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by Jim Kendrick - Village View Motel

The lake steamers began bringing summer visitors to the Door Peninsula in the 1880's, and its been a top vacation destination ever since. Three hundred miles of scenic shoreline define the peninsula which separates Lake Michigan from Green Bay. Often called the "New England of the Midwest," a splendid variety of outdoor, cultural, arts and dining experiences await the visitor.

Surrounded by water, boating sailing kayaking, Para sailing, scenic lighthouse cruises, sunset cruises and day trips to the islands around the peninsula are among the most popular activities.

The "Door" is populated by fine artists, art galleries, art schools, summer stock theatres and a number of performing arts series. These activities are complimented through the year with festivals: Blossom in May, Mayfest, Townline art fair, Pumpkin patch and the Fall Festival to name a few.

Four large state parks with miles of shoreline provide great water access, rental boats, hiking trails, bike paths, deserted beaches. A summer stock theatre operated in one of the parks. The parks offer hundreds of campsite through RV sites. Numerous golf courses of varying designs and difficulty most with outstanding views are open to the public.

Accommodations are available to suit every need and budget, from cute in town motels like the Village View, to luxurious condos such as The Yacht Club at Sister Bay to quaint inns, such as the Inn on Maple.

To complete your visit a wide variety of dining is available from deli's, waterfront casual sunset places, supper clubs to gourmet restaurants. Many visitors try the traditional fish boil available at a number of well established classic places.

Peak season is July through mid August and again as the leaves turn in late September through mid October. Ma/June and early September are less busy with the quiet season running November until mid May.

Jim Kendrick and Tina Kendrick own - Village View Motel located in the heart of Door County in the Village of Sister Bay

Northern Wisconsin

When you want to get away from it all and soak in the great outdoors of the United States, journey to northern Wisconsin for some much needed fresh air. All is peaceful in this part of the country, where the sun sets on a striking purple-blue horizon and the numerous animals of this area tend for their young. So get out there and enjoy nature in an unspoiled environment, the experience is certainly like none other.

Door County is a great northern Wisconsin option if you enjoy the water sports that are plentiful in this area. Fishing is always the most popular option, but there are other choices including sailing, scuba diving, parasailing, or simply relaxing on the beach at one of the nearby state parks. The area is also steeped in tradition, and you can learn about its fascinating history at any of the numerous museums and historical attractions around town. However, to really take in Door County, visit Washington Island and travel around the island via the Cherry Train to get close to the most interesting cultural and culinary attractions.

When you arrive in the Door Peninsula, the area draws you in with its simple, yet dramatic outdoor beauty. The towering cliffs that descend into Lake Michigan are your first clue that the outdoors truly matter here, and the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife are around every corner, beckoning you to explore outside of the typical tourist draws. To get the most out of this scenic wonderland, visit the Ridges Sanctuary to see and learn more about the biological diversity of the area. Or, if you would rather take it all in for yourself, make your way to one of the town or county parks for breathtaking views of the area’s exceptional natural features.

When you venture further north to Minocqua, outdoor excursions become even more of a staple for the ideal vacation experience. With over 3,200 lakes, ponds, and streams in the greater Minocqua area, leading to the appropriate title the “Lakeland Area,” water activities are definitely the biggest allure. Rent a boat and feel the refreshing mist on your face, or take to the always popular fishing and reel in walleye, musky, northern pike, smallmouth bass, perch, and a lot more. Head out to the trails for some solitude as you hike or bike among the plentiful vegetation and numerous animals that call this area home. No matter what outdoor activity floats your boat or canoe, there is certainly a pristine hideaway just waiting for you to discover it...read more about Wisconsin »
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