Happy Sunday! Hope you all are having a great weekend! The weather has been beautiful here this weekend. Since my summer vacation is dwindling my hubby and I decided to head to Door County for the day. On the menu included a kayaking tour, wine tour, and shopping.
Our first stop was the DC Adventures Cave and Dunes kayak tour. We left from Whitefish Dunes State Park in Sturgeon Bay and had near perfect conditions on the water. We have only kayaked a handful of times before so I wasn’t sure what to expect (besides sore arms). Our tour guide gave us a quick lesson, hence why I’m in the sand. He deemed our tandem kayak the “divorce kayak” because you need to have good communication to maneuver accurately. Some other couples apparently did not fair as well as us. Luckily, we worked pretty well together and steered straight 80% of the time.
The tour was so beautiful! Even though I’ve been going to Door County since I was a kid, I got to experience things I haven’t done before. We paddled along the shore. It was calm, peaceful, and literally a breath of fresh air to be on the water. Our tour guide took us inside some of the caves which was really cool to see. The waves carve out caves in the rocks over time. We also saw a shipwreck in the water that happened in the 1800s. I could clearly see the outline of the ship at the bottom of the water! So cool.
Our next stop was Julie’s Park Cafe in Fish Creek, WI. I looked up reviews on TripAdvisor and was pleasantly surprised with the place. It had a cute, quirky quality. I had a portabella mushroom sandwich with sweet potato fries. The bread was amazing! It definitely tasted homemade.
After a filling lunch, we headed to Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek for a wine tour and tasting.
We toured the vineyard and the inside of the winery. It’s crazy how much fruit goes into one bottle of wine (10:1 ratio). We sampled 4 wines on the tour and then went back inside the store for 6 more complimentary samples. Our favorite was the most popular type they sell, Blackberry Blend ($9.95). If you can find it, get it!
The store also had locally made dip mixes, dried cherries, and a couple “surprising” finds.
Surprising find #1: Sex Olives
Olives to eat during sex? Olives that are better than sex? Your guess is as good as mine.
Does the drink actually have “attitude”? Or does the drink give the drinkee an attitude?
After the winery we headed north to Egg Harbor to visit Wood Orchard Market. This is one of my favorite places to visit in Door County. As their website says they’re a “third generation business farming almost 200 acres primarily of Honeycrisp apples along with strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and spring vegetables.” I bought their caramel puff corn and a jar of pumpkin butter. They have new sugar free versions of jam, jellies, and various butter. The best part about this place?! THE FREE SAMPLES! Yum. You could literally eat a lunch here with all the free samples they have available.
It was a great day trip, only an hour and half from home. We will definitely be returning sometime soon. Door County is also beautiful in the fall when the leaves begin to turn color. Many tourists come here in the summer and fall.
It was a marvelous weekend! Now on to a great week ahead!