Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Door County Weekend



My husband, Kevin and I spent the 4th of July weekend in Door County.  We've gone several times over the years and each time we see and do something new.  This time, we went on a kayak tour, stayed in a new B&B, watched the fireworks on a friends sail boat and ate at a few new restaurants.  So if you ever find yourself in Door County here's a few of our favorites. 

Our first stop was lunch at Wild Tomato in Fish Creek.  They now have a new location in Sister Bay.  This is a must stop every time we're in Door County.  They have gourmet pizza combinations, burgers, appetizers, really fresh salads and a great beer selection.
We were going to start with the Cherry Walnut Salad but our waiter was telling us how good the cheese curds are so we ordered and.....they were really that GOOD!

We had The Fun Guy pizza, with five types of sautéed mushrooms, spinach and caramelized onions on garlic cream cheese. Super tasty!  I'll admit, it was a lot of cheese for one meal but a little over indulgence on vacation is okay, right!?

Our stay for the weekend was at the Double S Lodge in Sister Bay.  This B&B is amazing!  The second we drove up we knew we were in for a treat.  What a beautiful property!  The owners are Steve and Sandy.  They are wonderful hosts and thought of every detail to make our stay fabulous! 






The lodge is gorgeous!  



Our Room #4 was perfect.  The bed and pillows were so comfy!!  We even had a small balcony that we enjoyed.
This basket was waiting outside our bedroom door every morning at 7:30am with hot mugs of coffee and pastries.  This was one of our favorite details.  We'd sit in bed (or on our balcony) with our coffee and treat reading before it was time to go down to breakfast at 9:00, so relaxing.


Breakfast each morning was made by Sandy and was delicious!  

Another cool detail is that they source a lot of local ingredients.  They even had their own blend of coffee from Luna Coffee Roasters.
Another perk is Steve and Sandy have bikes for their guest to use.   


At 5:00pm there's a fun little happy hour with wine, beer and yummy cheese platter.  Wine and cheese, one of my favorite combinations.  How did they know?!
We played the croquet course they had set up in the woods.  Just for the record, I WON!  
Those chairs are set up around a campfire and the best part is.....
at dusk Steve brings out the whisky and s'mores.   It was nice sitting around the fire getting to know the other couples.  What a nice way to end the evening. 

A must see is the grass roof with grazing goats on top of the Al Johnson Swedish Restaurant.  It's a sight to see!  We haven't eaten there but went to the outside beer garden.  
It was such a beautiful day.  We enjoyed a few drinks and played a giant Jenga game.  It was a really close game but Kevin won.  He even played with a drink in his hand!


This is where is all came tumbling down!!
One afternoon we went on a kayak tour. 

We kayaked under towering bluffs, paddled past Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, and rode along the shores of Peninsula State Park.  It was a lot of fun being on the water and seeing beautiful Door County from a different view. 
Two nights we ate at the Wickman House.  Why twice?  Well, the food is absolutely delicious and their selection of craft cocktails makes you want to come back just to try a different one.  You need a reservation as they are always packed.  We didn't have a reservation the second night but got lucky and got a seat at the bar.  Sitting at the bar was so entraining.  The drinks are one of a kind and the bartenders are great! I wouldn't come to Door County and not come here, it's a favorite. 
A high point of the weekend was spending time with some new friends on Mark and Laura's sail boat.  We had a few cocktails, Mark grilled us all a wonderful dinner and then we had the best seat in the house for the fire works.  

Door County, we will miss you but will be back next year.  Thanks Mark and Laura for the wonderful night.  Also thanks Steve and Sandy, you spoiled us and we can't wait to stay at the  Double S Lodge again next year!



Monday, June 6, 2016

Farm To Feast Dinner - Taliesin


I just love this time of year in Wisconsin!  So many fun things going on all summer long.  Like yesterday, we went to a Farm to Feast Dinner at the Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin.  Taliesin is an 800 acre estate located in Spring Green.  The property has seven buildings that span decades of Wrights career, 1887-1959.  A guided walking tour was provided.  Our guide Jill filled us in about the property, buildings and shared with us a little history about Frank Lloyd Wright.  The property is still used for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  There are only about 25 students and they live and study right on the property.  It was fascinating and now I want to go back and take the tour of the Wright's main house.

After the tour we got to listen to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra string quartet while enjoying some delicious appetizers along with some local wine and beer.  What a wonderful event!  The weather was perfect, the Taliesin setting for the dinner was beautiful,  spending time with friends, Tony and Margaret, is always great and the food was amazing.  The featured Chef was Michael Pruett from Cento, one of our favorite restaurants in Madison.  He was one of the reasons we got tickets for this event because we knew we'd be in for a treat.  He did not disappoint!

Margaret, Tony, Dawn (me) and Kevin

Jill (tour guide)







Salumi & Cheese


Buratta & Tomato
Mini BBQ Pork Sliders
Cured Salmon Cones
Chef Pruett 

The meal was paired with wines from Botham Vineyards and beers from WI Brewing Company,  Vintage Brewing Company and One Barrel Brewery.












Wine Poached Beets, Goat Cheese, Hazelnut Soil

Ricotta Agnolotti, Pea, Mint & Summer Truffle
Pistachio Crusted Lamb, Carrot Puree, Roasted Vegetables, Bordelaise Sauce
(Batch Bakery) Cherry & Franipane Galettes (pictured) & Blueberry lemon Cream Cheese Galettes and Sassy Cow Ice Cream 
Thanks to Madison Magazine, the Sponsors, Chef Pruett and all the volunteers!   It was a perfect Wisconsin Summer Day!
One more shout out, thanks to Badger Bus for the transportation to Spring Green!