Celebrate a Door County Easter at High Point Inn

Easter weekend is fast approaching and it is a beautiful time to visit Door County! This March has presented us with spurts of warm weather that have carried away the snow and opened up the landscape to reveal the waters of Green Bay. Plants are starting to grow and the birds are awake and singing! The weather is perfect for hiking through Peninsula State Park, walking around Ephraim, or going for a relaxing drive.

At High Point Inn we are preparing for a fun and memorable Easter weekend for the whole family. There is no need to worry about putting together baskets or finding the perfect hiding places for all those colorful eggs! Let us provide Easter baskets for all the kids on Sunday morning (delivered by Peter Cottontail!) and join us for other fun family activities. For the kids there will be an Easter egg hunt on Saturday and a coloring contest complete with prizes for three age categories. There will also be a jelly bean counting contest for the parents with a grand prize of a 2 night stay in one of our spacious 2 bedroom suites here in Door County!

Come join us for lots of fun and relaxation in Door County. We will do our best to keep the sun shining! And while you are here book a summer stay with us for some fun in the sun!

An Early Door County Spring is in the air!

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It’s not even the end of March (ok, the end of March is tomorrow) and those of us lucky enough to reside in Door County, Wisconsin year-round are very pleased to see the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay almost free of ALL the ice! In addition, people have begun biking our backroads and green shoots are starting to struggle out of the ground – though barely. I guess now is the time to start planning your next trip to Ephraim’s High Point Inn!

To entice you here are some spring time activities just around the bend:

Sister Bay’s Blossom Festival, Saturday, May 8
Norwegian Dancers, Maypole raising, childrens’ parade. Bonfire in Waterfront Park at sunset. Parade 11:30am, Bonfire and music 7:30-9pm. Information (Nov-May) 920-854-2127 or (Jun-Oct) 920-854-2812 or www.sisterbaytourism.com.
Door County’s Blossom Festival, April 30 through June 6
Enjoy our month long celebration of spring as the cherry and apple blossoms, wildflowers and gardens explode into life. Special events include garden tours, a shipyard tour, fishing tournaments, community festivals and more. Information: 800-527-3529 or www.doorcounty.com.
Door County Festival of Nature, May 27 through May 29
The Ridges Sanctuary joins forces with five local conservation groups to offer guided field trips through some of Door County’s unique and beautiful natural areas, many not generally open to the public. Evening presentations, early morning bird walks. Information: 920-839-2802.
Steel Bridge Songfest, June 10 through June 13
International songwriters showcase. Three nights and a day with over 100 bands and soloists on 10 stages. Information: 920-743-5605 or www.steelbridgesongfest.com

Whew! How’s that for starters. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming events and in the meantime, there is still time to take advantage of our Door County lodging specials that run through April 30th. Spring is a great time to visit Ephraim!

Door County Coffee Shops: GT Coffee in Gills Rock

How Katie Janquart and her cousin Sarah ended up running a coffee shop in Door County during the winter of 2010. In the words of Katie Janquart:

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My cousin Sarah and I moved up to Door County from Milwaukee in the spring to work for our friends at the Shoreline. We had both been working as massage therapists in the city and began to see that our hearts belong in a “wide open spaces” kind of environment. I began coming in to the gallery (Charlene’s Gallery in Gills Rock) all summer long for my java jolt, my internet fix and to be surround by amazing art and local characters.  Naturally I began to talk to the owners, found we had a lot in common and became fast friends. In the fall they asked me to come aboard as some extra help in the coffee shop and with that I fell head over heals for the entire package.

Separately my cousin Sarah, myself and the owners began to talk about the possibility of us running the shop and buying the property, what an amazing dream in the works!! One day I mentioned it to the owners and to both of our shock we had been discussing the same thing! Now my cousin and I are living in Door County full time. We own the coffee shop, live in the apartment in the building with hopes of owning both the shop and the gallery some day in the near future :)

We are currently taking a ten week business program to help us get funding and become even more educated on our new endeavor through the Door County Economic Development Center in Sturgeon Bay. We will be mentored by gallery owner Charlene over the next couple of years and we look forward to every step that our journey takes us on.

Next time you visit the High Point Inn, take a drive to Gills Rock and visit with Katie and Sarah, two of Door County’s newest entrepreneurs. The coffee shop will be open from 8AM until at least 5PM daily.