48 Hours in… Door County

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Today marks the first day of me and Sam’s much needed fall get away. Even though we’re only going to northern Wisconsin for a few days, it is the break from life we both needed. We drove up from Madison this morning. The drive was beautiful with all the trees in fall colors and the bright autumn sun shining brightly made the three hours go quickly.

We arrived in Fish Harbor after several people recommended it’s small town feel with beautiful state parks. And it did not disappoint. We feasted on brunch at a local favorite, the White Gull Inn. Famous for it’s stuffed cherry French toast, this breakfast was decedent and filling. I chose the French toast which is stuffed with local cream cheese and door county cherries. Topped with pure maple syrup, this was just the sugar rush I needed in the morning. Sam went for the classic corn beef hash.

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After brunch, we wondered around the little town checking out the small shops and art galleries. There are lots of little boutiques and gift shops, but my favorite was the old time confectionary shop. It was full of homemade candy and some of my childhood favorites that I forgot existed!

After we walked off a bit of the food coma, we hopped on our bikes and rode around peninsula state park. Biking is one of my favorite pastimes and this time of year, it’s hard to beat. This park had a myriad of trails which were all very well marked and well maintained, even for our road bikes. We took the long loop around the peninsula and made several stops at lighthouses and scenic overlooks along the way. With all the trees in yellow and red, the trails were simply stunning. We had the most perfect weather for a fall bike ride.

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After about 10 miles of biking, we had worked up quite an appetite. The park is located right across from the Wild Tomato. Known for its wood fired pizzas, this restaurant is voted one of the best in the region. With an extensive beer collection, Sam was in live! We ordered Oude Tart from the Bruery which was super tart and well-balanced. We got their homemade bread basket with 5 different types of bread and 3 dipping sauces. An for our pizza, we got the Wild Pi which had chicken, feta, olives, tomatoes, fennel, Carmelites onions and cheese. Both of these dishes were awesome with simple flavors and brightness!

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I can’t believe it, but prior to this trip, I had never stayed in a bed and breakfast. With all my travels, I jut never took advantage of this wonderful lodging opportunity. Door County has countless b&b options, so me and Sam decided to try out a couple of different ones.

This first night, we stayed at the White Lace Inn in Sturgeon Bay. Built in the 1870s, this b&b has several different buildings on its compound as well as a lovely garden and gazebo. Our room was in the Washburn house. In a Victorian style, bright floral wall paper and decor greeted us on entry. The bed and matching dresser were original and excellently maintained. There was a double sided fire place that connected the bedroom and the sitting room. It added a lovely ambiance to our autumn vacation. Dennis and Bonnie were friendly owners and their dog Edward was a friendly face to see at breakfast. Simple but tasty, the croissant sandwich and lemon poppy seed muffin were just what I needed to jump start my day.

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On the second night, we stayed at the Scofield House. Another Victorian style, this 115 year old house was fully restored to its roots. Right when you walk in there is a cherub statue and classical music to greet you. Dan, the friendly owner, gave a us a tour and description of the history which was quite interesting. We stayed in the Turret Suite on the second floor. With lots of lacey and floral details as well as some cool antique lamps, this room made me feel comfy and cozy. But the selling point was the large private balcony. Overlooking the front yard and autumn trees, it was a relaxing spot for us to sit and play a game of scrabble while enjoying a few drinks. The breakfast was filling and delicious which included muffins, fruit and a flavorful cinnamon French toast soufflé.

Although this is my first experience with a b&b, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at both locations and would highly recommend either for people looking for an intimate stay in Door County.

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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