Our Anniversary Trip to Door County

Double S Lodge Door CountyI loved putting together my Milwaukee recommendations a few months back and wanted to share more about our trip to Door County last month for our anniversary. Bill had never been, and I had only been once in college for a very quick trip so it was essentially my first time there as well. We were so excited to get away for the weekend and cannot wait to get back to Door County next year.

WHERE WE STAYED
The Double S Lodge could not have been more perfect. Steve and Sandy were the most gracious hosts. Every room in the bed and breakfast was beautiful, and we loved spending time relaxing on the patio. We played at least five rounds of croquet out back (I lost every time) and looked forward to our coffee & pastries in bed, breakfast and happy hours. They truly thought through every detail.
Double S Lodge Door County
Double S Lodge Door County
Double S Lodge Door County
Double S Lodge Door County
DAY ONE
We left early Saturday morning, and made our first stop at Wild Tomato for really good pizza in Fish Creek (they also have a location in Sister Bay). We got the Green & Gold, and it was even better than our friends had led us to believe. After, we walked and drove through Peninsula State Park and made our way towards Sister Bay for some ice cream before checking in.
Wild Tomato Door County
Door County Ice Cream Factory
We ate dinner at Chop, and while it was good, if you have limited time, I would recommend some of the other restaurants we went to over this one. If you do go, ask to eat outside. Since I didn’t ask in advance, we ended up sitting inside but did make it outside for a photo op.
Door County Guide
DAY TWO
We took out the bikes at Double S Lodge and rode around Sister Bay for the morning and early afternoon. We ate lunch at Door County Creamery (the truffle cheese, you guys. Oh my gosh.). Then, we headed over to Al Jonhson’s for some drinks.
Door County Creamery
Door County Creamery
Al Johnson's Door County
Al Johnson's Door County
We were debating about going kayaking, but it got pretty windy in the afternoon so we drove to Newport State Park for a quick 2.5 mile hike before an earlier dinner (I may not have booked reservations early enough in advance so 5 pm was the best I could do). We went to Wickman House, and wow, was the food delicious. It was our favorite meal while we were there. We also heard great things about Trixie’s (their sister restaurant), and it’s on our list to visit for next time. After dinner, we watched the sunset and then headed back to Double S Lodge for the s’more and whiskey night by the fire, and yes, it was as perfect as it sounds.
Wickman House Door County
Wickman House Door County
Wickman House Door County
Door County Sunset
DAY THREE
After breakfast, it was time to check-out (it was so hard to leave), and we made our way to Red Putter for a highly competitive game of mini-golf. Bill won…again.
Door County Mini Golf
We stopped at  Barringer’s in Fish Creek for lunch. This would be a great spot for dinner as well. They had delicious food and craft cocktails. I originally wanted to go to Roots, but it was closed on Labor Day. The food sounded right up my alley (hello, mac ‘n cheese in a waffle press). It’s also on our list for next time.
Barringer’s in Door County
Barringer’s in Door County
We were planning to head out after lunch but opted to make one more stop at Door County Brewing Co.  And while I lost at croquet and mini-golf, I dominated our game of Sorry!
What to do in Door County
If you haven’t had a chance to make it to Door County, I cannot recommend a weekend away up north enough. It was incredible to slow down and spend some quality time together. We’d definitely go back just the two of us, but it would also be really fun with a group of friends.

 

If you have any other favorite spots, we’d love to hear so we add them to our list for next year’s trip!

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