Girlfriend Getaway: Door County Wine Trail

By Julia Hunter
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The days of pajama parties and prank calling boys may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make time for an unforgettable girls’ weekend with your closest friends.

A trip to the Door County Wine Trail might be just what’s in order to relax, reminisce and laugh until you cry. You’ll be sure to create new memories while sipping wine at any of the eight stops from Algoma to Fish Creek.

Hop on the Door County Trolley in Egg Harbor for the premier wine tour, which will take you and your girlfriends to four of the trail’s wineries—Door Peninsula Winery, Simon Creek Winery, Harbor Ridge Winery and Orchard Country Winery. You’ll meet with vintners, hear about each spot’s history, taste a variety of wines and stop for lunch at Galileo’s Restaurant, where the chef-prepared Italian food and panoramic murals will transport you to the Tuscan countryside.

Be sure to buy your tickets in advance, as they often sell out. Tours are available each Saturday in May and November and seven days a week June through October.

You’ll have some time to spare after the tour wraps up, and a girls’ trip isn’t complete without a visit to the spa. Pamper yourselves with a Tuscan Wine Therapy treatment at Spa Verde or book a girls’ getaway package at Settlement Courtyard Inn and Lavender Spa in nearby Fish Creek.

No wine tasting is complete without a fabulous meal to pair it with, and those aren’t in short supply in Door County. Catch up over a pie at Fish Creek favorite Wild Tomato Wood Fired Pizza or Alexander’s, which combines fine dining with a traditional Wisconsin supper club feel. Or head to Egg Harbor’s Parador for tapas and sangria (and be sure to try the Spanish macaroni and cheese). 

Let the girl talk resume at a local inn, many of which offer spa and winery packages for just such an occasion. Rent a suite at The Whistling Swan, Settlement Courtyard Inn or White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. You’ll be in walking distance from quaint shops and restaurants at Egg Harbor’s Newport Resort or overlook the bay at Landmark Resort.

Have an extra large group? Rent the historic renovated farmhouse at Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay, which can sleep up to 10 people and features a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room and private deck, where you can continue the weekend’s wine tastings.

You won’t want to leave Door County without filling up on The Cookery’s famous cherry pancakes. Ephraim’s Good Eggs is another popular breakfast stop, where omelets come with a waterfront view.

With all the luxuries, panoramic views and hospitality Door County has to offer, it’ll certainly be hard to say goodbye. Ease the pain by planning your next girls’ getaway before you leave. It’s definitely an experience to look forward to!


Looking for some more winery recommendations? Here are four to visit with your gal pals!


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