Today was a layover day in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Since we were staying overnight here again, the ride today was optional. The optional ride couldn’t have been on a better day because it rained pretty much all day long. Deb and I decided to do a loop drive through the Door County Peninsula. The peninsula has over 300 miles of shoreline, and five state parks. It’s approximately 75 miles long and 10 miles across. There are a lot of cherry and apple orchards on the peninsula and several wineries.
Our first stop was just north of Sturgeon Bay at the Door Peninsula Winery. We took a short tour of the winery and then tasted several different varieties. They also distill vodka at the same facility and offered free tastings, but we passed. They had some very nice wines and we purchased several bottles to take home.
We passed through the towns of Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Ephraim, Sister Bay, Ellison Bay, Gills Rock, Northport, Bailey’s Harbor, Jacksonport, and Institute. We also took a side trip into the Peninsula State Park and took a tour of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. The Federal Government built the lighthouse in 1868 for a cost of $12,000. Several different keepers and their families lived at the lighthouse over the years. The lighthouse was automated in 1926 with a kerosene burning system. The light has since been converted to solar power.
We stopped for a late lunch in the little town of Ephraim at Wilsons Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor. Wilsons has been in business for 105 years. They have an old-fashioned soda fountain, serve ice cream specialties, flame broiled burgers and even brew their own draft root beer. A jukebox playing classic oldies completed the picture. We had a short wait for a table even at 2:00 in the afternoon……but it was definately worth it. We split a mushroom burger and fries and each had a cup of homemade potato soup with bacon and roasted garlic. We both had a “Dusty Rose” for dessert, which consisted of French vanilla, chocolate, and chocolate chip ice cream topped with hot fudge and dusted with malt with a cherry on top. Afterwards Deb commented that she was no longer hungry for ice cream; that would take care of her craving for quite a while.