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15 04, 2020

Day 29 of Bingo – Newport State Park

TOMORROW is the last day for bingo so be sure to send your card to bingo @ rowleysbayresort.com to be entered! Don't worry - we'll leave submissions open for a week or two so you have time to complete your card and send it in. Know someone who hasn't had a chance to play? Have them print a card and fill it out! Get started here. We won't leave you hanging. We'll start a new game, to be determined. ;) The land northeast across Rowleys Bay is part of Newport State Park, one of five state parks in Door County [...]

14 04, 2020

Day 28 of Bingo – Swimming

Whether it's at our indoor pool or at Sand Bay Beach around the corner, we know that our guests love to visit and go swimming. Are you missing the roar of the waves, the sun on your face, the sand in your...everywhere? Us too! Take a virtual tour of Door County beaches, courtesy of Destination Door County and YouTube. This isn't even it. There are MORE. Do you know how many beaches there are in Door County? CTAs, you should know this. The answer may surprise you! Today's BINGO phrase is SWIMMING! Mark over it with 4/14 (or X if [...]

13 04, 2020

Day 27 of Bingo – Cherries

Yesterday was a FREE SPACE for BINGO so hopefully you have a winning page! Be sure to submit it for a chance to win cool prizes. Instructions here. If you've ever been to Door County, or even if you've just heard about it at some point, you probably know we have a thing with cherries. Cherries everywhere! We put them in everything, we put them ON everything, and we even let you come snatch them right off the trees. In fact, we encourage it! Cherry Picking Scene, Door County, Wisconsin. Photo hanging in Grandma's Swedish Bakery. Click to enlarge [...]

12 04, 2020

Day 26 of Bingo – Happy Easter!

Yesterday I went for a drive around northern Door County to see what I could see. It was a beautiful sunny day, reaching 50 degrees! A clear contrast to this cloudy morning with a chance of snow. Since many businesses are closed completely and others have altered their business model, it was tricky finding Easter decorations to photograph, but I did come across a few bunnies and eggs and pastel delights! "The truck" at the corner of Highway 42 and Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay. Mural on the building facing William Caxton Ltd Books, Ellison Bay. [...]

11 04, 2020

Day 25 of Bingo – Motorcoach Tours

Door County is taking social distancing seriously, with heartfelt messages that we love you and miss you can't can't wait to see you again!! ...later. Thank you to everyone still out there making the world go 'round. This beautiful morning I went out for a drive, and it was as empty as I've seen without snow on the ground.     Not photoshopped. Legit empty roads in Sister Bay.  Restaurants and recreation facilities and boutiques and spa services and coffee shops and the library are all doing what they can, shutting down when they need to, offering contact-less [...]

10 04, 2020

Day 24 of Bingo – Washington Island Ferry

While most ferry companies are perfunctory, the service that connects the Door County Peninsula to Washington Island is more than just that. The Washington Island Ferry Line is a dedicated community service that runs every single day of the year (unless weather says no). Logo borrowed from Washington Island Ferry Line website. They ferry tourists, of course, but they also keep the residents, businesses, schools, clinics, and other resources on the island going. You'll hear their jolly jingle on the radio, and see their maps and schedules in all the card racks. They've made their necessary service a delight to [...]

9 04, 2020

Day 23 of Bingo – Cycling

One awesome thing you can still do to get your blood flowing, clear your mind, and get some fresh air, AND appropriately social distance at the same time, is to ride a bike. In Door County, we have ALL the bike riding room available. Now is the perfect time to check your gear and get limber, so you're all set when travel season starts again! Find trail and road maps: Cycling Routes from Destination Door County Door County Silent Sports Cycling Maps from Nor Door Sports Northern Door County road map from WI DOT Upcoming events: Door County Century, September [...]

8 04, 2020

Day 22 of Bingo – Mink River Estuary

The Mink River Estuary is a short river that feeds into Lake Michigan just north of Rowleys Bay and southwest of Newport State Park. Even living up here, though we hear a lot about it, it wasn't until I (Kimberly) did research for this blog post, that I realized how special and important it really is. An aerial of the resort and Rowleys Bay, with the Mink River Estuary visible in the top left. Used with permission, courtesy of and many thanks to Mark Dexter. The Door County Adventure Center, stationed right in front of the resort, does [...]

7 04, 2020

Day 21 of Bingo – Pilot Island

Pilot Island is a small island between the northern tip of the Door County peninsula and Washington Island. The lighthouse on the island was built in 1858 and staffed until 1962. If you think the property is looking a little...icky, you're right. A protected bird species, the cormorant, has taken over the area. Between the cormorants and pelicans, there's a lot of guano on the grounds (read: bird poop), and it's reached critical mass. (And yup, it smells as bad as it looks like it might.) Learn more about the history of Pilot Island and the lighthouse: Door County Maritime [...]

6 04, 2020

Day 20 of Bingo – Door County Coffee

Happy Monday! Today, just like every Monday, and every day of the week to be honest, I (Kimberly) am standing at my desk with a fresh cup of coffee. When we brew it at the resort and when I brew it at home, we go for the good stuff, and it's from our friends over at Door County Coffee & Tea Company. For me, it all started in 1996 when I moved to Sturgeon Bay. Door County Coffee was a relatively new business back then, and boy was it a delicious introduction to real coffee. Gotta get off those gas [...]