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The Lighthouses and Collections of Door County

Program Number: 11664RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Door County, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $825.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Wisconsin’s Door County is home to the second highest concentration of lighthouses of any U.S. county — 10 of them grace the scenic shoreline of this 75-mile-long peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan. Expert presentations illuminate the history of the lighthouses and their importance to ships navigating through a passage that French explorers named Porte des Morts Passage, the “Door to the Way to Death.” One of the most striking areas of the U.S., Door County offers visitors an unparalleled experience.




Highlights

• Journey through picturesque Door County with stops at lighthouses and range lights and discover other lighthouses on boat excursions.
• Go inside and learn about the keepers of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, beautifully restored by the Door County Historical Society.
• Enjoy a look at Door County’s extensive cultural community of artists, craftsmen, and museum professionals.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day on boardwalks and uneven pathways.



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
Lakefront resort near historic downtown Sturgeon Bay. Indoor and outdoor pools.
Meals and Lodgings
   Stone Harbor Resort
  Sturgeon Bay, WI. 5 nights
 Stone Harbor Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Stone Harbor Resort is Door County's largest conference center, located on the water just steps away Historic Downtown Sturgeon Bay. Stone Harbor Resort was named "Best Lakeshore Resort" at the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism in March 2008. You'll find that fun and function come together on the shores of Sturgeon Bay. Resort is open year-round.
  Contact info: 107 N First Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 USA
phone: 877-746-0700
web: www.stoneharbor-resort.com
  Room amenities: Standard Double Queen rooms feature a television, telephone, iron and ironing board. Complimentary wireless internet throughout the entire resort.
  Facility amenities: Stone Harbor Resort offers 161 relaxing guest rooms, 6000 square feet of state of the art meeting and banquet space, breathtaking outdoor waterfront meeting and party options, fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a business center and complimentary wireless internet throughout the resort. Guests can also enjoy an indoor pool with extra large hot tub and an outdoor pool with a view of the bay.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for rate. Guests should ask for the Road Scholar room rate when they call to make additional nights reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for rate. Guests should ask for the Road Scholar room rate when they call to make additional nights reservations.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM check-in at hotel. You will be staying at Stone Harbor Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at hotel. You will be staying at Stone Harbor Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary surface parking at hotel for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  Nearest city or town:  Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  Nearest highway: WI Hwy 42 and WI Hwy 57.
  Nearest airport:  Austin Staubel Int'l Airport, Green Bay, WI (GRB).
  From End of Program
  Location: Sturgeon Bay, WI.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Green Bay to Sturgeon 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 $90 for two people traveling together
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

54 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 $90 for two people traveling together.

 
Driving Directions
  From Chicago/Milwaukee to Sturgeon Bay Driving time is approximately 2 and a half hours from Milwaukee Driving time is approximately 4 hours from Chicago -- Take I-43 North through Milwaukee to Green Bay -- Take Hwy 57 North (Sturgeon Bay exit) into Sturgeon Bay -- Follow Hwy 57 to Business 42/57 exit and follow towards downtown -- Follow the business district, which turns into Madison Avenue -- Turn right at Madison and Maple St. This takes you across the Oregon Street Bridge -- At the foot of the bridge, turn left on First Avenue -- Go 2 blocks and the hotel is on the left hand side.
  From Green Bay airport to Sturgeon Bay Total Travel Time Approx. 1 Hour and 15 Min (Approx. 54 Miles) -- Turn RIGHT (East) out of the Airport on Hwy. 172 -- Continue to follow Hwy. 172 East for about 8.6 miles -- Merge onto I-43 North (left lanes) and continue about 5.2 miles -- Merge onto WI-57 North via Exit 185 toward Sturgeon Bay/Algoma and continue about 38.6 miles -- When entering Sturgeon Bay take the Business District Exit (immediately after the second set of stop lights) onto Green Bay Road/WI-57BR -- Turn left on Third Ave and continue approx. 6 blocks to Louisiana Street -- Take a left on Louisiana St. and proceed directly to the hotel entrance on First Avenue.
  From Minneapolis/St Paul to Sturgeon Bay Driving time is approximately 7 hours or 310 miles -- Take I-94 to Hwy 29 (just beyond Menomonee, WI) -- Take Hwy 29 East to Green Bay -- Take Hwy 41 North briefly, then I-43 South briefly to Hwy 57 marked for Sturgeon Bay -- Take Hwy 42-57 into Sturgeon Bay, the follow the Business Route 42/57 into town -- Follow the business district, which turns into Madison Avenue -- Turn right at Madison and Maple St. This takes you across the Oregon Street Bridge -- At the foot of the bridge, turn left on First Avenue -- Go 2 blocks and the hotel is on the left hand side.
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 and Orientation
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Sturgeon Bay in the afternoon. Check-in begins at 3:00 pm in the hotel lobby. Your Group Leader will be on hand to greet you and distribute a program booklet and name tag. Pick up your room key from the front desk.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner, gather in the meeting room to kick off the program. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and answer any questions you might have. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to the group and tell a little bit about your hometown and hobbies.
   
Accommodations: Stone Harbor Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Walk to the Door County Maritime Museum and Miller Art Museum with a Sunset Cruise to finish the day
(Monday, September 9)

Note: We will walk across the historic steel Michigan Street bridge to the maritime museum. We will also walk into downtown to the art museum.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Grab your jacket and enjoy a walk across the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal to the DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM. Door County is a peninsula with over 200 miles of shoreline and the convergence of two large bodies of water, the bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Ships rely on the multitude of lighthouses to navigate. Meet our docent and explore the lighthouse room with its 4th Order Fresnel Lens, a replica of the lens at Sherwood Point Lighthouse. Discuss the role of the lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Just a few blocks from the hotel is the Sturgeon Bay Public Library and the MILLER ART MUSEUM. Explore art at this unique resource. You're just in time to see the exhibit Door County Masters, works of art by artists who have been working for more than 50 years.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Sunsets are always special in Door County. Take a SUNSET CRUISE through the shipping canal on the Chicago Fireboat. Wind conditions determine which direction we cruise, either to the Bay of Green Bay or Lake Michigan.
   
Accommodations: Stone Harbor Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trip to Northern Door County for Lighthouses, Galleries and a Fish Boil
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP to northern Door County. Board our trolley in front of the hotel. We'll stop at EDGEWOOD ORCHARD GALLERY in Fish Creek to meet the owners JR and Nell for a guided visit of their gallery. You'll find a variety of art from paintings to sculpture to photography. You might even find a special souvenir to take home. Many of the artists represented work in Door County. Next we'll stop at the HARDY GALLERY in Ephraim. The Francis Hardy Gallery is home to some of the most creative and popular gallery exhibitions in Door County, and once you visit, it is easy to see why established and emerging artists alike love to show their work in a simple wooden warehouse. You'll know the gallery when you see it, it is covered in graffiti.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant at Gills Rock.
 Afternoon: LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE. Join Captain Charlie Voight on board the Island Clipper for a one-hour cruise that will take us past two historic lighthouses. The 1885 Pilot Island Lighthouse is said to have witnessed the most shipwrecks of any light on the Great Lakes. The 1896 lifesaving station and range lights on Plum Island mark the safe passage in the treacherous waters between the tip of the Door peninsula and Washington Island called "Death's Door." Bring your cameras.
 Dinner: A trip to Door County wouldn't be complete without a TRADITIONAL DOOR COUNTY FISH BOIL and we've got a great one for you. We'll travel from Gills Rock to Rowleys Bay and the Rowleys Bay Resort with their fish boil buffet. Join the storyteller by the cooking pot to learn more about Door County history and the history of the fish boil. Have your camera ready for the spectacular boil over. When the fish is done, we eat. Enjoy Lake Michigan whitefish, potatoes, onions, cole slaw and cherry dessert. If you're not a fan of fish you'll still find something tasty from the buffet with homemade dinner rolls, salad bar, soup bar and several hot entrees.
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy an activity of your choice.
   
Accommodations: Stone Harbor Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Watercolor Painting Demonstration
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Join local artist Kari Anderson for a WATERCOLOR PAINTING DEMONSTRATION. She has been painting in watercolor for about the past 25 years, most of that time in Door County. Her favorite subjects are wintery landscapes and abstract florals. Prints from her Door County Lighthouse series remain favorites of collectors who follow her work.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON. Enjoy time in Sturgeon Bay. You might consider going back to the Maritime Museum or venturing a few block downtown to the Door County Historical Museum. Inside you'll find thousands of artifacts relating to Door County's history as well as an amazing wildlife display created by award-winning taxidermist Mike Orthober.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: FREE EVENING. Sit out on the patio and watch the boats cruise by. Another option is to take in a play or musical at Peninsula Players Theater or American Folklore Theater.
   
Accommodations: Stone Harbor Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field Trip to Southern Door County for Lighthouses
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board our bus for a FIELD TRIP to southern Door County. We'll start with a walk about the grounds of the 1899 Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouse and the 1882 North Pierhead Light. The station at the mouth of the Lake Michigan Ship Canal is an active U.S. Coast Guard Station. We'll then travel to Peninsula State Park and the 1868 Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Restored to its 19th century appearance, this lighthouse provides a glimpse into the lives of the keepers and their families. Enjoy a docent-led visit to this lighthouse.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue our field trip by crossing the peninsula to the Lake Michigan side for a guided visit of the 1869 Cana Island Lighthouse. This 89-foot tall tower stands on the east side of the island marking the rocky and shallow shoreline. You are welcome to climb the circular staircase to the top of the tower. Then continue to the 1869 Baileys Harbor Range Lights. These range lights are sheltered from the elements and are made from wood rather than brick. Also, see the 1851 Old Baileys Harbor Lighthouse. It is an example of the mid 19th-century "birdcage" design.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy some local entertainment for our final evening together.
   
Accommodations: Stone Harbor Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up and Departure
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Thank you for joining us in Door County.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sturgeon Bay, WI. Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center
Your guide to the City of Sturgeon Bay and Door County. Participants can go online or call to order a free visitor guide. Toll-free telephone: 800-301-6695. For additional information, visit www.sturgeonbay.net
  Door County Visitor Guide
Your guide to Door County, Wisconsin. We highly recommend participants go online or call to order the free visitor guide with maps and lists of attractions and restaurants. Toll-free telephone: 800-527-3529. For additional information, visit www.doorcounty.com
  Cherry De-Lite (Country Ovens Ltd)
Cherry De-Lite is the maker of all things cherry from dried cherries to chocolate covered cherries to cherry juice. Located 10 minutes south of Sturgeon Bay in Forestville. For additional information, visit www.countryovens.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 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.



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.





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