Here is a fun fall itinerary we recently tried and loved. In addition to seeing the sites, galleries and shops, we enjoyed the fall leaf color, which has come earlier this year. Peak color is appearing now. Fantastic!
We started our fall drive in Sturgeon Bay at Greco Gallery, 24 N. Third Ave. The art of 12 artists is displayed and sold in this creative space. Take note of the cool space as well as the art—exposed brick walls, tin ceiling and an old work bench repurposed as the check-out counter.
Kelly Avenson, photographer who opened the gallery, displays her photographs of Door County and areas beyond like Rome and Jamaica. Some are uniquely displayed on various sizes of metal. Helen Bacon has pretty silk camisoles, scarves, and purses while Bethany Kirwen presents earrings and more.
Next, we headed north to Schartner’s Farm Market, 6476 Hwy. 42 and purchased a couple pumpkins. Here, the pumpkins are perched on wagons for your perusal. It makes the selection fun.
Inside, shoppers were buying apples by the bushel or half-bushel. Check out the blackboard, where information is posted on the apple varieties and how they taste and how they can be used—such as for baking.
We admired the colorful inland rural landscape as we took pretty Plum Bottom Road east to Hwy. 57 and the lakeside. We stopped at Bjorklunden Chapel to view once again the unique exterior of this exquisite Norwegian-style chapel, built decades ago on the grounds of Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor.
Koepsel’s Farm Market, 9669 Hwy. 57, Baileys harbor, was jumping. People were sampling the many sauces, salsas, cheese and more on the floor. Our purchases here were the medium salsa with cherries, no sugar peach-apricot jam and 100% natural peanut butter--all made at Koepsel’s.
Speaking of samples, they were also dishing them out at Door County Bakery, 10048 Hwy. 57, Sister Bay, home of the delicious Corsica bread. We couldn’t resist buying a couple breadsticks for lunch and a half loaf of this flavorful bread for home.
From here, we walked next door to the lovely Viva la Cabin, 10038 Hwy. 57, exquisitely decorated with home furnishings, bath products and more. The store will be closing soon, as the owner is retiring. Look for a sale on products and store fixtures soon.
Speaking of sales, City Farmer home and garden store, 10432 Hwy. 42, has its annual sale going on. We roamed the intriguing repurposed dairy barn filled with accessories, handbags, wall art, furniture and more.
Top of the Hill Shops, Fish Creek, was also offerings lots of discounts on clothing, home accessories and more. The Door County Art League has a gallery here. It’s a great place to see work of many local artists in one place. The paintings by Gale Ritchey were my favorites.
Then, we drove south to Egg Harbor’s Main Street Shops, where I perused the always tempting collection of clothing at Country Lady boutique. I purchased an arty yet practical layered sweater/blouse—perfect for future day-long weekend adventures around Door County.
We enjoyed dinner at John Martin’s on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. I had the vegetable manicotti, and he had the cherry meatloaf. We shared an apple crisp dessert and voted for our favorite place of the day.