Events at the Ephraim Guest House this Summer

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July 3rd & July 31st


Make and Take Demonstration:

Handmade Seeded Paper

Let’s make paper that will grow and bloom! You are invited to watch and make plantable, hand-made, seed paper with Karen Crosby. Inside each piece of paper will be real flower seeds. These shaped papers may be used as note cards, gift tags, place cards and more. The person receiving the seed paper can plant it in the ground, watch it germinate and grow, enjoying the additional gift of real flowers.

All materials provided!


Meet Karen:

Karen Crosby is an artist and teacher. Handmade books are her primary focus but she also dabbles in anything related to the book arts such as calligraphy, paste papers, marbling, scherinsnitta and papermaking.

July 17th & 18th and again August 14th & 15th


Make and Take Jewelry Demonstration:

Handmade Copper and Wire Pendant Jewelry

Let’s make copper and wire jewelry that your friends would be envious of!   You are invited to learn how to turn a piece of copper clay into a fun pendant or a focal piece to incorporate into a bracelet with Lynn Gifford.  Choose a pleasing pattern from various textures or write a special word onto the piece.  After creating your piece it will be dried and fired.  We’ll have a fun evening on the grounds of the Ephraim Guest House and Lynn will be on hand with kits available to create your own piece of jewelry by the end of the evening.

Kits to make your own will be available!


Meet Lynn:

Lynn grew up in a small Iowa town on the Mississippi River, where she knew at a very young age she wanted to “do art”. She attended the University of Iowa where she studied art. She has been beading for over 13 years and has been published nationally. She loves pairing unusual colors together, and finds nature very inspiring. Lynn’s jewelry includes wire working, Precious Metal Clay, weaving and glass fusing. All pieces are one of a kind and are constructed with Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Gold Filled and Copper. She enjoys working with fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals along with many natural stone beads. When Lynn is not beading she is either walking in the woods or painting with watercolors.


Door County Activities to Plan in Advance of Your Vacation

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Door County Adventure Rafting

Photo Courtesy of Door County Adventure Rafting

Everyone wants to plan an amazing Door County vacation where the entire group or family unit has fun and the memories will last forever.  As a guide to your Door County Vacation, there are a few tips that can help you succeed in being sure to get in everything you desire for your vacation.  Today our goal is to alert you to a few Door County Activities that visitors enjoy but DO require advance planning.

1)    The Savory Spoon Cooking School located in Ellison Bay, Door County inspires every level of cook to create new ideas in the kitchen.  With multiple classes to choose from, the Savory Spoon is very popular and classes fill fast.  Some of the classes offered are couples events where you can create your own special evening with friends while taking a hands-on cooking class or a demonstration class.  Other favorite classes are a Girls Night Out, Family Reunion Cooking Classes, Birthday and Anniversary party classes and corporate events and team events.  To take a look at what the Savory Spoon Cooking School offers, please visit their website at: or call 920.854.6600.

Savory Spoon Cooking School

Photo Courtesy of Savory Spoon Cooking School

2)    Looking for excitement on the high seas of the Bay of Green Bay?  Then take a look at Door County Adventure Rafting.  The rafting boat can hold up to six guests so you definitely will want to plan ahead to get your group or family booked for this tour.  If you’ve never had the chance to see fireworks from the water, here’s your chance.  There are 5 private tours that can be booked throughout the season so if this is something you and your party are interested in, call now to book.  The Firework dates on the schedule are: June 20th in Ephraim for the Fyr Bal, June 27th in Ellison Bay for Olde Ellison Bay Days, July 3rd in Egg Harbor for the 4th of July celebration, July 4th in Gills Rock for the 4th of July, and August in Sister Bay.  Door County Adventure Rafting has their boat tours leaving from Fish Creek.  Enjoy closer than ever scenic views from the bay.  A group can even hire Door County Adventure Rafting for private tours where you can add in hiking, or stops at local waterfront restaurants, anchoring at a beach, and more.  Please visit their website for additional information at: or call 920.559.6106.

Northern Sky Theater in Door County, Wisconsin

Photo Courtesy of Northern Sky Theater

3)    Door County is an artist’s paradise and the shows that are offered on our Peninsula are world class.  We strongly encourage you to call ahead to make sure that you are able to get the dates and times that you want.  Depending on the time of year and the performances you are interested in, there are outdoor performances under the stars and also indoor performances.  Here are just a few of the companies that host these fun and unique performance experiences.

Northern Sky Theater:  www.northernskytheater, 920.854.6117
Peninsula Players:, 920.868.3287
Door Shakespeare:, 920.839.1500
Door Community Auditorium:, 920.868.2728
Midsummer’s Music:, 920.854.7088

4)     One might think that seeing a trolley in Door County is out of place but for those that visit and live in Door County, the Trolley has become a staple.  With multiple tours and multiple pick up and drop off points, the Door County Trolley is a unique way to see the Peninsula.  Door County Trolley offers many different tours appropriate for all ages and interests like wine tours, scenic tours, lighthouse tours and so many more.  Because this is a very popular way to tour the County, we encourage you to plan ahead.  To view their vast selection of tours please visit their website at:

Fyr Bal, Door County Beer Fest, and Peninsula Century Spring Classic Make for a Full Weekend in Door County, June 19-21

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Fyr Bal in Ephraim Door CountyLooking to take part in the action that surrounds Door County the weekend of June 19-21st?  So much is happening in Door County this weekend that everyone in your group will find something to make their heart sing and with all the activities, rooms are booking fast.

The festivities are located throughout northern Door and our property is right in the middle of it all.  If you enjoy bike riding, the Peninsula Century Spring Classic Ride is sure to please.  The Spring Classic will be held the Saturday of Fathers Day weekend, June 20, 2015.  The ride starts and ends at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall Park and will provide riders with a scenic early season ride featuring routes through the middle of the peninsula.  This ride also helps to raise funds for the Door County Community Foundation.  To register for the ride or to find more information, please visit

Another fun event this weekend is the Door County Beer Festival in Baileys Harbor.  Good food, good beer, and good music with a lot of fun mixed in.  The Door County Beer Festival offers more than just tasting brews.  Seminars are held to teach information on beer styles, food and beer pairings and more about barley and hops.  Enjoy fantastic food from local Door County vendors such as restaurants and farmers and listen to the music all afternoon.  Tickets are on sale now for general admission or upgrade to VIP.  VIP access will give guests access to a very special event hosted by Kyle Cherek of Wisconsin Foodie.

Cherek will lead a roundtable discussion with five Wisconsin brewers and brewery owners in the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.  In addition to everything included in the general admission ticket, VIP ticket holders will also receive a Door County Beer Festival koozy and other goodies. Tickets are $75.00 and space is limited!  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Photo Courtesy of Door County Beer Festival

Photo Courtesy of Door County Beer Festival

After a day of riding bike or taste testing beer, come back to the Ephraim Guest House Condo’s and walk to the Harbor for Ephraim’s 51st Annual Fyr Bal.  Fyr Bal is a re-creation of the traditions Norwegians celebrated for the mid-summer’s eve.  With artists, food, family fun activities, and music all located along the bay shore of Eagle Harbor, you can easily make a full day of the activities.  Watch the sun set in the evening and enjoy the annual lighting of the bonfires on the shore.  These bonfires represent the burning of the “winter witch” and allow the warm, long days of summer to descend.  Stay for the fireworks at dusk, then walk back to the Guest House and cozy up in your condo for a peaceful rest.

This is one of our favorite weekends at the beginning of summer and we hope you’ll join us in enjoying all that Door County has to offer.  Whether for the festivities or the pure beauty that is Door County, we can’t wait to see you.

5 Reasons to Book Your Stay with Ephraim Guest House Condominiums

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EphraimGuestHouseSignHere’s 5 reasons we believe you should book your Door County Vacation stay with the Ephraim Guest House Condominiums.

1)  We’re UniqueEphraimGuestHouseCondo1Room

Each condominium is individually owned and individually decorated by each owner.  All are tastefully decorated and come with all the conveniences of home.  From 1, 2, and 3 bedroom choices, a fully equipped kitchen, living room and bathroom, you have the room you need to stretch out while on vacation.

2)  Close Proximity to everything in Ephraim, WisconsinDSC_0010

The location of the Ephraim Guest House Condominiums gives our visitors easy access to all things Ephraim.  If you enjoy walking or biking, it’s an easy location to head out from to make your way into the day.  We are located only 1.7 miles from the Ephraim, Wisconsin entrance to Peninsula State Park, an easy bike ride or drive with so many restaurants, shops, history tours, and activities located between the condo’s and the park.

3)  Quiet and Serene

The Ephraim Guest House Condominiums is tucked away in Ephraim, Wisconsin to offer you a quiet escape after a day of sight-seeing, shopping, or nature loving.  Come back to your condo, relax in our beautiful gardens, listen to nature and enjoy the serenity that surrounds the Guest House.EphraimPreserveatAndersonPond

4)  Ephraim’s Beautiful Nature Preserves

If you love nature, you’ll love Ephraim, Wisconsin.  Not only is Ephraim known for its history, but we also enjoy two lovely nature preserves.  The Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond is within walking distance from the Guest House Condominiums and offers trails and a pond throughout the spring season and again in the fall season.  (Depending on how hot and dry our summer is will dictate how large the pond is during the summer season).  Flowers

Ephraim also is home to the Ephraim Wetland Preserve.  This preserve is located north of the Guest House right on Highway 42.  The Door County Land Trust has done a wonderful job of protecting Door County Land for future generations to enjoy.  For more information and maps of land in the Door County Land Trust, please see their website at

5)  The Amenities

At the Ephraim Guest House CondominiuDSC00625ms enjoy a seasonal hot tub, friendly service, clean condos, beautiful gardens, patios, and BBQ grills for use by guests.  We’ve had many families who’ve hosted family reunions in Door County and stayed at the Ephraim Guest House.  Each family chooses their condo, has room to play outdoors, and uses the multiple BBQ grills to cook and entertain.


Why Choose May for you Door County Vacation?

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FlowersWe sometimes hear, “why would I want to visit Door County in the month of May?  There’s nothing open!”

Contrary to some beliefs, May is a wonderful time of year to visit Door County and to plan your vacation.  Like anything in life, it depends on your personality and the reason for your getaway.  Do you enjoy a slower pace or are you looking for that hustle and bustle?  Do you enjoy nature or would you prefer to shop until you drop?

While it is true that not everything is open at the beginning of May, there are more than enough businesses that actually stay open year-round in Door County, even in northern Door.  But by mid-May almost every store, restaurant, and specialty shop is back open and waiting to serve their guests.  We’ve put together a list of the events and activities that we believe make May one of the greatest times to plan your Door County vacation.

1)  The road less traveled.  Door County’s peak season starts in mid-June so if you enjoy bike riding, May is the time to get here.  The weather is warming up and spring blossoms are popping with color to brighten up what was once the winter browns.  With less cars on the roads, bike riding is enjoyable and safer.

2)  The nature preserves are coming to life with spring babies, bulbs, and all of nature’s goodness.  Just a quick walk up the road from the Ephraim Guest House is the Preserve at Anderson Pond.  With it’s trails and the pond full from the winter melt down the Preserve is a nature lovers paradise.

3)  The Door County Half Marathon & Nicolet Bay 5K take place this year on May 2nd.  The Ephraim Guest House is located about 2 miles from the park entrance to get to the starting and finish line.

4)  Door County Wine Trail Weekend takes place on May 15th through the 17th and offers tours of Door County Wineries.  This weekend also hosts the Spring Fling Festival and Lighthouse Tours throughout Baileys Harbor.  For more information, visit the website:  Door County Wine Trail.

5)  Spring Art Crawl in Ellison Bay is also happening the weekend of May 16th and 17th.  See the Ellison Bay Arts website for more details:  Ellison Bay Arts.

6)  Door County Festival of Nature at the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, May 21st through the 24th.  The Festival of Nature has over 50 Guided field trips through unique and beautiful natural areas, classes and activities.  See their website for more information:  Ridges Sanctuary.

7)  Sister Bay’s Field & Street Rally at the Shopko parking lot in Sister Bay will be held on Sunday, May 24th.

8)  And last but certainly not least, at the Guest House Condominiums we have a wonderful savings plan to help you get away, save, play and have some fun with our May special.

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