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Fish Creek Winter Festival & Baileys Harbor Winter Carnival: Feb. 5-7, 2016

POSTED ON January 28th  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, News, Special Events


February 5-7, 2016 is both Fish Creek’s Winter Festival and Baileys Harbor’s Winter Carnival, welcoming folks from near and far to experience the magic of winter in Door County! While overlapping the same weekend, together these two events offer lots of different ways to enjoy the outdoors from out on the ice, to under a heated ten – so bundle up and do more in Door County this winter!

In Baileys Harbor the relatively new Winter Carnival has grown over the past two years, and this 3rd annual event is better than ever. Start Saturday morning with a hearty breakfast to fuel an active day – The Ridges Sanctuary’s Great Waffle Breakfast will be held at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall from 9-11am. Wrap that scarf tight and head out to Kangaroo Lake for a day of fast fun – “if it has a motor,” they say, “it’s allowed!” From 10am-3pm on Saturday, bring snowmobiles, ATVS, and other winter vehicles for radar runs and timed trial courses. The 3rd Annual Door County Pond Hockey Tournament will be held from 8am-4pm on Saturday (register to participate on their website). There will also be other outdoor activities, afternoon live music, and hot food and drinks to warm you up throughout the day. Sunday, Feb. 8 brings the Winter Farmers Market which will be held at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall from 10am-2pm featuring home grown, handmade, and local products. For more information, visit, call 920.839.2366 or email

DSC_0059Celebrating their 29th year, the Fish Creek Winter Festival offers music and food, family-friendly games, a chili cook-off, candlelight skiing, and more! Friday, Feb. 5th the fun begins at Hands On Art Studio where the Big Mouth Trio will play for Rock & Roll Art Night from 6:30-10pm, and the locally filmed favorite “Feed the Fish” will be screened at the Door Community Auditorium at 7pm. On Saturday the Festival gets underway at Clark Park where you can play winter games outside, and other festive games in the heated tent.

DSC_0003The Gibraltar Historical Association presents “All Things Chocolate” at the Old Town Hall all day long, offering sweet treats to tempt your palate, from 11am-3pm the Peninsula School of Art’s SOUP! Event will warm you up, and at Noon gather in the main tent for the Chili Cook-Off Judging. With Free Trolley Rides through town, you won’t have to miss a thing! From the Fiddle Contest to the Snow Shoe Dance, to the Fireworks Display at 5:30pm, your Saturday is sure to be a full one! On Sunday the Annual Fruit Loop Run will start and finish at the main tent, and businesses will be open for your shopping and dining pleasure! For more information visit, call (800) 577-1880 (920) 868-2316, or email

lodging logoCheck out Door County Lodging‘s Last Minute Lodging Blog and book your room or suite this weekend!

Don’t forget to download the FREE Door County Chefs Mobile Dining App to find Open in Winter Restaurants on the Peninsula!

Holiday and Christmas Tree Lightings, Santa Sighting and More! Dec. 4-6, 2015

POSTED ON December 2nd  - POSTED IN Dining, News, Special Events

IMG_1027One of the most charming aspect of Door County, Wisconsin is the fact that we are both a single community and many communities – so when this time of year rolls around, we have more festivities and parties, more music and events, and more opportunities to grow your holiday spirit. This weekend, four of the peninsula’s villages invite you to gather and sing carols, make crafts, meet Santa, enjoy holiday treats, and watch the lighting of Holiday Trees!

lodging logoStay and play longer on the Door Peninsula… Find a great room at a great price with Door County Lodging‘s blog: Last Minute Lodging in Door County, WI: Dec. 4-6, 2015

The Merry-Time Festival of the Trees is already underway in Sturgeon Bay! Saturday, Dec. 5, join Santa on the tugboat John Purves from 10am-1pm; catch the Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Children’s Choir at 11 am; and get your tickets for the DOOR CANcer Inc. Holiday Home Tour from 10am-4pm! The Trees will be on display through Dec. 8 when the festival wraps up with the Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle party – advance reservations are required. For more details call (920) 743-5958 or visit

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Dining in Door County WI: Nov. 26, 2015

Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade!

It’s almost Thanksgiving and we’re all taking stock of what matters most in our lives: identifying the things we’re thankful for of course, and the people we want to be around the most. Many Door County visitors and locals have made it their family tradition to enjoy holiday meals in the comfort of one of our fabulous restaurants, opting for less stress and a guaranteed great meal, not to mention – no clean up!

There are several options to get you out of the kitchen this year, including a take home feast as well as Thanksgiving dinners and buffets; and don’t forget, there’s also the Annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, this year benefiting DOOR CANcer, and the Packers vs. Bears Game in the evening!

8 great ways to enjoy Thanksgiving Day in Door County…

Halloween in Door County, WI 2015 – Trick or Treating, Costume Parties, and More Spooky Fun!

POSTED ON October 27th  - POSTED IN Dining, News, Special Events

Halloween-imageOctober 31st falls on Saturday this year, and Halloween in Door County means lots of spooky fun for all ages!

Saturday is Baileys Harbor’s Halloween Party & Spooky Café . Kids can Trick-or-Treat from 4-6pm throughout town and the Halloween Party will go on in the Town Hall from 5-7pm, featuring a costume contest for adults and children with prizes and a brand new Scavenger Hunt! Hot dogs, snacks, and beverages (including beer & wine for the grownup ghouls) will be available as well. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult please.

This weekend is also Fish Creek’s Jack O’Lantern Days starting Friday night Oct. 30 at Hands On Art Studio for the Adults Only Art Night at 6:30pm, and continuing all day on Halloween with mask-making, pumpkin-carving, Trick-or-Treating from 2-4pm, a Costume Contest and a Costume Parade, and wraps up at dusk on Saturday with the Great Pumpkin Lighting in downtown Fish Creek.

Celebrate in Door County, WI: Independence Weekend Happenings 2015

POSTED ON June 29th  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, News, Special Events
Car before Custards 4th of July

4th of July Parade

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

Music at Gibraltar Grill

Live Music at Gibraltar Grill

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!

Stone Harbor Resort in downtown Sturgeon Bay will have live music twice on Friday. Out of Time performs on the patio from 4-8pm, the Dan Tulsa Band plays at 8pm. 920.746.0700

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

Live Music & Delicious Dining for Father’s Day Weekend 2015

POSTED ON June 18th  - POSTED IN carry out, News, Special Events

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!


Katie Lott George Sawyn

Katie Lott & George Sawyn

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.

Music, Meals, & Mimosas: Mother’s Day Weekend 2015

Small Forest Mother Daughter band sm

Small Forest Live at The Cookery, May 9th

Celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend May 9th & 10th, 2015 with a meal to remember! These Door County restaurants are sure to make her day extra special with delicious breakfasts, buffets, live music, and Mimosas for Moms! Reservations are recommended for the buffets.

The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Fish Creek is hosting a special evening of Live Music on Saturday for Mother’s Day weekend on May 9th with the Door County Mother/Daughter band Small Forest playing in the Wine Bar from 5-8pm. Marybeth Mattson, Jeanne Kuhns & Patrick Palmer will play songs from their upcoming album: DREAM, as well as favorites and originals to honor the hard work of mothers, as you enjoy a sumptuous supper and delicious desserts! Bring Mom back on Sunday morning for Breakfast with featured Egg Strata and Full Menu available, and complimentary Mimosas for Moms! (920) 868-3634

Mother’s Day Brunch at Harbor Fish Market: May 10, 2015

POSTED ON April 17th  - POSTED IN breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Dining, lunch, Special Events
harbor front entrance picture

Harbor Fish Market & Grille

Harbor Fish Market & Grille is taking reservations for their annual Mother’s Day Buffet 10am-3pm on Sunday, May 10th! Spoil the most important woman in your life this year with a decadent and memorable meal in beautiful Baileys Harbor, WI.

The cost of the buffet is $19.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids under age 11 and includes the scrumptious offerings listed below. Make your reservations soon though, Harbor Fish Market’s buffets are incredibly popular and usually fill up! Call 920.839.9999 or make reservations online at

Easter Brunches, Buffets, & Egg Hunts in Door County, WI April 4 & 5, 2015

POSTED ON April 2nd  - POSTED IN breakfast, Coffee & Tea, coffee shop, Dining, lunch, Special Events

chefs eggEaster comes early this year, this Sunday, April 5th and Door County is just getting warmed up! Check out the Easter Egg Hunts available for kids on Saturday April 4th (Baileys Harbor, Jacksonport, Sister Bay, Peninsula State Park) and the Easter Bunny will be making appearances! Visit Door County Lodging‘s Last Minute Lodging Blog for great places to stay this weekend, and don’t forget make your Easter Brunch & Buffet reservations!

Harbor Fish Market & Grille’s Season Open & Easter Sunday Buffet: April 5th, 2015

POSTED ON March 10th  - POSTED IN breakfast, Dining, dinner, Discounts & Specials, fish boil, News, Special Events
Harbor Fish Market Easter Buffet

Easter Buffet

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.

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