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Staying in Bailey's Harbor

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Staying in Bailey's Harbor

Six women are making a trip to Door County the weekend of October 4 - 7. We have reservations at the guest house at Bailey's Harbor Ridges Resort. Any thoughts on that choice?

Would also appreciate any restaurant recommendations. We're considering a fish boil . . . good idea or no. If so . . . where do you recommend?

Also interested in live entertainment in the evenings . . . something 50-somethings would enjoy :)

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1. Re: Staying in Bailey's Harbor

LOL . . . I guess I'll answer my own questions :) I normally frequent the Las Vegas forum . . . a much busier one than Baileys Harbor ;) We do trip reports over there . . . so I'll post one here:

We had a fabulous time in Door County. The Cedar View House at the Ridges Resort was perfect for six women traveling together. We each had our own bed. There were two bathrooms and plenty of space in the living room and kitchen for gathering and comraderie. It was set off far enough from neighboring guests that we heard NO ONE . . . and we hope they didn't hear our outbursts of laughter throughout the weekend.

That said, the guest house is certainly not fancy. The decorating was dated. It was acceptably clean, but we did find cob webs in the corners and stairway (not unusual in an older home located in a wooded area).

We had tasty breakfasts at Al Johnson's (also enjoyed watching the goats on the roof :) in Sister Bay and the Sandpiper Restaurant in Baileys Harbor. Both were extremely busy . . . get there early. Had a blast at the fish boil (also at the Sandpiper) . . . great meal and fun experience. We also enjoyed our meal at the Cornerstone Pub in Baileys Harbor (recommended by a local).

We enjoyed the trolley ride that originates at the Orchard Winery (Fish Creek) and, for the most part, travels through Peninsula Park. Yes, we could have done the drive ourselves, but "Bob" the tour guide shared a wealth of local and historical information.

We also enjoyed our shopping and tasting time at the Orchard Winery and a tour of and tasting at Door Peninsula Winery at Carlsville.

We agreed we'd made a wise decision to make this trip without our husbands. All the shopping we did would have bored them silly!

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Glad you had fun! Sorry no one answered you, Door County usually gets many responses.

Thanks for the info/trip report anyways, it will help someone else.

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I did not get into forum until after a trip to Door County! We were there just before you got there! Just 2 of us 50 something ladies. We stayed in Bailey's Harbor 3 nights at Beachfront Inn...old place..owner's trying to bring up to date. Room small and too much furniture but this place was made for double, not queen or king. Was clean and redecorated. We loved breakfast at The Sandpiper and also wne to Cornertone Pub, both good food and service. Sandpiper gift shop prices beat prices at other places for same products by $1 or $2. We had John for our trolley tour, a native of Sister Bay and he was knowledgeable and very fun! Also spent 2 nights in Egg Harbor at Lighthouse Inn B&B. This place is best for "couples" but we enjoyed out stay and were happy for the experience of a B&B. this place was built new especially to be a B&B and is decorated in total lighthouse, building looks like a lighthouse complete with light on at night! Breakfasts were fabulous! Innkeepers Claire (cooking in kitchen) and husband Frank (who served us) left their breakfast guests to eat and converse then came in to join us with their coffee and asked about our plans for the day or what we did the day before. They offered tips and suggestions and pointed out good places to go.

It was our first visit to Door Co and our only suggestion is that you take the Lighthouse Trolley Tour FIRST DAY you are there if you can.

You will get a feel for how it is laid out as well as good information and tips on where to go.

Upon returning I read some guide books I brought home. There was a new ferry launched in May this year (passenger only, no cars) from Menominee MI to Door County. I used to visit that area many years ago so this was of interest to me.

Plan anothe trip to Door in the spring and this time will do the Washington and Rock Island Islands.

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4. Re: Staying in Bailey's Harbor

I went to Door County in September and stayed in Baileys Harbor at the Blacksmith Inn which was incredibly charming (see my review here on TripAdvisor). We had a great time. Went to Rock Island, which was great hiking. Went to a Packers game at Lambeau. Had some fabulous frozen custard and cherry pie and other great food all around Door County.

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Very nervous about staying at Bailey's Harbor Ridges Resort after reading so many horrible reviews on Trip Advisor. I want a queit get-a-way but want to sleep in a clean room. Have any positives to say which will help my worries?

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6. Re: Staying in Bailey's Harbor

If this is your first trip to Door County you may wish to consider the bay side of the Peninsula...Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Ephraim, Sister Bay. Bailey's Harbor is very charming, but very quiet. Shops and entertainment and such are in a much greater abundance on the Bay side.

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Well I hope that the Guest house is better the the Lakeview Suites that we rented in July. We were just above someones garage and they called it a Suite. We were not told this and the pictures on their web site didn't look anything like what we stayed at. It was dirty and towels wee didn't want to use they looked so dirty.the smoke detector wasn't on the wall only wires hanging out. After doing some checking when we got home we read that Ridges Resorts are known as a one time stay becuase of the way they look. Good luck and hope you have a better stay then we did.We foound nothing to do in this town at night. They did have a Fish Boil that was great.

Good Luck,

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8. Re: Staying in Bailey's Harbor

LOL Coffeemug, answering your own question. VF! Recognized you from the Vegas forum so looked at your post. Wisconsin has alot to offer, need to recruit TA's to share their wealth of info. Vegas on the other hand, we're all experts! Guess it was a bad slogan after all, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. The lack of responses on this forum makes me think it should be Wisconsin's slogan! I think everyone's so busy enjoying what the state has to offer they are not sitting on their computers.

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9. Re: Staying in Bailey's Harbor

Baileys Harbor may be considered the quiet side but there is quite a few things to do there. Ridges Santuary, Toft's Point and several other places to hike and see nature; beaches to enjoy or watch the kiteboarders and windsurfers, great restaurants and shopping, golfing, Kangaroo Lake and a vareity of lodging places depending on what you are looking for.

Yes, it may not have as many shops and condos as the other side, but this side is nice to relax at. There are several night life bars to enjoy too.

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