September 1, 2012

Labor Day Weekend in Door County


We're in Door County, Wisconsin for Labor Day weekend.  We love it here.  And it doesn't hurt that the weather is absolutely perfect -- clear, sunny and in the 70s!


We started our day in Sister Bay at Al Johnson's restaurant so we could see the goats on the roof -- yep, those are real goats on a real grass roof.  


After breakfast we headed to Marina Fest.


The Festival included beautiful vintage boats and live entertainment, but the highlight for me was the used book sale.  I found nine hardcover Nancy Drew books for the girls for $4.50.  Nancy Drew was my absolute favorite when I was little.  My mom saved all of my Nancy Drew books so now I'm just filling in our collection.  Did you know that there are 56 books in the original series?  I'm so excited to start reading them with the girls . . . in order.


After Marina Fest, the girls swam in the pool for a couple hours and then we walked around Fish Creek and went to a fish boil.




And what is a fish boil you wonder?  A fish boil is a traditional Door County meal that includes: freshly-caught white fish, potatoes and onions.  The fish, potatoes and onions are all put in a large pot over a cedar-wood fire to cook.  The oil from the fish rises to the top of the pot and then oil is added to the fire so that a giant fire ball consumes the pot and burns off the fish oil.  It's all very theatrical and makes you wonder who in the world came up with the idea.

fish boil

I will admit that I didn't love the food.  The fish still had the skin on it, was full of bones and was boiled.  I can't think of many things that taste that great boiled and I can now add white fish to the list.  It was a fun experience though and I'm glad we did it.

We then headed to the beach in Ephraim and capped off our day with a beautiful sunset and a trip to Wilson's for ice cream.  There I had a root beer milkshake -- they blend homemade root beer and vanilla ice cream together so you get the taste of a root beer float without trying to make sure you don't run out of root beer or ice cream.

And that was the perfect end to our goat-gawking, festival-attending, hopscotching, fish-boiling day.



  1. Goats on the roof!! Oh man, I would have breakfast there too just so I could stare (and giggle).

  2. I think that's one of the prettiest shots of Wilson's I've seen! And your description of boiled white fish was pretty spot on too!

  3. Anonymous9:54 PM

    What a great Labor Day weekend!
    Adrienne and I have been reading Nancy Drew - - I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying them the second time around! I think it reminds me of such a sweet, simple time in my life.


  4. Anonymous1:43 AM

    The 3rd fish boil photo - that man cooked our fish boil too, several years ago! Too many bones! Cindy



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