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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 [...]

5 04, 2020

Day 19 of Bingo – Turtles

One day in the summer of 2017, I (Kimberly) was walking through the parking lot of the resort when I thought I saw something tiny scurry under a car. I took a peek, and found this little guy. It was the teeniest tiniest little snapping turtle that I ever did see! He was not amused. Instead of letting him cross the frying-pan hot parking lot, I took him back to the water. We don't often see turtles right around the resort, but there's an area between The Wagon Trail Campground and the resort that is swampy and prime turtle crossing. [...]

4 04, 2020

Day 18 of Bingo – Dala Horses

If you've visited the resort and Grandma's Swedish Bakery, you've probably noticed the giant orange painted horse head sitting on the counter by the microwave. It isn't a reference to the Godfather, but actually a popular symbol of Swedish culture named after the city of Dalarna in central Sweden, and they're called Dala horses. This one shown above is one of the most popular styles: the red orange carving with a specific decorative design, made at a factory in Nusnäs, Sweden. This is no obscure souvenir. These hand-carved items are taken seriously. Discover how they're made with a virtual tour [...]

3 04, 2020

Day 17 of Bingo – Swedish Flag

When you visit Rowleys Bay Resort and Grandma's Swedish Bakery, one thing you'll notice is, of course, the Swedish flags. A Swedish flag in Grandmas Swedish Bakery, with Swedish folk art in the background. Just like the American flag, the Swedish flag has a meaningful history. Estimated to have been in use in recognizable form since the mid-14th Century, it wasn't actually officially approved until about 100 years ago. Hand-painted ship with Swedish flag, on a dresser in Cottage E The cross on the flag is a representation of a Christian cross. The color blue symbolizes [...]

2 04, 2020

Day 16 of Bingo – The Quiet Side

Rowleys Bay is on what's known as the "quiet side" of the northern Door County peninsula. What do we mean by quiet? Well...it's quiet. Communities and businesses built up along the Green Bay side on Highway 42 have turned the western shorefront into a remarkable hotspot (spots? hot strip?) of visual and performing arts, amazing food and drinks, shopping galore, and lots of other unique things to see. Here on the eastern front, we have our remarkable landmarks too, they're just a bit more subdued. The way the Niagra Escarpment carved out the lakes and land left the east side [...]

1 04, 2020

Day 15 of Bingo – ???

It's April 1st, also known as April Fools Day. Today is the day Kimberly would normally be playing tricks on our readers: promoting our new Listerine-flavored cinnamon roll frosting, playing two truths and a lie with Sasquatch, or teaching chess to seagulls (you know how that ends). But given current events (hashtag "given current events") we thought some of that kind of thing may not go over too well. We don't need something to be grumpy about. We need a reason to smile and laugh and come no more than 6 feet from each other. So who better to talk [...]

31 03, 2020

Day 14 of Bingo – The Farm

Not just any petting zoo, THE Farm has been around for...well, at least long enough to take this photo of my (Kimberly) mom's 1970s snapshot held over their existing sign in 2018! What will you find at The Farm? It's more than just a petting zoo, although I have to admit snuggling with baby animals is still my favorite part. There are dozens of buildings and learning opportunities to peek through, peaceful wooded trails, and a fun gift and snack shop. You can pack a lunch and hang out all day. Open 9am-5pm in the summer, it's multi-generation [...]

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