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in pint-sized pours of craft beer good- ness. This is no poser. This tap house knows how to fashion its crisp Bayside Blonde, the creamy Peninsula Porter, a sprite and refreshing Cherry Wheat, and, in this late-fall season, I cherish the hoppy bite of their snappy IPA. (

Just down the road we go for dinner at a place called Mojo Rosa’s, one of the few Mexican restaurants on the long Door County strand. It is a lively place. Colorful parasols are suspended from the ceiling as bar patrons call out for “Another round of ‘rita’s!” The fare is typical and flavorful with the exception of (an overly salty) piece of marinated whitefish. The fish is yet another staple of the county. I’m sure to sample other filets of the fish while here. (


I arrive at Rowley’s Bay Resort ( This is it, the place offering some of the most impressive and largest conference and meeting facilities in the county. “And we also have the best pecan rolls and car- damom coffee cakes around,” assures 4th generation proprietress, Jewel Peterson Ouradnik, her ruddy face a cherubic, smiling reminder of the area’s long-run- ning northlander heritage.

She won’t profess to provide a big city experience at this off-the-beaten path property, tucked in a scenic harbor and offering an unspoiled, if not an unparal- leled, view.

We partake in breakfast here at Grandma’s Swedish Bakery, indulging in the copious 14-foot buffet of breakfast fare as we learn about the resort’s many offerings: six banquet rooms, 7,500-square feet of meeting space, event accommo-

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dations for up to 300, and then, there are the outdoor opportunities: hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, birding, Seqway-ing -

Segway-ing? Yep, Steve of Seaquist Segway Tours assures us those two-wheeled, 12 MPH- pulling contraptions of modern ingenuity may look so seemingly unbalanced, but are, in fact, actually very safe and easy to maneuver. Indeed, after a quick lesson, I find the learning curve to be somewhere between “Easy as Pie” and “No Sweat.”

Okay, so the Segway’s I’ve seen plodding along my own city’s streets never appealed to me - unique, sure, but thrilling, not so much.

After zipping along the Rowley Bay Resort’s woodlands and spinning along private orchards and into hidden dales, I am now stunned in knowing that Steve operates one of the only off-road tours of this type in the country.

Take note entrepreneurs. This is a one-of- a-kind opportunity! Riding that Segway was the best hour I had spent all season! (

Afterward, some in the group get to cross “Death’s Door” (hence the name of the county, culled from its harrowing strait off the northern coast of the peninsula), and Washington Island (the Icelandic settled land forming a crown at the top of the county).

Other journalists go biking or join in a cooking class and lunch at Savory Spoon Cooking School, an interactive way to combine flavors and cultures. (

I, on the other hand, dine at The White Gull Inn, an historic B&B, which is in yet

another charming-as-all-get-out village (Fish Creek) full of general stores, diminutive cottage cafes and several retail/sundry shops.

Our guide drives us back to Egg Harbor and a-cheesing we go. Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese ( is a small and pungent store where cheese mongers ply us with generous tastings: A soft, ripened Petit Frere, Snow White Goat and Cheddar; a nutty Buttermilk Bleu, and a wedge of Pleasant Ridge Reserve - the most celebrated cheese in America.

The shop may smell like my son’s room, but it is the tastiest stop in town. I am now officially a Cheese Head.

At Harbor Ridge Winery (“Solving the World’s Problems One Sip at a Time”) we sample several impressive pours of white, red and, of course, cherry wines. Like the beer at Shipwrecked Brewery, Door County’s wineries are not merely varia- tions on a theme; they are well-produced and highly-rated originals in their own rite. Too, this happens to be a great place to hold a tasting event. (

Dinner up the road at The Log Den makes me want to yell “Timber!” because that’s what this vast restaurant is all about - hand hewn logs that form a rustic chalet. Inside, they provide their famous fish boil. It’s a la carte on this night, so I try yet another variation of that famed whitefish, a light and satisfying dish. (

Each night we see a performance. The first, held in a vast auditorium and pos- sessing outdoor trails and a fire pit right on the shore of the lake, is the Peninsula Players Theatre in the Garden - America’s oldest professional resident summer the-

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