Great Live Music in Door County

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You’ll find your pick of live music in Door County, Wisconsin, regardless of musical taste or season of the year. Here are our eight favorites.

Door Country is for music lovers! Whether you prefer the dulcet tones of a symphony orchestra or the raucous, joyful stylings of Big Band Jazz, Door County and Egg Harbor—home to our Trillium Gap Cottage—have you covered across all seasons.

Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series

As the summer sun sets in Egg Harbor, families flock to the Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series, hosted by the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center. Every Sunday throughout the summer, head to the Egg Harbor Amphitheater to catch home-grown folk, blues, jazz, and rock from acclaimed artists. Fans of folk music should plan their trip for July 15th, when the Waterfolk Festival will be in full swing. Concerts are free and family-friendly, so gather your whole group for a picnic dinner and festive tunes.

Door Community Auditorium

A bastion of arts in the Door County area, Door Community Auditorium is just minutes from Egg Harbor, in the scenic town of Fish Creek. Year-round entertainment includes seasonal concert series featuring local and internationally-renowned artists—past performers include Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, and even Johnny Cash.The 2018 summer line-up will be announced in late April, so mark your calendars to see if your favorite artists will be making an appearance!

The Peninsula Music Festival

Classical-music lovers travel from around the country to visit the Peninsula Music Festival , held at Door County’s own Door Community Auditorium each August.  Musicians from the best symphonies in the country will perform in the 2018 season, with nine performances between August 7 and 25th. Close your eyes and let the unforgettable symphonies of Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, and Mozart wash over you—you’ll emerge feeling refreshed, renewed, and enriched.

Woodwalk Gallery

Nestled in a historic 19th century barn and surrounded by sprawling green lawns and gardens, the Woodwalk Gallery is truly one of Egg Harbor’s hidden gems. Artwork from local and regional artists hangs throughout the barn, while concerts rock the lawn throughout the summer. The Jeanne Kuhns Woodwalk Concert Series , featuring dozens of local favorite artists, runs regularly from June through September.

The Midsummer’s Music Festival, which travels throughout Door County, makes several stops at Woodwalk; in 2018, four evenings of classical music include the work of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and more. Pack a picnic lunch and sip a glass of wine or lemonade on the lawn as music fills the balmy summer air.

Birch Creek Music Performance Center

For world-class music in charming, rustic digs, head to Egg Harbor’s own Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Doubling as both a music academy and a summer concert venue, Birch Creek boasts nightly concerts from June to August.

Stop by in June to catch a boisterous performance by the Percussion and Steel Band, or plan a night in August to see a Big Band Jazz show. All concerts are held in the historic Dutton Concert Barn, renovated and restored over the years to create top-notch acoustics.

Door Artisan Cheese Company

The hottest new spot in Egg Harbor, Door Artisan Cheese Company combines the best of community spirit and delicious gourmet treats. Enjoy a decadent meal in the Glacier Ledge Restaurant or shop for cave-aged cheeses in the Cave Market. Plan your visit for an evening when local band Small Forest is scheduled to play on the patio. The trio behind Small Forest are masters of blending genres, drawing from indie folk, rock, jazz, and country to form their unique sound; nothing beats this musical complement for your farm-to-table meal.

Door County Brewing Co. Taproom and Music Hall

Living up to their motto —“Cold Beer. Live Music.”— Door County Brewing Co. is the perfect spot to sit back, relax, and sample craft beers from around the country while you enjoy eclectic entertainment year-round. Upcoming artists include the Modern Day Drifters, Christopher Gold and the New Old Things, Armchair Boogie, and the Lowdown Brass Band. With live music 3-4 nights a week, you can’t go wrong with a evening of snacking, sampling, and dancing the night away. Change it up and head over on a Tuesday for trivia, games, and prizes.

Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery

Soak up the summer sunshine with a glass of wine in your hand and music in the air. At Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery, Music on the Deck runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, spotlighting excellent local musicians in a casual outdoor ambiance. Singer/songwriter Mickey Grasso will open the 2018 season on May 27th, and each subsequent Sunday features new talent. Arrive at 2:00 p.m. for a tour of the vineyards and a complimentary wine tasting before you head out to the deck.

Come stay at Trillium Gap Cottage and enjoy great music with friends and family! #doorcounty, #eggharbordoorcounty, #trilliumgapcottagedoorcounty

 

Egg Harbor: A Hidden Gem Among Wisconsin Small Towns

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Wisconsin has its fair share of quaint small towns, and though we may be biased, we think Egg Harbor beats them all. Don’t just take our word for it: Egg Harbor has been named one of America’s best small towns by publications like Fodor’s and Country Living. And it’s easy to see why.

Whether you’re seeking your new favorite restaurant, walking trails, scenic spots, or the musical experience of a lifetime, chances are good you’ll find what you’re looking for in Egg Harbor.

Arts & Culture

While Egg Harbor may be small, the arts scene and community spirit are anything but. Visit nationally-renowned Birch Creek Music Performance Center for performances by renowned acclaimed musicians; while Birch Creek is home to music classes during the day, over 30 evening concerts are held there throughout the year.

The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center hosts touring musicians from all over the world for their free Summer Sunset Concert Series. Travel around the Door County peninsula for a taste of the area’s history and culture. Make sure to stop by the Door County Maritime Museum to be regaled with tales of the area’s rich nautical past. Artists of all kinds can show their stuff at the Hands On Art Studio—paint pottery, craft jewelry, or even experiment with welding in this family-friendly spot.

Dining

Door County’s local food scene will surprise you. From the Nightingale and Greenwood Supper Clubs to farm-to-table favorites like the Door County Creamery or kid-friendly Wilson’s, there’s something for foodies of all ages.

Local favorite Casey’s BBQ and Smokehouse serves up barbecue and comfort foods; stop by on Saturdays for karaoke while you dine. Savor authentic Italian food and wood-fire pizza at Galileo’s Italian Restaurant, then grab dessert at the quirky Chocolate Chicken.

If dining at home is more your speed, you’re in luck. The Farmers Market, held every Friday from May-October in the heart of Egg Harbor, is flush with fresh fruits and vegetables. Then visit Main Street Market year-round to grab high-quality meats and choose from an excellent selection of wines.

Pick up pastries to go with your morning coffee at local favorite Pink Bakery, then grab fresh-baked rolls from MacReady Bread Company. Also stop by Wisconsin Cheese Masters or the newly opened hot spot Door Artisan Cheese Company to sample house-made cheeses.

Family Fun

The whole family will find activities and adventures in Egg Harbor. Visit Plum Loco Animal Farm to wander acres of farmland and meet a well-cared for family of ponies, horses, sheep, chickens and more.

Kids and adults alike will make memories at Egg Harbor Fun Park, with its go-kart track, 18 holes of mini-golf, and an indoor game room. After a day of play in the sun (or rain!), indulge in a snack from the ice cream shop.

Revisit the travels of yesteryear with a trip to the retro Door County Trolley Station. Choose from eleven different tours, including the Foodie Tour, the Scenic Tour, and the Lighthouse tour. All give you a front-row seat for Door County’s beauty!

Outdoor Adventures

Egg Harbor’s natural charms greet you from the moment you step into town. Head to Egg Harbor Beach for a classic day on the shore. Soak up the sun, play in the sand, and splash in the waves of Green Bay. Stroll around the Marina and gaze at water views. Or rent a paddle board or kayak from the Door County Adventure Center to head out on the bay yourself. Beginners and groups can book with Door County Kayak Tours for a sunset paddle or exhilarating cave kayak tour.

Golfers of all levels will have their pick of top-notch courses; choose Stonehenge Golf, Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, or Alpine Golf Course—or try all three to find your favorite.

Return to the simplicity of nature and explore the trails of the Door County Land Trust. For over 30 years, the Trust has protected over 7,000 acres of fields, forests, and shorelines in Wisconsin’s small towns. With 14 dedicated preserves to discover, you’ll never run out of new paths. Join a guided hike to make the most of your expedition.

Come stay with us and experience Egg Harbor!

We Love the “Off Season” in Door County (and you will too!)

We Love the “Off Season” in Door County (and you will too!)

After experiencing vacations during every season in Door County, many of our most memorable times have been in the winter.

We have spent New Years in Door County many years. A few of those years were spent with our friends who would come up for a few days with their kids. We were always lucky with snow and, if not snow, ice! During the day the kids love nearly dying at Hill 17, the infamous sledding hill at Peninsula State Park. Now, when Hill 17 is closed due to ice, they explore the park and the rest of Door County for alternate sled hills – there are plenty! Often, tired and hungry from playing in the snow, we head to Fish Creek to one of the many cozy restaurants for some soup or chili in the afternoon.

By the time New Years Eve celebrations roll around we’re stocked with whatever kind of explosives we can find. Usually we celebrate with sparklers and snappers and plenty of whistles and New Years wear. One year we took it a little too far. We decided to try some bottle rockets and they ended up exploding in our guests’ faces as they scattered through the yard! All the while, Rick was shouting “I think I lit the wrong end!” a bit too late. Luckily no one got hit and since then we’ve stuck to some tamer options!

On New Years day we head over to Jacksonport for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. We enjoy watching hundreds of crazy people dive in the icy waters of Lake Michigan – we’ve never mustered up the courage to do it ourselves! After that’s over, we head back to Egg Harbor to watch the goofiest, small town New Year parade and enjoy brats and hot chocolate to warm up. The parade usually features locals riding in hot tubs in the back of pick-ups, people dressed as Santa, and (our personal favorite) a group that calls themselves the Drill Team, waving around handheld drills instead of flags!

Besides our beloved New Years traditions, we enjoy plenty of Door County activities all winter. Day or night we’ve enjoyed bowling at Sister Bay Bowl, skating at the TKH Ice Rink in Sister Bay, or heading to Hands On Art Studio to do a project! These are a few of our favorites that are open all year! In February we love going for a weekend of cross-country skiing at Crossroads at Big Creek and a candlelight ski at one of the state parks!

Enjoying a fire after a cold candle light ski in February
Enjoying a fire after a cold candle light ski in February
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About to brave Hill 17!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good, old-fashioned bowling at Sister Bay Bowl
Good, old-fashioned bowling at Sister Bay Bowl