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Door County Cooking, Cuisine and Culinary Arts

Program Number: 13680RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Door County, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $959.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Explore Door County’s culinary riches from family-run orchards to artisan cheeses to watching a potter create a piece of functional pottery to enhance any meal. Witness the elaborate spectacle of a traditional Door County fish boil in which Lake Michigan white fish, potatoes and onions are cooked until a fiery boilover! Follow your nose to the bakery for fresh-baked pecan rolls. Savor the sights, the smells and especially the tastes of Door County — it’s sensory overload at its best!




Highlights

• Meet Chef Janice Thomas at the Savory Spoon Cooking School, where you’ll prepare and enjoy a five-course lunch showcasing seasonal flavors.
• Enjoy an exclusive lunch and learn using local ingredients with guest chef Terri Milligan.
• Meet a local farming family and explore the cherry and apple orchards whose bounty they have harvested for decades.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day, some rocky terrain and 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.
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:
Check-in available from 3:30 pm at the resort. You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes after breakfast at 7:30 am. Check-out 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:

 

$85 per person or $120 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 $85 per person or $120 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 and Check-in / Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, September 21)
   
 Arrive To: Travel to Rowleys Bay on your own -- OR -- join the Covenant Harbor van shuttle departing from the Green Bay airport at 2:30 pm. Advance Reservations Required. Claim your luggage and meet in baggage claim at 2:15 pm. You will arrive in Rowleys Bay at 4:30 pm in time for check-in, dinner and orientation.
 Afternoon: WELCOME TO DOOR COUNTY! Plan to arrive in Rowleys Bay in the afternoon. Check-in begins at 3:00 pm at the front desk at Rowleys Bay Resort. Pick up your program booklet and name tag from your Group Leader in the lobby. The booklet contains the final day-by-day itinerary and other program information that we will review during orientation. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Buffet at 5:00 pm in the resort restaurant. Most meals are buffet style with lots of choices.
 Evening: Gather as a group in the meeting room for ORIENTATION at 7:00 pm. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and answer any questions. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to the group and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese / Lunch and Learn at Door County Bakery / Fish Boil / Evening Activity
(Monday, September 22)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant. The hotel owners are Swedish so you'll find Swedish pancakes almost every morning on the buffet.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board our bus for a 20-minute ride south to the village of Egg Harbor and SCHOOLHOUSE ARTISAN CHEESE, featuring the largest selection of handmade Wisconsin Artisan Cheese. Learn about the cheese-making process from one of the 30 artisan cheesemakers currently represented from America's Dairyland.
 Lunch: Plated lunch at 12:00 pm at Door County Bakery.
 Afternoon: Join Guest Chef Terri Milligan for a LUNCH AND LEARN of the dishes you enjoyed at lunch. Learn how to re-create your Door County experience at home -- you'll receive all the recipes. If that wasn't enough you'll want to join the resident storyteller by the firepit at 4:30 pm to learn about the HISTORY OF THE DOOR COUNTY FISH BOIL. There are many versions of this story but Charlie's got one of the best and you can't beat the view! Bring your camera for the spectacular "boil over" at 5:00 pm. When the fish is done we eat.
 Dinner: Buffet at 5:00 pm 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 fan of fish there will be lots of other delicious choices.
 Evening: Gather tonight for some casual entertainment, Door County style.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Commercial Fishing / Fish Tasting / Bakery Demo / Evening Activity
(Tuesday, September 23)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant. Be sure to try the half-pound caramel pecan rolls.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the bus for a quick ride up to the tip of the peninsula for views of the Porte de Mortes. Watch the ferries pass. Then off to the DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM at Gill's Rock to learn more about the commercial fishing industry that is so important to the peninsula. Walk a few steps to Charlie's Smokehouse for a taste of his SMOKED WHITEFISH. Explore the process and taste for yourself why Charlie's fish is shipped all over the country.
 Lunch: Lunch at Shoreline Restaurant. Enjoy the food and the view!
 Afternoon: Back at the resort, join owner Jewel Peterson Ourdnik in the lobby for a brief history of the resort property and the vision of her father Leonard. Move over the bakery for a BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE BAKERY and discover how they make their famous half pound cinnamon and caramel pecan rolls. You might even get a sample of skorpa. Not sure what that is? You'll know before you leave.
 Dinner: Buffet at 5:00 pm in the resort restaurant.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:00 pm for an evening session with local orchard owners Mark and Mary Pat Carlson who will share stories of CHERRY PICKERS, POW'S AND ORCHARD MEMORIES. Local Door County-made products like dried cherries, cherry juice and jams will be available for purchase.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hands-On Cooking at Savory Spoon Cooking School / Free Afternoon / Free Evening
(Wednesday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the bus for a quick ride over to Ellison Bay where you'll meet Chef Janice Thomas at the Savory Spoon Cooking School and Marketplace. Work as a team during a HANDS-ON COOKING EXPERIENCE to create a five-course lunch. The Savory Spoon occupies the former village school house, built in 1879. This historic building was carefully restored in 2005 reclaiming itself as a local landmark. The former two-room school is now equipped with state of the art cooking and refrigeration equipment, and the finest in culinary tools and small appliances. The Marketplace also has the addition of the Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop, offering over 50 types of Wisconsin Artisan Cheeses.
 Lunch: Plated lunch at 12:00 pm at the Savory Spoon Cooking School. Celebrate the seasonal sights and tastes of Door County. In the blink of an eye, the work space is transformed from kitchen to casual dining. Raise your glass to your fellow cooks and savor your delicious creations. You'll receive a packet of recipes to take home.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON. There are lots of options in Door County. Stay at the resort and rent a kayak or join a Segway tour. Visit an artists' studio or gallery and look for original art. Buy a ticket for the ferry to Washington Island and explore the Stave Church and ostrich farm. Information on special events and options will be provided.
 Dinner: On your own to discover one of the fantastic restaurants in Door County. Need a suggestion? We have lots. Of course the resort restaurant is always an option.
 Evening: FREE EVENING. Perhaps you'd like to buy a ticket for a theater performance, attend a community music concert, or simply relax along the water's edge.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Functional Pottery Demonstation / Pie Making / Cider Tasting / Evening Entertainment
(Thursday, September 25)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the bus for a quick trip over to ELLISON BAY POTTERY. You meet John Dietrick and his wife Diane McNeil and learn more about the properties of clay and how fire can take clay and turn it into something magical. John will demonstrate making a goblet at the wheel. Board the bus for a quick ride over to SEAQUIST ORCHARDS AND FARM MARKET. This family-owned business has been a landmark in Door County for more than 25 years. Venture inside to the newly renovated farm market and bakery for a pie making demonstration. Everyone goes home with a slice of pie. One last stop before returning to the resort; ISLAND ORCHARD CIDER. Mixing a French cider processing technique with apples grown right on Washington Island, Bob and Yannique Purman are on the cutting edge of this popular beverage. Taste for yourself; what do you think?
 Lunch: Select menu for lunch in the resort restaurant.
 Afternoon: Settle in for one last lecture about the culinary impact on Door County.
 Dinner: Buffet at 5:15 pm in the resort restaurant. Tonight the restaurant features prime rib.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:00 pm for some casual entertainment to close out our final evening together.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, September 26)
   
 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 am. The shuttle will depart at 8:30 am and arrive at the airport at approximately 10:30 am. IMPORTANT: Do not make any flight plans earlier than 12:30 pm.
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant. Program concludes with breakfast. Check-out by 11:00 am. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAM IN DOOR COUNTY. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
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 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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