Hey everyone, I hope your week has gone well. Ours was pretty difficult as you can probably imagine. Losing is never fun, but it is especially tough when it happens at the hands of one of your chief rivals, particularly in the fashion that it did for us. The good news is that we have another game in just a couple of days and it will give us a great opportunity to completely put the Chicago loss behind us.
As for this entry, I mentioned last week that I wanted to talk about fall vacation destinations. People usually associate vacations with spring or winter break when kids are off from school. I happen to think the fall is a perfect time to get away, because the temperatures are still moderate, and there are a number of things within the state to see and do.
When I think about some of the great fall vacations I’ve had during my bye weeks over the last 11 years, my memories immediately take me back to some of my experiences in Door County. I have spent so many weekends between the beautiful areas of Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Fish Creek and Sister Bay, and they are all equally great.
When we’ve traveled to Ephraim in the past, we’ve traditionally stayed at the Eagle Harbor Inn. Probably the single-most memorable characteristic of those experiences is how incredibly hospitable everyone is at the Inn. It is a unique Bed and Breakfast with resort amenities and amazing food. The Inn is incredibly relaxing with its vast gardens, large chairs throughout the five acre property, and perfect manicured croquet areas. The Ephraim beach is only a block away and a great location for a picnic.
Beyond the walls of the Inn, there are so many other fun things to do in Door County, and one of my favorites is charter fishing. While the weather can sometimes be too cold to cast for those big brown trout at this time of the year, I am personally able to overcome that, given how much I enjoy the excitement of out-fishing my friends. And yes, you will find that my fishing stories are always true.
When my wife, Sarah, and I are vacationing, we always make a point to visit the family-owned shops in the Door County area, and also some of the unique art festivals. They are perfect for buying early Christmas presents and gifts for people – because it is usually stuff you can’t find elsewhere – and on top of that, we’ve bought a number of things that we’ve placed as decorations in our home.
Finding a great place to eat in Door County is never a difficult task and a fish boil is definitely a Door County tradition to try. One of our favorite restaurants in Door County is The Waterfront Restaurant in Sister Bay. I would recommend the shrimp and grits, but every dish we have tried has been delicious. The views from the deck are breathtaking and are a perfect complement to the atmosphere in the restaurant. We try to get here at least once a year as it is such a treat.
Another stop you certainly need to make if you are in the area is the Stone’s Throw Winery. They make all of the wines right there on-site and they use a blend of grapes from Door County and California. They pay great attention to detail, and focus on wine-making one barrel at a time. They are also located on a gorgeous property and a great location to take in the amazing Door County scenery.
In my opinion though, the No. 1 destination when traveling to Door County has to be Peninsula State Park. There are so many outdoor activities to take part in, from kayaking to cycling to hiking to even just walking along the picturesque shoreline. I would also recommend making your way up to the 75-foot observation deck along the coast because you can get up there and see out for miles or venture over to the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. I try to get up there every fall to take in the gorgeous fall colors in the park.
Overall, you can’t really go wrong with any of the things I mentioned in Door County and I am sure there are great places that I haven’t even discovered yet. Door County offers a terrific family atmosphere and breathtaking natural beauty, and when it comes to vacationing, I am not sure what more you could possibly ask for. It is truly a great vacation spot in the state.
I am really looking forward to next week’s post, where I will be focusing on the great tradition of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s homecoming, an outstanding weekend of festivities highlighted by the annual football game, which in 2010, happens to be against the University of Minnesota. I have some tremendous memories from my time as a Badger and I am excited to share some of them with you.