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!
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!
Door County is known for its art appreciation and for the next couple of weeks music is the focus. At the Door Community Auditorium the Peninsula Music Festival is going on until August 21st. The festival has symphonic concerts every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and features special guest artists.
Also this weekend there is a celebration of opera in Ephraim at the village hall. They will have performances both tonight and tomorrow night.
Birch Creek also has concerts at their music performance center, and this next week is mostly big band music.
So if you have time in the next few weeks it’s a great time to come and enjoy some quality music in a quality place! We would be glad to have you stay with us at High Point Inn.
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 is a great place for cycling. The peninsula offers many back roads that are suited for riding and there is also a selection of bike trails. The best trail (in my opinion that is) is Sunset Bike Trail in Peninsula State Park. The park is just a short drive from High Point Inn and Sunset Trail is a beautiful family bike trail.
The trail itself is about 10 miles long and it goes in a nice loop through the state park. The path leads you by Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and Nicolet Bay Beach, which has a nice sand beach along with a playground, concessions and boat rentals. It also crosses by the American Folklore theatre. This trail is great because it offers a biking area away from cars and it is open to the whole family. Also, most of the course is shaded and goes by the water, perfect for sightseeing!
Just the other morning I made it out on the trail early, it was a very peaceful ride. Getting out on the trail early is always nice,this is generally a quieter time and the wildlife is still out! On my ride, I managed to see two does, two fawns, and a baby chipmunk (which wasn’t very quick to get out of the way).
If you’re looking for a fun family activity this is it! Then after the ride everyone will be ready to cool off in the lake or here in the outdoor pool at High Point Inn.
One of the key aspects of Door County culture is art. There are many artists that reside and work on the peninsula, taking their inspiration from the beautiful surroundings. The artistic forms practiced here vary, including sculpture work, pottery, glass creations, music and performing arts. Of course, one of the classic forms of art is painting, and this weekend is a celebration of this art.
Plein Air Festival is now in full swing ending tomorrow July 24th. Over 40 artists are moving their work to the great outdoors and creating an image of Door County through painting. The festival offers special events for the family and following this weekend the paintings will be on display at The Peninsula School of Art until August 7th.
Come see the artists at work, or at least take a trip to the art school to see the artist’s representation of the Door Peninsula. We would be glad to have you stay with us at High Point Inn!
There are many cases of deer sightings in Door County. Many reside in the parks and you might even be able to spot a deer from one of our patios at High Point Inn. Unfortunately a lot of these sightings occur when you are traveling on the road.
Just the other morning on my way to work I had a deer run out in front of my car. Naturally this was not the first time that this has happened to me, since it is so common on the Door Peninsula. What made this morning different was that following a bit behind the doe was a small fawn. It ran out soon after the mom on legs that were still wobbly. It was so adorable but it was also a reminder that even if a deer has already crossed the road in front of you, there will most likely be another one coming.
On the up side, this is the time of year when there are quite a few fawns around the county, especially in the parks. It is a great time to take the family on a bike ride or a hike in Peninsula State Park and keep your eyes peeled for those does and their fawns!
High Point Inn is just a short drive from parks and many other activities. We invite you to come join us, just watch for deer on the drive to the peninsula!
I must admit that I am not a golfer, even though Door County is an amazing place to enjoy this sport. There are many courses to choose from here and most of them are located in especially scenic areas. For those golfers out there, this is a great time to visit!
Now, for the rest of us the Door Peninsula still offers mini golf (also known as putt putt). This is a great way to get the whole family together (both golfers and non golfers).
Here at High Point Inn we are in walking distance from The Red Putter, a local favorite for mini golfing. A short drive from here there is also Pirate’s Cove, a fun pirate themed course and also Johnson’s Park which not only has mini golf but also go-karts, batting cages and more.
Mini golf can be a lot of fun for the whole family, so come join in the fun!
It seems that the large amount of rain we have had here in Door County, followed by bright sunshine and warm weather has bought out the wildlife. The Birds are in the fields, including wild turkeys and cranes. In the woods there are many deer and their fawns along with a multitude of mosquitoes (just remember bug spray.) We even had a snake sighting (harmless of course and OUTSIDE.)
Wildlife is a big part of the Door Peninsula. There are places you can go while you’re here to learn more about different species and habitats. In Peninsula State Park there is a nature center that has a permanent collection along with special activities for the family. The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor offers great information about the local environment and has special planned activities. In Whitefish Dunes State Park there is also a nature center with even more information. These places are great to visit because you not only have a great source of information but you’re also right in the parks and can hike around to investigate.
On your next visit to High Point Inn make sure to take the time to check out the parks or even just the wildlife you see while on the run.
It appears that the clouds have finally broken here in Door County, leaving a positive outlook for the weekend. From here at High Point Inn I can see the sun pouring in through the windows and reflecting off the pools. After so many clouds the past couple days this is a welcome sight. The good news is it looks like this is our forecast for the weekend!
With sunshine and highs around 80 it is the perfect time to make a quick trip to the Door Peninsula for some outdoor recreation. There are many parks and beaches to choose from.
This is also a great time to visit one of Door County’s outdoor theatres. This weekend Door Shakespeare, which is located in the garden at Bjorklunden, is starting their 2010 season. There is also American Folklore Theatre in Peninsula State Park , which is great for the whole family, and Peninsula Players off the shoreline in Fish Creek. The Players offer a great sunset view before the performances. (Just remember the bug spray.)
Even if you just choose to relax by the lake or the pool, it is looking like a beautiful weekend to be out and about in Door County!