Egg Harbor is an "egg-citing" place to visit and live!
That's because so many different types of businesses and attractions are rolled together in a pretty coastal location. From live music and stunning golf courses to fun activities for kids and lots of shopping, arts and restaurants, Egg Harbor is a wonderful destination.
Egg Harbor is also nicely situated in Door County. The location makes it truly convenient for vacationers to drive north to, say, Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, south to Sturgeon Bay's museums and east to lighthouses like Cana Island.
So, let's visit Egg Harbor, and we promise no more puns that may crack you up (oops. . . last one).
What's to do? Egg Harbor is more than its popular Pumpkin Patch Festival (but we will also get to that). It's home to many parks including Harborview Park, Hwy. 42 and Cty. Rd. G (visit it on summer Thursday evenings, when live music is performed). Near the park is the new Egg Harbor Marina; it was officially dedicated on Aug. 14-National Marina Day.
Plan to go to Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Choose from symphony, percussion, steel band and big band jazz concerts that play in a 500-seat barn. This is an educational center as well, providing opportunities for music students throughout the country to play with the pros. The volunteers who greet you are so gracious, kind and sincere.
Take the kids to Egg Harbor Fun Park; there's an 18 hole mini-golf course here, game room, ice cream shop and more. Big golfers will not want to miss playing Orchards Golf Course (rated the most challenging in the area). Also in Egg Harbor is Alpine Golf Course. Both courses offer breathtaking views of Green Bay waters. For example, the ninth hole at Alpine, where golfers tee off on a cliff, is renowned for its view of the water.
Egg Harbor hosts many festivals including the Pumpkin Patch Festival, taking place Oct. 9 and 10. People flock to it: the autumn colors are nearly at peek, the kids have Columbus Day off and so do many workers. But, hey, Egg Harbor also throws a pretty good party. This year look for the spooky and fun decorations creatively put together by area business owners, arts and crafts, silent auction, best putt contest, face painting and live entertainment ('60s and 80s music, Jimmy Buffet music, storytelling and more). Also coming up is Holly Days Nov. 26 and 27. Harborview Park is the site of the Christmas tree lighting extravaganza at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26. Oh, and mark you calendars for the Girlfriends Great EGGescape May 12 - 15, 2011, featuring art and wine crawl, pub tour, cooking classes, fashion show, shopping and more.
What to buy in Egg Harbor. In Egg Harbor, you can find and buy anything-from art and sweaters to sofa, chairs and maple syrup. In the downtown area is Dovetail Gallery & Studio, a must-see. The unpretentious and appealing gallery in a historic log home offers egg art by resident artist Kathy Mand Beck and copper sprinklers crafted by her husband, Tom Mand. Work from other artists is available at Dovetail, also home to an egg museum: a Faberge egg and a dinosaur egg. Nearby is the Main Street stops, an enclosed shopping center. Inside are shops including Country Lady boutique showing quality women's clothing, All I Want for Christmas & Then Some (home holiday décor), Door County Confectionary and more. There are also places for crafts lovers including Young at Heart pottery painting for kids and Door County Rubber Stamps and Scrapbooking. Across the street from Main Street shops is the Purple building housing the Greens 'n Grains natural food store and Green Goods, a new shop featuring organic and Fair Trade clothing and natural wares. Liberty Square is a shopping, dining and entertainment center. Just a short drive from the downtown are other places beaconing shoppers. Door County Interiors & Design is a 10,000 square foot furniture and accessories showroom and interior design center. Quality brand sofas, chairs, dining and bedroom sets are shown in lovely vignettes. Carol and Ron Trimberger, the owners, and their experienced design staff take the time to educate people on how furniture is made and how to pull together an interior design scheme. Meanwhile, Décor DeJaVu promotes elegant home resale and redesign and is new this year in Egg Harbor. Woodwalk Gallery is housed in an old Egg Harbor barn and features the art of more than 40 regional artists including paintings by resident artist Margaret Lockwood. You can even take home some maple syrup made in Egg Harbor at Jorns Sugar Bush.
Where to dine: But if you are hungry for more than maple, we have a few places to suggest. Trio Restaurant serves country Italian and French and is a hot spot to be sure. Get here early for a table overlooking the courtyard garden. The menu changes, but a staple is the bow-tie salmon pasta. Walk over to Double Delites, where many flavors of Italian gelato (ice cream dessert) are made and available for you to ooh and ahh and eventually choose from. Liberty Square has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outside the downtown area is the Carrington Pub & Grill (at the Landmark Resort); highlights are the Friday Fish Fry (beer-battered cod and pan-fried whitefish) and the bluff view. Also find the Village Café, where they use bright Fiesta dishware for the food (the healthy oatmeal is to die for). Villaggio's is a fun place to go for tempting Italian food. The climb to the second story dining area is well worth it; the room is intimate and the painted angels on the walls seem to be watching over you. Learn more about these places and others at www.doorcountydining.com.
Historical highlights: The village is named after a legendary egg battle that took place in the harbor on June 23, 1825. The story goes that the battle began when men among a six-boat trading flotilla began throwing hardtack at each other while approaching land. After camping on the land, an egg fight took place. The next morning the area was filled with eggshells and the spot was christened Egg Harbor, according to the Egg Harbor Visitor Center. Hmmm.
Where to stay: From Door County's largest and oldest resort, the Landmark, to intimate B&Bs and inns like the Wildflower B&B and Bay Point Inn, Egg Harbor has diverse accommodations in various locales. Of course, the best place to check them out is www.DoorCountyNavigator.com. You can also watch our Egg Harbor Look-Around video!
Quick facts: Learn more about Egg Harbor at the Visitor Center, 4666 Orchard Rd., online at
EggHarborDoorCounty.org or by calling 920-868-3717.