What others say about the Ephraim Guest House

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home-pic2The Ephraim Guest House was a beautiful place to stay in Door County. We stayed there two summers ago in conjunction with a watercolor workshop. We painted right there on the grounds; the gardens are absolutely lovely! The rooms were clean, fresh, and set up for longer stays including a kitchen and sitting area. Our room had a large spa tub.

The Ephraim Guest House is a short walk to the main street of Ephraim, Highway 42. We breakfasted at the Second Story Restaurant with beautiful views of the Ephraim Harbor, and enjoyed a fish boil at the Old Post Office. The story telling is as delicious as the fish! And don’t forget an early evening stroll to Wilson’s for an ice cream cone or malt. Just look for the long red and white awning. Ephraim is in the center of all the wonderful things to do and see in Door County. It is a short drive north to Sister Bay and the “goats on the roof restaurant” also known as Al Johnson’s! Just north of there is Gil’s Rock with the Shoreline Inn and Restaurant. They make the best Mojito’s! The attention to detail in their dinners is amazing. By the way, Gil’s Rock is where you can catch the ferry to adventures on Washington Island, Rock Island, and Plum Island!Peninsula State Park in Door County

If you travel just south of Ephraim you can visit the notorious Peninsula State Park. The golf course there is one of the best in the area. The state park has many trails for bicycling or hiking. We have taken advantage of all of those activities. Don’t forget to visit the light house! Just south of Egg Harbor in Carlsville is my favorite winery, the Door Peninsula Winery and Distillery. They give tours and tastings, and they also sell Louie’s Olive Oil and Vinegars (their home shop is in Egg Harbor).

You cannot go wrong staying in Ephraim at the Ephraim Guest House, the center of all that is wonderful in Door County!

– Debra Hanson


DSC00523Growing up in Door County I spent many summers picking cherries to earn money. We would be picked up by the cherry truck in the early morning and in the orchard before the dew was off the grass. Usually by 11 AM our lunch was eaten, and we still had many hours of picking to do. We earned $.10 for each pail of cherries picked. My sister picked 50 pails of cherries in one day and I was lucky to pick 1/2 that amount. When the season was over the orchard had a picnic for us which did not include cherries!! Later on I spent my summers being a nanny in Egg Harbor and a waitress in Sister Bay to make money for college.

Years later my husband Tom and I returned to Door County to visit and enjoy the flavor of the county again. We did pick cherries but no one paid me $.10 a pail, in fact we paid the orchard for the privilege. We stayed in Ephraim at the Ephraim Guest House, located in the heart of town. It is convenient to the harbor with its fabulous view of the sunset in the bay, Wilson’s wonderful ice cream, and the rest that the county has to offer.. I loved walking through their refreshed gardens, sitting in the adirondack chairs, relaxing in the spa, and just enjoying the peace and quiet of the Guest House. It is also close to parks in the area, such as Ellison Bay County Park, golfing at Peninsula Park, sampling all of Door County’s finest at Seaquest and stopping at Uncle Tom’s for some wonderful candies.HotTubCorrectedCompr

We hope to be able to return again in the near future to renew the memories.

– Kathy and Tom Murphy

Cherry Upside Down Cake

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Looking for a simple Door County Cherry recipe.  We’ve got an easy but yummy one for you from Falcon Orchard in Northern Door County.  This Cherry Upside Down Cake will have everyone begging for more.

Door County Cherry Upside Down Cake


Brown Sugar, Butter and Cherries

3 Tablespoons butter, melted in a 10” cast iron fry pan
Add 3/4 cup brown sugar
Next add in 3 to 4 cups Door County tart cherries, well drained, reserve the juice
Top with a Jiffy Yellow cake mix

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes in the fry pan. Cool for 5 minutes. Cover the pan with a serving plate and flip everything upside down onto the plate.  Thicken and sweeten reserved juice to pour over cake when served. Top with whipped cream.


Jiffy Cake Mix Sprinkled on Top of Cherries

Weekday Getaways to Door County, Wisconsin

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Door County Adventure Rafting

Photo Courtesy of Door County Adventure Rafting

Many times people look at a getaway as a weekend trip with maybe adding in a Friday or a Monday to the mix. However, a mid-week getaway to Door County is an amazing opportunity for those who would like to enjoy the Peninsula. People often think the only things to do in Door County are happening on the weekend but we’re here to break that myth.  Here are just a few things that you can find mid-week, weekend or any day of the week in Door County during the summer.

Tours during the week in Door County go strong and with less people, offer you the best chance to enjoy the tour without a long wait line. Some of our favorite tours include: Door County Adventure Rafting. This is a wet and wild tour so be prepared. Nothing beats seeing Door County than seeing it from the water. Door County Adventure Rafting offers many different tours so be sure to visit their website to see what you might enjoy. As a guest of the Ephraim Guest House, we’ve been able to secure a deal with Door County Adventure Rafting but only for our guests so make sure when you book your stay with us, and you’re interested in this tour, check with our manager and he’ll hook you up.

Studio Demonstrations at Ellison Bay Pottery on Tuesday’s from 10am-12pm throughout the summer. Visit and watch live pottery demonstrations by the owners. This is such a great opportunity to see an artist in action. For more information you can visit their website here.

Another fun studio to visit is Scrimschanders in Door County. Each Wednesday Scrimschander’s offers Scrimshaw Demonstrations from 2pm-4pm. This art form is very delicate and intricate and dates back over 200 years.

There are lighthouse tours, historic walking tours, tram tours or a Moravian Heritage Tram Tour right here in Ephraim and the list goes on and on.

Yes, music is a big part of Door County and the weekday is no exception. We have our Music in the Park every Monday night in Ephraim with local musicians. The White Gull Inn in Fish Creek offers music every Tuesday evening as do many other restaurants. Wednesday evenings we suggest The Cookery in Fish Creek. The shows are booming throughout the week so be sure to take in a play or musical from Northern Sky Theater, Peninsula Players, or Door Shakespeare Theater.

Farmer’s Markets
In Door County on any given day during the week and weekend there is sure to be a Farmer’s Market. Door County has a wonderful abundance of traditional Farmer’s Markets throughout the villages and we boast a number of markets/orchards that sell fresh produce along with their very own canned goods, wines, bakery treats, gifts, and more. Taste testing is a must and one of the most delish parts of your Door County vacation.

Shopping and Dining
Shopping and Dining in Door County is always in season and open every day of the week. Whatever your taste, you can find it in Door County. In Ephraim alone we have some wonderful restaurants and shops just beckoning you in. Ephraim’s location offers a short drive in either direction for more shops and dining opportunities than one could ever take in.

Come enjoy a week day getaway in Door County.

2 Day Getaway to Ephraim, Door County

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2 Day Getaway to Ephraim Door CountyDoor County, Wisconsin, the Cape Cod of the Midwest attracts persons of all ages because of its natural beauty, charming towns and plenty of shoreline. We invite you to get-away from it all and discover Ephraim, Door County.

Day 1
Make your way to the comfortable, Ephraim Guest House Condominiums tucked into the center of Ephraim, Wisconsin. This 12 unit condominium complex boasts affordable rates, comfortable condo suites, seasonal hot tub and fully equipped kitchen all within walking distance to most of Ephraim’s best attractions.

With condo amenities you can start your day with a breakfast of your choice in your kitchen and pack your snacks for your day of adventure. If going out to eat is more your style, there are several restaurants nearby and even some coffee shops for a quick eat-and-go breakfast.
Continue on in the morning with a journey into Peninsula State Park where there’s golfing, bike riding, hiking, beaches and an historic lighthouse. You can pick up a State Park pass ($25 WI Resident, $35 non-WI Resident or a $7 Daily Pass WI Resident, $10 Daily for non-WI Resident) and experience what Mother Nature has to offer. There’s even a snack bar, open during the summer, featuring soft-serve ice cream, pizza and burgers to get your snack on or a quick lunch.
In the afternoon head out for shopping in Ephraim like Scrimschanders. See first-hand the beauty and delicacy of the Scrimshaw art and find unique gifts for everyone on your list. You’ll also be awed at their Ephraim Faience Pottery, a true art and shopping escape.

Another fun shopping experience in Ephraim is to visit Beach People. Voted “Door County’s Most Fun Store,” Beach People shop carries beach jewelry, beach totes, purses, t-shirts, outdoor toys for the yard and beach and so much more.

Pop into Rusty Rabbit Shop for gifts, home décor items, clothing and accessories, garden items and their own handmade sprinklers. These are just a few of the shops located in Ephraim and with so many to choose from, you’ll quickly work up an appetite. We suggest getting your afternoon fix at the famous “Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop.”

Head back to your condo at the Ephraim Guest House and relax before dinner. With grills on the patio by our hot tub area you can grill out or head out to any of the wonderful restaurants that Ephraim and surrounding areas have to offer. HotTubCorrectedCompr

Catch an evening performance from Northern Sky Theater in Peninsula State Park to top off your evening entertainment then back to your condo for a peaceful rest in your suite.

Day 2
The best way to start your day is with breakfast and we suggest “Good Eggs” in Ephraim. Good Eggs has more than just eggs and of course breakfast is the most important part of your day.

Whether hiking, biking, kayaking or sightseeing is your thing, Ephraim has it all. Head out your condo door and down the street or head up the hill and to your left to get to the Anderson Pond Preserve. Ephraim and surrounding areas also have scenic boat tours to get views from the bay and if you enjoy fishing, check into one of our local Charter Fishing Guides.

Enjoy a tour of Ephraim either by tram or by a walking tour. Learn Ephraim’s history beginning with its settlement in 1853 to our present day. The Historical Foundation also offers a Moravian Heritage Tram Tour or a Historic Iverson House & Moravian Church Walking Tour. Always check ahead for tour times and dates as you plan your Ephraim 2 Day Escape. Most of these tours are held in the morning.
Enjoy the afternoon relaxing by the Bay at Eagle Harbor, take in the scenery, and let your cares melt away. Read that book you’ve wanted to read or catch up on some ZZZZ’s. This is the Ephraim, Door County Way! DSC_0126

But, no door County trip would be complete without attending a Door County Fish Boil. The Old Post Office Restaurant just a short walk from the Ephraim Guest House provides fish boils with a feast of fresh whitefish, small red potatoes, little white onions, homemade bread and fresh baked piece of Door County Cherry Pie. They even offer other menu items for those who prefer something other than fish. Watch the sunset, take a stroll or come back and enjoy the hot tub. We think your 2 Day Getaway to Ephraim Guest House Condominiums and Ephraim, Wisconsin will be one for the books!

Door County: So Much To Do – So Little Time

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JousterandHorseWell, it’s that time of year again.  School is ending and everyone is planning their summer vacations.  Many of our guests are repeat guests because they enjoy our Guest House Condominiums and they enjoy the ease of our location.  Situated right about middle in Ephraim, Wisconsin, we’re a great launching pad for everything Door County.  With fair Door County Lodging Rates, we won’t break your bank.

Here are just a few reasons to come to Door County in June:

1)  The weather is usually very cooperative at this time of year and it’s not too hot but it certainly isn’t cold.

2)  Everything is now open and has been for awhile.  You won’t miss any of your favorite Door County Shops or Door County Dining treasures.

3)  The Calendar of Events is filled to the brim with activities throughout June.  Whether you enjoy live bands from every genre of music, to Renaissance Fairs, to wild life hikes, or enjoying the water that surrounds the Door Peninsula, we’ve got it all.DSC_0120

Don’t miss out on our GREAT lodging rates for Door County.  Come and see what our repeat customers already know.