One of my favorite things to do when life is just a little stressful is take a weekend trip somewhere where I know I can relax, do the things I love and just get away from it all. Living in Wisconsin we have a lot of great options within a few hours drive: Chicago, the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, the U.P, and of course Door County. To me Door County is the perfect escape from everyday life. There are a lot of great food options, always something to do whether thats festivals, or wine tastings or trolly rides throughout the peninsula. Plus its only about a 2 hour drive (from the Appleton/Oshkosh area), which means come Friday you can be there by dinner time and Sunday you can leisurely drive home as you stop along the way for last minute souvenirs.
One of my favorite trips I have ever taken to Door County was last Spring. I was in the process of planning my wedding and for anyone out there that has been involved in anyway with wedding plans you know it comes with a lot of stress. I was at a point where I just needed to get away and not think about white dresses, floral arrangements or cake tastings. So me and my, at the time, fiancé headed up for a weekend of wine and relaxation. Because I work here at Ambassador I of course reached out to my many resources, the lovely staff, and got some great recommendations for my getaway. I ended up staying at the Newport Resort in Egg Harbor and absolutely loved it. I was there before the busy season, which often times means a lot slower pace, which at the time I LOVED. Of course visiting D.C. in the summer is wonderful, but its a great place to visit all year long as well.
We started our weekend by checking into the hotel, which happens to feature apartment style rooms. We had a lovely bedroom and bathroom with jacuzzi tub, full kitchen as well as living room with working fireplace. The resort itself had indoor and outdoor pool (indoor was only open when we were there because it was still early spring). Sauna, hot tub and other great amenities. After checking in we headed to our dinner reservation at Chives in Baileys Harbor. One of my absolute favorite things about Door County is that all the cities are so close and each offer so much to do. If you’ve never heard of Chives it is time to check it out yourself. Even if you can’t make the journey up to D.C. they have several sister restaurants much closer (Chives in Ashwaubenon, Bleu in DePere and Rye in Appleton). After that we picked up some wine and headed back to the hotel for a relaxing evening in.
The next morning we were up early for breakfast at one of my all time favorite places in Door County–the White Gull Inn. For anyone who knows me, you know that I am an eggs benedict lover. And the first eggs benny I ever tried was here at the White Gull Inn when I was in Middle School. This cute little Inn is a hot spot for breakfast, especially during the busy season. It is also a great place to stay if you are interested. We then headed over to Peninsula state park and hiked for most of the day. After that it was time for wine and some lunch at the Cookery in Fish Creek. Of all the towns in Door County Fish Creek is definitely my favorite. I love all the shops, pubs and restaurants. It sits right on the water and has a great atmosphere. We spent the rest of the day driving around and stopping in at various wineries and breweries. My favorite is Stone’s Throw Winery in Baileys Harbor. Here you can do a 5 wine tasting for $12 a person and you get to keep the wine glass, so its a lot of fun.
Overall Door County is a great escape as well as fun trip no matter who you are traveling with. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, or a fun filled girls weekend this is definitely the place to do it. Interested in learning more about traveling to Door County? Give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com