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Bicycling Door County

Program Number: 21239RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/25/2013 - 9/30/2013; 5/27/2015 - 6/1/2015; 9/16/2015 - 9/21/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Door County, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $1,097.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 5 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Bicycle the tranquil and scenic coastal roads that line the nearly 300 miles of coastline in beautiful Door County as you become acquainted with charming fishing villages, pristine natural sanctuaries and unique ways of life in an American paradise. Led by an experienced biking outfitter and met along the way by local experts, learn about Door County agriculture at an orchard and winery, explore quaint Egg Harbor, study rare plant life in Baileys Harbor and absorb the history of the Cana Island Lighthouse. Hear tales of shipwrecks in the “Porte des Mortes,” observe daily life in the peaceful village of Ephraim and taste the bounty of Door County’s vital fishing industry in the form of fresh whitefish from Lake Michigan.


• Bike to the crown jewel of Door County, the pristine, 3,700-acre Peninsula State Park, for a visit and introduction to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse.
• Enjoy an amusing reenactment of the namesake, Peter Rowley, and history of Rowleys Bay, from the early days of the Potawatomi to the present.
• Hop a ferry and explore Washington Island, one of the 50-plus islands located on Lake Michigan.

Activity Particulars

Program intended for novice to experienced cyclists comfortable biking up to 5 hours/day on varied terrain ranging from flat to moderately rolling. Participants will bike as a group 25-38 miles per day following the group leader at a rate of 10-12 miles per hour, with rest breaks every 25 minutes. Cyclists will be sharing secondary roads with light traffic. Weather conditions, such as wind and rain may affect biking difficulty. Participants must bring and wear their own bicycle helmet. Field trips and excursions require walking and standing up to two hours.

Bikes provided. Participants must supply and wear personal bicycle helmet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Fish Creek, 2 nights; bike to Rowleys Bay, 2 nights; bike to Fish Creek, 1 night; departure.

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.

Comfortable hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   Homestead Suites
  Fish Creek, WI 2 nights
   Rowleys Bay Resort
  Rowleys Bay, WI 2 nights
   Homestead Suites
  Fish Creek, WI 1 night
 Homestead Suites
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 4006 State Highway 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212 USA
phone: 180-068-6662 x1
  Room amenities: Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Cable TV and DVD Player
  Facility amenities: High-Speed Wi-Fi Internet, Indoor & Outdoor Pools, Whirlpools & Sauna, Exercise Room, Game Room, Guest Laundry Facility
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Contact the hotel directly Contact the hotel reservations line directly at 1-800-686-6621 should you wish to extend your stay in Fish Creek before or after the program concludes.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact the hotel directly Contact the hotel reservations line directly at 1-800-686-6621 should you wish to extend your stay in Fish Creek before or after the program concludes.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Rowleys Bay Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Waterfront Area & Playground, Volleyball & Basketball Courts, On-Site Zipline
  Contact info: 1041 County Road ZZ
Rowleys Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 180-099-9246 x6
  Room amenities: Satellite Dish System, Hair Dryer, Individual Climate Control, Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Available
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bakery, Pub, Pool, Whirlpool, Fitness Room, Game Room
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrival at hotel by 2:00 PM You will be staying at Homestead Suites that night.
  End of Program:
7:00 AM You will be staying at Homestead Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Release and Assumption of Risk (RAR) form.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fish Creek, WI
  Nearest highway: Highway 42
  Nearest airport:  Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departure
Travel Details

Austin Straubel Airport /Green Bay


From Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $120
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:








Rate noted above is approximate and for a mini-van transfer capable of carrying 5-6 persons with luggage to or from Fish Creek. Note that transfers from and to the airport are not included in program cost.

Driving Directions
  From Milwaukee and Green Bay, WI Take I-43 North. Take Exit 185 onto Highway 57 North toward Sturgeon Bay/Algoma. Highway 57 merges with Highway 42 North near Sturgeon Bay; continue on Highway 42 North to Fish Creek. Destination of Homestead Suites is 4006 State Highway 42.
Equipment Requirements: Participants must bring and wear their own bicycle helmet.
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/ Bicycle Proficiency Testing/ Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, September 25)
 Afternoon: Try to arrive by 2:00 PM. When checking in you will receive instructions on where to meet your guide for the bicycle fitting and proficiency testing. Relax in the hotel swimming pool or sauna before joining your fellow travelers for the welcome dinner.
 Dinner: Group introductions and welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Homestead Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Safety and Corner System Lecture/ Sampling at Orchard & Winery/ Egg Harbor
(Thursday, September 26)
 Breakfast: Full breakfast at local restaurant.
 Morning: Attend a presentation on safety, rules of the road and the IBT corner system to ensure that you are prepared for the days to come. Enjoy the tranquil coastal roads and views of Green Bay as we cycle the western side of the peninsula. We’ve arranged a guided visit to a local orchard and winery where you’ll have the opportunity to sample and learn about its important agricultural product.
 Lunch: Continue to the picturesque village of Egg Harbor for lunch.
 Afternoon: There are many conflicting stories about how Egg Harbor got its name. Some say it was named after a nest of eggs found on the shore by Door County’s first settler; another story attributes the name to an egg-throwing melee in the harbor by fur traders in 1862. Whichever tale you choose to believe, you will surely enjoy exploring this quaint harbor before pedaling back to Fish Creek.
 Dinner: Local restaurant.
Accommodations: Homestead Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Ridges Sanctuary/ Cana Island Lighthouse
(Friday, September 27)
 Breakfast: Full breakfast at local restaurant.
 Morning: Bicycle to Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor. The sanctuary is internationally recognized as a unique natural preserve, with a strong preservation philosophy protecting the rare and beautiful plants found here. Accompany a naturalist on a short hike for a presentation on wildflowers, birds and endangered plants. From the sanctuary, you can view the Range Lights at Baileys Harbor. Between 1869 and 1969, range lights were used by navigators to safely enter Baileys Harbor. When the unique upper and lower lights were lined up with one light over the other, the sailor knew he was in safe water. The lights were removed in 1969 and a directional light was placed atop a 31-foot tower on the shore. In 1993, the Ridges Sanctuary restored both range lights.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the village of Baileys Harbor.
 Afternoon: Continue cycling to the Cana Island Lighthouse for an informative lecture on its history. Explore the surrounding landscape and soak up the beautiful coastal views before mounting your bike to head to our final destination today of Rowleys Bay Resort.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel restaurant.
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Ferry to Washington Island/ Stavkirche/ Door County Maritime Museum/ Scandinavian Fish Boil & Historical Re-Enactment
(Saturday, September 28)
 Breakfast: Hotel Dining Room
 Morning: Head north via bicycle to the ferry that transports us to Washington Island. Cross the narrow rocky strait between the mainland and the island known as the “Porte des Mortes,” which claimed countless ships in times past due to its turbulent currents. Bike to the Stavkirche, to explore this unique structure, patterned after an ancient style of church construction in Norway during medieval times.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a Washington Island restaurant.
 Afternoon: Returning to the mainland by ferry, we then cycle to the Door County Maritime Museum in Gills Rock, where a docent provides an introduction to the fishing industry of the region.
 Dinner: Sitting fireside, experience one of Door County’s unique, Scandinavian “fish boils” whilst a local storyteller presents an entertaining, yet historical re-enactment of the namesake "Peter Rowley." Those who do not care for fish will have plenty of alternatives from which to choose, so nobody leaves hungry!
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Village of Ephraim/ Peninsula State Park/ Eagle Bluff Lighthouse/ Farewell Dinner
(Sunday, September 29)
 Breakfast: Hotel Dining Room.
 Morning: Today takes us through the peaceful village of Ephraim, established as a Moravian village in 1853, which has retained its cultural and historical heritage. Continue bicycling to the crown jewel of Door County, the 3700-acre Peninsula State Park, which was established in 1909. The park is home to various landscapes of forests, meadows and wetlands surrounded on several sides by the waters of Green Bay. Enjoy a visit to the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse for a lecture about this unique structure and the families who maintained it for many years. The lighthouse has been accurately restored and furnished in period antiques.
 Lunch: En route.
 Afternoon: The last leg of our journey returns us to Fish Creek to surrender our bicycles. The balance of the afternoon is free for exploration of this historic village, once a thriving lumber and fishing center.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner is hosted by a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Homestead Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Monday, September 30)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel dining room
 Morning: Independent departures
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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