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Facing a Chilly Door County Evening

Door County is a great place to visit for all seasons, although with the changing weather there is a change in available activities.  At this time of year many of the summer activities are still up and running!  Here are a few fun evening activities that might be a bit chilly but still lots of fun!

1) Visit the Skyway drive-in theatre!  The drive in is still showing movies on the weekends.  Just remember blankets and cozy up for a double feature! 

2) Go mini golfing!  The Red Putter, Johnson’s Park and Pirate’s Cove offer fun courses for all. 

3) Have a quick bite to eat at the Cookery Wine Bar (or your favorite outdoor eatery) and sit on the outside deck looking over the water.  It might be a bit chilly but you can warm up with some wine and appetizers!

After you’ve had your share of chilly outdoor adventures there are plenty of ways to warm up.  At High Point Inn you can warm up by a nice fireplace or sit in the relaxing whirlpool!  Whether you feel like braving the cold or not, this is a great time to visit us on the Door Peninsula.

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!

Beating the Back to School Blues in Door County

The stores have taken on their yearly August transformation.  Yellow displays filled with notebooks, pencils, folders and all sorts of back to school goodies are taking over.  But it’s not too late to get the family together for one last trip before the school year begins!

The High Point Inn offers a great place for families to stay.  Our 2 bedroom units offer a nice comfortable area for the whole family to be together.  We also have ping-pong, a game room, more games in the lobby and an indoor and outdoor pool.  Plus there is mini golfing at the Red Putter just a short walk away and fun family restaurants close by.   

Make a trip to Door County for a great escape before the school year sets in.  It is a great place to sit back, relax and forget about things for a bit!

On a Warm Summer’s Night in Door County…

In Door County August is known for the warmth it brings.  Right now at High Point Inn the outdoor pool has been busy, with temperatures close to 90.  This is the perfect time to hit the beach or the pool!  The other upside of these hot days is that the evenings bring with it a nice refreshing air.  Here are a few ideas of what to do on one of these beautiful evenings on the Door Peninsula. 

1.) Get some ice cream!  It may be cooler out but it’s a nice refreshing treat after a day of sun!  Both Wilson’s and Door County Ice Cream Factory offer delicious ice cream choices. 

2.) Take a nice stroll through your favorite town (this can be combined with the ice cream of course). 

3.) Just sit back and take it all in.  Stargazing is always a great relaxing activity.

4.) Enjoy a refreshing drink out on your very own patio.

5.) Go mini golfing

Now these are just a few ideas of what you can do, the main thing is to get out and enjoy!

Door County Sunsets and Ice Cream

On a warm day in Door County there are many ways to cool down and relax.  There are beaches where you can spend the day in the sun and cool off in the lake.  At High Point Inn we have an outdoor pool that is great for lounging and cooling off.  There are also many parks with wonderful shaded hiking and biking trails.  However, the best way to cool down (in my opinion) is with an ice cream cone and a sunset.

Once the sun starts to go down and the heavy heat of the day has passed it is the perfect time to head to your favorite ice cream shop and go for a nice stroll to the water to watch the sun set.  

In EphraimWilson’s is the ideal place to get your favorite flavor of ice cream and watch the sunset.  Just across the street there are benches lined up along the shore.  From here there is a great view of the harbor, and the bluffs create a beautiful contrast to the colors of the sunset. 

There are many different locations to choose from, so you might have to leave a couple nights open for ice cream and sunsets!  Join us at High Point Inn and we’d be happy to give some more suggestions.

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!

Door County’s White Gull Inn in the national spotlight

Vote for Door County Cherry Stuffed French Toast from the White Gull Inn of Fish Creek!

Vote for Door County Cherry Stuffed French Toast from the White Gull Inn of Fish Creek!

Kudos to a well known Door County Restaurant in Fish Creek! The White Gull Inn received national recognition from ABC television’s iconic morning show “Good Morning America” and their contest to determine America’s best breakfast. The breakfast menu nominated for the contest is Door County Cherry Stuffed French Toast (see picture above and drool).

From Jeff Alexander at WBAY television in Green Bay:

A quaint Door County inn is headed for the national spotlight.

A crew from ABC’s “Good Morning America” spent the day there sampling one of its soon-to-be famous breakfast specials.

It’s one of the most exciting days in the White Gull Inn’s 114-year history, and around Fish Creek, the locals spread the word.

“They wanted to be here, they wanted to be part of this, and we started having a line out there. The first people showed up at quarter to 7 for a 7:30 opening, and by 7:30 we filled all 25 tables. It was like a festive event,” the inn’s Andy Coulson said.

Last Friday, Andy and Jan Coulson received a call from Good Morning America saying their inn had been chosen as one of four finalists for ABC’s Best Breakfast Challenge, with feature correspondent Marysol Castro.

“I’m happy they waited ’til Friday to let us know, because I think if we had any more time to think about it we would really be a nervous wreck,” Jan Coulson said.

The episode will be aired on Saturday, May 15 at 7 am (CST).

There are 3 other finalists but NONE could possibly be as good as the White Gull Inn!

Immediately after the segment airs on Saturday, May 15 voting will begin. To vote go to http://abcnews.go.com/gma and click a link that says, “VOTE FOR THE BEST BREAKFAST“. The link is NOT there yet but will be on Saturday May 15 following broadcast.  You can vote until 7 pm (CST).

Win or lose this contest, the White Gull Inn will remain a favorite to Door County visitors and locals alike.

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!

A Door County scene you should NOT miss! The drive to Ephraim up Hwy. 42


Here is an idea for a gorgeous road trip for anyone who thinks winter has little to offer. Jump in your car and head to the beautiful village of Ephraim in Door County, Wisconsin. When you are just north of Sturgeon Bay take the very picturesque Hwy. 42 route to northern Door. Along the way you will pass through Carlsville home to several fine restaurants and shops. Next you will pass through the village of Egg Harbor, a great place to pull over and explore – even in winter! Call ahead to the Main Street Market and pick up a basket of luscious cheeses, fruits, and wines, perfect for your final destination.

Seven minutes out of Egg Harbor is the drive-by destination of Juddville. Though small, Juddville boasts several art galleries, a restaurant and coming soon – a chiropractic practice! As you head towards Ephraim, Fish Creek is the next scenic village and offers year round visitors  the chance to shop and eat at several distinctive restaurants. Hide Side Leather and On Deck Sportswear are open in winter and are worth a visit.

Finally. Ephraim is near. As you approach the village from the south, you pass by the outstanding golf course at Peninsula State Park on your left. Your vehicle will descend a slight hill and before you will be the beauty of Eagle Harbor, truly one of Door County’s most scenic sites. The view at night (see photo above) in winter is that of a charming historic village opening its arms to all who pass through. You will not find most businesses open during the winter months, but the village hall in the center of town features sing-a-longs on Sundays that reminds you music can be a participation sport for the masses!

Drive through Ephraim-proper and you will find yourself in North Ephraim a tree-lined drive past galleries and shops that lead you to your final destination…the High Point Inn. Unpack your car, walk through the door and you will experience for yourself why our resort boasts a high rate of return for previous guests. Our facilities and our staff will make your winter getaway to the Door peninsula one to remember.

Ready for a road trip now? Call us at 920-854-9773 or email and we will help you plan the perfect winter vacation in our quaint Door County setting.

An iconic Door County restaurant turns 60 in Sister Bay

Happy 60th Birthday to Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik!

Happy 60th Birthday to Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik!

This past Saturday a celebration took place at the waterfront in Sister Bay. Employees from the past 60 years gathered to salute Al Johnson and the famous Door County restaurant he started 60 years ago this year. The High Point Inn salutes Al, his wife and business partner Ingert and their family, on this momentous event.

If you have not been to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, we highly recommend a visit to try some of their Swedish food specialities. Try the Swedish meatballs and Swedish pancakes served with lingonberries. Or indulge yourself with Swedish Limpa bread served with specialty cheeses. If you aren’t feeling like Scandinavian food, Al’s also serves generous portions of American favorites.

And of course, don’t forget to snap some photos of the famous goats on the grass roof of the restaurant. Happy birthday to our neighbor to the north – Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik in Sister Bay!