Category Archives: Door County Relaxation

Holidays at the High Point Inn

We are so excited for this holiday season, and tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  The High Point Inn is a great place to stay during the Thanksgiving holiday (or any holiday in fact).  All of our suites are equipped with a fully furnished kitchen.  It’s the perfect space to create your holiday meal!

In the holiday spirit.  This is a snapshot of our lobby decorations

In the holiday spirit. This is a snapshot of our lobby decorations

Guests that stay with us over the holiday not only can enjoy a cozy atmosphere with their friends or family, they also get the perks of our indoor pool and hot tub!

indoor pool

For the active guests, after a large holiday meal, you can take advantage of nearby, beautiful Peninsula State Park for a post meal hike.

pen park (400 x 154)

The shopping enthusiasts can find some great deals at any of our neighboring shops here in north Ephraim, or venture out to the surrounding communities.

42nd Street Accents is a neighboring shop and advertises with a showcase here at High Point Inn

42nd Street Accents is a neighboring shop and advertises with a showcase here at High Point Inn

Give your holiday routine a change up and come stay with us at The High Point Inn.  There’s plenty to do and lots of fun to be had!

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A day in the life of a Door County Autumn Mid-Week Guest….


Autumn weekdays in Door County are something to be treasured. The beauty is the same but the setting offers a friendly but relaxed attitude. There is something to be said about getting a table right away at Al Johnson’s and not having to salivate while your watching other people with their pancakes.

However, just because the hustle and bustle is gone doesn’t mean there are any less activities going on!

After waking up to a great nights sleep at High Point Inn a crisp autumn morning greets you while you brew your first morning coffee. The leaves changing on the trees look particularly beautiful this morning so you decide to head to Newport State Park for a peaceful walk. The trails are quieter there but no less impressive than Peninsula State Park.

After your hike you’re feeling relaxed and a bit more stimulated. You’re stomach is growling and only The Viking Grill can satisfy it! You drive back south and stop in for some fuel for the day’s activities.

Traffic has slowed down which makes traveling between towns and villages much faster! It’s a secret only the locales know. You’re able to hit more shops and galleries than when you visit in the summer. Which is great for you! Maybe not so much for your partner. You decide to reward them with a tasty burger and a Wisconsin beer at the Cornerstone Pub in Baileys Harbor.

You’ve had a full day of activities but aren’t done yet! You decide to head back to High Point Inn for a wee nap. Don’t forget you’re on vacation! You deserve a nap.

This evening you and your partner are going to Peninsula Players to see their fall show “Miracle on South Division Street”. The play is under cover so there is no need to worry about rain! However, before you head there you drop in to Mr. Helsinki’s for a few appetizers and drinks. The atmosphere is great, you could sit there all night but there is a play to be seen!

You’ve had a fun packed and full day in Door County and now it’s off to bed! It’s a good thing you’re staying at High Point Inn! You aren’t sure what adventures you want to get up to tomorrow. You’re on vacation though and there is nothing wrong with sleeping in and enjoying the amenities High Point Inn has to offer!

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Outdoor Pool Opening Soon

High Point Inn's outdoor pool just uncovered from winter hibernation

Our outdoor pool gearing up for the summer season

Sunny Salutations!

The sun is shining today in Door County (at least for now) and I am currently enjoying the view of our outdoor pool which has just awoken from winter hibernation.  Kent, our maintenance dude is currently detailing the pool, getting it in ship shape condition for active duty.  Tempted by the thought to relax poolside and soak up some sun, I’ll settle for the happy images of summer sun and swimming floating through my mind, especially since the temperature is not cooperating for outdoor lounging.  Until our summer heat wave arrives, guests at the High Point Inn will be able to enjoy our heated outdoor pool starting Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 24.

Cheers to poolside doses of sunshine!

We love Peninsula State Park!

At the High Point Inn we love all the Wisconsin State Parks located in Door County. But our favorite of all is what we consider the jewel in our state park system – Peninsula State Park. So today we have some suggestions  for the coming year on things you should be sure to do in this beautiful, nearby, natural attraction.

For starters, order this book: The Nature of Peninsula: A Park Ecology Sampler. This book has been published by The Friends of Peninsula State Park. The cost of the book is $10.00 by mail order or $7.50 at the park office. Check out this description from the Friends website:

The 90-page book, with color photographs, features essays by field specialists including Roy and Charlotte Lukes, Scott Craven, Tom Blackwood, and several DNR staff. After recouping printing costs, remaining proceeds will be reinvested into future Peninsula educational publications.

Topics vary from bats and white-nose syndrome, to fireflies, to wildflowers. “In recent years, several people authored books about park history,” said Kathleen Harris, Peninsula State Park Naturalist.  ”This is the first title ever to focus exclusively on Peninsula’s natural heritage. Peninsula protects Wisconsin’s largest contiguous tract of the Niagara Escarpment. It includes two state natural areas and eight miles of mostly undeveloped shore. Helping visitors and decision-makers understand that the park is irreplaceable is the purpose of this publication.”


Next, make a 2013 resolution to hike the trails in the middle of the park property. Lots of people are drawn to the shoreline portions of the park and to the tower of course, but a hike through the middle of the park gives you a real feeling of nature in the midst of this dense wooded area. Stand still and silent while you are on your hike and you will hear the sound of wildlife around you. The singing birds, the chirping squirrels and the sound of the trees as they creak in the wind reminds us of the importance of conserving this gorgeous, natural area for generations to come.

Lastly, don’t keep the secret of Peninsula State Park to yourself, share it with someone you love. Write about it. Snap some awesome photos. Blog about it. Paint a picture. And share this absolute natural jewel with friends, family and the world!

And before you make your 2013 trip to Door County to visit this incredible park, contact the friendly folks at the High Point Inn in Ephraim to make your “suite” reservation. Call us at 800-595-6894 or at 920-854-9773.
Or drop us a note at You won’t be sorry!

Suite Winter Dreams at Door County’s High Point Inn

Staying at Door County’s High Point Inn during the winter months brings relaxation to another level. Driving into Ephraim on Hwy. 42 delivers a Norman Rockwell meets Door County moment and you will feel your blood pressure go down. Follow Highway 42 to North Ephraim and the High Point Inn driveway and you have reached your “destination relaxation.”

Once you arrive, the staff at the High Point Inn will make your winter Door County getaway perfect. Your suite will become your home away from home as you prepare a feast or a snack thanks to our completely furnished kitchens; watch a selection of movies on our flat screen TVs; or enjoy a cocktail in front of the fireplace. In addition you can enjoy the lovely outdoors, the winter wonderland that surrounds visitors to Door County.

Don’t forget that during the winter season, the High Point Inn offers many specials – check them out here. When you have made your choice, call us at 800-595-6894 of 920-854-9773. Or drop us an email at

Our Door County Splendor in September

Take advantage of the High Point Inn’s Splendor in September package and you’ll get more than a great deal, you are going to get to see the fall colors! With our super hot weather and lack of rain this summer, the trees of Door County are going to begin turning early. So get on the phone and book a gorgeous suite for our amazing Splendor in September package. What’s included in this package? Check out the highlights:

This offer runs for 4 weeks
Offer starts Monday, September 3 and runs through Thursday, September 27.*
*Excludes Sunday, September 2

A unique opportunity to enjoy the best Door County has to offer at a very special price*

The headline says it all! September is historically one of the best weather months of the year in Door County. It is a special time of warm sunny days and pleasantly cool evenings as the colors of the early autumn landscape begin to emerge. The fall offers great biking, hiking, gallery-hopping and pleasant dining experiences. We are formally inviting you to visit the High Point Inn during this beautiful month of September and to indulge in some of these activities yourself!

In order to properly celebrate this month of beautiful weather and quieter weeks we are making available an internet-only package offer which offers the best of the Peninsula at a price that will keep you smiling about the savings long before and after your getaway. Our Splendor in Septemberoffer includes the following:

Four nights in a luxury suite for the price of three - Every suite in the Resort is included in this offer

A bottle of wine from Stone’s Throw, Door County’s premier vintner, upon arrival

$40.00 credit towards dinner at anyone of these four great restaurants (excluding gratuities and applicable taxes). Choose from: English Inn, Alexander’s, Chef’s Hat or Gibraltar Grill

Two tickets to Red Putter Mini-Golf, site of an annual professional putting tournament (and it’s right next door!)

But, that’s only part of the offer. In addition, choose one of the following extra offers at no additional cost:

$50.00 gas card

Two full-day bicycle rentals from Nor-Door Sports & Cyclery opposite the Fish Creek entrance to Peninsula State Park

Two tickets to a performance of the American Folklore Theatre performance of “Cheeseheads, the Musical” at Door Community Auditorium

$50.00 off the purchase price of 2 tickets Peninsula Players’ performance of “Lombardi”

Splendor in September is perfect for that romantic getaway you have been pondering or for a group of friends looking to gather for a few days of autumn enjoyment. This offer is available exclusively to visitors on this website and is not exchangeable for any other time of the year. To be eligible for this package, use the code word SPLENDOR.

This offer runs for 4 weeks
Offer starts Monday, September 3 and runs through Thursday, September 27.*
*Excludes Sunday September 3

Book today! Call 920-854-9773 or email

Family Fun in Door County starts at Ephraim’s High Point Inn

Overhead view of the Mink River and Peninsula Park's Sunset Trail bike path.

Create happy memories on your next Door County vacation and start by booking a suite at the High Point Inn. Then take Door County by storm with these suggestions from our staff:
Hands-On Art Studio: Did you wish you had more time for art class when you were a kid? Relive those happy memories with your own children at Hands-On, located just down the road from Edgewood Orchard Gallery on Peninsula Players Road. Work in any media you desire including glass, ceramics, metals, hand-thrown pottery and more. This is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Kayak the Mink River: Not far from the High Point Inn is the Mink River Estuary. The Mink River is one of the most pristine freshwater estuaries in the country (protected by the Nature Conservancy) and it is an amazing place to skim through the water on a sleepy morning taking in the wildlife that resides in the waters and surrounding sky. Let Door County Kayak be your guide call (920)854-9292 to make reservations.

Bike Peninsula State Park – Start this adventure at Nor Door Sport & Cyclery where you can rent an appropriately sized bike for everyone in the family. Then head on over to the Fish Creek entrance to Peninsula State Park and begin your trek. If you are looking for a bit more challenge to your biking adventure check out the the park’s mountain bike trails.

Want more ideas for family fun in Door County? Visit the Door County Visitor Bureau. And be sure to reserve your suite at the High Point Inn. Contact us today! Call 800-595-6894, 920-854-9773 or send us an email at


A Snow covered Door County! Better late than never they say!


Winter Wonderland: The courtyard at High Point Inn on March 3rd

Within just a few days the scenery in Door County  has changed completely!  We were beginning to get spoiled here with the spring-like days and mild weather patterns; a winter where hikes were more common than skiing or snow-shoeing!  We have yet to see how long this full snow coverage will last, but now is the time to enjoy the beauty of winter in Wisconsin!  The main roads have now been cleared after the storm; it isn’t too late to come join us in Ephraim at the cozy High Point Inn!


Our Door County Trolley Winter Package!

Enjoy the beauty of a Door County winter! Add a Door County Trolley excursion to your High Point Inn getaway and we will throw in a bottle of wine (your choice of red or white) and a Door County Monopoly board game!


Trolley guests will tour & taste at a Door County award winning Winery, followed by a cozy sleigh ride through “The Doors” most wintery landscapes…Top it off with a fireside lunch at the romantic White Gull Inn.

Cost: $60 – per person
Available with any reservation for a 1 bedroom king or a 2 bedroom suite
Includes trolley transportation, fireside lunch, and sleigh ride. (Trolleys are heated).

Duration: 5 hours

2012 Winter Wonderland Tour Dates

  • Saturday – February 25
  • Saturday – March 3,10,17,24 & 31

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