The list of things to do in Door County is endless. Door County is a region in “the left thumb” of Wisconsin, USA—the small land mass projecting into the water from the east-central side of the state. Beaches, islands, lakes, forests, woods, meadows, and nature preserves are sure to satisfy your longings to connect with nature. Lighthouses and historic sites also abound and a lack of light pollution has earned Newport State Park an International Dark Sky Place designation. It also offers something a little extra though such as beautiful wineries, cherry orchards, and shipwreck diving. Each season is unique.
Join your friends and make new ones, as we drive to Door County, Wisconsin, today; arriving late afternoon, and checking into Trademark Resort for the next four nights. Dinner is included at the resort tonight. (D)
Following breakfast this morning, we depart to take a ferry to Washington Island. We start with a stop at Schoolhouse Beach. This lovely lakeshore beach has no sand but rather smooth limestone rocks that pleasantly massage one’s feet while walking. Conversely, this weird lakeshore beach has smooth limestone rocks that might hurt one’s feet so you should wear flip-flops if you want to walk to the water. Our next stop is the beautiful Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm, the largest single-site lavender grower in the Midwest. The main farm on Washington Island will become home to approximately 30,000 lavender plants when planting is completed in the next three years. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm grows 14 different varieties of lavender; as well as demonstration gardens that educate visitors about lavender and create a better understanding of the many uses and benefits of this unique herb. Following an included lunch, we will visit The Stavkirke. Sitting in a small forest grove, a winding prayer path leads the way to the structure. The Stavkirke has become a vital part of the ministry of Trinity Lutheran. It is used year ‘round for special worship services and as a place of quiet meditation for many. Every year, thousands of people visit and spend a little time going back in time and listening for God’s “still small voice” in the quiet peacefulness that this place provides. Then it’s time for a little shopping at Mann’s Mercantile/Nelsen’s Hall before we board the ferry back to the mainland. Seaquist Orchards will be our next stop once we are back on the mainland. Seaquist Orchards operates a multi-generation family farm. “From our farm to your home, we make products, grown & processed locally, that your family will love.” Of course, we will have time for shopping everything cherry! Dinner is included tonight. (B, L, D)
This morning, enjoy breakfast before we depart for Cave Point, perhaps the most iconic, natural landscape in all of Door County. Revered by divers, photographers, swimmers, hikers, and all who visit, the beautifully carved rock faces that line the blue waters of Lake Michigan are quintessentially Door County. While not a state or national park, Cave Point has no shortage of majesty. We will then have a surprise stop – wait for this – it’s guaranteed fun! Next, we’ll visit Björklunden Chapel. Here in the woods near Lake Michigan sits a spectacular evocation of a fifteenth-century Norwegian stave church. Winifred Boynton created Björklunden Chapel to celebrate her Norwegian roots and her religious faith. A housewife from the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Boynton had no formal training. She learned woodcarving and fresco techniques as she went along, finding instruction at a local school, at the Chicago Art Institute, and from a friend, painter Walter Vladimir Rousseff. She even visited Norway to conduct research on medieval Norwegian art. We then take a shopping stop at Koepsels Farm Market. Located on the quiet side of Door County between Baileys Harbor and Sister Bay, this farm market is a “must stop” for all Door County visitors. They are the oldest farm market in Door County and the recipes used to make their jams, jellies, and canned goods date back even earlier than the year they opened for business in 1958. A delicious lunch is included at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant next – can’t miss seeing the goats grazing on the sod roof atop this casual log-cabin eatery serving traditional Swedish fare. Continuing this beautiful day, we visit Eagle Tower an 850-foot, fully-accessible canopy walk to the top of the tower. High above the Niagara Escarpment on the peninsula’s northeast shore stands one of the most popular attractions in Door County. Eagle Tower, located on top of Eagle Bluff, offers panoramic views of the park, surrounding islands, the Upper Michigan shoreline, and the village of Ephraim. The tower is 60 feet high with the top observation deck sitting 253 feet above Green Bay. There are 100 steps to climb to get to the top of the tower, or visitors can enjoy an 850-foot, fully-accessible canopy walk that will wind above the tree line to the top of the tower. The angle of the accessible ramp never exceeds a five percent slope and visitors can take advantage of level spots and benches to rest along the way. Our next stop is Eagle Bluff Lighthouse for a guided tour of this historic lighthouse perched on a bluff 76 feet above the Green Bay’s glistening waters. The lighthouse’s lamp brought solace to many a sailor suffering through a storm’s gale or the dark of night. Now it’s time for a little shopping in Fish Creek before we attend the famous Door County Fish Boil at Peletier’s. (B, L, D)
Following breakfast, enjoy a free morning at the hotel or a little shopping time in Egg Harbor. Lunch is on your own before we depart mid-afternoon to visit Door Peninsula Winery, Door County Coffee, and Door County Candle Company.
A delicious dinner is included tonight. (B, D)
We depart following breakfast, arriving in Southern Illinois late afternoon. (B)
- Four nights’ deluxe accommodations at Landmark Resort/luggage handling
- 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 dinners
- Tour of Door County
- Koepsel’s Farm Market
- Cave Point
- Door Peninsula Winery
- Door County Coffee
- Door County Candle Company
- Eagle Bluff Lighthouse guided tour
- Eagle Tower
- Personal performance by Dan Meunier
- Boynton Chapel at Björklunden
- Shopping in Founder’s Square
- Seaquist Orchards tour through the orchards
- Schoolhouse Beach
- Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm visit
- Stavkirke Church
- Mann’s Mercantile/Nelsen’s Hall shopping
- Step on Licensed Door County Guide for 2 days
- Washington Island Tour
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation/driver gratuity
- Fully escorted by Jane’s Journeys
Price PER PERSON:
$350 deposit with reservation.
$25 early bird discount with deposit received before September 1, 2023, to be deducted from final payment.
Final payment due May 1, 2024.
Optional cancellation insurance due to illness of person traveling or immediate family member, is recommended and available for purchase: $93 per person double; $85 per person triple; $81 per person quad; and $125 per person single. Insurance payment due with deposit.