The pond was completely frozen over and snow covered but I wasn't about to venture out onto it. Look what happened to the poor duck! Just kidding - apparently the decoy stays out all year.
The first stop was the Door Peninsula Winery and I apologize that I was so engrossed in all things wine related, that I failed to take any pictures during this stop on our trip. We started by walking around the gift shop area on the winery side. (Door Peninsula also has a distillery and restaurant, however we didn't venture to those areas on this trip.) I found some great deals in the shop including a wine bottle holder for a house warming gift and a wine bottle freezer pack to keep my bottle chilled when traveling to friends' houses.
|From Door Peninsula Winery's Website|
Also inside Door Peninsula Winery is another shop area that has local products to sample; salsas, dipping oils, cheeses, etc. My guy found a cherry salsa that he just loved and picked one up to take home.
Across the street from the winery is a row of shops that I was able to pick up Door County Coffee Co. K-Cups and Cherry De-Lites for my parents and a mint chocolate fudge sauce for my friend as a gift. I also picked up some wax tarts for myself from the Door County Candle Co. to use in a warmer I have at home. All in all, this part of our day was very fun!
White Gull Inn, another place that my friends told me I had to check out while in Door County.
This is the oldest Inn in Door County and the inside was quaint and cute. The cherry themed dishes in the restaurant are a really nice touch!
menu looked amazing and it was hard to decide. I finally chose the Open Doorwich (An open faced sandwich featuring shaved grilled ham on rye, topped with melted Wisconsin Brie, slices of Door County apples, and a honey dijon sauce) but swapped the honey dijon sauce for apple cider mayo, and I ordered a cup of the butternut squash soup as my side.
After lunch we drove through part of Fish Creek but ultimately decided to head back to the cabin and relax a bit. After all, isn't that what vacation is for?
We watched some TV by the fire and then decided to eat our pretzel rods we picked up the day before. These were very crumbly to eat, but sooooo good. If you can't tell, my guy and I both have sweettooths and all this chocolate and M&M goodness was amazing.
Kitty O'Reilly's not too far from us. We walked in and the place was really crowded. I wandered up to the bar to see what they had for a beer selection while we waited for a table or bar stools to open up, and a bartender told us if we waited just a few minutes, she could get us a table. I was surprised that we didn't have to wait longer, but found out there was a large party of 28 about to be sat and that's why the bar was so full.
The snow and wind became more intense as we drove south. This picture is of the massive Accuity flag just off the highway that is barely visible. Honestly it was white-knuckle driving for my guy and I am so proud of him for getting us back safely. We took a lunch break in Sheboygan and upon exiting the vehicle, we couldn't believe how strong the wind was whipping.