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What to do on a cool fall day in Door County

Door County is a great place for both fun and relaxation.  Here are a few ideas of how to enjoy a cool fall day on the Door Peninsula.

1) Start the day off right with a trip to one of the local coffee shops.  There are great options in every town!  In Ephraim there is Leroy’s, in Sister Bay there is Base Camp and Drink Coffee, in Baileys Harbor there is Espresso Lane and The Blue Horse in Fish Creek. 

2) Go antiquing, finding hidden treasures in the fall is especially fun! 

3) Take a hike or a bike ride through the state park of your choice.  This is a good way to warm up and soak up the great autumn air. 

4) Enjoy a nice relaxing sit down meal at one of the many great restaurants

5) Take in a sunset to see the fall colors at their best.  As the sun goes down you can see the trees in a different light, just make sure to bring an extra layer because once the sun has set it gets chilly!

6) Cozy up for the rest of the evening!  At High Point Inn you can sit by the fireplace or take a nice soak in the hot tub.

No matter what you do make sure to enjoy all the beauties of autumn in Door County this year; the weather has made it amazing!

Apples Apples Everywhere! A great aspect of fall in Door County

The Door Peninsula is brimming with apples!  Now the season is truly upon us for apple pies, apple cider and of course caramel apples. 

There are many local farm markets along the scenic Door County roadways. The markets offer large bags of a variety of delicious apples along with other great fall treats.  Here are a couple markets to make sure you check out:

1) Seaquist Orchards in Ellison Bay

2) Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and market in Fish Creek

These two markets are especially great because they offer fun for the whole family.  There are of course many other great farm markets in the area. 

Here at High Point Inn we are offering complimentary Cortland apples and hot apple cider to celebrate October.  Come join us to celebrate the beautiful fall season!

Door County in the Fall: A great place for a walk in the woods!

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Can you picture yourself walking down this path?  All you need to do is head to Door County. September and October are the perfect months to take in all the beauty this part of Wisconsin has to offer. This photo was taken in Peninsula State Park,  one of the many beautiful parks with hiking trails for people of all ages.

Door County, Wisconsin is home to some of the most beautiful wooded hiking trails you will find anywhere (many of them are located close to High Point Inn). Check out any or all of Door County’s wonderful wooded wonderland!

Peninsula State Park •  Newport State Park •  Ellison Bluff ParkDoor County Parks
Rock Island State Park
Potawatomi State ParkRidges Sanctuary
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Crossroads at Big Creek

And be sure to check out our amazing Splendor in September special!

Door County Apples are here!

Door County apples are ripening early this year, just like the cherries did earlier in the season.  With apples now in season all I can think of is a nice warm apple pie and caramel apples.  It is true that the fall season has not quite started for us here on the Door Peninsula, but with the cooler air that has just moved in it is hard not to think about all those yummy fall treats.

Most of the local orchards offer both fresh apples and bakery items made from them.  For example, Seaquist Orchards in Ellison Bay offers a great assortment of apples along with many other goodies.  The local farmer’s markets will also have an assortment of apples from smaller growers.

This cooler weather is perfect for baking, which coincides well with the early arrival of apples!  At High Point Inn you can make a pie in your room or simply warm one up from a local bakery.  We even have some extra cinnamon if you need to borrow some!

Welcoming September in Door County

The Door Peninsula has now officially entered into September.  The roads have quieted down and the air has a lighter quality to it.  It is a beautiful time of year to be sure.  There are many ways to enjoy Door County in September, so here are a few tips.

1) Make sure to visit the state parks.  This time of year the parks are beautiful and they are slightly more peaceful.  It is a great time to take a relaxing bike ride or go for a nice hike. 

2) Make a point to go see a play.  American Folklore Theater and Peninsula Players both offer great entertainment. Both locations have indoor performance areas, which is great for one of the cooler evenings.

3) Visit all your favorite shops (or discover your favorite shop).  It’s a great time to browse and take your time without having to deal with big crowds.

4) RELAX! The great part about September is there is no need to rush!

We would love to have you come stay with us at High Point Inn this September, we will try to make it as relaxing as possible for you!

A Taste of Door County

Door County has its own unique flavor, and one of the best ways to experience this is to visit the local farmers market.  On Saturdays in Sister Bay at the Corner of the Past Museum there is a farmers market where locals are able to sell produce and other fresh items. 

The farmers market is a great way to see what is grown on the Door Peninsula, and to meet some local residents.  The Farmers Market also has featured guests.  This weekend Jeanne Aurelius of Clay Bay Pottery will be there and the following weekend there will be Native American flutes with Mike Farmer. 

Once you have some local produce you can come back and relax at High Point Inn and cook up a nice meal in your kitchen, then enjoy the flavors on your own private patio!

An Evening in Fish Creek

From High Point Inn here in Door County it is just a short drive south to Fish Creek.  Fish Creek offers a little more hustle and bustle, which provides a great atmosphere for walking, shopping and people watching. 

On a warm evening it is nice to park the car on the north side of town and walk to the restaurants and shops of downtown Fish Creek.  (The sidewalks are even lined with orange and yellow marigolds.)  The shops are conveniently open later and there is also a great variety to choose from.   

Fish Creek also has some great places to sit out and have a nice relaxing beverage or dinner.  The other evening I visited The Cookery, which has a great wine bar upstairs and full restaurant downstairs.  The wine bar offers appetizers and a beautiful birds eye view of the water and the sidewalks.

If you get tired of walking there is also a pedicab service in Fish Creek.   Peninsula Pedicabs is just a phone call away for a nice ride through town or back to your car.  

An evening in Fish Creek makes for an eventful night, especially at this time of year.  Come join us while the evenings are still warm!

Splendor in September at High Point Inn

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It is hard to forget that August is right around the corner, and following close behind is September.  At High Point Inn we are getting ready for September, one of the best months in Door County!

During the week in September the Door Peninsula is a calm and beautiful place, it is a great time to make a nice relaxing visit.  At High Point Inn we would like to make your stay even more enjoyable with our Splendor in September special! We are offering a special deal on your stay along with added perks!  The package includes wine, dinner deals, tickets for Red Putter mini golf and more!

Check out our website for more details.  It truly is a great deal!

Cherry season is just around the corner!

Here at High Point Inn we are ready for Cherry season. Near by there is a small cherry orchard and on the drive in today I noticed that they have turned a nice shade of red.

Door County is known for its cherries.  Near by is Seaquist Orchards, which actually processes 2/3 of Wisconsin’s cherries.   All over the county you can find various sizes of cherry orchards. 

Cherries can be purchased in many locations throughout the county, but one of the best ways to get your cherries is to pick them yourself.  Many farm markets offer this opportunity to get right in the orchard and pick out your own.  Of course, there are other ways to get your Door County cherries, mainly in the form of freshly baked pies and other baked goods. 

Come join us at High Point Inn while the picking is good!  You could even bake a fresh Door County cherry pie in your own suite!

A Celebration In Ephraim!

The summer season officially starts this coming weekend for all of Door County and Ephraim is kicking it off with a weekend long festival.  Fyr Bal in Ephraim is a long time tradition; it is a celebration of the beginning of summer and there is a lot to do!

Ephraim will be busy with walking tours, music, arts and crafts and food tents on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday is a quieter day of the festival with walking tours and ending with a peaceful midsummer’s music festival by Hardy Gallery on Anderson Dock. 

Saturday is full of events complete with a regatta presented by the Ephraim Yacht Club, a raffle, a cakewalk and food all day.  The celebration carries on into the evening with a traditional fish boil and more music.  Then at 8:30 the multiple bonfires lined up along the water are lit creating an impressive image. Finally to end the day fireworks are set off over the harbor at sunset.

Sunday the celebration will continue with more arts and crafts, music, food and a special visit from Bucky the Badger.  The festival then winds down in the evening with a family sing-along at the village hall.

Come visit us in Ephraim at High Point Inn to celebrate the beginning of summer!  The whole village will be full of excitement and fun!