Thursday, September 10, 2015


John and Donna took us out on their pontoon boat
Our lodging in Sister Bay
During the second part of our summer in Wisconsin we visited Appleton, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Door County and Milwaukee. While in Appleton and Milwaukee, we were able to reconnect with Wisconsin friends we met on a cruise last year. We spent a lovely afternoon on their pontoon boat. 

While in Manitowoc, we visited the West of the Lake Gardens, 6 acres of beautiful grounds, trees and flowers bordering Lake Michigan. 
West of Lake Gardens
Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park Door County
Interior of the log cabin

Our cottage Baileys Harbor

With Anne & Scott Baileys Harbor cottage

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Ron, Anne & Scott Door County
With Caroline, Nick & Clare

Milwaukee River Walk

Our transportation around Washington Island

Original log cabinWashington Island

DoorCounty is part of a long peninsula reaching into Lake Michigan. It is covered with farms and dotted with cute, little towns. We spent a week in Sister Bay and a month in Baileys Harbor. While in Sister Bay, we drove to the end of the peninsula and took the ferry over to Washington Island, a remote, sparsely populated area. There was only one person in the 2015 graduating class! We wandered through some of the barns and buildings that have been preserved from earlier centuries. 

While in Baileys Harbor, our good friends Anne and Scott came up from Chicago to spend a few days with us. We enjoyed showing them the charming towns Door County is famous for. Between our stays in Door County and Milwaukee, we dipped back down into Illinois for 5 days to attend the wedding of Anne and Scott's daughter Megan. It was a beautiful affair and we were so happy to be part of it.

Our cottage in Baileys Harbor was adorable. The view from the bedroom window was like looking into an enchanted forest.

View from bedroom

We also got to see our niece Caroline while in Door County. Her husband Nick is from Sturgeon Bay and they came up for a weekend so it was wonderful to have lunch with them one day. 

Our final stop in Wisconsin was Milwaukee. It's a very nice city right on Lake Michigan. There are lovely parks and long walking paths along the water. It is also fun to walk through the restored historical Ward 3 and along the Riverwalk through the heart of the city.