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Door County Experience

Program Number: 12334RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/23/2012 - 9/28/2012; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 6/28/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/24/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/28/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/11/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Door County, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Discover Wisconsin’s famed Door County, a peninsula home to five state parks, 10 lighthouses and 300 miles of scenic shoreline. Learn about the Door Peninsula’s unique geography and climate, see the Niagara Escarpment and hunt for fossils along a rocky beach. Discuss artistic expression with working artists, explore historic communities and visit fascinating historical and maritime museums. Start the day with a beautiful sunrise and end the day with a spectacular sunset.




Highlights

• Go inside and learn about the keepers of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, beautifully restored by the Door County Historical Society.
• Meet a local watercolor artist for a mini workshop and create your own special souvenir to take home.
• On a visit to a local fruit orchard, hear a lecture on the orchard industry and family business.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, rocky terrain on field trips; climbing stairs.



Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.




Door County

Comprising the peninsula at Wisconsin’s northeast tip dividing Green Bay from Lake Michigan, Door County is blessed with more than 300 miles of shoreline, numerous parks, many arts organizations, and year round activities amid the natural beauty of changing seasons.



Accommodations
Waterfront resort with indoor pool on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline bordered by pristine estuary.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Paul Regnier

Paul Regnier is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a bachelor's degree in natural resource management and a master's in environmental education and interpretation. Paul was the director at the Ridges Sanctuary for 15 years. He currently owns and operates the Door County Nature and Travel Company which specializes in natural and cultural history group travel, natural areas management and restoration and environmental and nature programming.
 
Ed Fenendael

A native of Wisconsin, Ed began his art career over 30 years ago. He works in several media, but his main focus is watercolor and watercolor/ink. Ed's paintings can be found in Washington D.C., at Atelier Galerie in Giverny, France; at Morning Mist Studio (his private gallery) in Door County, in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the world; and the Miller Art Museum's permanent collection. He has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University. He teaches watercolor and offers workshops in the United States and abroad.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Rowleys Bay Resort
  Rowleys Bay, WI 5 nights
 Rowleys Bay Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: Largest Northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property at the mouth of the Mink River Estuary. Spectacular views across the bay of Newport State Park. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere at this family-run resort. 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: TV and phone in room.
  Facility amenities: Fabulous bakery, restaurant, pub, indoor pool, whirlpool, outdoor tennis courts, hiking trails, marina with charters, kayak rentals and zipline; plentiful home-style meals served buffet style. Only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil in Door County.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call resort for details. Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call resort for details. Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at 3:30 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary parking at resort for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rowleys Bay, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Ellison Bay, WI.
  Nearest highway: Highway 42.
  Nearest airport:  Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB), Green Bay, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Rowleys Bay, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Green Bay, WI

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Green Bay-Door County Shuttle
phone: 920-746-0500
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$110.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 15 minutes 

   

Although available, the shuttle is quite expensive. The majority of participants drive their own vehicles or rent a car from the Green Bay or Milwaukee airports.

 
Driving Directions
  From Chicago to Rowleys Bay Take I-94 West (you’ll really be going north) to Milwaukee. In downtown Milwaukee, Take I-43 North towards Green Bay. At Green Bay, follow signs to Sturgeon Bay. Take exit 185 to Sturgeon Bay/Highway 57. Continue on 57 North to the Village of Sister Bay. At Highway 42 in Sister Bay, turn right and proceed North. You can either proceed North until you intersect with County Highway ZZ and turn right (East) on ZZ, following it as it winds around to Rowleys Bay Resort, OR Continue north on Hwy 42 for about two miles until you reach Wildwood Road and turn right (east). A sign for the resort marks the turn. Proceed on Wildwood until you reach the stop sign at County Highway ZZ, turn Left on ZZ (following it to the right) and continue to Rowleys Bay Resort.
  From Green Bay to Rowleys Bay Take Highway 57 North towards Sturgeon Bay. Continue on 57 North to the Village of Sister Bay. At Highway 42 in Sister Bay, turn right and proceed North. You can either proceed North until you intersect with County Highway ZZ and turn right (East) on ZZ, following it as it winds around to Rowleys Bay Resort, OR Continue north on 42 for about two miles until you reach Wildwood Road and turn right (east). A road sign indicating Rowleys Bay Resort marks the turn. Proceed on Wildwood until you reach the stop sign at County Highway ZZ, turn Left on ZZ (following it to the right) and continue to Rowleys Bay Resort.
  From Minneapolis/St. Paul to Rowleys Bay Take I-94 East towards Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls. Take Highway 29 East towards Wausau. Stay on Highway 29 until Green Bay. Highway 29 becomes Highway 54 (north around the city). Highway 54 becomes Highway 57 North towards Sturgeon Bay. Take 57 North to the Village of Sister Bay. At Highway 42 in Sister Bay, turn right and proceed North. You can either proceed North until you intersect with County Highway ZZ and turn right (East) on ZZ, following it as it winds around to Rowleys Bay Resort. OR Continue north on 42 for about two miles until you reach Wildwood Road and turn right (east). A sign marks the turn. Proceed on Wildwood until you reach the stop sign at County Highway ZZ, turn Left on ZZ (following it to the right) and continue to Rowleys Bay Resort.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival / Orientation
(Sunday, September 23)
   
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive at the hotel in the afternoon. Check in at 3:30 PM with the Group Leader to receive your name tag and program booklet. Check in with the hotel front desk for your room assignment.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant, buffet style.
 Evening: After dinner we'll gather as a group for ORIENTATION to review the schedule and learn a little bit about each other.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Meet a Watercolor Artist / Welcome from Resort Owner / Bakery Behind the Scenes / Fish Boil / Evening Activity
(Monday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, buffet style. The hotel owners are Swedish so you'll find Swedish pancakes almost every morning on the buffet.
 Morning: By now you'll have noticed how incredibly beautiful Door County is and understand why so many artists have settled here over the years. You'll meet one of them this morning. He has been painting with watercolors for many years and is eager to share his love of the art with you. He'll explain his WATERCOLOR PAINTING PROCESS and do a quick DEMO; then it will be your turn to give it a try. Don't think, just do! You'll be surprised with the results and you'll have a great memento to take home.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel restaurant, buffet style.
 Afternoon: MEET THE RESORT OWNER and learn about the history of the Wagon Trail Resort. Her father started the resort over 30 years ago. He was looking for a name for the resort and found Wagon Trail on a jar of peanut butter. Take a walk with Jewel Peterson Ouradnik down to the water's edge and learn more about the history of this area on the Mink River Estuary and across from Newport State Park. Come back to the hotel and visit the BAKERY for a BEHIND THE SCENES with Jewel as she explains how they make their famous caramel pecan rolls and Swedish skorpa. If that wasn't enough you'll want to join the resident storyteller by the fire to learn about the history or the Door County fish boil. There are many versions of this story but Don's got one of the best and you can't beat the view! Bring your camera for the spectacular "boil over". When the fish is done we eat.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant, buffet style.
 Evening: Evening activity.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Geology of Door County / Hunt for Fossils / Niargara Escarpment / Eagle Bluff Lighthouse / Ephraim Village
(Tuesday, September 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room, buffet style. Be sure to try the Wagon Trail's famous caramel pecan rolls.
 Morning: Start the day with a lecture on the GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF DOOR COUNTY. A local naturalist will explain how the Niagara Escarpment was formed and the unique geologic features of the peninsula. Then board our motor coach for a FIELD TRIP to hunt for fossils and see the NIAGARA ESCARPMENT in person at Ellison Bluff County Park. The peninsula is on a tilt so there are steep bluffs on the Green Bay side and sandy beaches on the Lake Michigan side. Take a quick walk through the park on a trail to look for seasonal wildflowers before boarding the coach for our next stop - Lunch!
 Lunch: Plated lunch at Julie's Cafe in Fish Creek. You'll have a choice of sandwich, side and a slice of homemade pie - cherry is always a popular choice! You might want to get your picture taken in the giant chair out front.
 Afternoon: Our next stop on our FIELD TRIP is Peninsula State Park and a visit to EAGLE BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE, beautifully restored by the Door County Maritime Museum. Hear stories of the keepers and their families. Life at this lighthouse was relatively good because of the close proximity to a town. See the living quarters and ask yourself if you would be up to the challenge of "keeping the light." Reboard the coach for a quick ride to the HISTORIC VILLAGE OF EPHRAIM - settled by Moravian immigrants in the 1940s. Learn more about life in the peninsula by visiting the Anderson Dock, Anderson Store and Pioneer Schoolhouse.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room, buffet style.
 Evening: Make it a relaxing night after our big day out by stopping by the meeting room for a video or start on the Lighthouses of Door County puzzle. How many lighthouses do you count? This will be a good question for the docent at the Maritime Museum on Thursday.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Boreal Forest / Free Afternoon / Free Evening
(Wednesday, September 26)
   
 Breakfast: Before breakfast, enjoy the sounds and sights of winged flight on an early morning bird walk guided by an area naturalist. Breakfast in the hotel dining room, buffet style.
 Morning: Area naturalist lectures on the BOREAL FORESTS OF DOOR COUNTY. Morning session engages participants with a lecture and hands on activities.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room, buffet style. Lunch is a little early today for those catching the ferry over to Washington Island.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free so participants can choose activities of their own interests. 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. Information on special events and options will be provided.
 Dinner: Participants may choose to have a buffet dinner at the hotel or on their own in the quaint villages of the county.
 Evening: Free evening for guests to partake in the county's theatre, music or community events or soak up a gorgeous sunset.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fruit Orchard / Historical Museum / Maritime Museum / Musical Performance
(Thursday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room, buffet style.
 Morning: Board the motor coach for a visit to one of the area's largest cherry and apple orchards, SEAQUIST ORCHARDS. This family operation is typical of the orchards found in Door County. Take a trip through the test orchard and learn more about the fruit industry. 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 we'll head south to Sturgeon Bay and the DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. The highlight of this museum is the wildlife exhibit created by local taxidermist Mike Orthober. Mike is a true artist and will explain how the exhibit was created from the bird and animal mounts to the painted mural to the realists rocks and leaves. You will be amazed at the amount of detail.
 Lunch: Box lunch at a park in Sturgeon Bay.
 Afternoon: Continue FIELD TRIP to the DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM and explore Door County's lighthouses and shipbuilding. There is so much to see and everyone finds an exhibit of interest.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room, buffet style.
 Evening: For our final evening together we'll enjoy a MUSICAL PERFORMANCE by a group of local singers. They truly enjoy performing together and will enjoy meeting you and finding out where you are from.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, September 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room, buffet style.
 Morning: Check-out and independent departure. Take this opportunity to explore the riches of the peninsula on your way home. Thank you for joining us for this program.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Rowleys Bay, WI American Folklore Theatre
American 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 September through mid-October for its Fall Town Hall Series. Phone: (920) 854-6117. For additional information, visit www.folkloretheatre.com
  Door Community Theatre
Door Community Auditorium is a year-round center for the arts presenting the best in music, dance and theatre. Their 2005 Season featured Delbert McClinton, Natalie McMaster, Bobby Sanabria & Acsension, Michael Martin Murphey, The Lettermen, T.S. Monk, Keb' Mo', Michael Buble, Melissa Manchester, Patty Loveless, The Christmas Schooner. Phone: 920-868-2728. For additional information, visit www.dcauditorium.org
  Golf Course Options
Visit the Door County Golf website for course information, location and map. For additional information, visit www.doorcountygolf.com/GolfCourses.HTM
  Peninsula Players
The Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theatre, is pleased to present its 71st season of comedy, music, and drama for Door County audiences. The season runs mid- June to mid-Oct. 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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