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Door County Girls Trip

Hey friend!

Last year my family and I road tripped to see my best friend in Wisconsin. We spend a day in Door County visiting lighthouses, kayaking, and sampling delicious food and I mentioned that we were going to make Door County into a girls weekend trip and we did! Woohoo! Friends, lavender fields, wineries, cherry everything, beaches and so much more! Here’s how we spent our long weekend in Door County!


I hopped a plane and stuck my thumb out and my friends driving up from Indianapolis picked me up in Milwaukee before meeting up with our Wisconsin friend on the road. Like literally, she pulled right up next to us! Haha, what are the odds?!

We stayed in Bailey’s Harbor at a cute little Airbnb in the woods. It was perfectly located for the things we wanted to do and well-appointed. We planned to cook our dinners and eat at the house to conserve cash on restaurants, and the kitchen had everything we could have possibly needed. The rooms were spacious and the host was very responsive to communication. If you’re interested in that listing, you can view it here. Otherwise, there are tons of rentals available as well as lodging located in some of the small towns dotting the peninsula as well, so once you know what you want to do, find a nice central location to do it from and book something!

Food + Drink

After falling in love with the cheese curds last year, I knew we all needed to go back to Wild Tomato. I can now say that I have been to both locations and they’re both yummy. I didn’t get new pictures, but I put a couple of last year’s pictures in the slideshow below. We visited a couple of wineries, including Stone’s Throw and Lautenbach’s, which had some ciders as well as wines. Lautenbach’s also sells cherry donuts and cherry salsa that you have to try too. We were a 50/50 split on the salsa, but I can attest that the donuts were good! We stopped for some frozen custard at Not Licked Yet, if you’re in need of a cool treat. And White Gull Inn has a pretty amazing breakfast with the thickest cut French toast I’ve ever seen and the best hashbrowns. You can’t go wrong with anything there! Plus, they have chermosas, a cherry mimosa! So yummy!

Sights We Saw

Two of my friends hadn’t been to Anderson Dock, so we ventured back to this graffitied building in Ephraim to see if we could find our names from last year and sign again together. It’s a bit of an inside joke, but we call our girl group the Nova Squad, so that’s what we signed up high where hopefully no one will paint over it for at least a week, ha!

We also popped up to Washington Island for the lavender fields, Stavkirke, Schoolhouse Beach, and the observation tower and lighthouse in Peninsula State Park. Fragrant Isle, where you can walk, sit, or take photos among the lavender was so pretty! We went early to avoid the crowds and enjoyed a lemon lavender wine slushy while sitting in Adirondack chairs watching the bees play in the blooms.

Stavkirke is a stave church modeled off of one in Borgund, Norway. I love cool buildings and this one didn’t disappoint! The inside isn’t modeled authentically but you can see the Norse inspiration coming through clearly.

Schoolhouse Beach is famous for being made up entirely of these smooth, flat, white rocks. The water is so clear and beautiful and the boats dotting the horizon just add to the appeal. It’s another good place to sit a spell or enjoy a picnic, cool off in the water, and enjoy the outdoors.

We took a quick drive through Peninsula State Park, scoping out the campground for future use, climbing Eagle Tower, and visiting Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Eagle Tower has both an ADA accessible ramp to the top of the tower as well as stairs with decks at the middle and top of the tower. The view was phenomenal! It’s worth mentioning that there is a day pass fee to get into the park, but if you’re into any of the above or hiking, I think you’ll find that it’s worth it.

Aside from the sightseeing, we also did a day of shopping. Many of the stores you find in one town also have locations in other towns, so don’t feel like you have to shop in every town. All the same, there were tons of cute boutiques, gift shops, and markets where you can get all things native to Door Co and Wisconsin. May I suggest cherry preserves? Delicious!

Door County Girls Trip Video

I put together a short video from our trip, I hope you enjoy!

While we could have stood to spend a couple more days, we had a blast for the few days we spent there and are already talking about a camping trip back with our families.


P.S. Want to plan your own Wisconsin trip to the Appleton or Green Bay area? I’ve pinned TONS of ideas to Pinterest! Find my planning board for this trip HERE.

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