Door County 2015

The weather was cool and blustery in Door County, Wisconsin–much as it was here in Central Illinois.  But it was Autumn on Lake Michigan.  The cool weather increased my appetite–or maybe it was the wonderful restaurants and regional treats!

Cedar Court Inn--our home-away-from-home in the Door.

Cedar Court Inn–our home-away-from-home in the Door.

Cedar Court is located in Fish Creek, one of the more active villages on the bay side of the peninsula.  We used the gas fireplace quite a bit on this trip.

Butch contemplating Lake Michigan from the red granite breakwater at the Egg Harbor Marina.

Butch contemplating Lake Michigan from the red granite breakwater at the Egg Harbor Marina.

The marina at Egg Harbor is my favorite.  Butch likes the activity and larger boats at Fish Creek.

Overlook at Ellison Bay

Shopping at Chelsea Antiques and The Blue Willow gift shops on Route 57 out of Sister Bay was a fun experience.  Beautiful things everywhere.  We found our Liberty pattern English Staffordshire china displayed in the antique shop but I came out with the Irish CD they were playing.

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It’s all about the Lake.  A great view of open water at the Ellison Bay County Park Overlook off Route 42.

When you order a small Junior Sundae at Wilson's in Ephraium, be prepared for a mountain of homemade ice cream covered in whipped cream!

When you order a small Junior Sundae at Wilson’s in Ephraim, be prepared for a mountain of homemade ice cream covered in whipped cream!

The waves were high on the lake side at Cave Point. Mesmerizing.

The waves were high on the lake side at Cave Point. Mesmerizing.

The waves were high enough for surfing.  On days such as this it is apparent how the lake carves the limestone cliffs into caves and grottoes.

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More shopping at another favorite–Pipka’s in Sister Bay–the artist’s shop and studio.  I bought vintage tinsel trim for a future project yet unknown and a small package of die-cut cherry scrap.  Pipka is a paper and media artist who is known for her collectable Santas.

Butch checked out the sale items at The Peninsula Golf Club’s pro shop.  We were delighted to find they built a six-hole course across from The Peninsula course that is very reasonable and can be played with a 7, chipper and putter.  Next time we are playing for sure.

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The White Gull Inn, our favorite place for breakfast and a fish boil.  It is a short walk from our room at Cedar Court.

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The warm and welcoming foyer of The White Gull.  After 8 a.m. on the weekends there is usually a wait for a table.

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We shopped two favorite farm markets on the way out of the Door.  I fell in love with one of those peach-colored pumpkins, bought a dozen cider apple donuts for the family at home and stocked up on Door County cherry pie filling.  It is great to have in the pantry for quick coffee cakes and cobblers too.  After the pumpkin has passed over into pumpkin land, I will harvest the seeds to grow my own next season.  Every woman should have her Cinderella pumpkin.

We are storing good memories of Door County away for another year.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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