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Holiday Restuarant Hours, Christmas Meals & Music in Door County, WI 2014

POSTED ON December 19th  - POSTED IN Coffee & Tea, Entertainment, Restaurant Guide, Special Events
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The English Inn at Christmas

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!


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Special Christmas Meals

The English Inn in Fish Creek – Winter Hours: open Thursday through Sunday at 4pm.

  • Open Christmas Day from noon-7:00 pm, they still have dates open for Christmas parties, book yours now!!! (920) 868-3076 for reservations.

Harbor Fish Market & Grill in Baileys Harbor - Winter Hours: Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Harbor Fish Market will also be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from December 26-31, closed on Jan. 1st until Spring 2015.

  • Christmas Day Buffet, Dec. 25, 2014 – serving their traditional holiday buffet 11am-5pm. $19.95 per person, $8.95 for children under age 11. Reservations encouraged (their Thanksgiving Buffet sold out about a week before the day!) (920) 839-9999
    Serving: Oven Roasted Turkey with Old Fashioned Stuffing, Apple Cider Glazed Pit Ham, Succulent Roast Lamb, Chef Carved Slow Roasted Prime Rib, and Baked Alaskan Salmon with Chunky Cucumber Dill Sauce, as well as Freshly Baked Rolls, Great Selection of Sides, Appetizers & Salads, Decadent Dessert Selection.

Holiday Music

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Christmas at Base Camp!

Holiday Music at Base Camp in Sister Bay: Base Camp Christmas Concert w/ Jeanne Kuhns & George Sawyn (Small Forest opens) at 7pm on Dec. 20, 2014

Holiay Music at Brew Coffeehouse in Ellison Bay: Captain John Nolte on Dec. 20 & 27, 2014. Nolte performs nautical, folk, bluegrass, oldies and your Christmas favorites. Info: (920) 421-2739.

“Yuletide Tales” at Third Avenue Playhouse  in Sturgeon Bay – Dec. 26, 27, & 28, 2014: A reader’s theatre evening of moving and humorous stories by Hans Christian Andersen, O. Henry, and L. Frank Baum, along with a bit of Shakespeare, some beloved songs and abundant holiday cheer. $15/general admission. $10/students 12-24. $5/children 11 & under. Tickets & Info: (920) 743-1760

Home for the Holidays with AFT at Old Gibraltar Town Hall in Fish Creek – Dec. 26, 27, 29, 30, & 31, 2014: Reunite with AFT performers for an evening of songs of the season, holiday humor and a good old-fashioned sing-along. $22/adults. $13/children. Tickets & Info: (920) 854-6117

Special Orders – call ASAP!

Cupcake HeavenSpecial Orders Only in winter  call for Holiday Treats!

Gourmet A-Go-Go – Place your Holiday orders by Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Holiday Music & Open Hours – Door County, WI


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

  • Closed Christmas Eve & Day
  • New Year’s Eve – serving regular menu with live entertainment by Mickey Grasso from about 8:30pm-1:30am.

136 Restaurant & Wine BarWinter Hours: open from 11am-9pm Wednesday through Saturday.

  • Closed Christmas Eve & Day
  • Open Dec. 22-23 and 26-31, 11am-9pm (except Sunday, Dec. 28 open at 4pm)
  • Open New Year’s Eve – special menu TBA!
  • Closed New Year’s Day

Gourmet A-Go-Go – Winter Hours: open Monday through Saturday, 9am-6pm. Offering Take & Bake frozen dinners, soups and bakery to pop in the oven so you can spend time with the family! Place your Holiday orders by Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

  • Closed Christmas Eve & Day
  • New Year’s Eve 9am-6pm offering holiday specials! (she will email to us)
  • Closed New Year’s Day

Hot TamalesWinter Hours: open Thursday through Saturday 7am-8pm, Sunday 8am-8pm (subject to change)

  • Open Christmas Eve 7am-12pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Open regular hours Dec. 26, 2014-

Live Music & Entertainment at Stone Harbor Restaurant & Pub

  • Dec. 26, 2014 – Kitty Corona
  • Dec. 27, 2014 – Tommy Rock DJ Show
  • Dec. 28, 204 – Packer Party (Enjoy drink specials, make your own Bloody Mary, complimentary snacks at half-time, complimentary rail shots at every Packer score, and more! The party begins 1 hour before kickoff and goes until 1 hour after the game. (920) 746-0700


Door County Coffee & Tea Co. – Winter Hours: Daily 7:30am-5pm, drive-thru at 6:30am, breakfast 7:30-11am, lunch 11am-3pm.

  • Closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve
  • Closed Christmas Day


Coopers CornerWinter Hours: open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11am-9pm.

Gibraltar GrillWinter Hours: open Fridays and Saturdays from 4-9pm through March, closed in April, and reopening on May 1st.

  • The Go Bo Foundation will be the beneficiary all winter of their Featured Steak Donation in memory of Bo Johnson.

The English InnWinter Hours: open Thursday through Sunday at 4pm.

  • Open Christmas Day from Noon-7pm. Accepting Christmas Party reservations


Base Camp CoffeehouseWinter Hours: open Monday through Sunday 7:30am-3pm.

  • LIVE MUSIC: Base Camp Christmas Concert w/ Jeanne Kuhns & George Sawyn (Small Forest opens) at 7pm on Dec. 20, 2014
  • Closed Christmas Day

Cupcake HeavenSpecial Orders Only during winter (please note: they not be accepting orders Jan 9-Feb 16 this year).

Door County Creamery – Winter Hours: open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30am-6pm, and Sundays 10:30am-3pm through Christmas.

  • Closed Christmas Day. Reopening for the 2015 season in May.

The Inn at Kristofer’s – Winter Hours: open Thursday through Sunday at 5pm.

  • Thursday Special: choose 1 appetizer and 1 dessert to share with the purchase of two regular priced dinners.
  • Friday – Door County Whitefish $18.99

JJ’s La Puerta – Winter Hours: open Tuesday through Thursday 5-9pm, Friday & Saturday, 11am-10pm. Bar stays open later!

  • Closed Christmas Eve & Day
  • Closed New Year’s Day

Sister Bay BowlWinter Hours: open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday 11:30am-2pm. Evening Winter Hours are Nightly at 5:30pm, Fridays at 5pm.

  • Fresh made pizza available for eat in or carry out – call 920-854-2841 to order ahead or enjoy a beer at the bar while you wait for it to be prepared for you.


Shipwrecked Brew Pub - Winter Hours: open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11am-9pm this winter.

Greens N Grains Market & Cafe – Winter Hours: Market open daily from 10am-5pm. Cafe is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am-4pm.

  • Closed Christmas Day
  • From Dec. 26 through Jan. 3, 2015, Greens N Grains will be open 10am-4pm daily.


Mink River BasinWinter Hours: open 11am-8pm daily, until 9pm Friday & Saturday. Breakfast Sunday 10am-Noon.

  • Open Christmas Eve 11am-6pm (serving lunch from 11am-2pm)
  • Open Christmas Day 2-8pm (bar only)
  • Open regular hours New Year’s Eve & Day

Brew CoffeehouseWinter Hours: open Monday through Saturday 6:30am-3pm & Sunday 10am-Noon

  • LIVE MUSIC: Captain John Nolte on Dec. 20 & 27, 2014. Nolte performs nautical, folk, bluegrass, oldies and your Christmas favorites. Info: (920) 421-2739.
  • Closed Christmas Day

Viking GrillClosed for the rest of the winter

  • Holiday Hours: open Dec. 27-30, 2014 – Friday 6am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 6am-2pm
  • Reopening for the season on April 3, 2015.


Joe Jo’s Pizza & Gelato - Winter Hours: 11am-close daily

  • Closed now through Christmas Eve & Day
  • Open 27-31 for winter hours
  • Closed New Year’s Day

Thanksgiving Day Brunches, Buffets, & Dinners in Door County: Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

POSTED ON November 24th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

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… 

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The English Inn

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.

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Door County with Great Food, Lots of Live Music & Theater, and Marina Fest 2014

POSTED ON August 28th  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

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!

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Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek

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.

I Won! Where Can I Use My Door County Chefs Gift Certificate?

POSTED ON July 1st  - POSTED IN breakfast, carry out, Coffee & Tea, coffee shop, Dining, dinner, fine dining, fish boil

Congratulations Door County Chefs Gift Certificate Winners!

Door County Chefs Gift Certificate Promotion Sponsored by Door County Lodging!

lodging logoWe 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

4th of July Stone Harbor 2014All 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.

Chefs logoTo 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!

Live Music in Door County + Uncork Summer, Olde Ellison Bay Days & DC Renaissance Faire, June 25-29, 2014

POSTED ON June 24th  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events, Wines & Spirits

The end of June in Door County offers a new food and wine festival, lots of live music, and tons of summer fun! Check out Door County Chefs Live Music Calendar on Facebook to see who’s playing and where each day in Door County, including the Concerts in the Park and live music at Door County restaurants. Check out Door County Guide‘s blog “Uncork Summer at Olde Ellison Bay Days & Live Music, June 25-29, 2014” to find out what’s happening this weekend during Olde Ellison Bay Days which kicks off with the Liberty Grove Historical Society FISH BOIL, Thursday, June 26th from 4pm-8pm at the Viking Grill and includes a Saturday morning parade, the NEW Uncork Summer Food, Wine & Music Festival, and the Door County Renaissance Faire in Carlsville complete with jousts, face painting and henna, period music, and shopping for handcrafted items! 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014:

Arroyo Bay Grill

Door County’s Concerts in the Park Schedule 2014

POSTED ON June 17th  - POSTED IN carry out, Dining, Entertainment, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

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.

The Taste and Tunes of Door County, WI June 12-15, 2014: Steel Bridge Songfest, DC Beer Fest, and Sip & Savor w/ Paddlefest

Get a taste and a tune in Door County this weekend! June 12-15, 2014 is Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay. This Saturday, June 14th is Sip & Savor with Paddlefest in Sister Bay, as well as Door County Beer Fest and the Ride For Nature in Baileys Harbor, and July 15th is Father’s Day – so bring Dad for all the festivities and toast to his health! Sample local beers, wines, and hard ciders, and treat the taste buds to dishes from a variety of local food vendors while you treat the ear buds to lots of live music. Skip the paisley tie this year and give Dad a six pack or two of a new brew or a few bottles of his favorite wine, and don’t forget that most of the musicians performing throughout the county this weekend sell CDs of their original music – which make great Father’s Day gifts too!


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The Tambourine Lounge, located next door to the Holiday Music Motel on 1st Ave. Sturgeon Bay, WI

Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay runs Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15, 2014. This is an astonishing festival in that all the musicians who perform volunteer their time, and those who participate in the “Construction Zone” (there are some 70 this year) spend the entire week prior to the festival spinning a whiskey bottle to form groups in which they co-write dozens upon dozens of original songs which they record at the Holiday Music Motel, then perform for audiences at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues.

CLICK HERE for the Steel Bridge Songfest Venue Line-Up of Performers!

Memorial Weekend 2014 Activities, Events, Dining, Music and More!

POSTED ON May 20th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair 2014 posterOn the beautiful Door County Peninsula, Memorial Day Weekend is generally recognized as the true beginning of Summer! This year we are looking at a mostly sunny weekend with lows in the 50s and highs in the 60s (F), with a fairly minimal chance of rain –  perfect weather for a light jacket and lots of outdoor activities! This weekend is the Door County Festival of Nature – offering tons of educational and inspirational activities in nature, the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair - wonderful for wandering and shopping outdoors, and Jacksonport’s 42nd Annual Maifest – complete with Midway fun and a parade!

Read on for live music, great places to enjoy a meal, and event details! If you haven’t booked your room yet, you’re in luck, Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging Blog: Memorial Weekend 2014 will tell you who has rooms, suites, and rentals available for this weekend!

Door County’s Easter Sunday Brunches & Buffets, April 20th, 2014

POSTED ON March 28th  - POSTED IN breakfast, Dining, Discounts & Specials, lunch, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

Easter is Sunday, April 20, 2014, and Door County is hopping with anticipation! It’s been a long, snowy winter, and our restaurants (and lodgings) are ready to serve you: our wonderful visitors, returning to enjoy the peninsula in a new season. Check out the Easter Egg Hunts available for kids on April 19th, and plan ahead to enjoy Easter treats by ordering a special dessert or reserving your table for a brunch or buffet!

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