inn is great for economy lodging that's quiet and on Lake Superior with access to the Brownstone Trail below. They also free shuttle you to the Big Top for shows which is great as well.

Edited: 11:14 am, January 17, 2014
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2. Re: August visit

http://www.seagullbay.com/ not inn rather motel sorry for my typo above

rittenhouseinn.com/bayfield-wi-bed-and-break…

www.bigtop.org

Visit Madeline Island particularly the free Big Bay Town Park and also Big Bay State Park.

Back to Door County we do love the town of Ephraim and were well pleased with the Bay Breeze Resort:

http://www.baybreezeresort.com/ great owners, quiet feel, lovely rooms, plush green grass and beautiful flowers, small private beach access for the resort across the street (so shallow out there you can walk a long ways!).

I suggest just perusing the Door County site www.doorcounty.com to narrow your lodging preferences further by checking out the websites thoroughly. Another in Ephraim we considered was: http://www.eagleharborinn.com/

less expensive: Julie's Motel in Fish Creek http://www.juliesmotel.com/

http://www.lullabi-inn.com/

We are very cost conscious and thus find ways to make seemingly expensive locations not be a budget buster. The last visit was an anniversary visit so we splurged a bit on lodging going above budget by say $30. We may eat one or two meals in by buying or bringing our own food in and doing one meal out per day is just one way. Also driving around and just window shopping and checking things out in each town and enjoying the scenery is all free. Then we pick a few favorite places from our search online and splurge or pay the fees to get in and enjoy those.

Edited: 11:23 am, January 17, 2014
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For 7 to 9 days, consider the Lake Michigan Cirlce Tour.

http://www.lakemichigancircletour.com/

Door County will be very busy in early August. It is less busy in late August, when the Illinois kids are back in school.

Door County does not have to be expensive. Try the Main Street Motel in Fish Creek or the Lull-Abi in Egg Harbor.

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Homestead Suites in Fish Creek, enough said.

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5. Re: August visit

I agree Peninsula State Park is a nice area. The Eagle River area is also very beautiful is you wanted to rent a cottage for a week and just relax.

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6. Re: August visit

Minocqua is a gem of a town to consider up in the Northwoods too, and Three Lakes. This place in Pembine also looks neat to me:

http://www.thefourseasonswi.com/

http://www.minocqua.org/

http://www.threelakes.com/

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