Sturgeon Bay. Fish Creek. Sister Bay. Gill’s Rock. Ellison Bay. Jackson Harbor. Ferry to Washington Island . Egg Harbor . Baileys Harbor . Ephraim “Three Nights in Sister Bay in Door County" July 27-31, 2024
No wonder so many of our Happy Trails family are asking for a trip to Door County, Wisconsin! It's one of the top destinations in North America! All the wonderful memories you have of a Door County summer are in the air and in the landscapes of Door County just waiting for us to stop on by. The fragrances and sounds of the season surround us at every turn. And where better to experience this than in Door County – one of the best places in the entire Midwest! Door County is beautiful any time of year and you will love it even more when the lavender is in bloom and the cherries are ready for picking. Pack your bag, grab your camera and join your friends from Happy Trails Tours as we visit beautiful Door County, Wisconsin and Washington Island. Your Five Day Tour Includes the Following * Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation with boarding in Northeast & Central MN (See registration below for options) * Four Nights -One Night in Green Bay, WI and Three Nights at the Open Hearth Lodge in Sister Bay Three Nights in Door County to Include the Following: Reserved seats to see a concert at the Old School House in Sturgeon Bay; Traditional Fish Boil & Storytelling Seaquists Farm Market, Ferry to Washington Island, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse; Schoolhouse Beach, Farm Museum, Al Johnson's (goats on the roof!); Lavender Shop, Mann's Mercantile, a Stav Church, Bjorklunden Chapel & More * Shawano County Barn Quilt Route along our journey on that first day of travel * Nine Meals (Four Breakfasts; Two Lunches; Three Dinners) * Taxes, Luggage Handling and Fully Guided with a Happy Trails Tour Representative Deposits: $150 deposit per person due with the reservation form below. Fully refundable with cancellations made by 03/15/24, Full Payments: Due May 27, 2024 . Cancellations: Monies returned with cancellations between May 28-June 26, 2024 is contingent to what Happy Trails Tours receives from hotels, charters, tour companies, restaurants and theaters. Cancellations after June 26, 2024 receive no refunds. Thank you for your understanding. Travel Insurance: Trip cancellation insurance is available at an additional charge. We highly recommend this investment as it offers peace of mind and financial security. It covers pre-existing conditions if purchased within 12 days of your initial deposit paid. Final Documents: Your final documents, day-by-day itineraries, hotel address & phone information will arrive in early July.
Day 1: Saturday, July 27 Travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin
Happy Trails offers convenient motor coach boarding in the early morning hours in BOTH Northeast & Central MN. This is a preliminary boarding list from the previous Door County Tour. Your official documents won’t arrive until early July which will include the current specifics on time of boarding, location, luggage tags, emergency contact info and more.
____ 6:00 am - Grand Rapids I. M. Hotel - 1702 S Pokegama #218-327-1108 ____ 6:35 am - Hibbing Hampton Inn - 4225 9th Ave W (Do not leave cars) # 218-262-0000 ____ 7:05 am- Virginia Village Inn- 13th Street South #218-749-8289 ____ 7:20 am- Eveleth Super Eight Motel – 1080 Industrial Drive # 218-744-1661 ____ 8:20 am- Hermantown, Menards – Specifics on where to park TBA
____8:40 am – 9:40 am- Perkins Superior - Breakfast stop ~ paying on own ____ 9:30 am- Superior Perkins – 103 East 2nd Street # 715-392-8544 Our friends from Central Minnesota will board at the following: Depending on the numbers, it may be a SUV, a van, or a coach.
_____ 9:00 am- Rice Holiday Gas Station – 435 Main Street # 320-393-4450 _____ 9:15 am- Sartell AmericInn – 119 Leaulk Drive, Sartell # 320-259-0877 _____10:45 am –Roseville– Target Co Road B (Corner of Commerce & Pascal) – N. Behind Schuler Shoes (Target Overflow Parking) A comfort stop / breakfast break will be made as you need it. Just let your driver know when you would like to make a stop. 12:00 - 1:00 pm- Everyone will meet at the Oakwood Mall in Eau Clair for lunch break ~ paying on own~ before we continue to Green Bay, WI. This is a travel day...where you’ll have time to just sit back, relax and get acquainted with fellow travelers on board. Meal and rest stops will be made as the day goes along. You'll enjoy seeing all the lovely barn quilts as we travel along the Quilt Trail through Shawano County on our way to Green Bay. 5:00 pm- We'll settle into our hotel: HOTEL: Radisson Hotel in Green Bay 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI Phone: 920-471-4997 This property offers several places where you can grab a bite to eat tonight. This is a full service property with a restaurant, an indoor pool, two beds in MOST rooms, coffeemakers, irons & ironing boards & WiFi . The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 2: Sunday, July 28th A Tour of Green Bay and then on to Door County, Wisconsin
7:30-8:30 am- Enjoy breakfast, included, before we begin traveling to Green Bay for an area city tour. 7:45 am- Set your luggage outside your doors ~ 8:45 am- The coach departs. This time slot (from 8:45 – 1:30 pm) is being reserved and unannounced later. At this time until we have confirmation of activity we are going to do. Please be patient while we continue to plan out this part of our day. After lunch, we’ll continue to Door County. 1:30 pm- Board the coach for a short drive to Door County, Wisconsin. (2 hours) 3:30 pm- We'll arrive to beautiful Door County's Mainland and check in to our lovely accommodations. HOTEL: The Open Hearth Lodge 2669 South Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay Phone: 920-854-4890 This property has an indoor pool, hot tub, outdoor patio with fire pit, breakfast in the morning, Wi-Fi, business center, fitness center , guest laundry, and a snack pantry. Most rooms have two beds in our block but also include a limited number of Kings and ADA rooms. 4:15 pm- Board the coach and we’ll bring you to the Old English Inn for dinner. Several entrees to choose from. Prime rib, Chicken Wellington, Deep Fried Walleye or Portobello Mushroom plate. Also come with bread, our famous spinach salad, baked potato and cherry pie for dessert. 7:00 pm- After dinner, we'll depart for the Old School House for an enjoyable evening for an amazing piano concert! We have seen this performer and he puts on a delightful show! Our groups have always loved it in the past. After the show, we’ll return to our hotel to relax, enjoy the lovely pool / hot tub as per our own agenda B D
Day 3: Monday, July 29th Ferry to Washington Island - Door County Fish Boil and Harbor Inn for Lunch 7:30 am- Enjoy Breakfast, included, before exploring Washington Island! 8:30 am- Board the coach / We'll take the 9:00 am Washington Island Ferry (Including our Motorcoach to the island). Begin a full day of touring with our Door County guide and travel to the boat dock for our Ferry to Washington Island. Our morning and afternoon will include Stave Church, School House Beach and Mann’s Mercantile. We’ll also have our lunch, included, at the Harbor Inn before ferrying back to the Mainland. Specifics on menu options will be announced 2:00 pm- Board the Washington Ferry and return to the Mainland. Once at the Mainland, we’ll visit the Ephraim Lavender Farm Market in an historic red barn that is over 100 years old! 5:30 pm- Get ready for an enjoyable evening at the Old Post Office to include stories before our Scandinavian Dinner. 6:00 pm- Dinner is served! It's a traditional "Fish Boil" ... a Door County Signature Dish! This unforgettable experience will include storytelling along with a delicious meal and is sure to leave lasting memories and a full tummy! Take the rest of your day at your leisure! (If you prefer chicken, please check on the reg form). BL D
Day 4: Tuesday, July 30th Peninsula State Park, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and "Goats on the Roof!" 7:30 am- Enjoy Breakfast, included, before enjoying another fun day! 8:30 am- Board the coach. We'll begin the day winding our way through Peninsula State Park, a 3,776 acre state treasure with nearly seven miles stretching along Lake Michigan's Green Bay Shoreline. It wraps itself around a landscape of forest, meadows and wetlands and ascends over 150 feet atop the rocky bluffs. We'll also make a visit to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, built in 1886 and serving as a guiding light over Green Bay's waters for over 146 years. Time to Shop in Fish Creek, we be included. 12:00 pm- Lunch (included) and shopping at Al Johnson's in Sister Bay Specifics on menu options will be announced. Here's where the goats like to watch the "comings and goings" from the top of the restaurant room. There's so much to do and see in Door County! 1:15 pm- Board the coach and continue exploring beautiful Door County! The later part of the day will include Seaquists Farm Market and Bjorklunden Chapel. If we can find a place where you can pick cherries or purchase them already picked, we will be happy to offer that experience / opportunity if time and a venue should work out. Keep in mind, fresh cherries have to be kept cold because they don’t keep. Bring along a small ice cream pail just in case we find a place and you may want to bring a SMALL flexible cooler to put the pail in. 5:30 pm- We'll return to our accommodations to freshen up before going out again for dinner. 6:30 pm – Dinner is included, at the Chop House in Sister Bay. Entrée Choices: NY Strip, Chicken Schnitzel, Grilled Salmon or Mushroom Ravioli / Popovers, Caesar Salad, Homemade Carrot Cake. BLD
Day 5: Wednesday, July 31st Homeward Bound with Many Fond Memories 6:45 am- Breakfast, included. 6:45 AM- Set your luggage outside your doors for the porters. 7:00 AM -The coach departs for home. We’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of Wisconsin, making stops along the way, as we make our journey homeward. 5:15 pm- Estimated arrival to Eau Clair- After a comfort stop/fast food stop, our friends from NE and Central MN will split off and continue their journeys to their hometowns. Central MN: 8:15 pm- Estimated arrival to Roseville. Northeast MN: 8:15 pm- Estimated arrival to Duluth/ Superior 9:30 pm to Eveleth 9:45 pm to Virginia 10:15 pm to Hibbing ; 11:00 to the Rapids.
Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.
Things to Know Before You Go on the Door County Should You Become Ill Prior or During the Tour- Please do not board the coach if you are exhibing symptoms of a contageous illness such as influenza, viral infections or other that may be spread throughout the coach. Visit your doctor and get the OK to travel if you are or have been ill within the past few days prior to departure. NOTE: We cannot distance you from a virus. Taking a motorcoach tour and sitting in close quarters with fellow travelers is inevitable. If you fear you may become ill while traveling with us, we ask that you reconsider taking this tour. As much as we’d love to have you, it’s next to impossible to promise someone that they won’t get sick while traveling. If you purchased travel insurance, BRING YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU. Here is where the travel insurance comes in handy. Should you need any special assistance while on this tour, they will help you with any arrangements that may be needed to safely bring you home from where ever you are located. Masks will not be required to be worn on the coach unless it is mandated by the state of MN and WI. You may certainly wear a mask if you feel more safe. If you are feeling ill, we may encourage you to wear one.
The Coach/ Seat Rotation: The coach is chartered through Trobec Bus Company. It has seatbelts, reclining seats, foot rests, seat pockets, cup holders, restroom, microphone, Wi-Fi, #110 electrical outlets and requires several steps to climb to get inside. We do not rotate seats. We try to accommodate those with special needs and assign folks to a seat according to when they registered. Thank you for your understanding. They have a new filtration system and special cleaning products.
Hotels: The hotel amenities are in your day-by-day. On occasion, you may notice one without an elevator. Each hotel is doing a lot of extra cleaning and taking special precautions to keep viruses and bacteria from spreading.
Fully Guided with Professional Drivers and Escorts: Not to worry. You’re in good hands! A Happy Trails Representative looks forward to greeting each one of you. Rest assured, the smallest detail has been given the utmost attention to ensure a relaxing and well-organized tour. The Trobec drivers are wonderful and very accommodating, too. Together, your driver and tour host will take great care in all the final details to assure a fabulous travel experience.
Luggage: Pack one suitcase each. This suitcase is delivered each night to your rooms by the porter. (Tips are included). You may bring a carry-on bag, as well, on board. Carry-on bags are handled by yourself. Do not make them heavier than what you can carrry. Don't forget your camera and your charger.
Dress Code & How to Pack: This tour is comfortable and casual. Wear comfortable shoes and pack a light-weight jacket should it get a bit chilly. You may also wish to pack a swimming suit as Rowley's Bay has an indoor pool. We also recommend an umbrella for the rainy days and sunscreen and a hat for the sunny days.
Shuttles : Sometimes, if a location where we promised boarding, falls short in numbers, we may offer a small shuttle vehicle to help save costs OR ask you to travel a short distance to meet the coach.
Meals: Breakfast is included each morning except on the 1st day. We also included two lunches and three dinners. Details about these meals are yet to be announced. Let us know of any special dietary requests.
Special Needs: Be sure to let us know of any special needs...such as diet, walking, stairs, allergies or motion sickness, etc.... If you use a wheelchair, walker (one with a seat is best) or a scooter, please let us know. Please refrain from using strong cologns or perfumes while on board the coach. So many folks have allergies and we want everyone comfortable while traveling. Diabetics are encouraged to bring along some little snacks as we cannot always promise meal breaks on schedule though we do our best to.
Tipping: The tour includes tips for luggage handling, meals and step-on-guides. Tips are not included for your driver & on board travel host. An average suggested tip is $3-$5 per day per person. This only a suggestion. Tipping is very individual.
On Board Activities: We play movies, play games, listen to CDs & tell stories as we pass the time along while traveling. If you have a cute joke or story (and it’s appropriate for all audiences!) then we invite you to use the microphone and share your humor with all on board.
Schedule Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. Sometimes changes occur beyond our control. If a change occurs, we’ll let you know as soon as we can. We have no control over any of the attractions listed in this flyer nor can we control hotels, tour companies (other than our own) restaurants and theaters.