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!
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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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.
According to Travel Wisconsin Door County is at 70% Color and will peak the second week of October – so get up here and enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor runs Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10am-5:30pm and Sunday, Oct. 12 from 10am-4:30pm. The festival is free to attend and great for families and groups of all age, featuring live music with Modern Day Drifters, Big Mouth, and even a children’s musician, food and drinks, and inflatables and carnival rides all day Saturday and Sunday.
The project, which took ten months to complete, included two very important people in the process: Ben Anschutz of Anschutz Plumbing in Baileys Harbor and Patrick Strantz, a building contractor, full time maintenance manager at the YMCA in Fish Creek and long time maintenance manager for the Berndts.
Together they have created a custom solar water heating system that not only addresses the water heating needs of the two restaurants but will also provide the hot water for the employee housing and the Berndt’s living quarters.
Baileys Harbor Autumnfest Includes Fish Boil & Shop Up an Appetite at Fish Creek’s Inside Outside Sale: Door County Sept. 26-28, 2014
The Autumn Equinox is upon us and so we welcome the changing of the season with festivals and events, fall flavors, and fun for the whole family! Bring your favorite people with you to experience the Fall Colors in Door County. Whether you’re walking, biking, or driving (keep those windows rolled down!), you can smell the changing season – the crispness of the cooling air, the earthy aroma of fallen leaves, the crash of waves on Lake Michigan – which seems to have a scent all its own – and the woodsy smoke from kilns, campfires, and fish boil fires…
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Door County with Great Food, Lots of Live Music & Theater, and Marina Fest 2014
Kick off your work shoes and slip away to Door County, Wisconsin this Labor Day Weekend! With autumn approaching, the county is blooming with delicious flavors and aromas, and local restaurants are creating dishes with lots of local ingredients. Stroll through a farmer’s market in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay on Saturday, and in Baileys Harbor on Sunday, and bring the bounty home. Bring the family to Sister Bay to experience the excitement of the Sister Bay Marina Fest, going on all day Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 and ending with a fireworks display!
Take in dinner and a show! AFT’s original musical “The Bachelors” opens at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek this weekend. The English Inn and Gibraltar Grill are both close to the DCA and Arroyo Bay Grill is across the street – just let them know you have tickets when you are seated. “Butler,” a sharp-witted Civil War drama wraps up this weekend at Peninsula Players Theater – 8pm nightly through Saturday, and Sunday, August 31st at 4pm. Grab a bite at the Bayside Tavern to hold you through the performance, then stop at Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard for a post-show treat.
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We invite you to experience a variety of dining options on the Door Peninsula for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks! From upscale dining to delicious pub fare and everything in between, Door County restaurants are pleased to serve up a tantalizing array of classic and unique dishes often utilizing locally grown or foraged produce, and locally sourced meats and dairy products.
4th of July Weekend in Door County, WI: Live Music, Art on the Scenic Side, & DC Renaissance Faire: July 3-6, 2014
All the Independence Day Events, Fireworks, and Celebrations this week can make a body hungry! Catch Live Music while you eat in Door County, WI… Many restaurants will have live music to serenade you as you dine, or, pick up a to-go meal and enjoy live music at the Concerts in the Parks throughout the peninsula.
Every day this weekend offers a Farmer’s Market so you can enjoy fresh and local produce, meats and cheeses, canned goodies, handmade arts and crafts, and even fresh flowers! Baileys Harbor will have a special market on Friday, July 4th at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, and their regular Sunday Farmer’s Market also at the Town Hall on Sunday July 6th from 9 a.m. – noon. On Saturday, July 5th you can visit the Sturgeon Bay Farm & Craft Market from 9 a.m. – noon at Market Square on Michigan & 4th Ave., or head north to Sister Bay’s Corner of the Past Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. – noon at the Country Walk Shops, at Hwy 57 & Country Ln.
To find great dining in Door County, DOWNLOAD the Door County Chefs FREE, GREEN, MOBILE Dining App. Search by category and proximity to your current location; look at DC Chefs members’ menus, use the click-to-call feature to make reservations or check serving hours, and get GPS directions right to each restaurant! Find what you’re hungry for on the Door Peninsula today!
Still looking for a place to stay this weekend? Check out Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging Blog: July 3-6, 2014.
Looking for Fireworks? Check out Door County Guide’s Independence Day Celebrations, Fireworks, and Festivities Schedules!
Door County’s Free Concerts in the Park have begun! Don’t forget to bring chairs or a blanket to stretch out on, and bug spray isn’t a bad idea either – just in case! Let the kids play on the grass, sit back to enjoy the afternoon, and stay for the sunset after later shows! You can use the Door County Chefs FREE, MOBILE, DINING Guide App to find restaurants near each park, check out their menus, use the click-to-call feature to order your food to go, and get GPS directions to pick it up before the concert starts! When picnicking in the parks, make sure to dispose of your trash appropriately and help keep our beautiful spaces clean.
- Mondays in Ephraim, 6-8pm: June 16 – August 25, 2014, at Harborside Park gazebo. Rain location: Village Hall.
- Tuesdays in Fish Creek, 2:30pm: June 17 – August 19, 2014, at Noble Square. Rain location: the Old Town Hall.
- Wednesdays in Sturgeon Bay, 7pm: June 18 – august 27, 2014, at Martin Park. Rain location: TBA
- Wednesdays in Sister Bay, 3-5pm or 7-9pm: June 25 – August 20, 2014, at Waterfront Park Gazebo. Rain location: TBA
- Thursdays in Egg Harbor, 5pm: June 19 – August 28, 2014, at Harbor View Park. Rain location: TBA
- Fridays in Baileys Harbor, 5pm: June 27 – August 29, 2014, at Town Hall Lawn. Rain location: Town Hall.