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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!

Door County Fall: Imagine yourself here!

Gorgeous fall photo by Len Villano

Take a look at Len Villano’s beautiful photo above and imagine all of Door County bursting with colors inviting you for a fall getaway. The High Point Inn is just the place for your getaway. Our excellent Ephraim location makes convenient travel time to all northern Door has to offer. And our proximity to back roads for biking and hiking means enjoying the great outdoors just steps from your patio door.

Have we tempted you? Contact us today to set up your fall fling in Door County.
Call toll free: 800-595-6894 or local: 920-854-9773
Or drop us an email: info@highpointinn.com

Hope to see you soon!


Ephraim, Door County holiday celebration: 2009 Christmas in the Village


On Saturday, December 5 the Ephraim Business Council celebrates the holiday season with the Annual Christmas in the Village. The High Point Inn is the proud sponsor of one reindeer, so be sure to stop by and say hello! Here is the official press release:


The Ephraim Business Council invites you to celebrate the season at Ephraim’s annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 5th. With activities planned throughout the day, Christmas in the Village promises to be holiday fun for the whole family.

The most notable addition to this year’s event is a live reindeer display by Santa’s Crew of Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Two adult reindeer, one baby reindeer, two elves, Santa and his sleigh will be on hand to greet families. The display will be just outside the Ephraim Village Hall from 2:30-4:30pm. Pictures with Santa and company will be taken by Santa’s Crew staff and may be purchased on-site for $8. Attendees are permitted to take their own photos as well. Children will delight in seeing Dasher and Dancer, both 2-year-old females weighing about 300 pounds each, along with baby Comet, a 7-month old male. This holiday season, Santa’s Crew celebrates its third year touring regionally with the display, and Ephraim is excited to welcome them for the first time.

Children’s activities begin at the Ephraim Village Hall at 1pm, with Christmas themed tales from the Northern Door Storytelling Guild, sponsored by the Ephraim Library Committee’s Martha Cherry Estate Funds. A group spun off from the wintertime storytelling classes taught by Lloyd Michalsen at Ellison Bay’s Clearing Folk School, the Northern Door Storytelling Guild has entertained at venues throughout Northern Door for nearly three years.

From 2-3:30pm kids will get creative with holiday cards and crafts sponsored by the Ephraim Library Committee. All materials needed, will be supplied. Kids may also frost their favorite holiday-shaped sugar cut-outs at a cookie decorating table. There will be heritage games such as shuffleboard, pick-up sticks and tiddly winks, courtesy of the Ephraim Historical Foundation. All activities take place in the Ephraim Village Hall and are free of charge.

From 3:30-4:30pm the Ephraim Historical Foundation will host a Christmas Family Sing-A-Long (in the tradition of their Summer Sunday Sing-A-Longs) in the Ephraim Village Hall. Song leader Dave Olson and pianist Bernice Koehler will lead participants in the holiday classics.

The Ephraim Moravian Church will have its doors open from 11am-2pm to share the Advent season. Displays of crèches, lovefeast, traditional women’s dress, Christmas Eve candle-wrapping and Moravian Stars will highlight the history and tradition of Door County’s oldest church. Visitors will enjoy festive decorations and refreshments.

The Eagle Harbor Inn and Village Green Lodge, two quaint Ephraim B&Bs, will host holiday open houses from 1pm-4pm. Visitors may tour the businesses decorated for the season, and enjoy homemade holiday goodies or festive tea time treats. Eagle Harbor Inn will offer “Inn’s Favorite Recipes,” tied up with ribbon as their gift to you. Additionally, the Anderson House Shop & Gallery, will host an open house and Jewelry Trunk Show featuring affordable sterling silver jewelry, from 10am-5pm. Refreshments will be served.

The 10th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will close the day at 4:30pm. This year’s ceremony has been moved from the Wetlands Preserve to Harborside Park. Ephraim resident and volunteer firefighter, Scottie Weborg will do the honor of lighting the tree. Hot cider will be shared. In years past an unidentified Christmas Grinch has attended the event. Hopefully Mr. Grinch will decide to join us again!

The Ephraim Business Council would like to thank the following Ephraim businesses and community members for their generous donations toward Christmas in the Village. Santa Sponsor: Jane Olson. Reindeer Sponsors: Ephraim’s Library Committee and High Point Inn. Elf Sponsor: Bay Breeze Resort and Premier Properties. Jingle Bell Crew: Tad & Andy Dukehart.

For more information on the Ephraim business community and the weekend activities, please visit www.Ephraim-DoorCounty.com or contact the Ephraim Visitor Information Center at 920-854-4989. Ephraim’s temporary winter Visitor Information Center is located at 10329 Water Street (Highway 42) and is open Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 10am-2pm through April.

Fall in Door County at 15% off – Sundays through Thursdays at the High Point Inn, Ephraim


Enjoy fall in Door County and save money! September and October mean quiet backroads for biking and hiking, farm markets full of autumn goodies, Guys & Does in the Ephraim Village Hall, drama at Peninsula Players, romantic candlelight dinners at one of northern Door County’s fine restaurants and more! Let the staff at the High Point Inn pamper you as you enjoy our outstanding facilities: our spacious, luxury suites; our indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpool;  library and game rooms. And our Ephraim location is a perfect northern Door starting point for any Door County vacation. Come join us and take advantage of this great offer.

High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Rusty Rabbit


John and Helen Cain are retired educators who found a way to enjoy Door County, as well as to meet wonderful tourists who visit the Door Peninsula each year. What a way to retire!

The Rusty Rabbit got their start in an old building in dire need of repair, in the center of Ephraim. Gifts, antiques, fine art, and their own hand-crafted copper sprinklers were the primary products available when the store opened. After two years, they outgrew the building in the center of town and moved to their present location in North Ephraim.

The Rusty Rabbit’s product line has changed through the years. Today, they sell mainly gifts, home decor items, clothing and accessories, garden items, and our own handmade sprinklers. Their beautiful building is full of merchandise to please a wide variety of shopping desires. Spacious grounds and perennial gardens are filled with garden items ranging from statuary to garden furniture as well as beautiful flowers to enjoy.

High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Blue Dolphin House

The work of acrylic artist Brenda Wenberg

The work of acrylic artist Brenda Wenberg

Blue Dolphin House and BHD Studio are pleased to have Brenda Wenberg , as part of the “Afternoon with the Artist” Series on Sunday,  July 19, 2009,in the Gardens of Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio.  Brenda will be exploring the “Green” aspects of Acrylic Painting through recycling of a painting.  An exhibit of Brenda’s recent paintings will continue at BDH Studio throughout the year.

“I layer, scratch, dab on color, glob on acrylic paint, and then perhaps repaint the whole piece.  But, if I had a challenging and interesting time that work is a success for me.  My paintings are primarily non-objective, sometimes expressing humor, always with little regard for  “correct” color, shape or perspective.” Brenda taught kindergarten, raised four children, directed a religious education program, and is now a grandmother to six, while following a desire to create art.  Born, raised, educated and living in central Wisconsin her non-representational acrylic paintings incorporate spontaneity, humor and a childlike quality. Reflecting her interest in bold color, texture, and pattern the pieces express her love of life. Her work has been exhibited in national, state and local shows, most recently at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah, Wisconsin.

The “Afternoon with the Artist” demonstrations and exhibitions at Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio are open to the public and free of charge. Blue Dolphin House, recipient of the Top 25 Retailers of American Crafts in 2006 Award, is located on the northern end of Ephraim at 10320 N. Water Street, Hwy 42.  For more information call 920-854-4113 or www.bluedolphinhouse.com for a full listing of all events.

Northern Door County’s first festival of the season: Ephraim’s 45th Annual Fyr Bal Festival June 19-21, 2009

From the Ephraim Business Council’s Press Release:

Ephraim celebrates its 45th Annual Fyr Bal Festival June 19-21, 2009. Steeped in Scandinavian tradition, Fyr Bal, pronounced fear ball, is Norwegian for bonfire. The festival re-creates customs of early Norwegians celebrating Midsummer’s Eve. Evening bonfires on Saturday represent the burning of the ‘winter witch’ and welcome in the long days of summer. The weekend is fun for the entire family along the shoreline of Eagle Harbor.


Treat your ears to an eclectic music lineup at Harborside Park on Saturday: first, the acoustic sounds of D’Arez & Friends, and then pat mAcdonald and melaniejane of Steel Bridget Songfest in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The duo teams up to create a sound rich in low-end, heavy in groove.

Saturday boasts the majority of Fyr Bal festivities. Music begins at 9am with MC and acoustic musician Tim Byers. Byers will keep crowds up-to-date on activities throughout the day. The Ephraim Library invites you to peruse the myriad of hidden treasures at their annual Used Book Sale. Along the shoreline, over 25 artisans from throughout the state will display their craft at the annual Fyr Bal Arts & Crafts show. Showcasing works in wood, clay, glass, jewelry and fiber textiles. Be sure to visit the Summerwind Alpacas and Iron Wood Croft Llamas at the Ephraim Visitor Information Center, where you can pet the animals and even purchase wool.

Young fiddlers, under the direction of Christine Whyatt, will treat festival-goers to traditional Scandinavian music Saturday and Sunday. Whyatt and her husband Nelson, who will accompany the group on accordion, are originally from Minnesota, where she taught music for over 30 years. Whyatt is happy to have a dozen former students and their families make the trip to Door County for Fyr Bal Festival weekend. In 2005 many members of the group traveled to Dalarna County in Sweden, the center of traditional folk music and craft in that country, to play at one of the largest midsummer festivals. They are a delight to watch in their authentic Scandinavian costume.

Don’t miss Ephraim’s traditional Scandinavian blowout!