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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 13, 2013

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Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - Arrival / Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive at Rowleys Bay on your own or take the Covenant Harbor van shuttle at 2:30 p.m. from the Green Bay airport (advance reservation required). Arrive at Rowleys Bay at 4:30 p.m. for check-in, dinner and orientation.

Afternoon: Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. at the front desk of the resort.

Dinner: Buffet at 5 p.m. in the resort restaurant.

Evening: Orientation at 7 p.m. Group Leader will provide program overview and answer questions. You’ll then have a chance to introduce yourself.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - Meet a Watercolor Artist / Welcome from Resort Ow...
Meet a Watercolor Artist / Welcome from Resort Owner / Bakery Behind the Scenes / Fish Boil / Evening Activity

Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 a.m. in resort restaurant. The hotel owners are Swedish, so look for Swedish pancakes!

Morning: At 10 a.m., enjoy a two-hour session on “Watercolor Journals” with local artist Ed Fenendael. Understand why so many artists have settled in and chosen to paint incredibly beautiful Door County. Ed will explain his process and do a quick demonstration — then it will be your turn to give it a try. You'll be surprised with the results and have a great memento to take home!

Lunch: Noon buffet in the resort restaurant.

Afternoon: In the lobby at 2 p.m., meet resort owner Jewel Peterson and learn the history of the the resort and the area. Walk down to the water's edge to see the bay, Mink River Estuary and Newport State Park. At 3 p.m. in the bakery, Jewel reveals how the resort makes its famous caramel pecan rolls and Swedish skorpa. Then join the resident storyteller by the fire pit at 4:30 p.m. to learn the history of the Door County fish boil. There are many versions of this story, but Charlie has one of the best and you can't beat the view! Bring your camera for the spectacular "boil over."

Dinner: Buffet at 5 p.m. in the resort restaurant. Tonight the buffet features the traditional Door County fish boil with potatoes, onions, coleslaw, rye bread and cherry dessert. If you're not a fish fan, there will be many other delicious choices.

Evening: At 7 p.m., gather for an evening session on “The Surprising Art of Taxidermy” with award-winning taxidermist Mike Orthober.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - Geology of Door County / Hunt for Fossils / Niarg...
Geology of Door County / Hunt for Fossils / Niargara Escarpment / Eagle Bluff Lighthouse / Ephraim Village

Note: Some walking over a rocky beach, along forest trails and grass lawns.

Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 a.m. in the resort restaurant (be sure to try the caramel pecan rolls).

Morning: At 9 a.m., enjoy a one-hour lecture, “Geologic History of Door County,” with local naturalist Terrie Cooper. Learn how the Niagara Escarpment formed and the unique geologic features of the peninsula. Then board a motor coach for a field trip to hunt for fossils on a rocky beach and see the Niagara Escarpment at Ellison Bluff County Park. The peninsula is tilted, so there are steep bluffs on the Green Bay side and sandy beaches on the Lake Michigan side. Walk a park trail to look for seasonal wildflowers.

Lunch: Head south to Fish Creek for a plated noon lunch at Julie's Cafe. Try a slice of homemade pie for dessert (cherry is always a popular choice). You might want to get your picture taken in the giant chair out front.

Afternoon: Enter Peninsula State Park for a one-hour visit at the beautifully restored Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, which sits atop a bluff above the Bay of Green Bay. With a docent, visit the living quarters of the lighthouse keepers and their families. Hear stories of shipwrecks and life "keeping the light." Then travel north to the historic Village of Ephraim, settled by Moravian immigrants. With a docent, learn more about life in the peninsula by visiting the Anderson Dock, Anderson Store and Pioneer Schoolhouse.

Dinner: Buffet at 5 p.m. in the resort restaurant.

Evening: At 7 p.m., gather in the meeting room to hear local orchard owners Mark and Mary Pat Carlson share stories of “Cherry Pickers and Orchard Memories.” Local Door County-made dried cherries, cherry juice and jams will be available for purchase.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - The Boreal Forest / Free Afternoon / Free Evening
Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant. Before breakfast, enjoy the sounds and sights of winged flight during a shoreline bird walk led by an area naturalist.

Morning: Gather at 9 a.m. for a lecture, “Boreal Forests of Door County,” with local naturalist Paul Regnier. Examine several tree samples as you learn about unique features found in Door County.

Lunch: Pick up box lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the bakery. Lunch is early so you can take advantage of everything Door County has to offer, including, perhaps, a trip on the ferry over to Washington Island.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. Visit an artists studio or gallery and look for original art. Take the ferry to Washington Island and explore the Stave Church and ostrich farm. Suggestions on special events and options will be provided.

Dinner: Buffet at 5 p.m. in the resort restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening. Attend a performance at one of the theaters or community music concerts, or just relax and watch the sunset over the Bay of Green Bay.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - Fruit Orchard / Historical Museum / Maritime Muse...
Fruit Orchard / Historical Museum / Maritime Museum / Musical Performance

Note: Walking over level ground at the museums.

Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 a.m. in the resort restaurant.

Morning: Coach at 8:30 a.m. to one of the area's largest cherry and apple orchards, Seaquist Orchards, a family operation typical of the Door County orchards. Learn more about the fruit industry in the test orchard. Afterward enjoy a cup of apple cider and explore the farm market — with dozens of local products for tasting (be sure to try the cherry salsa). Then head south to Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Historical Museum, where you view the highly detailed wildlife exhibit created by local taxidermist Mike Orthober.

Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 p.m. at a restaurant in Sturgeon Bay.

Afternoon: Continue the field trip to the Door County Maritime Museum. Enjoy a 90-minute docent-led visit and explore Door County's lighthouses and shipbuilding.

Dinner: Buffet at 5:15 p.m. in the resort restaurant.

Evening: At 7 p.m. in the meeting room, enjoy a musical performance to top off the final evening together.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Departure
Depart From: For those returning to the Green Bay airport with the Covenant Harbor van shuttle, please be in the lobby with your luggage by 8:15 a.m. The shuttle will depart at 8:30 a.m. and arrive at the airport at approximately 10:30 a.m. Important: Do not make flight plans earlier than 12:30 p.m.

Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 a.m. in the resort restaurant. Program ends with breakfast. Check-out by 11 a.m. Take some time on your way home to explore the riches of Door County.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Rowleys Bay, WI
American Folklore TheatreAmerican Folklore Theatre (AFT) is a critically acclaimed professional theatre company that presents original musical theatre under a canopy of stars at the Peninsula State Park Amphitheater mid-June through August. AFT moves indoors at the Door Community Auditorium September through mid-October for its fall season. Phone: (920) 854-6117.
For additional information, visit: www.folkloretheatre.com
Cherry TrainEnjoy a tour of Washington Island, up to 2 hours in length with three selected stops along the way. Learn island history and living folklore and legends, accompanied by your expert tour guide. Combo ticket available for Washington Island Ferry & Cherry Train. Phone: 800-223-2094.
For additional information, visit: www.cherrytrain.com
Door Community AuditoriumDoor Community Auditorium is a year-round center for the arts presenting the best in music, dance and theatre. Phone: 920-868-2728.
For additional information, visit: www.dcauditorium.org
Edgewood Orchard GalleriesKnown since 1969 for exhibitions exploring ideas in a wide range of media, Edgewood Orchard Galleries has become one of the Midwest's most respected art galleries. Housed in a restored fruit barn built in 1918, the gallery presents monthly changing feature shows, along with general exhibits of work by over 150 artists. Paintings, sculpture, glass, clay, wood and jewelry are all represented. The serene setting features a bricked courtyard, arbor and glassed portico with bistro tables and chairs. A tranquil sculpture garden guides visitors through the woods and gardens surrounding the gallery. Phone: 920-868-3579.
For additional information, visit: www.edgewoodorchard.com
Golf Course OptionsVisit the Door County.com website for course information under the DO section.
For additional information, visit: www.doorcounty.com
Peninsula PlayersThe Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theatre. The season runs mid-June to mid-October with performances Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Experience the theatre-in-a-garden and find out why more than 35,000 people were thrilled by last season's shows. Phone: 920-868-3287.
For additional information, visit: www.peninsulaplayers.com
Washington Island FerryAt the tip of the Door County peninsula, you’ll find Northport Pier and the Washington Island Ferry Line to Washington Island. The island is a 35-square mile, year-round home to 700 people and a destination for thousands of visitors annually. The Washington Island Ferry Line is a vital, year round transportation link, crossing Death’s Door passage on the way to the island. Phone: 800-223-2094.
For additional information, visit: www.wisferry.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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