Second full day in Door County: Newport State Park, Cana Island, Ephraim, & a Fish Boil

Before I go any further, I have to mention my dear mom. When she was alive, we once took her to Door County with us. For whatever reason, she was incapable of learning its real name. To her, it was Dork County.

This was our second full day and a full one for activities. Once again the temps totally depended upon where one happened to be on the Door County peninsula. They varied, depending on where we were from as high as 100 in Ephraim to in the 60s elsewhere.
Of note there is that now, technically, it is an island, what with the construction of a canal in the southern area near Sturgeon bay that was built to keep large ships from having to go all the way around.

Anyway, we started out by having a breakfast al fresco, instead of having it within the Inn. We asked if we could go outside and found out that we were the first to do so. It was pure joy as the surroundings of the Brit-influenced Inn, the Church Hill Inn, were planted with lilacs, roses, blooming calla lilies, weigela, boxwood, and all sorts of decorative plants.

Following breakfast, we stopped at a gardening shop where we bought a gift and a perennial hibiscus. I am concerned that my new hibiscus at home may not survive, despite my sons’ two plants already growing, and decided on plan B, just to be sure. We then went to Bobbin and Blooms, right down the street from our hotel and the gardening supply shop, and picked up a piece of driftwood art. The lady who works there does beach walking at the Newport State Park and Hotz Memorial Town Park (349 Europe Bay Road, Ellison Bay) on Lake Michigan. Our purchase from Bobbin and Blooms had come from driftwood picked up at this location. We got in the car and went there. It was a spectacular, almost hidden beach with very few people. We got a great walk in on the wide span of sand and then went south toward Bailey’s Harbor, because while in Sturgeon Bay at the Maritime Museum, we learned about the many lighthouses and the one on Cana Island.

It was a little tricky finding it, even with GPS, but we did. We lucked out because June 5th and 6th were days you didn’t need to purchase a sticker to enter the park.

We found the area adjacent to Cana Island on the Lake Michigan (east) side of the Door County Peninsula. The thing about the Cana Island lighthouse, is that you can normally reach it by walking across a path that is surrounded by water. Given that the lakes are high, the path is under water. So, they came up with the idea of a John Deere tractor pulling a wagon of people across the area. You can still walk it, and some people did, but that means you walk on slippery stones and rocks.

Cana Island was beautiful. The tractor operated ever fifteen minutes or so, and we visited the keeper’s house and thus were able to look at, from up close, the lighthouse. The waves there were really strong.

We drove back to Ephraim, where we attended a fish boil, a very Scandinavian, Door County thing with whitefish. I had breaded chicken, landlubber that I am, and have to say that this meal was one of the best and least expensive of our stay!

Following this, we drove to Rowley’s Bay on the east side of the Peninsula, to find the most remote outpost yet, and still quite beautiful.

We then drove back to the beach in Sister Bay, where we are staying, to read on the beach.

We will miss this place.

About Richard Koerner

Almost seventy something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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