Category Archives: Door County Shopping

The Upside of Rainy Days in Door County

When rain clouds drift over the peninsula it can put a damper on many of Door County’s favorite outdoor activities.  However, there are also some positive aspects to the slightly dreary weather that sometimes finds us.  Here are a few things to think about next time rain visits you in Door County.

1) One can shop guilt free (to a certain extent).  While browsing the many shops there is no need to worry about missing the great outdoors.

2) There is now more time to visit Door County’s art galleries and museums

3) Rain makes for a nice relaxing indoor atmosphere.  High Point Inn’s hot tub and pool provide a nice place to relax while watching the weather outside. 

4) After the rain clears the county will become even greener, the birds will begin to sing and everything will feel refreshed.

5) Once and a while the rain will also bring with it a rainbow or two.  Spotting a rainbow over one of Door County’s beautiful landscapes never loses its charm. 

Whether it is raining or the sun is shining Door County is a great place to visit, so come stay with us at High Point Inn (rain or shine!)

Door County 101: how to enjoy a lazy Saturday on the Door peninsula

How do you enjoy a lazy Saturday in Door County? Here are some suggestions from Ephraim’s High Point Inn.

1) Start your morning out right and prepare a nice relaxing breakfast in your own suite with a full kitchen.  Enjoy while taking in the scenery from your deck. 

2) Take a short drive to one of our nearby state parks.  Choose from: Peninsula State Park, Newport State Park, or Whitefish Dunes State Park where you can hike or bike your way around.

3) Stop in Ephraim at Leroy’s Water Street Coffee where you can refuel with your choice of a coffee or espresso drink and perhaps a small bakery snack while relaxing in the shade.

4) Head back to the resort for a nice dip in the pool and a soak in the hot tub.   

5) After a quick snooze head down the street to Green Gables to explore their quaint Door County shops.

6) Now it’s time to enjoy dinner out at your favorite Door County restaurant

7) One last thing to top off your relaxing Door County Saturday… head to Wilson’s for a scoop of your favorite ice cream and a take a stroll along the shoreline. 

So come join us at High Point Inn for your next lazy Saturday!

Dateline Door County, Wisconsin: A half marathon; a studio crawl; and your favorite restaurants are opening!

The High Point Inn is proud to announce that May has finally arrived to Ephraim and northern Door County! The grass is green, the air is warming. Bicycles dot the roads. People are walking with and without their dogs. It is a beauty to behold.

This first weekend of May brings the return of the Door County Half Marathon in Peninsula State Park. We at High Point Inn are so excited about the marathon we are one of two main lodging sponsors of this very popular event. It’s too late to register to take part in the marathon but you can come and cheer on the runners.

Door County’s Potters Guild studio tour is this weekend May 1 and 2 from 10-5. Participating guild members include:
TR Pottery in Fish Creek, Off the Wheel Pottery in Egg Harbor, Plum Bottom Gallery in Egg Harbor, The Potters Wheel in Fish Creek, Ephraim Clayworks in Ephraim, Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay, Gills Rock Stoneware in Ellison Bay, and Ellison Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay. Visit the gallery websites for directions to each artist’s studio.

More Door County restaurants open this weekend!
The Cookery Restaurant in Fish Creek, Julie’s Park Cafe in Fish Creek, The Shoreline Restaurant in Gills Rock, Waterfront Restaurant in Sister Bay, Northern Grill in Sister Bay and The Mission Grille in Sister Bay. Wonder if your favorite restaurant is open this weekend? Call the front desk at the High Point Inn at 920-854-9773 and our staff will find out for you.

Come see us soon!

High Point Neighbors: Door County Scrimshanders and Fine Line Designs Gallery

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Ever wonder how Gary Kiracofe of Door County Scrimshander creates his one-of-a-kind scrimshaw art?
Watch this video of Brian Kiracofe at their sister gallery in Newport, RI and you will find out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKR7T_nDY8U

Door County Scrimshander is a High Point Neighbor located across the street!


High Point Neighbor Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery announces their show schedule for 2010

EXHIBIT ONE: MAY 1 – JUNE 8
Colin Page, Gene Reineking, William Murray and Paul Klein
Artist Reception – May 29, 5-8pm

Artist Demo: Sunday, May 30th, 11-2pm by Colin Page and Paul Klein

EXHIBIT TWO: JUNE 12 – JULY 6
Lori Beringer, Julie Crabtree, Jude Ryan Reiling & Allan Servoss
Artist Reception – June 12, 5-8pm

Artist Demo: Sunday, June 13, 11-2pm by Allan Servoss

EXHIBIT THREE: JULY 8 – AUG 2
Pamela Murphy & Stephanie Evans
Artist Reception – Thurs, July 8, 5-8pm

EXHIBIT FOUR: AUG 5 – SEPT 9
Steve Langenecker, Ed Lazzeroni, Donna Lindboe Trupin and Elodie Holmes
Artist Reception – Thurs, Aug 5, 5-8pm

Don’t forget we have our fabulous  2 nights for the price of 3 and 3 nights for the price of 4 during the week still going on in April. Book now!

Door County winds into the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is right around the corner so it’s time to remind everyone that Door County, Wisconsin during the holiday season is a decorated and ready for company! We think some of the most charming places the Door peninsula has to offer are right in our own neighborhood.

Be sure to check out the Shops at Green Gables. Establishments open in winter include:
1) American Folklore Theatre The Green Gables office does not have regular hours in winter, but there will be several holiday performances by AFT co-founder Doc Heide and long-time performer Eric Lewis. Get details of their at their website and visit their online store to purchase CDs and gift cards at their.
2) Perfect Beads A variety of wonderful beads. Open weekends November and December. Call 920-854-6472.
3) Rustic Fish Gallery The Rustic Fish Gallery is owned by Door County artists Mary Ann and Erik Rinkleff. We feature Erik’s hand-carved, collectible wood carvings and Mary Ann’s inspirational greeting card line and fine art photography. Open Friday and Saturday during November and December.
4) Door County Scrimshander Resident artist Gary Kiracofe practices scrimshaw, an art that is “two hundred years behind the times.” Visit the gallery he runs with his wife Dawn where they feature knives, jewelry, ornaments, antique ivory and more. Open Friday,  Saturday and Sunday during November and December.

McKeefry & Yeomans of Ephraim. Bruce McKeefry and Geoff Yeomans have the perfect mix of house AND garden. From French milled soaps to decorative flowers, distinctive furniture and more. On the corner of Townline Rd. and Hwy. 42 in Ephraim. Open all year. Call 920-854-4749 for hours.

The City Farmer in Ephraim – features a distinctive collection of American and English country furniture and home accents. Winter hours are 10 to 5:30 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.

The Paint Box Gallery located next to Joe Jo’s Pizza just north of the High Point Inn. Featuring original art works by local, regional and national artists including a large variety of miniature works. Plus an excellent source of art supplies for the professional and the novice. Open 361 days a year, 10-4 daily.

Joe Jo’s Pizza & Gelato
is open all year long 11am to 8pm and serves thin crust pizza from scratch. Their homemade Gelato gets rave reviews as well as their pizza.

Blue Dolphin House is located just south of the High Point Inn on Hwy 42. They feature contemporary artwork, gifts and home accessories from manufacturers and artists all over the world. Open in winter, but call for days and hours – 800-765-0141.

Wondering if your favorite restaurant or shop has winter hours? Contact Missy by email or by phone 800-595-6894.

What I love about Door County: The views of a High Point Inn condo owner

From High Point Inn condo owner Jeanne of New Berlin, Wisconsin:

Are you looking for a great get-a-way for you and your family to see the beauty of God’s creation, clear your head, and enjoy some outdoor activities…Door County, WI is for you.

As a young adult my first Door County experience was camping in beautiful Penninsula State Park.  We hiked, biked, had campfires and shopped and ate in all the small towns.

In recent years our trips have changed to resort stays.  We have stayed at many different places and cities but none that compared to High Point Inn in Ephraim.  It impressed us so, that we became owners of our own condo at the resort 2 years ago.  We have celebrated everything from the end of finals (our college daughters) to birthdays and anniversaries at our “home-away-from-home”.  Our guest book, located in our condo, has so many wonderful stories of other families and friends who have found High Point to be a great place to stay.  The last entry said “We are amazed with the comfort, cleanliness and hospitality we have experienced here.  The grounds are beautiful as well”

Recently a friend asked 20 people..How are you?   18 of 20 replied..VERY BUSY…if that describes you, I encourage you to take a few days to rejuvenate in the beauty of Door County….we know you will love it!

Our favorite things to do in Door County while staying at the High Point Inn:
Buy apples and jam at Seaquist Orchards
Purchase smoked salmon at Charlies Smokehouse
Bring home some homemade candy from Uncle Toms Candy store
Eat lunch at the Cookery
Sample and buy wine…from ALL of the wineries
Go hiking and enjoy the sunsets at Peninsula and Newport State Parks

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Stone’s Throw Winery, Door County’s premiere winery offers final “Wine Camp” of 2009

News of Stone’s Throw Wine Camp from Lisa Turco, Stone’s Throw Winery

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WINE CAMP 2009 – Session Three: Prelude to a Wine

Saturday, October 24 • 11 am – 3 pm
Back to the Beginning
Gain a whole new appreciation for winemaking.  Join us crushing our 2009 harvest.
Learn about grape varietals, skins, fruit, taste and smell.
In other words, you won’t be able to get any more up close and personal with the winemaking process.

Prelude to a Wine
The final Wine Camp Session will be very dynamic and fun. With that being said, we do not recommend wearing ANYTHING WHITE on this camp day.  In fact, rain ponchos ARE a real good idea.  Why you ask?  Each camper will be participating in our Fall Crush.  Ironically our final session will take us back to the beginning – the grapes.  Winemaker Dave will unload the grapes from the truck, and you’ll help sort them and load them into the crusher.  Depending on the availability of grapes that meet with Counselor Turco’s high standards, there could be 6 ton or up to 20 tons of grapes to crush.

As a reward for all of your hard work sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch and of course have some VINO!
COST: $75/per person
CALL: 920.839.9660 for reservations!
Don’t DelayThis camp date is almost SOLD OUT.

Stone's Throw Winery

Stone's Throw Winery

For additional information on other Special Events at the winery please visit our website.

HIgh Point Neighbors: Paulson’s Mill Road Café at Green Gables

Paulson's Mill Road Cafe at Green Gables

Paulson's Mill Road Cafe at Green Gables

Marc and Judy Paulson welcome you!

Some guests of the county might remember the first Mill Road Café which we operated in Sister Bay at the Walkway Shops from 1984 – 86.  After 20 years of business in Ephraim at the Old Orchard Inn and Windflower Gifts, we’re once again serving food to friends and guests at our new Mill Road Café, located at the Green Gables Shops in Ephraim.

Many of the recipes we were famous for are now being served in our cozy and comfortable new space.  Marc makes excellent home-made soups, gourmet salads, and terrific deli and specialty sandwiches.  For breakfast you can enjoy Judy’s homemade sour cream coffee cake, muffins or Café granola, as well as New York bagels. Paulsons have always been famous for their quiche.  It’s made with a hand-rolled all-butter crust, and filled with fresh ingredients and a rich egg custard. Guests can eat in the dining area which boasts a TV for sports fans and free wireless internet.  Or they can sit outside on Green Gables’ beautiful garden patio.

The Mill Road Café is proud to feature Alterra coffee, roasted and blended in Milwaukee.  The Café has a complete coffee bar, with espresso, cappuccino, and latte drinks, as well as icy-blended coffee frappes and fresh fruit smoothies.

Windflower Gallery and Gifts is located within the Café space.  Our shop features Ephraim Faience Pottery, hand thrown and glazed in the Arts-and-Crafts tradition. We also display and sell the photography of local artist Daniel Anderson, including many of his unique Door County color prints. You can also find a piece of lovely jewelry, a greeting card for every occasion, Woods of Windsor toiletries, and much more.

Come join us for lunch or a latte.  Stay for the conversation, browse through the shop, and stroll through Green Gables’ award-winning flower gardens.  We’ll be delighted to see you!

High Point Neighbors: 42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops

42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops in North Ephraim

42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops in North Ephraim

As customers enter 42nd Street Accents, they are treated to the soothing sounds of Newell Oler.  Whether they are looking for a distinctive jeweled accent of amber, larimar, or other fine jewelry, or the perfect accessory for their home – handblown glass vases, bowls, lamps, or pottery – 42nd Street Accents is a “must see” for every Door County shopper!

In addition, 42nd Street Accents is now a Vortex optics dealer.  Put your eyes behind a pair of our Viper binoculars, named “Best of the Best” by Field and Stream, and enjoy the beauty of Door County!

“One of my friends says ‘You only want to hear Oler’s music on days of the week ending in “Y.”’ Frank O’Byrne – Ranchester, WY

“Just walking through the door was enough…the energy of calm and beauty pervaded!” Doris Klein, Milwaukee, WI

“42nd Street Accents has some of the most beautiful vases and tapestries!” Jim Brundahl – Wauwatosa, WI.

“Very tasteful!  Very beautiful!  42nd Street Accents has a unique elegance!” Cathy Neumeier – Gleason, WI

42nd Street Accents is located in the Green Gables Shops in Ephraim –just minutes away from High Point Inn.  Get all your shopping done under one roof.  Visit us at the Green Gables, one of Door County’s favorite shopping destinations!

High Point Neighbors: The Shops & Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables, located in North Ephraim on Hwy 42, are home to a variety of shops and a great cafe.  However, the beautiful perennial gardens, created and lovingly tended by Peter Buergin-Witt, have become the “billboard” for this unique shopping complex.

During one season, hundreds of people stop to stroll, photograph or just enjoy the delightful sights and smells of “Peter’s Gardens”.  Peter graciously gives of his time and knowledge (which reaches far beyond gardening) to lead FREE tours of the gardens every Wednesday at 11:00 am. These tours have become a “Door County Must Stop” for both amateur and master gardeners alike.

Located within Green Gables are the following establishments:

The Perfect Beads (for both professional and amateur beaders)
American Folklore Theatre (Ticket Office)
Scrimshanders Gallery (scrimshaw by resident artist, Gary Kiracofe)
42nd Street Accents (a boutique like no other)
Rustic Fish Gallery (carvings by Eric Rinkleff)
Windflower Gifts (home decor and Ephraim green pottery)
Mill Road Cafe (great lunches featuring Judy’s own recipes)

More information can be found at www.shoppingindoorcounty.com