Independence Day weekend in Door County is a spectacle to be savored as each town celebrates the holiday in special ways including a Renaissance Faire, lots of live music, delicious food and drink, two parades, pie and ice cream eating contests, games and activities, and of course, fabulous Fireworks displays on July 3, 4, and 5!
Check out the happenings below and visit Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging Blog to find rooms, suites, and condos still available this weekend so you can celebrate 4th of July with us and enjoy all this…
Friday, July 3rd
Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek features live music with Cookee – Timeless Music, at 7:30pm outside on the restaurant grounds, dine on the patio then sit around fire ring or bring your own chairs and enjoy the music. For more information call 920.868.4745 or visit online!
Sister Bay’s new Harbor Pie Company will have local singer/songwriter Marybeth Mattson playing acoustic folk/rock outside on the patio next to the Door County Ice Cream Factory from 1-3pm on Friday.
In Baileys Harbor, enjoy the Arts & Crafts Fair both at the new Baileys Harbor Visitor Center & Historical Society (8061 Hwy 57) and on the Town Hall lawn with music by Scott Wilcox from -5pm. From 10am-5pm check out Wowballs USA Pool Activities at Lakeshore Adventures. 920.839.2366
Celebrate Father’s Day in Door County, WI. There are lots of opportunities to catch live music, enjoy delicious food, and have a cold brewski or two with Pop! Still looking for a great room this weekend? Visit Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging Blog for open rooms, suites, and more festival information!
Door County’s Concerts in the Park series began this week and will continue tonight Thursday, June 18th when Jeanne Kuhns’ band Small Forest plays at Egg Harbor’s Harborview Park from 5-7pm (inside at Landmark Resort in case of rain). Sit outside for supper at Shipwrecked Brew Pub, pick up a to-go order from Greens N Grains to enjoy outside, or bring a picnic bag of your favorite goodies from Main Street Market to enjoy while you listen! Sit on the grass or bring your own chairs or a blanket, and enjoy the view behind the band!
Find more live music Thursday evening at The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Fish Creek where Katie Lott and George Sawyn will play from 7-9pm.
The first and biggest thing Randy Daubner wants you to know about the two English Inns is that the menus are the same. Two English Inns? Yes! Last year their Green Bay location opened to rave reviews and relieved customers who may not always have the option of taking a day trip to Door County to enjoy the Inn’s fine dining in Fish Creek!
Their customers’ favorite menu items include their signature dish: Beef Wellington (always available whether on the menu or not); their Hot Spinach Salad (their famous Hot Bacon Dressing is also for sale and very, very popular); and the seven different ways they prepare whitefish including French Broiled, BBQ-Bacon-Onion, and Pistachio Encrusted Whitefish. They also serve their popular ‘All You Can Eat Friday Night Fish Fry’ to which they have added tasty Blue Gill!
Originally a daily staple created from the most basic ingredients in a poor country, variations on traditional Irish Soda Bread have become well-loved additions to St. Patrick’s Day meals. Now often associated with desserts, Irish Soda Bread is served with coffee or tea as well as with traditional Irish dinners from corned beef and cabbage to steak and Guinness or shepherd’s pie. The following soda bread recipe is worthy of dessert status! Shared by Patrick Palmer, employee at O’Meara’s Irish House in Fish Creek, and member of the local band Small Forest, Paddy’s Irish Soda Bread is rich and dense with sweet golden raisins, and best served warm with butter…
The Harbor Fish Market & Grille in Baileys Harbor, WI has some of Door County’s most beloved Holiday Buffets including their Easter Day Buffet, which falls on their opening weekend for the 2015 season! Harbor Fish Market will open back up on Friday, April 3rd, with the Buffet on Easter Sunday, April 5th!
The Easter Day Buffet includes breakfast items like Pancakes, Egg Strata, Bacon, Baked goods, and Door County Cherry Stuffed French Toast, in addition to Prime Rib, Baked Ham, Salmon, Leg of Lamb, potatoes and gravy, and lots more! A decadent dessert selection includes pies and cheesecake to wrap up your meal.
The White Lace Inn in Sturgeon Bay feeds their guests well… Their Veggie Hashbrown Egg Bake is perfect for a family brunch or that most sacred of meals, Breakfast for Dinner (also known around these parts as Brinner). Serve with a side of local bacon or sausage, or add meat to the bake if you don’t have any vegetarians attending. Enjoy a delicious breakfast when you stay at White Lace Inn, and visit their website for more recipes. Eat up!
Veggie Hashbrown Egg Bake
1-32 oz. frozen Southern style hash browns (loose)
1 stick (1/2 c.) butter, melted
1 tbs. onion salt
3/4 loaf white bread cut into cubes, no crust
2 c. grated Monterey Jack
2 1/2 to 3 c. grated cheddar cheese (divided)
2 bunches green onions, chopped
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1/4 c. chopped red pepper
1/4 c. chopped yellow pepper
1-8 oz. pkg. fresh mushrooms (thinly sliced)
1 lg. tomato, thinly sliced
7 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. half & half
1 tsp. dry mustard
Door County, Wisconsin is ready to ring in the New Year! Are you? There are special meals on New Year’s Eve to be enjoyed at Sister Bay’s The Inn at Kristofer’s, and 136 Restaurant & Wine Bar in Sturgeon Bay, as well as live music and food at several restaurants and pubs including The Local Yokels at Sister Bay Bowl, Mickey Grasso at Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant, and Michael Lee Ammons & the Water Street Hot Shots at Wickman house. On New Year’s Day catch Centerline at JJ’s of Jacksonport right after the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club‘s Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan! There’s also a New Year’s Day Parade in Egg Harbor, so make your plans now and make January 1st, 2015 a day to remember! Read on for who will be open this week, this winter, and for New Year’s celebrations, and visit Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging blog for great places to stay…
New Year’s Eve & Day Open Hours, Live Music, & Special Meals in Door County, WI
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.
Carlsville, WI (Dec. 2014) – During the month of December, Door County Coffee & Tea in Carlsville is partnering with United Way of Door County. For every Candy Cane Mocha sold during the month of December they will donate 50 cents to United Way. The funds donated will go towards meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign need for 2014.
United Way of Door County’s mission is to empower people to build better lives. They focus their efforts in the areas in the Basic Needs, Community Wellness, Health, and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA).
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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