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Girlfriends Guide to a Weekend in Door County

This past weekend was glorious. It’s the kind that I dream about, work really hard toward and cross my fingers it works out. And it did. Two of my very good friends and I planned a weekend away to Door County and it was the most delightful weekend I’ve had in a really long time.

As a Mom of a kiddo with food allergies, the feeling of being ON is enhanced a bit. And it’s important to realize this, and take a break from time to time. It’s hard. I know. But with a little planning and some good luck, you’ll be on your way to some much needed R+R as well. Here’s what we did, maybe you can try some of these spots out too.

Friday, June 1

Here we are! We drove from Madison, WI, to Door County, WI, after work on Friday in my super stylish Honda Odyssey and made in record time, before sunset. After checking into our hotel The Bridgeport we walked over the bridge to grab some late dinner at Root Bistro + Wine Bar. 

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Root was cool – it was a long bar in the front with a few tables in the  back. They have live jazz on Fridays, so it had a great atmosphere while we were there.  We sampled a bunch of appetizers for our dinner and it worked out well. Their scallops were great! Their GEWÜRZTRAMINER was also fantastic if you like that type of wine.

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After dinner, we wandered over to the candy store to get some homemade, fresh fudge for dessert. This place was super charming. Old school candy stores are my favorite. The smell. The colors. The candy from my youth. How can you not love a place like this?! Not only did we buy a copious amount of candy, we found these finger puppets that made us laugh out loud. I HAD to get the unicorn for my Chloe, of course.

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Saturday, June 2

We woke up a little early to head over to our spa appointments at Saguaro Day Spa in Sturgeon Bay. I’ve been to this spa many times before and they do a wonderful job. The three of us had a relaxation massage and we ALL LOVED IT.

After the spa, we cleaned up and decided to just drive through a bunch of the little towns that make up Door County.

1.Grandma Tommy’s + Door 44 Wine Tasting20180602_120526

The wines were quite tasty for being 100% Wisconsin grown grapes and there were a few that I would have purchased if we already did not have wine club wine coming.

2. Door County Distillery

The flight we sampled was delish – but I really loved their 2nd floor sun deck and catching up with my friends the most. Very cool atmosphere. Next time I think I might take the tour. It reminded me of Sonoma County in California.

3. Kyle + Faye’s Peninsula Pub – Lunch

We drove north some more and stopped in Bailey’s harbor for lunch. The fried cheese curds were amazing. They actually still squeaked, even though they were fried. That was amazing. I ate a 1/3# burger and it did not disappoint. Actually, we needed these burgers after the fun morning we had at the wineries.

4.  Fish Creek – Shopping and Coffee

If you stop in Fish Creek, find a place to park and just walk. The entire town is about 6 blocks long, all along the water. Its very beautiful and there is a lot to see and do here. There is access to a public beach if you feel like putting your toes in the sand 🙂 Some of the boutique shopping is really great, so bring your extra big wallet.

5.  Sister Bay 

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If you only have time to stop at one Door County town, it should be Sister Bay. This is probably my favorite place to stop. It’s the CUTEST town I have ever seen, nestled in the bay with its adorable, trendy shops, new restaurants, and of course Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. Al Johnson’s is classic. There are goats on the roof + there is a goat cam in case they are hiding! They serve traditional Swedish food and breakfast all day long. Half the building is a store full of authentic Scandinavian goods. Hard to find stuff.

We also raced some fun go-carts after our day of Door County stops. This was non-stop laughter.

We didn’t make it all the way to Washington Island, but we made it pretty far North in Door County. We decided to head back to our hotel to watch the sunset in the Bay since it was a clear day.

Our backpack picnic set came in handy. We brought some brie, crackers and fig spread along with our bottle of Kim to the front walking trail at our hotel. Sturgeon Bay is lovely since you get these AMAZING sunsets. Although, we were in the Bay at this place, and I usually stay at Westwood Shores where you’re not as far nestled in the bay, the sunsets were a little tough from where we were situated. It was still pretty and very fun to be outside picnic-ing with these lovelies.

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We wrapped up our night with Sonny’s Pizza located next to our hotel. It was tasty and perfect with our girls night movie, Mean Girls.

Sunday, June 3

We got up early Sunday and hung out a bit before driving back. We had a great time in Door County and found it very relaxing. There is something for everyone in Door County.

We found a lot of playgrounds and family fun parks along the main highway that I’d love to take the kids back to another time. Our hotel was very family friendly.  Our room was a two bedroom with a full kitchen, dining and living room. It was great to have the space and just veg out. Bridgeport also has three bedroom condos available for rent. The pool was spacious and there was also a splash pad indoors. The outside pool was spacious and located right on the water. Very pretty. I highly recommend Door County for your next long weekend get-away!

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