When you've visited the same place well over 20 times, sometimes you have to look at it a different way. Whether that means taking a bird's eye view from the treetops, or a fisheye perspective from just a atop the water, Wisconsin's crowing jewel that is Door County still looks spectacular from any angle. Even if it's one you have bend a little to see just right.
Last weekend, I talked my wife into joining me on my adventure - we hadn't visited Door County together since we first started dating in 2002. It turns out that showing off old favorites, discovering new memories and cultivating another Door County fan is a wonderful, relaxing way to experience this magical place. After all, even as a entirely different kind of trip, Door County remains my "happy place." Scoring points with the wife makes it even happier.
From plane rides to zip lines, ill-fated camping adventures to rookie mistakes, OnMilwaukee.com Publisher Andy Tarnoff had never took one of those Door County vacations that people always talk about. But for his 20th trip up there this year, he did. Not surprisingly, it was pretty great.
Door County is something of a ghost town this time of year - and frankly, that's just how we like it. Seeing Fish Creek, Ephraim, Egg Harbor and Sister Bay all but abandoned in the middle of winter is reminiscent of the tranquil, removed setting and slowed-down pace that made these towns a tourist hotspot in the first place.
In all the summers OnMilwaukee.com Publisher Andy Tarnoff has visited Door County, he's never made it a family trip. But, while his own daughter is getting close to that age when she will enjoy his favorite peninsula, she hasn't yet made the journey to this magical place. So this year, his task was to put together an agenda that kids will adore. Relive old memories and make new ones, and frame a vacation that would entertain an entire family.
In a tourist destination containing restaurants with breezy patios, festive summer plantings and sparkling water views, it is easy to overlook the Greenwood Supper Club. Located in the interior of the Door County peninsula, at the intersection of County Roads A and F, the low profile business has none of those. But Door County regulars know the Greenwood isn't just another restaurant.
In 18 summers of visiting Door County, I was starting to think I'd seen it all. Over the years, I've explored the peninsula by car, on foot and on bicycle, from above the treetops on a zip line and next to a campfire. The natural beauty of the area, though, always played second fiddle to the activities, shopping, good food and great people I've experienced on these annual trips. This year, it was time to put nature first.
Door County doesn't close for the winter, and if you love visit the area between Memorial and Labor Day, you owe yourself a trip during the holidays, too.
OnMilwaukee.com Publisher Andy Tarnoff and his old friend, Eron Laber, have taken a nearly identical weekend trip to Door County for the past 16 years. For their 17th, they decided to stay in a hotel, eat some good meals and travel like adults. Here's their guide to taking a more refined vacation to their favorite peninsula.
Granted, a weekend in a Door County isn't exactly a trip to Australia, but I couldn't have been more surprised to run into the four people I saw between Fish Creek and Sister Bay on Sunday and Monday.
Did you know that Fish Creek-based olive oil and vinegar shop Oilerie is the country's forerunner and leader in the extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar retail industry?
Oilerie USA, Inc., based in Fish Creek, announced that the first franchise location will open in Brookfield in autumn. Jacqueline M. Zach Enterprises LLC, a Milwaukee-based company, purchased the franchise and will operate the shop.
Milwaukee is a great place on a great lake, but every now and then it's nice to escape its urban parameters and explore less-populated parts of the state. Wisconsin is full of gems, both well-known and well-hidden. Here are a few of our favorites.
When you're traveling around Wisconsin, and you need a cold one, not just any corner tap will do. There are hundreds of great bars in our state, but outside of Metro Milwaukee. Here are some of the best.
Michael Doeren doesn't use a plan or blueprints to build his custom furniture. He doesn't even use wood from a commercial mill. That would be too easy -- and more importantly, not in line with his design philosophy: his furniture comes only from native or reclaimed timber species indigenous to his beloved Door County.