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Day 13 of Bingo – Checkers

Giant checkers! Yes, along with the train display it's the top most oohed and aahed and "I played these when I was little" attraction in our lobby! You probably knew there were chess competitions and Rubik's Cube competitions. Did you know there are checkers competitions? In many parts of the world the game is called Draughts, so the World Draughts Federation is in charge of their rules and contests. Not to be confused with draughts, another of our favorite things to ooh and ahh about. The biggest argument in checkers stems from simple rules relating to forced jumps and how [...]

March 30th, 2020|

Day 12 of Bingo – Pecan Roll

Oh pecan I do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Ok, scratch that. We'll be here all day. When I (Kimberly) moved back to Door County and started working at Rowleys Bay Resort, I wondered to myself, "Who on Earth can eat half a pound of pecan roll?!" But then I quickly learned that I have absolutely no problem putting down half a pound (or more) of pecan roll.     From our famous "pecan roll wedding!" A beautiful bride and groom used these as their wedding cake. Photos used with permission, copyright © Tandem Photography Speaking [...]

March 29th, 2020|

Day 11 of Bingo – Cardamom

Cardamom Coffee Cake from Grandma's Swedish Bakery What is cardamom? If you're unfamiliar with cooking and baking spices, you may never have heard of it, but it's around more than you probably realize. If you've ever enjoyed a chai tea latte, you've had cardamom. Cardamom is a spice used often in Indian cooking and in baking in Scandinavian countries. It's used much the same way cinnamon is used, as you can see in the braided Cardamom Coffee Cake shown above, with sugar and generously sprinkled. It's "dry" in the same way powdered cinnamon is dry, and a lot goes a [...]

March 28th, 2020|

Day 10 of Bingo – Lighthouses

Lighthouses! There are so. Many. Lighthouses. There are MORE lighthouses in Door County than I've visited and we could talk about them all for months. You know the popular one - Cana Island. And you know about the picturesque one on the canal in Sturgeon Bay. But you may not know about a few others, that you can only get to by boat. Last year I (Kimberly) was able to visit four during the Door County Lighthouse Festival. Click on any of these to see a larger image:                Front and rear range lights on Plum Island; rear range light [...]

March 27th, 2020|

Day 9 of Bingo – Fireplace

Rowleys Bay Resort has been repurposing since before it was Pinterest-cool, and the fireplace in our lobby is no exception. The stone for the fireplace came from the foundation of the old barn on site. The flue came from a ship called the SS Mercury, the first vessel ever to be constructed to be used on the Great Lakes as a tanker. And we have it in our lobby. As a flue. How cool is that anyway?? A big old ship scuttle hatch. It's pretty neat. If you have ever been to our resort you'll notice the rest of the [...]

March 26th, 2020|

Day 8 of Bingo – Bald Eagles

Bald Eagle on ZZ When I (Kimberly) was little, I remember Bald Eagle sightings being a big deal. Anytime my dad spotted one on a road trip, he was sure to point it out. Talk about eagle eyes...most of the time I couldn't even find it. When I moved back to Door County in 2016, I started seeing them everywhere. The one shown here nearly kamikazed into the side of my truck after flying off a road kill raccoon as I passed by. The state and county have taken note of this comeback too. The DNR hosted a contest [...]

March 25th, 2020|

Day 7 of Bingo – Milky Way

Speaking of how cameras can't do beautiful sunrises justice, this isn't just a photo of a black piece of paper. Or a dark room. I didn't forget to remove my lens cap. This is a photo taken of the clear night sky in the middle of July, and what you're not seeing, is the Milky Way. Many guests to the area are absolutely astounded that you can see more than the basic constellations without a telescope on a clear night, much less the mesmerizing shimmer of our galaxy. Those who hail from large metro areas especially have never seen the [...]

March 24th, 2020|

Day 6 of Bingo – Sunrises

Sunrise over Gills Rock Door County is known for it's amazing sunsets. What you might not realize, because in the summer they come so early, is that you can also see quite amazing sunrises. Photos of an icy sunrise over Rowleys Bay, February 23, 2020. Click to see larger photos: The photos never do justice. By July 1st, the sun is already several degrees in the sky by 05:50 am, so you have to be quite an early riser to catch one, but whether you're watching from the pub patio, your balcony, or the fishing dock, they're [...]

March 23rd, 2020|

Day 5 of Bingo – Crocuses

There's not much to write about crocuses, other than we dearly love their emergence each spring. Best say it with pictures: Today's BINGO phrase is CROCUS(ES). If you have that on your bingo card, write 3/22 over the top of it to mark it off. Need a card? Get your card and the rules here. Getting close to a BINGO? If you get BINGO on your card you can send in a photo for a chance to win fun prizes! Submission details coming soon. Follow us on our blog, Facebook, and Instagram. Find these pins on Pinterest.

March 22nd, 2020|

Day 4 of Bingo – Goats

Totes m'goats! What is it about goats that we all love? Is it their soft fur? Their earnest bleats? The way they side-eye you in that reverse cross-eyed fashion before bounding off to do something funny? Yes. All of the above. Goats are like the cats of the farm animals. They're just goofy loveable creatures, and up in Sister Bay especially, there are plenty of opportunities to love on goats. The Door County Creamery is a cafe in Sister Bay where you can get goat cheese, soap, and gelato, plus other delicious sandwiches and souvenirs. You can also sign up [...]

March 21st, 2020|

Day 3 of Bingo – Door County Train Diorama

This year we're celebrating 20 years of displaying an amazing diorama of Door County landmarks in our lobby! The looped N gauge train display shows several familiar features of the area, all in miniature, carefully crafted by local brothers Bill and Bob Appel. (Click on each image to zoom in for a closer look.) In the photos here you can see two of our most famous tall buildings, Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park and Cana Island Lighthouse. From the article posted next to the display, it sounds like the guys had a blast designing the tiny landscapes. [...]

March 20th, 2020|

Day 2 of Bingo – Frogs

Sergei found a toad. "I feel like a Disney princess!" Frogs! It's not a complete day out in nature if you're not chasing a frog or a turtle or a grasshopper, and up here, we have plenty of frogs and toads. Wisconsin is home to 12 species of frogs, and up here in Door County you can find most of them. Learn what each of these and other common amphibians look like, so you can identify them when you're up in the summer. Aren't they all so cute! After heavy summer storms, you'll often see these little guys [...]

March 19th, 2020|

Day 1 of Rowleys Bay Bingo – All About Shipwrecks

Grape Shot shipwreck Did you know Door County is home to over 275 known shipwrecks? Some of them are in such shallow water you can see them from the surface. The Door County Maritime Museum has an interactive display on shipwrecks and lots of great resources for shipwreck enthusiasts. The shipwreck shown to the left is from the schooner Grape Shot that was driven aground off the coast of Plum Island in November 1867. The current wreckage can easily be seen from a boat, and the wreckage shown is only about 8 feet underwater. Learn how you can explore [...]

March 18th, 2020|

Join us (online) for a game of Rowleys Bay Bingo

Stuck at home? Need something to do? Still loonnngggging for the days you can bust out of the house and visit us in gorgeous northern Door County? While those plans may be slightly postponed, there's no reason you can't still get your Door County fix. We are here to serve. Starting tomorrow, join us each day online for a rousing game of Rowleys Bay Bingo! Get your card here: Rowleys Bay Bingo cards Simply click "generate card" to have a unique bingo card generated. This card is yours. Print it or email yourself the link to protect it! Make sure [...]

March 17th, 2020|

CoVID-19 and Your Vacation Plans

Published 3/12/20, updated 3/27/2020 1409 Rowleys Bay Resort is not taking new reservations for arrivals between now and the end of April 2020. We are constantly reevaluating this policy and let you know what we will be able to do going into April. Hotels as a business have NOT been mandated to close. However, since we are not near a major hospital or airport, and are purely a tourist destination, we cannot comfortably remain open and encourage traffic and visitors into Door County. Thank you for being a part of keeping this area safe for the future of tourism! Please [...]

March 12th, 2020|

Do you have your Film Fest tickets?

Where else can you say you went to a film fest for Valentine's Day, without it costing a bajillion dollars? Why Door County of course! Buy your tickets online in advance, and for just $15 enjoy your Friday evening and Saturday afternoon with freelance filmographers from all over the world. Plus a few added treats from amazing local vendors. None of that boring stuff - snuggle up with your sweetheart and watch art come alive. Who knows? Maybe one of the films will go viral, and then you can say you saw it first! We're a proud sponsor! Staying the [...]

February 11th, 2020|

It’s Fish Creek Winterfest!

It's here! The 33rd Annual Fish Creek Winterfest! Starting at 10 AM on Saturday, February 1st, enjoy winter in Northern Door County done right. Get your schedule of events here. The fun doesn't end on Sunday. Once you've had your fill of the snow, head north to Ellison Bay for what has been referred to as "a phenomenal" brunch at Hugel Haus and the locals' favorite parade of the year, the Groundhog Day Parade starting at 2 PM! Stick around afterward and head to the Mink River Basin for FREE "groundhog" stew to warm you up in advance of the [...]

January 30th, 2020|

Celebrate New Years with the Sister Bay Cherry Drop!

From the Sister Bay events page: Sister Bay celebrates New Year’s Eve with a shopping extravaganza throughout the village, ice skating and a bonfire at the Sports Complex, dining specials, and an early evening fireworks show at the Sports Complex. The fm 106.9 The Lodge Cherry Drop portion of the evening starts at 10:30pm with The Lodge playing some the biggest tunes of all time from Cherry ground zero at The Garage. As we countdown to midnight, we drop the giant sparkling cherry to welcome the new year! Get the 2019-2020 party details here. Click to see what you missed [...]

December 31st, 2019|Tags: , , |

January through April, the third night is on us!

In the late winter and early spring, Northern Door County is quiet...but not closed! Whether you're up to enjoy snowshoeing or cross country skiing at one of our nearby parks, or just getting away from home for a few days, Rowleys Bay Resort has lodging available for your mini getaway. This January 1st through April 30th, stay with us for two nights, and the third night is free! Our Woodside and Lakeside rooms each have two queen beds, comfortable sitting areas, 24 channels of cable channels, and high-speed wifi for your relaxation and winter sports recuperation. Starting at just $74 [...]

December 13th, 2019|

What’s going on this weekend? 12/6/19

One of the fabulous things about all the communities that are close in Door County is it's Christmas every weekend! This Saturday, head down to Baileys Harbor for the Holiday Fair by Door County North Rotary Club. From 10 AM to 2 PM at the Town Hall, enjoy gift shopping from over twenty local vendors, lunch and treats from local eateries. The fun doesn't stop there. Starting at 10 AM just next door is a full day of other holiday events, including cider at the library, wreath making at Ridges, and cookie decorating at Knit Whit's. Bundle up for the [...]

December 6th, 2019|

What’s going on this weekend? 11/29/19

Now that Thanksgiving feasts are dwindling, naps are being enjoyed, and shopping is gearing up, it's time to think about Santa!  via GIPHY Capture the Spirit in Sister Bay with photos with Santa and his reindeer, a special holiday lighting event, and storytime and crafts at the library, all starting at 3:00 PM on Friday, November 29th. On Saturday there's cookie decorating at the fire hall, and all weekend long there's a special holiday arts fair with lunch available for purchase. Visit the website for more details, and enjoy the weekend!     While the kids are entertained, think [...]

November 28th, 2019|

Unique gifts await in Northern Door County!

Walmart and Amazon and Target all have the same stuff, so this year make it a post-Thanksgiving weekend in quiet Northern Door County, where plenty of unique shops are open for Small Business Saturday. Enjoy world-class food and serene scenes, avoid the traffic jams and long lines. Book a short weekend at Rowleys Bay Resort and you'll find its just a short drive to walking trails, water-front parks, and clusters of delightful small businesses and delicious eateries. Here are just a few shops and restaurants open the weekend after Thanksgiving: Gills Rock Stoneware, Ellison Bay Pottery Studios, and Lynn's Pottery [...]

November 25th, 2019|

What’s going on this weekend? 11/22/2019

As Thanksgiving approaches, there's still a lot to do in Northern Door County! This weekend, join the Ellison Bay Service Club at their Annual Tree Lighting & Caroling, taking place this Sunday, November 24th. Travel to the Mink River Basin in Ellison Bay, then cross the street to the Bayview Marina entrance to join in an evening of candlelit song, inspiration, fellowship, and fun. Afterwards, enjoy a community chili dinner back at the Basin. The rest of the weekend, enjoy a crisp walk at Newport State Park, a fresh cup of coffee and treat at Brew or Kick Ash, and [...]

November 21st, 2019|

“When will the leaves change?”

When is the best time for Door County fall leaf peeping? No one loves the vague but honest answer, "it changes every year." However, with the Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report you can get the most topical updates and do your best to align your fall road trip with Mother Nature's golden tint. This interactive map helps you discover current autumn color status, as well as predict when fall splendor will be at its peak, a weather forecast to help you plan what to pack, and a list of selfie stations so you and your tribe can capture the perfect [...]

October 2nd, 2019|

Join us this fall: employment still available!

As Door County has become more popular throughout the fall, we've continued to see guests visit us in large groups through late October. With weather and leaf colors like ours, who can blame them! Rowleys Bay Resort, Grandma's Swedish Bakery, Rowleys Bay Restaurant, and Rowley's Pub are all still hiring for the fall 2019 season! Part-time positions include: Bakery Sales Bartender Dishwasher Buffet Prep Cook Server Host Front Desk Descriptions of these positions and more can be found on our Job Opportunities page. Send in your resume and give us a call to start the process. Not only will you [...]

September 16th, 2019|

Hello guests!

Welcome to Rowleys Bay Resort's shiny NEW website! We'll be using this space to post articles and info about the resort. Be sure to also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest so you can stay on top of all our new info. See you again soon!

March 12th, 2019|