Summer pleasures continue in Door County this month. Come buy (or pick your own!) fresh cherries, indulge in Italian gelato or check out the sunset over the bay from your hotel window. Here are some of the many opportunities for travelers.
Overnight: Lull-Abi Inn of Egg Harbor is owned by a former corporate executive, who traveled a lot and got to know what it takes to make people feel comfortable. After Bruce Hill had one bad work day too many, he bought this lovely inn in Egg Harbor. Located at 7928 Hwy 42, Lull-Abi Inn is walking distance to the village shops and restaurants as well as Harborview Park.
While the inn sits on the east side of the highway, some of its 24 suites and rooms afford views of Green Bay waters. Included is a unique apartment, which has two bedrooms with king-size beds as well as living and dining areas and a fully equipped kitchen. Hill said it a popular choice for two couples traveling together or a family.
Also available are two suites--each with living and dining areas, king rooms (some with water views) and accommodations with two queen-size beds or two double-size beds.
"Our rooms are clean, we're friendly, and this is a comfortable place," Hill said.
View the online Lull-Abi Inn video and see other places to stay in Door County at
Food and wine: You'll feel like you're in Italy as you peer into the glass-fronted case filled with gelato at Double Delites, 7818 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor. Gelato is Italian ice cream, rich in flavor and artistic flair (and not so much butterfat as compared to conventional ice cream, which has 10%. Gelato has 4 to 8% butterfat).
And the ingredients come to Double Delites from Italy. About 60 options are available at any one time. Flavors rotate and include nine varieties of chocolate, tiramisu, cinnamon and the house specialty cherry explosion. The friendly staff serves up the gelato in a dish, cone or sundae.
Also available here is gourmet popcorn, espresso, smoothies, gifts such as soy candles and more. Don't miss Double Delites--whether it's hot outside or not. Check out the online video http://www.doorcountynavigator.com/food-dining/restaurant/types/gelato-ice-cream-custard-specialty
Must see/do: Alexander's Cherries Orchard, Brussels, recently began its "pick-your-own" cherries season. Alexander's offers 20 acres, some of which were damaged by a severe winter. And offering tart cherries for the picking is Kielar Akers, located on Hwy. 42 between Maplewood and Forestville in Forestville. Their hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Travelers can also discover abundant cherry-infused products at farmers' markets and stores including Seaquist Orchards, Sister Bay.
Chic shopping: Well, if cherries are not chic enough for you, shop for women's and children's clothing at Wilkins & Olander in Sturgeon Bay or Fish Creek. This shop was established in 1990. Find clothes and accessories for work, leisure or gifts. Quality clothing brands are available as well as abundant Vera Bradley handbags, Pandora jewelry, Brighton accessories and more. Learn more by watching the online video and reading the review at http://www.doorcountynavigator.com/shopping-in-door-county
For arts lovers: Watch and learn about the fine art of scrimshaw from Gary Kiracofe, resident artist at Scrimshanders. Demonstrations take place 2 p.m. Fridays. Scrimshaw relates to scrollwork, engravings and carvings done in stone or ivory.
Kiracofe shows jewelry, knife handles and more in his Scrimshanders shop, located in the Shops of Green Gables, one and one-half miles north of downtown Ephraim on Hwy. 42. For more information, call 920/854-5407.