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Trip Report Two Week Vacation Mi/Wi: Part 3

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Finally, we arrived in Bayfield and checked into the lovely Old Rittenhouse Inn for two nights. The Inn is located just blocks from Lake Superior. The Inn has a total of 20 guest rooms in 2 Victorian homes. Our room (#6) was lovely and spacious but didn’t have many windows so was lacking in natural lighting. If that’s important to you, remember to request a room with more windows. The Inn was beautiful and the restaurant served a delicious breakfast which was included in our rate. They also offered a dinner menu but during our two nights there, we wanted something a bit more casual. Since we arrived rather late in the afternoon, after checking in, we just walked around the town and had an early dinner at Pier Plaza. Atmosphere here is very casual and food good. The view is great and if the weather is good, you can sit outside. The restaurant was crowded (although is was 6pm on a Monday, mid September) and we had to wait close to 30 minutes for a table. By the time we were seated, they had already run out of the steak my friend wanted. Instead, both she and my husband had the Northern Wrap (with roast pork) that they both enjoyed. I had the fried trout dinner which was also ok. The second night we ate at Ethel’s at 250. If you go, please order the Chequamegon Greens Salad (Organic spring mix, apples, candied walnuts, Feta, dried cranberries, apple vinaigrette dressing). I must say this salad dressing was the best I've had. Definitely enough for two. Remaining menu is eclectic and includes soups, sandwiches, burgers, pasta’s, mac and cheese and pizza. All delicious and all reasonably priced.

The next morning, before taking the car ferry over to Madeline Island we decided to do a final laundry. If you need one, head out of town toward the Indian Casino (not too far) and there is one there just before the casino. After, we took the car ferry across to Madeline Island, the largest of the twenty-two islands making up the Apostle Islands. After arriving off the ferry, we drove first to Big Bay State Park which features over 7 miles of hiking trails with dramatic views of sandstone cliffs and rock formations. While walking around, we spotted many deer that almost came up to our camera’s for a close up shot. After this, we drove back to La Pointe, the only town on Madeline Island before returning back to Bayfield for our last evening.

After a filling breakfast, we started on what would be our longest driving day of the two week vacation as we were heading to the Door County for two nights in Fish Creek. Although the drive was long, the visit to Door County certainly made up for it. We came in thru Sturgeon Bay but since it was late in the afternoon, we drove onto our lodging at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. The Door County towns resemble quaint New England villages, each having special features. Framed by 300 miles of scenic shoreline, Door County offers seaside experiences in the heart of the Midwest. A sliver of land that juts into Lake Michigan, Door County’s quaint waterfront villages and island community combine with incredible natural landscape. Fish Creek appears to be the largest of the towns and we’re glad we chose to stay here.

Since there wasn’t much time after checking in and getting our bearings, we headed for dinner at the Chop Restaurant in Sister Bay. The caesar salad ($7) had just enough dressing to not overpower it and enough for two to share. My friends had the Lamb Loin chops ($24.90) done to perfection; the roasted crispy duck ($22.90) ; and I was lucky, the Wed special was a great fish and seafood special (choice of walleye, salmon, shrimp, lobster, or scallops), for $19.95. I had the jumbo scallops and my friend, the salmon. Two of us added on the panko crusted jumbo shrimp ($10). Also, the creamed spinach add on was also great. Not only was the quality superb, but the quantity was more than plentiful. This was the best dinner of our two week trip (and all the other meals were good). The second night, after reading mixed reviews, we decided to give Casey’s BBQ and Smokehouse in Egg Harbor a chance. I’m glad we did. One of us got the full rack of BBQ pork ribs, one got the Smothered Chicken, one the Brisket Sandwich, and the last, the pulled pork sandwich. Couldn’t find fault with any of the entree’s and the side dishes were good as well. As for breakfast, ranking 1st with the Tesoro Inn on Mission Peninsula is the White Gull Inn. Our room rate was inclusive of breakfast and you could literally order anything and as much as you wanted off the menu. Some of us tried their noted stuffed cherry french toast and also had pancakes, oatmeal, bacon, etc. All was delicious. Being Inn guests, we didn’t have to wait for a table and we told them the night before, what time to expect us.

While in the Door County, we actually only had one full day to drive around and that’s exactly what we did. We spent time in all the small villages on both the east and west side of the peninsula and stopped at a multitude of farmer’s markets, farms, and small stores. It was all lovely. Upon returning back to Fish Creek, we walked around the town before heading to dinner. I must say, Door County was a lovely way to spend the last two days of our vacation. When we left the next morning (after another filling breakfast at the Inn), we drove onto Milwaukee where we would fly out of the following morning. After checking in at the Iron Horse Hotel in the 5th ward (a boutique hotel with great decor, warm and inviting). The rooms are large and very well appointed and a great walk in shower. We walked to the third ward along the water. We didn’t have much time to spend here, so we went to the Milwaukee Public Market on Water Street. Lot’s of fresh options here for our lunch. Even after that big breakfast this morning, we still managed some goodies at the market for lunch. Spent some time in town and after relaxing awhile back at the hotel, drove to Jow-Nai Fouquet Thai Restaurant on Farwell Ave. Enroute, drove thru some nice neighborhoods and parks and had a good meal at this restaurant. It’s a small restaurant so you need to get there early or make a reservation. Our server Natasha was pleasant and efficient. We ordered the Fat Noodles, Peanut Fan, and 2 orders of Pad Thai. All were good and the prices average.

This concludes our two week adventure in Michigan and Wisconsin.

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