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Door County Experience

Program Number: 12334RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013; 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: $839.00 - 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: 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 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: 3:30 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 the resort. You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at 7:30 am at the resort. Departures by 11:00 am. You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary surface 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 to Rowleys Bay

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Covenant Harbor Van Shuttle
phone: 262-248-3600 x309
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 per person or $100 for two people traveling together
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

92 miles

   

Van shuttle provided by Covenant Harbor from/to the Green Bay airport on the program start and end dates only. Contact Ms. Brooke Furmanek, the program coordinator, to make your reservation at 262-248-3600 x309. One-way cost $75 per person or $100 for two people traveling together.

 
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 8)
   
 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.
   
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 9)
   
 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.
   
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 10)

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.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Boreal Forest / Free Afternoon / Free Evening
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fruit Orchard / Historical Museum / Maritime Museum / Musical Performance
(Thursday, September 12)

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.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, September 13)
   
 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 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 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 Train
Enjoy 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 Auditorium
Door 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 Galleries
Known 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 Options
Visit the Door County.com website for course information under the DO section. For additional information, visit www.doorcounty.com
  Peninsula Players
The 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 Ferry
At 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: 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.

Suggested Reading List


Door County Visitors Guide


Author: Door County Chamber of Commerce


Description: Published annually, this visitors guide is your key to everything happening in Door County. Order online at www.doorcounty.com or call toll-free 1-800-527-3529. You'll find recommendations for restaurants and activities throughout the peninsula.



Door County Tales


Author: Gayle Soucek


Description: Befitting its role as Wisconsin's thumb, Door County has its own unique pulse. It is the idyllic paradise "north of the tension line," that sends many unsuspecting tourists spiraling into an addiction that lands them in a summer home. It is also the "Door of the Dead," which some historians blame for more shipwrecks than any other body of fresh water in the world. The variety of nature's splendors and terrors is matched by the cast of characters that has risen up among them. In "Door County Tales," these characters are given free rein, which seems only proper in a place where one might walk out of a restaurant and see goats grazing on the roof.



Guarding Door County: Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations


Author: Stacy Thomas


Description: Jutting out of Wisconsin into the blue waters of Lake Michigan, the scenic peninsula of Door County is endowed with the longest coastline of any county in the nation. Since the mid-1800s, the region has boasted a strong maritime industry, dependent on the constant vigilance and efforts of U.S. Coast Guard units. The county has been home to as many as 12 historic light stations, as well as three life-saving stations. Beginning with Pottawatomie Light in 1837 and Sturgeon Bay Canal Life-Saving Station in 1886, keepers and surfmen survived both boredom and peril to ensure safe navigation and commerce, while rescuing those in distress. Through archival photographs, stories of shipwrecks, rescues, service, and pride spring to life. Rare rescue images of the Otter, a schooner which wrecked in 1895, are especially noteworthy.



My Kind of County: Door County, Wisconsin


Author: John Fraser Hart


Description: The shores of Door County, Wisconsin have long served as an idyllic retreat for Midwestern families. The region's scenic beauty is augmented by a rich history that reflects the classic American experience and John Fraser Hart now pays homage to the "Cape Cod of the Midwest" in this engaging chronicle. A renowned scholar and a summer home owner in Door County for over fifty years, Hart possesses intimate knowledge of the physical geography and cultural history of the region. With his incisive geographer's eye, he charts the gorgeously sprawling landscape that draws more than two million visitors annually, including the limestone bluffs along Green Bay that loom as high as 200 feet. He also explores Door County's agricultural heritage -- including the famous cherry orchards -- was well as the difference between the Green Bay and Lake Michigan sides of the peninsula, and the quiet interior region. The book then turns to the cultural aspects of the region, examining diverse topics such as the history of the first ethnic European settlers, the tourist economy, and the settlements' primarily Belgian architecture. Detailed maps and vibrant photographs complement Hart's engaging prose, making "My Kind of County" the perfect gift for day trippers, summer residents, and geographers alike.



On the Road to Death's Door


Author: M. J. Williams


Description: Emily and Stan Remington's maiden voyage in their newly inherited RV takes a lethal turn when a body fall off the top of their vehicle. The retired couple find themselves at the center of a murder investigation involving a politician, a corporate executive, and a hippie priest. The rookie RVers inevitably butt heads with the local sheriff as their investigation takes them from a backwoods cabin in Wisconsin's scenic Door County to the Bishop's Chancery in Madison to an abandoned island in the infamous Death's Door Straits.





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