Kicking off my new blog with a Doco Day travel guide! The opportunity to wander Door County, WI fell in my lap this weekend. Chris had his annual golf match (if that’s even the correct term…I’m not a golfer) with his dad, brother and uncle up in Sturgeon Bay. I drove us up and dropped him off at Idlewild Golf Course and said “See ya!” and ventured out on my own. Now, I’m not a Door County expert by any means, but I’ve been there enough times to know where I wanted to go. With my camera in tow, I ventured into town and stumbled upon Ottumba Park which hooks up to a nice little trail that I followed down to the harbor. It had rained the night before so everything was still and quiet. I think that it only being 9:00 on a Sunday morning helped with the serene feeling. I found a little bench to sit on for a while to watch locals and visitors walk their dogs, geese fly in for their morning baths and a sailboat set off for a day on the bay. The quiet was interrupted by my rumbling tummy so I hopped back in the car and headed to the downtown area for some breakfast at The Corner Cafe. It was the perfect spot to have a quick meal by myself while I read a few chapters in my book. No Sturgeon Bay stop would be complete without a visit to Door County Candy for some fudge and popping into a few other shops.
I had just been up in Door County 2 weeks ago with two of my girlfriends from my UW-Eau Claire days and did all the normal tourist stops like Door Peninsula Winery, Egg Harbor shops, Fish Creek shops, Wilson’s ice cream and a round of mini golf at Pirates Cove in Sister Bay. This time, I wanted to venture across to the other side of the peninsula to Baileys Harbor. Maybe I’m wrong, but I feel like Baileys Harbor gets forgotten about and I’ve never really stopped and spent some time in this charming little town. On my way over, I had to stop off at Grandma Tommy’s Country Store really quick to get my mom one of her favorite cherry pies before they sold out for the day!
When I got into town, the first thing I did was stop off at Anclam Park and Beach. When I first arrived, there was no one else there so I thought it was the perfect time to sit and soak in everything around me. For me, Door County is like a little slice of East Coast in the Midwest. After about an hour, I hopped back into my car and drove down the road about a half a mile and hopped back out right in the town square where there was a small little farmer’s market going on with some live music. I walked around and snapped some pictures of the market, the entertainment and the harbor before heading back to Sturgeon Bay to pick up Chris. This quick little self-paced trip was probably the most relaxing day I’ve ever had up in Door County and I’d encourage anyone to try a day alone up there.