I am very happy to state that My Scrawls has crossed more than 50 posts! I started this blog on Jan 1st 2009, soon after we came from our vacation that we spent in the Caribbean (Paradise Island, Bahamas). I was so much thrilled about our Bahamas SUB adventure, that I started this blog and posted our experience in the Atlantic under waters. The encouragement and appreciation from relatives and friends made me to write more.
I feel much elated about my posts on Info about the Skywalk – Grand Canyon West Rim and the trip to Grand Canyon South Rim. I was overwhelmed when people found the posts much informative to plan their trips (that was my intention too). We all usually plan a lot before starting our trip. Traveling with kids or parents makes us to double check every minute details! Hence I came up with posts on our trip to the Grand Canyon. I am glad many have found it very useful and I feel contented as I could help them plan their trip 🙂
Slowly I started posting my ramblings and musings in the General category in My Scrawls. One fine day, the amateur cook in me prompted to post her experience in the Kitchen! Thus Anu’s Kitchen was created. With all the encouragement from blogger friends, am improving my culinary skills 🙂
Thanks a lot dear readers for spending time with My Scrawls. I assure to give informative and useful posts! Today am here with yet another travelogue. We had been to Door county and Green Bay this memorial day weekend. It was a short trip and hence we couldn’t explore much. I would like to share few info about the place, climate, sightseeing, outdoor fun,lodging, dining etc.
Door county, as the name suggests is a county in Wisconsin. It is a popular vacation spot in the mid west. This county consists of the Door peninsula and the Washington island (please see the map below). I was wondering why it has got the name “Door”? Dear hubby answered the question in his as always humorous way… Its दूर (far away in Hindi) from Chicago, hence the name Door (दूर) County 😀
Uncle Wiki gave me the right answer 🙂 The county is named after the strait between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island. The dangerous passage, now littered with shipwrecks, was known to early French explorers and local Native Americans. Because of the natural hazards of the strait, they gave it the French appellation Porte des Morts Passage, which in English means the “Door to the Way to Death,” or simply, “Death’s Door.” [Source: Wikipedia]
Door county has lots to explore and enjoy. One would just get lost in the beautiful scenic shoreline drives, the lush green forest lands and sparkling blue waters of the lake Michigan! Lots of water sports activities like kayaking, scuba diving, para sailing can be done here! We can rent a boat and spend our time leisurely in the calm waters of lake Michigan. Want to do fishing…hey this is the right place for u! Water sport activities are open from spring to fall 🙂 Door county has plenty of swimmer friendly beaches too. Traveling with elders? Want them to explore the fun in the beautiful lake? Take them for a water cruise! Lots of scenic cruises are available in almost all the bays in the Door Peninsula and in Washington island. Check this to know more about the trip ideas in Door county. Due to lack of time we couldn’t enjoy the water fun activities but spent our time in the romantic sandy beaches of the Door peninsula 🙂
Veggie food is available here. We had hot potato pancakes and waffles for the breakfast and they were great. Veggie pizzas and sandwiches are also available. We couldn’t find any Indian restaurant in the Door County. The nearest Indian restaurant is in Green Bay!
Lots of cottages, cabin, motels are available for us to have a pleasant stay in this beautiful place. We stayed at sister bay. The rent was nominal and we also enjoyed complimentary breakfast 🙂
Its good to visit Door County from spring to fall to enjoy water activities and the warm pleasant climate. But there are lots of winter fun happening here too. Door County winter wonderland is one of the popular mid west winter weekend gateways.
Traveling with kids? Take them to Hands On Art studio in Fish Creek. Here the kids can unleash their creativity in painting and decorate cups, plates and other pottery. Door county Historical Museum and Door County Maritime Museums are sure to keep kids busy and amused. There are 2 wonderful animal farms. “The Farm” at Sturgeon bay and the “Plum Loco Animal Farm” in Egg harbor, allows us to feed farm animals, play with them and pet them 🙂 Children would find this more interesting and entertaining too!
Wanna take a pony ride? Visit “Kurtz Corral Ridding Stables”. There is a drive-in theater too!! You could find “Skyway Drive-in” theater between Fish Creek and Ephraim.
People here are very very friendly. You cannot pass a person who doesn’t stop to smile at you and greet with a “hello” 🙂 This warm gesture of the locals here enlightens our holiday spirit!
Route to Door County from Chicago: We took I-94 and headed towards Milwaukee. Then took I-43 to reach Green Bay. From Green Bay there are 2 routes to reach the tip of Door Peninsula. We can take either I-57 or I-42. We took I-42 while going towards Door county and took I-57 while coming back… just wanted to explore either bays 🙂 Traveling by air? The nearest airport is at Green bay!
On our way back to Chicago, we spent few hrs driving thru the farm lands of the Green bay. It was so pleasant and relaxing to see the greenery around us. It was nice to enjoy the rural America after being in the skyscraper filled Chicago City
Do visit the Door County and enjoy mother nature’s splendid beauty! See you soon in my next travelogue 😉
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