Day Trippin’ to Door County
This past June, my youngest sister, Debi, and I decided it had been forever since we had taken a girl’s day to do something fun together. After a bit of research on destinations listed on a number of travel websites, I picked Cave Point County Park in Door County.
The park is adjacent to the White Fish Dunes State Park, another draw for any nature lover. One comment on TripAdvisor proclaimed the beaches to be as gorgeous as those Hawaii. How enticing, I have always wanted to travel to Hawaii!
A post on The Outbound Collective by Cameron Cech lured me in even more.
Cameron reports: The fractured rock bluffs lining the southern part of the park are a hallmark feature of the 400 million year old Niagara Escarpment. As you stand over the dolomite bluffs, you feel the ground rumbling beneath you from each crash of the waves. There have been many cliff jumpers who have jumped off the bluff closest to the parking lot when the waters are calm (obviously at their own risk).
From the bluffs, the trail goes northward through a forest and offers ample opportunities to find your way down to the beach. It feels as though the park has several different beaches, separated by land outcroppings – some are rock beaches some are sand, each has their own feel.
Any nature freak would be tempted by Cameron’s description-she makes this sound like paradise! Fortunately, the weather was brilliant on the chosen day of the trip. We took off on the two and a half hour journey to Sturgeon Bay. We arrived at Cave Point, located just outside of Sturgeon Bay. The park was already full of people at 11 a.m. Many were picnicking on the grass beneath the trees. Some were kayaking, others swimming.
Cave Point offers hiking trails and views of Lake Michigan while climbing on the huge bluffs of limestone. We walked the trails-carefully, as the root systems from the huge trees created a bit of a challenge. Lake Michigan stretched out before us with all its splendor, no end to be seen.
After exploring Cave Point County Park we headed north. We stopped at Island Fever Rum Bar & Grill, right on Hwy 57, for lunch. We chose this location mainly because it was convenient and we were starving at this point! And we were not disappointed. The atmosphere was appealing, with outdoor seating. Staff was friendly and attentive. The menu included a few vegetarian options for me to choose from, and, most important, the food was delicious.
We decided this was a restaurant worth coming back to. Unfortunately, we found out we were too early in the summer to experience the celebration of National Rum Day on August 16th. What better place to celebrate than Island Fever Rum Bar & Grill? Maybe next year!
We headed west to Egg Harbor, what a gorgeous drive this is. Upon arriving in the village of Egg Harbor, with a population of 250 residents that expands to 2500 with the tourist season, we discovered it to be a quaint yet vibrant area. In other words, where is a parking spot?!
Finally we parked at a little ice cream parlor named Grumpy’s right on State Hwy 42. Check out their FaceBook page:
Grumpy himself served us up our favorite flavored popcorn. The Maple Kettle Corn was fresh and the aroma was making my mouth water. My decision was easily made– I highly recommend this flavor!
At this point we decided we needed to see a lighthouse before heading home. We drove along Horseshoe Bay, and down to Little Harbor. No lighthouse to be found, we realized a little planning might have been wise. Sadly, it was time to head back home.
Exploring Door County, WI is a lovely way to spend a day. Even if you don’t reside here in Wisconsin, consider it worth the trip. We would love to hear about your favorite Door County favorite destination-comment below!