Door County, WI - Weekend Getaway

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Day 1 - Friday 

On a random Friday after work, we packed up and headed up towards Door County. Door County is a peninsula area in North East Wisconsin sandwiched between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. The county is surrounded by shorelines and lake views making it a popular weekend getaway for Wisconsinites and Midwesterners.  

We recommend not taking a spontaneous trip like we did. Vacancy and accomodations can be booked up on summer weekends. Luckily, we found Motel 57 in Sturgeon Bay, one of the southernmost towns in the county. The motel was quirky, budget-friendly and, most importantly, clean. The drive from Motel 57 up to the areas we planned on visiting takes about 30-45 minutes.

After checking in, we headed into the upper counties straight into Sister Bay for dinner. We discovered Al Johnson's on TV and were pureeetty excited to experience the Swedish food. And rooftop goats. You kinda have to see it for yourself. 🤣

We tried the Swedish Meatballs (a must), Swedish Pancakes, and some fish fry. Sorry for the dark photos, the back of the restaurant has really poor lighting.

Swedish Pancakes, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant - Door County, WI 
Goats atop the grass roof at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant

 Day 2 - Saturday 

We started our day with brunch at The Cookery Restaurant and Wine Bar. Situated right across from a small beach with lake views, The Cookery offers up some fresh and healthy entrees along with some indulgent pastries. We sipped on some Cherry Lemonade and coffee on the patio, people watching.

Cherry Pancakes at The Cookery in Door County, WI
After breakfast, we drove down towards the Sturgeon Bay area and headed into Cave Point County Park. Then after about an hour of sightseeing and being one with nature inside the park, we drove over to the Door Peninsula Winery. They had a huge variety of wines, canned goods like jams and sauces, fudge, and free samples!  

Fudge from the Door Peninsula Winery
Our fudge selections from the Door Peninsula Winery. 

After the winery, we headed over to Sister Bay. One of the more popular areas, for some beach time at Sister Bay Beach. We found a good spot to set up our towels, lounged and swam on the beach for a few hours, then packed up in search of a good spot for dinner. We walked on over to Wild Tomato for some fresh wood fired pizzas and beer.



Day 3 - Sunday

After checking out of the motel, we drove to multiple cherry farms and markets. 

Vibrant, fresh berries and cherries from Schartner's Farm Market

The orchard at Hy Line Orchard, Door County, WI

We picked up some fresh fruit (the freshest of the fresh!), a jar of cherry BBQ sauce to cook with at home, and explored the orchards. We were the only ones in the orchards and they are a sight to see. Make a stop here and take in the smells, the sights, and the peacefulness. This is what you leave the city for. And we couldn't think of a better way to end our weekend trip to Door County.


Door County Itinerary

Day 1

  • Dinner at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant
  • Walk around Sister Bay, souvenir shopping
  • Ice cream at Analog Ice Cream and Coffee

Day 2

11:00am - Brunch at The Cookery Restaurant and Wine Bar
12:00 - Cave Point County Park
1:30 - Door Peninsula Winery
3:30 - Sister Bay Beach - Bring towels and floaties and water shoes
5:30 - Dinner at Wild Tomato

After dinner activities:
  • Walk around Sister Bay
  • Have a drink at some of the local bars
  • Skyway Drive-In Theatre

Day 3

  • Cherry picking - Orchard Country Winery or Hyline
  • Schartner’s Farm Market

Happy Travels. 

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