July 4th in Door County–Start it off with a Bang!!

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4th of July in Door County, Ephraim, WisconsinWe’d like to wish everyone a very Happy 4th of July and ask that you remember what makes our country great!  Thank those that have served and fought to keep our freedoms.

Door County has 4th of July festivities around every corner and you’ll be able to find something for everyone in your group.

Egg Harbor starts their celebrations on July 3rd with fireworks at 10pm and continues the 4th of July celebration with a parade at 1:30pm on July 4th with more events at the park and stores.

Baileys Harbor kicks off their 4th of July celebration with a pancake breakfast at the Fire Department starting at 7am, then parade at 10am.  Food tents, music, arts and crafts and more celebrations throughout the day located at the Village Hall and Fire Department in Baileys Harbor.  Fireworks over the lake to start at Dusk.  The festivities in Baileys Harbor continue throughout the weekend.

Gills Rock will also have a 4th to remember with food, fun and canon fire.  Most of the events will take place near the water in the heart of Gills Rock.  A boat regatta will start at 7pm with fireworks to end the evening.

On the 5th of July Fish Creek hosts a traditional celebration of Independence Day at the picturesque setting of Clark Park’s waterfront. Live music, old-time games for the kids, a dunk tank, tasty summer treats and cold drinks and a Venetian boat parade. At night enjoy a fireworks display over the bay at 10pm.

Enjoy your 4th of July in Door County!


Door County Cherries, Picking in Late July

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Cherries in Door County, Orchard Country Winery and Market, Seaquist Orchard, Stay at Ephraim Guest HouseDoor County has always been known for its Door County Cherries which date back to the 1800’s.  In the mid-1900’s Door County was the largest producer of cherries in the United States.  Things have changed over the years from hand-picking cherries to the cherry shakers but one thing has remained the same–the beauty of this fruit.  Cherries come in both sweet and tart and are loved by many.  Door County has many orchards and some even allow you to pick your very own.  With the abundance of cherries, many of the restaurants in our area use these delectable fruits in their dishes.  There just so good that you can’t help but enjoy this time of year.

This year it’s looking like cherry picking season in Door County will start around July 26th.  Please be aware that these events are always weather related and this is a best guess based on the conditions we have now.  For up-to-date information on the Cherry Season, please see the Door County Visitor Bureau’s website http://doorcounty.com/cherries/cherry-blossom-report/ for their Cherry Report.   During this time-frame, both Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay and Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek will be hosting Cherry Festivals.

Seaquist Orchards will host their Cherry Festival on Saturday, July 26th from 11 am – 3:30 pm.  Although Seaquist Orchards does not have specific items listed for the day, be prepared for fun events and orchard tours.

Orchard Country Winery will host their Summer Harvest Cherry Fest on Saturday, July 26th from 10 am – 5 pm.  Enjoy complimentary wine and farm market food tasting, pick-your-own tart cherries, free guided tours, live music, inflatable bouncer, and more. Fun contests include: cherry pie eating, cherry doughnut eating, and the popular Cherry Pit Spit!  If you have never tried the Cherry Pit Spit, that is simply a must on your to-do list.

As with any fruit, the picking season is short, usually 2-3 weeks in length so be sure to check your calendar, make your reservations, and come to Door County to enjoy the tastes of the seasons.  Rooms are filling fast at the Guest House so be sure to call and book today.  You don’t want to miss out on these fun-filled summer days and the enjoyment of fresh cherries.





7 Reasons to Plan Your July Vacation with Ephraim Guest House

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Sunset in Eagle Harbor, Ephraim, WisconsinJuly is readily upon us and it feels like the summer has just started.  Time flies and we all need to take some special moments and relax and unwind to be the best we can be.  But, what to do, what to do?  Well, here we’ve come up with some of the best reasons to visit Ephraim, Wisconsin and stay at the Ephraim Guest House.

1)  Beaches & Sunsets:  The Ephraim Public Beach boasts 175 feet of sand and surf.  The Ephraim Guest House is only 1/2 block away from the beach so there is no need to load yourself or the kids into the car to make it to the beach.  Simply leave the car parked, roll out of bed, and down to the beach you go.  When you’re ready for a break, simply come back to your home-away-from-home and enjoy your space with a fully equipped kitchen or we offer 2 grills for outdoor grilling pleasure.

2)  Picnics:  It’s easy to pack a picnic from your Guest House or stop by one of the many restaurants to order a picnic lunch to go.  Walk to the beach, sit by the hot tub, or find a quiet little nook in Harborside Park but whatever you do, a picnic is a great way to relax and enjoy the summer days or evenings in Door County.

3)  Concerts in the Park:  Monday evenings in Ephraim offer Concerts in the Park at Harborside Park.  Concerts start at 6:00pm and end around 8:00pm.  If we do happen to receive rain on a Monday evening, the music is moved indoors to the Ephraim Village Hall.  Be sure to bring a blanket and chairs and stay for the sunset.  DSC_0010

4)  Ice Cream:  Door County has no shortage of Ice Cream shops and of course Ephraim is famous for Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop.  Again, we are located withing walking distance to Wilson’s so there is no reason to feel guilty about indulging in this pleasure.  Remember, there are no calories when you’re in Door County.

5)  Kayak Rentals:  Located in the Ephraim Harbor you can rent kayaks from the Ephraim Kayak Center.  Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or a novice, Ephraim Kayak Center offers rentals and tours.  Their tours are typically in the morning and evening.  A great way to start or end your Door County Day.

6)  Ephraim Historical Foundation Tours:  Walking Guided Tours of Ephraim help you to understand the history of Ephraim and are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays in the summer.  Each tour takes approximately an hour and a half and encompasses about one and a half miles of walking through Ephraim and visiting Ephraim’s museums.  Tours depart from the Anderson Barn History Center.

7)  The Preserve at Anderson Pond:  The Preserve at Anderson Pond is one of our favorite quiet places to escape to and be one with nature.  Purchased by the Door County Land Trust from the Anderson family, this 27-acre piece with entrance off Moravia Street retains the pond, woods, wildlife and natural beauty for all residents and visitors to enjoy.  If you enjoy hiking through the woods, this is a must-do on your stay.

Stay a week, stay a weekend but as you can see Ephraim has much to offer and more…

5 Great Reasons to visit Ephraim, Wisconsin in Door County this June

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Peninsula State Park in Door CountyLet the FUN begin.  Door County is warming up and waking up for the start of the 2014 Summer season.  Here’s a list of 5 Great Reasons to Visit Door County and stay right here in Ephraim at the Ephraim Guest House Condominiums.

1)  State Park Open House Day–On June 8th the Wisconsin State Parks are open with FREE admission.  Door County is rich with State Parks, County Parks and Nature Preserves.  Peninsula State Park alone has 20 miles of hiking trails, 10 miles of biking trails and a fun family-friendly beach area complete with kayak and canoe rentals, picnic areas and concessions.

Light House in Peninsula Park

Photo By: Gene Hanson

2)  Door County Lighthouse Festival–The weekend of June 13-15th is the Door County Lighthouse Festival.  This Festival gives visitors access to lighthouses that typically are not open to the public at other times of the year like Chambers Island, Plum Island, Sherwood Point, and the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouses.  There are 11 different ways to enjoy this Festival by land or by sea.  For the detailed tour information, please visit the Door County Maritime Museum’s website.  Then be sure to come back to the Guest House and unwind for a relaxing evening.

3)  Enjoy Bike Riding?  On June 14th you can enjoy the Ridges Ride for Nature.  Ride the scenic back roads past the Lake Michigan vistas of Door County and support the Ridges Sanctuary.  This event has grown tremendously in the last few years and is a great fundraiser for the Ridges Sanctuary.  There is still time to register and being that we are condominiums, there is plenty of room for you and your gear.  For more information and to register for this bike ride, please visit the Ridges Sanctuary website.

Fyr Bal in Ephraim Door County4)  50th Anniversary of the Ephraim Fyr Bal–June 21st, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of this celebration of summer.  The Fyr Bal Festival re-creates traditions of early Norwegians celebrating the summer solstice. Evening bonfires represent winter’s exit and usher in the long days of summer. You’ll be able to enjoy live music, art & craft shows, llamas and alpaca’s along with children’s activities with fireworks to complete a perfect day.  Leave your vehicle behind at the Guest House as we are just a half block from the sparkling waters of Eagle Harbor.  They’ll be no need to hassle over parking and if you need to take a break from the festival, walk back to your condominium, relax, spend some time in the quiet serenity of the Ephraim Guest House gardens and then head back to enjoy more of the festivities or the fireworks in the evening.

Uncork Summer Food, Wine and Music Festival in Door County

5)  Uncork Summer is a brand new festival that will help you to “Uncork Summer” with great food, wine, and live music.  Uncork Summer will be on the grounds of the Wickman House Restaurant in Ellison Bay.  Parking will be free and a small fee will be charged to taste wine, food and other delicacies at each of the vendor food tents.  If you enjoy wine and food pairings this will be a must-do on your visit with us.  For more information, please visit the Uncork Summer website.


Memorial Day Weekend in Door County

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Memorial Day WeekendMemorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and in Door County we’re ready.  We’re ready to serve you, our guests, and to help you plan an enjoyable vacation for you and your family.  Whether it be sitting on a quiet beach, taking an adventure boat ride, listening to live music, taking in a performance, or relaxing in your guest house, we’ve got it all.  But with that said, we also want to take this time to remember the reason for this Memorial Day Weekend.

We thank all that have served, all that are serving, and for all of those that will serve in the future.  We thank you and your families for the sacrifices that some of us will never have to know because you so graciously serve.  We thank you for allowing us the freedom to take vacations, to have businesses, to have homes, and to have the freedom to vote.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Happy Memorial Day from the Ephraim Guest House!  May we all remember why we have this weekend.