Dining in the Door in the colder months can be especially pleasing as restaurants are cooking up holiday flavors, hot drinks and soups, and soul-warming comfort foods on their regular menus and daily specials. “But what’s open,” you may ask? While it’s true that many local restaurants close their doors and take much needed time off in our “quiet” season, there are still many restaurants open through the Holidays, only for a short time, or are actually open year round.
Check out the holiday and winter hours for many Door County restaurants below, there’s even live holiday music at a couple of them!
Greens N Grains Natural Food Store & Café hosts a presentation by Dr. Nicole James regarding the launch of the Center For Optimal Health’s new CANcer THRIVEr program, on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Come to listen and discuss, questions are welcome. Beginning at 6pm will be the biweekly Dinner & a Movie event, featuring the film, FED UP.
Thursday, December 11th, make Carlsville, Wisconsin your daytime destination in Door County, and enjoy special savings at the holiday open houses of area businesses. Finish your holiday shopping (or maybe get it started?), sample coffees and wines, and get in the holiday spirit – just don’t forget to pause for a good meal!
Door Peninsula Winery will be offering fabulous in-store specials during their open house: Buy 2 Get 1 FREE on Wines, Fat Louie’s Oil, Shipwrecked 6-Packs & Door County Distillery Products and 25% off all merchandise and food items through-out the weekend. Can’t make it to Carlsville this weekend? Visit dcwine.com and get FREE Shipping on any 12 bottles of mix and match wine. Just enter the promo code FREESHIP at checkout.
Door County Coffee & Tea is all dressed up for the occasion too, open 7:30am-6pm so you can stop in for great gift shopping. Buy 2 Get 1 FREE on all coffee, 15% off pre-made coffee gifts, and 25% off holiday home décor, plus coffee sampling all day makes this a winning spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch! Throughout December you can also enjoy a delicious Candy Cane Mocha and Door County County Coffee & Tea will donate 50 cents for every one sold to United Way of Door County!
Visit Carlsville online for more information. Shop Local and Save!
Come home to Door County for the holidays – you can feel like family on the Peninsula this time of year as locals and visitors alike gather to celebrate the season. There are holiday tree lightings to sing carols at, Christmas cookies to purchase, decorate and devour, ornament crafting to be done, chili suppers to warm up with, horse drawn wagon rides to hop on, holiday open houses to explore, local gifts to be found, a winter farmers market to shop, and more holiday cheer than you might think is possible on the very first weekend of December! Looking for a home base while you play this weekend? Visit Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging blog for options!
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 – Christmas in the Harbor, Baileys Harbor
The Baileys Harbor community becomes one big family this weekend, so join in the fun! The festivities begin at 4pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall where you can make ornaments for your tree or for gifts with the Baileys Harbor Historical Society, enjoy food and drinks, and sit with Santa so you can tell him what you want for Christmas. At 6pm head out to the front lawn for the annual tree lighting and sing a carol or two with friends and family. Do some local gift shopping on Sunday at the Town Hall during the Baileys Harbor Farmers Market – Winter Edition which runs from 10am-2pm. Don’t forget to make your Christmas Buffet reservations at Harbor Fish Market & Grille – stop in or visit them online for reservations. Visit online or call (920) 839-2366 for more information
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 – Christmas in the Village, Ephraim
Ephraim is especially picturesque when lit up for the holidays, so bundle up and walk through town or hop a Horse Drawn Wagon Ride! Bring the kids for Holiday Stories at the Ephraim Library from 11:30am-12:30pm, and stop by the Ephraim Moravian Church for their ADVENTure & Sweets Sale from 11am-2pm. Visit with Santa from 1-3pm and check out the live Reindeer display! Inside the Ephraim Village Hall, warm up with Chili & Soup from noon until it’s gone, sponsored by Chef’s Hat Café and Summer Kitchen and Cookie Exchange Plates will be for sale. All afternoon, participate in cookie decorating, holiday crafts, and heritage games, then join in the Christmas Carol sing-along before heading outside to Harborside Park for the Tree Lighting Ceremony!
There will also be open houses at many Ephraim businesses including D.C. Specialty Foods (holiday items, 10am-4pm) and Eagle Harbor Inn (enjoy a smorgasbord of homemade holiday treats from 1-4pm). For more information and reservations at this beautiful B&B visit online or call (920) 854-2121. This event is free, though attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to Koinonia Cupboard food pantry. Sponsored by the Ephraim Business Council, visit online or call (920) 854-4989 for more info.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Chili Supper, Ellison Bay
Gather and Giver at the River on Sunday for a complimentary chili supper and fabulous cookies at the Mink River Basin. At 5pm gather around for the lighting of the town Christmas tree, enjoy a reading of the Nativity, and sing carols! This free event is sponsored by Ellison Bay Service Club, call (920) 854-4937 for more info or visit Door County North. On your way north, stop in Fish Creek at the Northern Door YMCA between 1 and 2:30pm to visit with Santa!
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There’s lots to be thankful for in Door County this weekend! Check out our dining blog for Thanksgiving Brunches, Buffets, and Dinners at Door County Restaurants, visit our lodging blog for Last Minute Lodging Options so you can stay and play on the peninsula, and read on for festive events, shopping, and dining this weekend…
Nov. 27, 2014: Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Jacksonport
The only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Door County takes place each year in the quiet town of Jacksonport and is an extra special event as the parade is always a benefit for a good cause. This year’s funds will help Maggie DeMeuse, a local resident of Institute (just north of Sturgeon Bay), who is in stage four of breast cancer. Parade attendance is a fun social gathering in which you can make a difference in someone’s life.
Take a load off and leave the cooking to someone else this year! Here are the Door County restaurants that will be serving Thanksgiving meals and buffets on Thanksgiving Day 2014…
The English Inn in Fish Creek serves a delightful Thanksgiving Day Buffet from Noon-7pm on Thanksgiving Day. Cost is $19.95 per person, with an ascending scale for children starting with 5-years of age at $5.95, 6-years at $6.95, 7-years at $7.95, etc. …matching their age to the price accordingly up through 12-year olds at $12.95, and children 4 years of age and younger are free. The buffet includes their famous 5-tier chocolate fountain, surrounded by goodies to dip – fresh fruit, cookies, marshmallows, biscotti, etc… as well as chef-carved Ham and Turkey, Baked French Toast, Stuffed Hash browns, Eggs Benedict, Quiche, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage and Bacon, Kielbasa and Sauerkraut, Au Gratin Potatoes, Pepper Steak, Swedish Meatballs, Shish kabob, Baked Chicken, Blackened Whitefish, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Vegetables and a Full Salad Bar, and Full Dessert Table with assorted Desserts. Reservations Encouraged: (920) 868-3076.
I need to be reminded not everyone thinks about wine all of the time, and I’m also the person who will ask what is for dinner while eating breakfast. So, let’s talk about the Thanksgiving and Christmas wines you need to explore and specific varieties to pair with holiday foods…
First thoughts on wine selection, avoid overly big and powerful wines that might overwhelm the food. Food-friendly wines enhance rather than overwhelm food. Food-friendly wines have good acidity, are light, fruity and, they can be sweet. Fruit wines are trending right now, they are food-friendly wines, and they strike a nice balance in the sense they do not show extremes; extremes of power, alcohol, ripeness, oak or extraction. Food-friendly wines are refreshing, and tend to clean your palate between bites, complimenting richness in the food.
In celebration of Non-GMO Month, Greens N Grains in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin will kick off their season of film screenings with “GMO OMG.” This first Dinner & a Movie will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 6pm, with the screening beginning at 7pm by the Green Door Film Society. Greens N Grains will be serving a special soup, salad, fresh baked roll with a cup of tea for $7.50 starting at 6pm. The movie screening is free, but loft area seating is limited to 30 people so reservations are advisable! Dinner & a Movie will be a bi-weekly event, so visit Greens N Grains online and join their mailing list to stay in the loop! For reservations, call 920.868.9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the link for a preview of the film: “GMO OMG.
Most festivals tend to have two things in common – Music & Food – and these are two things to be found in abundance at the 69th Annual Sister Bay Fall Fest, Oct. 27-19, 2014. Throughout the weekend you’ll find Food & Drink vendors at various locations throughout the village (10-5 Fri./Sat. and 10-4 Sun.), and lots more to tempt the taste buds and please the palate at local restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops!
There are two special meals this weekend that you won’t want to miss: Friday from 5-8 pm, experience a Door County tradition – a real Fish Boil at the Fire Station on Mill Road, sponsored by Sister Bay Lions Club. On Saturday, from 7-11am, enjoy a fabulous Pancake Breakfast at the Village Hall Saturday, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Northern Door.
Sturgeon Bay, WI (Oct. 11, 2014) The United Way of Door County 19th Annual Chefs for a Day event will be held on Saturday, October 18th at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and volunteer servers will be distributing hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 until 7:15 p.m. At 7:15 guests will be able to sample the entrees, served by each chef at numerous buffet stations.
During the hors d’oeuvres, guests will have the opportunity to sample wines and cheese pairings.