Afroz and I have been wanting to take a road trip. We can't stay put in Chicago and always have the desire to check out new places! Thanksgiving weekend was the perfect time to travel, since we both had time off from work and class. We decided to stay fairly close to home and visit Door County and Milwaukee. We packed our thickest jackets, gloves, hats, and scarves since the weather was a little cold. Although it was a little chilly, we still had an absolutely wonderful time checking out the natural areas in Door County and the historical architectural sites of Milwaukee. Here's the trip recap, including where we stayed, ate, and what we saw and loved!
First up, Door County.
Since we were a bit last minute in planning this trip, most hotels and bed and breakfasts were booked, especially since it was during Thanksgiving weekend. We searched for affordable, comfortable places and just booked the best room we could find. We decided to stay at Westwood Shores Resort in Door County. The TripAdvisor reviews promised a beautiful view from every suite and I assure you, they didn't lie. The location was perfect and the views were breathtaking. Everything was clean and well-kept and the staff was friendly and helpful. There was a kitchen in our suite, which was useful since pretty much everything was closed on Thanksgiving day for dinner. For our Thanksgiving meal, we ended up grabbing some frozen pizza, instant mac and cheese, and Texas toast from Wal-Mart and prepared everything in our hotel. A little spontaneity is the key to a successful trip, folks. It ended up being a delicious, cozy meal and we enjoyed it in front of the fire place, which was another perk of the suite :)
We took the above photo in the evening, so the blinds are closed, but in the morning, we took in the amazing view of the water from both the living room and the bedroom. The suite also had an outdoor patio area. I honestly had no idea we would get this much space. We didn't really need it, but they upgraded us to a two-bedroom suite for free, so we just took it!
These photos are from the area right outside of our hotel:
After settling into our hotel, we then set out the next morning to check out Door County. We aimed to visit as many state and county parks as possible. We were ready to be blown away by the fresh air and gorgeous views!
But first, brunch.
The only place open nearby on Thanksgiving Day was Scaturo's Baking Co. & Cafe. The eggs and pancakes were delicious and we definitely recommend it! We were so hungry and into our food that I forgot to snap a photo! But take my word for it, it was good.
CAVE POINT COUNTY PARK
Our first stop after brunch was Cave Point County Park. This was one of our favorite spots during the trip. The area is known for its underwater caves and limestone cliffs. The views were definitely not a disappointment! We took so many photos, so excuse the length of this post.
WHITEFISH DUNES STATE PARK
Whitefish Dunes State Park was right next to Cave Point. It mainly had a beach, which was empty due to the fall season, but we we were able to get another glimpse of the lake and we took a short walk around the park. We wanted to make sure we didn't miss any amazing views, so we checked out as many parks as we could in one day!
ELLISON BLUFF STATE NATURAL AREA
The three-quarter-mile road that led to Ellison Bluff was absolutely gorgeous! The path swerved around beautiful tall trees that guided our way down to the top of the bluffs. Once we arrived, we stood on a wooden observation deck built on top of a 100 foot limestone cliff. I felt so tiny standing above the vast reach of the lake. It looked huge from the high perspective of the observation deck.
On to the next day.
We were running out of time at this point and needed to check out one last spot in Door County before we headed to Green Bay for Friday prayer. It started raining and was getting pretty foggy and we wanted to check out the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park. We grabbed a quick bite before we started the day. We had breakfast from Door County Coffee & Tea Co. We had a delicious egg bake with a croissant. It was something we hadn't tried before and it was really tasty. The egg bake had a cream cheese filling and really filled us up for a long time. I unfortunately wasn't in the mood for coffee or tea, but they are of course known for that.
POTAWATOMI STATE PARK
We set out for the park and after driving through winding roads under tall tree canopies, we finally made it in time. Once we got there, we had to climb a lot (I mean A LOT) of stairs to get an awesome view. The observation deck is 75 feet high and gave us a fantastic view of the trees and Sawyer Harbor. Besides the view, we loved the sound of the birds as they flew over the harbor.
Overall, Door County was a relaxing trip and was the perfect place to visit during the Fall. I've never gone on a road trip during Fall or Winter, so I was a little nervous about the weather, but with the right shoes (loved my duck boots from Target!), layers, and cup of hot cocoa, Afroz and I were able to stay warm and full enjoy our trip. I definitely want to go back and check it out in the Spring or Summer though :)
My next post will cover our time in Milwaukee, so stay tuned!