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Door County/Lake Michigan/WI Road Trip

An August 2003 trip to Wisconsin by chasindaylight

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Quote: In August of 2003, we took a road trip to Door Country, Wis. On the return trip, we ventured along Lake Michigan, then cut across the state to visit Prairie Du Sac.
This nonsmoking facility offers studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos. We reserved a romantic studio, which included a king-sized bed, Jacuzzi tub, kitchenette, and fireplace. The first-floor studio was spacious, with a patio with a courtyard view. The room was quiet and clean. The lodge isn’t on the water, so there are no lake views. But it is just minutes away from the lake, tourist shops, and eateries. The front desk is not staffed 24 hours a day, but that didn’t cause a problem for us. The grounds boast two pools, one indoor, one outdoor, both heated. The Lodge is family-friendly, but also provides a romantic environment for a couple’s retreat. We were...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2005

Scandinavian Lodge
264 HWY 57 PO BOX 355
Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234

Wollersheim Winery


If you're looking for a slow-paced activity that's a little off the beaten path, this might just be what you're looking for. On a hillside in Wisconsin (yes, there are hills in America's Dairyland) sits Wollersheim Winery, established in the 1840s by the man who would eventually be credited with founding the California wine industry. The original building is surrounded by 23 sloping acres of vineyards. The winery does produce wines from the grapes in their vineyards, and they also work with out-of-state vineyards to produce other wines. They also sell wines from their sister winery, Cedar Creek. On a beautiful day, take a tour, sample, buy your favorite, and then sit outsid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Wollersheim Winery
7876 State Road 188
Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin 53578
(800) 847-9463

Door County


Road to Northport Pier, Washington Island, WI Photo, Wisconsin, United States
In August 2003, we set off for Door County, about a seven-hour drive for us. We enjoyed our time in Door County. We visited during the peak tourism season and found the small towns to be crowded. Nevertheless, you could see the charm each town had to offer. You won't see a McDonald's or a Best Western here—only small businesses operated with a friendly spirit. On the first day of our trip, our final destination was Sister Bay. We had dinner at JJ’s La Puerta Restaurant, which served up Mexican food and fun. Afterward, we watched the sunset from the lakeside park. After dark, we retired to our room at the Scandinavian Lodge, just a few minutes from downtown Sister Bay. The next da...Read More

Lake Michigan Leg


Wisconsin Cows Photo, Wisconsin, United States
This was the Lake Michigan leg of the trip, featuring Algoma, Port Washington, Grafton, and Cedarburg. The next morning, we got an early start and began the next leg of our trip--a journey down along Lake Michigan. In Algoma, south of Sturgeon bay, we visited the Von Stiehl Winery. They have an excellent Riesling and a very tasty cherry-wine cheese spread that kept for a long time after our trip. We stopped at parks along the shore to take in the view. In Port Washington, we stopped to snap pictures of the Port Washington Light, an art deco-style lighthouse. After stopping by our hotel in Grafton, we decided on dinner at Klug's Creekside Inn--a restaurant we chose out of the local newspaper...Read More

Washington Island Cherry Train Tours

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If you're looking for a tour with personality, don't miss the Cherry Train Tours on Washington Island. This 90-minuted narrated tram tour takes you along 18 miles of beautiful Washington Island. You can ride the Cherry Train for $9 (adult) or $4 (child), or add a lunch with your tour guide to your tour and pay $23. You can also get combo ferry/train tour tickets. Owners Ed and Missy Livingston will take good care of you and see that you have a wonderful time. Relax as they share the folklore, history, and legends of Washington Island. But this isn't your usual history lesson; don't be surprised if you find yourself laughing at their wit. Ask them anything about the island - they can answer ...Read More