September 2010

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Full disclosure: I truly love Door County.

Over the years I’ve discovered some really COOL places, encountered so many really NICE people and thoroughly enjoyed every trip in and through “The Door”.  However, I’ve only ever been there in spring & summer – not fall.

So, with that in mind, I set out to discover what makes Door County an amazing place to visit in autumn…

Family Fun:
Many visitors come to the Door in fall to experience Mother Nature’s beautiful fall foliage, and there are so-o many ways to get out and enjoy the crisp fall days. From horseback riding to carriage rides, to mini-golf, go-karts and paintball target shooting you’ll find enough to do to keep the whole family entertained. Need even more? Grab your bikes or lace up your sneakers and head for one of the five state parks in Door County. Looking to spend some time on the water? Check out a Family Kayaking Tour or perhaps a Fall Color cruise on the Harbor Lady or Deaths Door Lighthouse Cruise.

Nighttime Fun:
GHOST TOURS OF DOOR COUNTY – “Trolley of the Doomed” departs nightly from Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek
TWILIGHT ZIP TOURS – “Walk the trails back to the zip lines by candlelight and glowsticks while the guides share stories of their adventures!” Gravity Trails, Ellison Bay
Catch an evening performance of GUYS & DOES (Monday through Saturday) at the American Folklore Theatre, Fish Creek

Grown Up Fun:
ROCK & ROLL ART NIGHT at Hands On Art Studios, Fish Creek
Check out the “complementary tasting bar” at the DOOR PENINSULA WINERY, Sturgeon Bay or take a “WINE ENCOUNTERS” tour at Stone’s Throw Winery in Egg Harbor
HAUNTED TROLLEY PUB CRAWL picks up in Egg Harbor most Fridays & some Saturdays through October

Mark your Calendars:
Oct 9th-10th: FALL FUN FEST AND CIDER PRESSING PARTY – Washington Island Farm Museum

– Egg Harbor
Live music, arts & crafts, plus face-painting & kids activities throughout Egg Harbor.

Oct 15th-17th: FALL FESTIVAL -
Sister Bay
This one includes a 10,000 ball ping pong ball drop!

– Fish Creek
One word: HALLOWEEN!

Did You Know?
> You can drop by for Open Knitting at Red Sock Yarns, Fish Creek, Thursdays from 9:30 am-12:00 pm
> Lou Close entertains the crowd with his accordion at the White Gull Inn’s Fish Boils from May through October
> The Door County Visitors’ Bureau offers a free 172 page Visitors’ Guide – order one here or view an online version here

As always, click on over to to find amazing places to stay on your Fall trip to Door County! I know there’s even more that’s fabulous about Door County in the fall – what did I miss? Click the comments link at the top of this post & share YOUR recommendations!


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Have you checked them out yet? Each month on the Stay in Wisconsin Blog, we’ll feature a group of properties and showcase their amenities (and sometimes even a great deal!) We’ve got five picks for September – check them out here or at

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort, Door County

This Door County resort offers beautiful waterfront lodging in the heart of historic Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Bridgeport Resort is centrally located near historic attractions, fine dining, shopping and everything that Door County has to offer. We feature spacious one, two and three bedroom suites in this resort getaway with whirlpools, kitchens, and fireplaces that make you feel right at home. A variety of amenities and recreational activities are offered on-site including indoor and outdoor pools, fitness room, sauna, kids splash park, wireless Internet access and barbeque picnic areas. Bridgeport Resort is the ideal accommodation for corporate travelers, family vacationers, and couples seeking a romantic getaway. If you are interested in holding a special group event, we provide three meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment to accommodate groups of different sizes. We also provide packages for many activities, festivals, and community events for a memorable Door County vacation.

50 W. Larch Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

High Point Inn, Door County

Nestled on the north of the historic village of Ephraim, High Point Inn offers the finest in one, two and three bedroom suites. Each suite has been appointed with our guests’ comforts in mind, including gas fireplace, DVD player, whirlpool, wi-fi and a fully equipped kitchen. Additional amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool, exercise facility, conference room, game room and playground.

10386 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, Appleton

Located in the heart of Appleton’s vibrant downtown. Plan a romantic getaway in one of the CopperLeaf’s two-room suites featuring two-person hot tubs, electric fireplaces, down comforters and pillows, in-room mini-bars, Aveda amenities, free DVD movies and more, all in a smoke-free environment. Enjoy the free breakfast buffet, elegant lobby bar and oversized public whirlpool. Dining and room service provided by the Black & Tan Grille and Spa services by Spa BenMarNicos. See our Web site for specials.

300 W. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911

The Shallows Resort, Door County

A family run waterfront resort, offering a variety of accomodations including exclusive homes, cottages, townhouses, suites and motel. Visit our website for rates and online reservations.

7353 Horseshoe Bay Road, Egg Harbor, WI 54209

Waterbury Inn, Door County

Looking to get away this season? Come stay at the Waterbury Inn. The Inn is a family friendly resort with many wonderful amenities. We have some great getaway packages that you can take advantage of. Just visit our Web site at or call 1-800-720-1624 to book your next escape.

10321 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211


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Congratulations go out to The Iron Horse Hotel who yesterday received the Boutique Hotel of the Year award from the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association.

According to hotel owner Tim Dixon, “Our hotel has quickly become a diamond in the rough – a property in design much like a NY or LA hotel but delivered with our staff’s famous Midwestern hospitality. Despite our September 2008 opening in the worst economic time for the travel industry, our small Milwaukee hotel has managed to compete at the same level as hotels in the major markets.”

From a “100-year-old warehouse” to a “luxury Milwaukee boutique hotel”, The Iron Horse Hotel is the industry’s first modern boutique hotel geared towards business and leisure travelers along with a growing segment of motorcycle enthusiasts.

For more information on The Iron Horse Hotel click on over to Congratulations again to the team at The Iron Horse Hotel!


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Never let it be said that there’s nothing to do in Wisconsin! Compiled below is part TWO of our list of Wisconsin events happening in September throughout Wisconsin from A to (almost) Z!

National Public Lands DaySeptember 25th
Give back with the “nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance” our public lands; nine Wisconsin sites to choose from.
Norskedalen Threshing Bee, Coon Valley – September 25th
Learn how oats were threshed, butter was churned, ropes were made & more in this “authentic pioneer setting”.

Celebrate your German heritage with one of these OKTOBERFEST celebrations: Chippewa Falls (9/17-19),  Fox Cities (9/25), Germantown (9/25-26), Glendale (9/10-26), La Crosse (9/24-10/2), New Glarus (9/24-26), or Plymouth (9/17-18). Or check out Old World Wisconsin’s Old World Country Fair in Eagle September 18-19.

Pendarvis Crowdy Crawn, Mineral Point – September 25th
Celebrate your Cornish heritage with storytelling, quilting, lace-making and more.
Parallel 44′s Fall Harvest Fest, Kewaunee – September 11th
Watch local TV celebrities compete in a Grape Stomp, sample wines, take a vineyard tour and hear live music including Swing/ Dixie Land Jazz by Talk to the Town.

Quarry Quest, Neenah – September 18th
Be prepared – you may get dirty! Ride a boom lift, work a backhoe, learn to make concrete or construct a brick wall.
Quilt Expo, Madison – September 9th-11th
Shop the expo hall, watch a stage demonstration or catch a lecture – plus check out the “10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest”.

Richland County Fair, Richland – September 8th-12th
Fun everyday with the “Catch a Pig Contest” or lawn mower racing, plus Euchre tournament, karaoke contests and more.
Rock River Wine Fest & Craft Show, Watertown – Sept 11th
Over 100 exhibitors in the craft show plus live music, great food and lots of wines to sample.

Scarecrow Fest, Delavan – September 18th
Free pumpkin decorating! Plus food, music, scarecrows & a duck race raffle.
Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival, Hudson- Sept 25th-26th
Two day juried art fair featuring 75 artists showing paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more.

Taste of Whitewater, Whitewater – September 10th-11th
“Featuring Whitewater food, Wisconsin beer & wine, live music and entertainment for all ages”
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest, Mount Horeb – September 11th
8th annual event featuring “25 craft brewers serving over 100 different beers” plus live music.

U.S. Watermelon Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Championships, Pardeeville – September 11th
Free sliced watermelon for all plus an open air market, food stands, live music and, of course, the CONTESTS: watermelon carving, speed-eating, seed-spitting and largest watermelon.

Viola Horse & Colt Show, Viola – September 24th & 25th
Horse show, horse pull, live country music, carnival rides, and even a parade in a beautiful area of southwestern Wisconsin.
Volksfest, Waupun – September 10-12th
Fabulous live music, German food, arts & crafts show plus the Wild Goose Chase 5k & 10k run.

Warren’s Cranberry Fest, Warrens – September 24th-26th
If you like shopping, this is where you want to be! Over 1300 exhibitors including arts & crafts, flea market & antiques and farmers’ market. Plus marsh tours and a parade on Sunday.
Westfield Rendezvous Days, Westfield – September 24th-26th
Revisit the 1800s pioneer days with “Traders, food, clothing, Gun Show, Traders Jubilee, and games.”

No Xs on the calendar this month.

Yahara Riverfest, DeForest – September 25th
Learn more about the Upper Yahara River through guided tours plus a geo-caching scavenger hunt, kids activities such as painting pumpkins, making caramel apples and more. Wrap up the day at the bonfire with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate.

Sad to say, there’s just no Z either this month… :(

Well, we almost made it through the whole alphabet! So, where are YOU headed next? Click on the comments link above & let me know…


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Congratulations to Vicki F. from Sun Prairie, WI! Vicki is the winner of the September WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites East, Green Bay.

If you’re interested in being entered to win a different free night each month, simply sign up for the WisconsINN Getaways monthly e-newsletter. Every month, you’ll receive an email with up to 10 special deals or packages for amazing places to stay in Wisconsin AND each month you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:
* High Point Inn, Ephraim, Door County

Click over to the WisconsINN Getaways newsletter to sign up today and again, Congratulations to Vicki!


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Coming in at number 4 on the list, the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells makes the cut on this Top 10 list due, in part, to it’s “four-story, super-soaker, treehouse-themed indoor water park with rope bridges, soaker buckets and water slides”.

Already named a Top Family Destination in the World, you’ll find plenty of wet AND dry fun in the Dells – just remember, if you’re looking to make it to Noah’s Ark yet this year, they close for the season in just a few short days.

Find more area info before you go at and view their printed & online travel guides. For more information on Great Wolf Lodge, or other Wisconsin Dells accommodations, be sure to click on over to

Congrats again to our friends at the Great Wolf Lodge!


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