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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.

Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship comes to Sturgeon Bay and AleFest in Egg Harbor: What to do in Door County, Sept. 17-20, 2015

POSTED ON September 17th  - POSTED IN Breweries & Pubs, Dining, Entertainment, News, Special Events

bassmaster logoDoor County proudly welcomes the Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship to Sturgeon Bay this weekend, Sept. 17-20, 2015. While you’re in town, don’t miss the Local Farmers Market all weekend starting at noon on Friday, 8am on Saturday, and 11am on Sunday, and check out kids activities, demo boat tours, and more at CenterPointe Marina, where weigh-ins will also take place, including the final weigh-in and Awards on Sunday. Click the following link for the Full Bassmaster Championship Schedule of Events.

Friday night you can enjoy live music from 7-9pm with the Dow Jones band at Martin Park.

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.

Bring Home the Bacon! It’s the annual Side Pork Fest in Sturgeon Bay, WI: June 6, 2015

Side Pork Fest image from site


Door County’s annual Side Pork Fest will be held on Saturday, June 6th at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay, WI this year, and will feature live music from 11am-3pm by the White Chocolate Band and from 3-7pm by the Dow Jones Band. The Arts and Crafts Zone will be open from 10am-6pm as will the Kids Zone which offers more than 10 different activities from trampolines to rock climbing and more! From 8:30-11am participate in the annual Hog Wild Run, benefiting the YMCA Door Fins, which includes a 10k and 5k Run along with the Kids Run! All Kids event runners receive a medal and T-shirt. 5k and 10k Runners also receive a t-shirt and medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Get in on the Sonny’s Pizza Street Basketball Tournament to work up an appetite, and the Food and Beverage Tent opens at 11am so you can enjoy delicious Side Pork all day long! Admission is free, just bring your lawn chairs so you can sit back and listen to the music, and don’t forget to bring home the bacon after this fun-filled day!

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136 Restaurant

Sturgeon Bay is home to delicious restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs to make sure you find what you’re hungry for… take a walk down 3rd Avenue to 136 Restaurant & Wine Bar for a superb breakfast, lunch, or dinner and get your caffeine fix and do a little shopping at 5th & Jefferson Cafe & Decor. Across the bridge from Martin Park, it’s time to get a real meal at the Get Real Cafe, site down to a family dinner at Scaturo’s Baking Co. & Restaurant, and enjoy excellent, authentic Mexican cuisine at Hot Tamales!


DC Chefs App

Find what you’re hungry for all over Door County with the Door County Chefs FREE Mobile Dining Guide App, available for iPhone and Android.

Still looking for a great place to stay? Below are some last minute lodging options in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Check out Door County Lodging‘s Last Minute Lodging blog for more options and book your stay in Door County this weekend!

Bay Shore Inn in Sturgeon Bay is located along Bay Shore Drive just minutes from all the fun shopping and delectable dining in town, and offers On-Site Massage Packages as well as Dining Packages, please inquire when making your reservation. One 2-bedroom unit is available on June 5th and 6th at $149 per night. Please call for more information or visit online! (800) 556-4551

Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay has rooms available this weekend and suites with whirlpools, fireplaces, balconies, separate bedrooms, and/or full kitchens, as well as resort amenities including a 21 slip marina, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, free WiFi, business center, on-site dining, and live entertainment nearly every weekend! Ask about their great lodging packages including Romantic Escape, Arts & Heritage, and Family Fun! No minimum stay requirement. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 746-0700

lodging logoGlidden Lodge Beach Resort is located on the shores of Lake Michigan north of Sturgeon Bay and south of Jacksonport near Whitefish Dunes State Park where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Enjoy dinner with a view at Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant to wrap up your day, and voila, you’re already at your hotel! Two 2-bedrooms and one 3-bedroom unit left for 6/5-6/7. Two night minimum stay. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 746-3900 or (888) 281-1127

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

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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

Easter Brunches, Buffests, & 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!

Veggie Hashbrown Egg Bake from White Lace Inn

POSTED ON January 20th  - POSTED IN breakfast, Door County Recipes, Recipes

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

Open in Winter Dining in Door County, Wisconsin 2015

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Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant

Looking for open in winter restaurants in Door County, Wisconsin? Look no further – here are the winter hours of business for restaurants on the Door Peninsula offering a variety of cuisines to keep you well-fed and happy through the cold season!


Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant just north of Sturgeon Bay and south of Jacksonport – open for dinner Monday through Saturday, year-round from 4-9pm. December Special! Monday thru Thursday: $16.95 New York Strip Steak, includes Soup N Salad Bar! 920-746-9460

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