What’s on your bucket list?, or should I ask, what’s on your spring bucket list if you’re coming up for a trip to Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay? Door County? Spring is here (despite the cooler temps and the occasional, freakish snow). Spring graces the peninsula comes with loads of outdoor fun, both indoor and outdoor. You’ll find that our town knows how to make the most of the spring season. Here are some spring musts to put on your Door County bucket list.

1. Witness Wildflowers in Bloom–Take a day trip around the county where the forest areas, meadows and farm fields burst into a colorful an array of daffodils, crocuses, and wild violets every spring. Be sure to drive through Peninsula State Park to spot lady slippers and trillium blanketing the forest.

2. Rock a Rainy Day.
Don’t let a few raindrops ruin your good time here. Go shopping at the trendy Spot and Space stores in downtown Sister Bay.  Wander the new bookshelves at the new Peninsula Bookman store in the Country Walk Shops. Grab a cup of coffee and some sweet treats at two new coffee shops, Skip Stone Coffee and Goose and Twigs. Take a drive out to Hands On Art Studio in rural Fish Creek where you can create your own pottery or fused glass decorations and jewelry.

3. Picnic in the Park.
Pack a picnic with a box lunch prepared at Culinaria Deli in Sister or grab some sandwiches and salads at the newly remodeled Piggly Wiggly store (just behind Birchwood Lodge) and amble over to Waterfront Park in the heart of downtown. People watching is always fun there and you”ll see all kinds of boats being unloaded along  the marina, ready for water activities.

4. Go Outdoors.
Strap on a helmet and bike along (free bikes to use courtesy of Birchwood Lodge) the trails in Peninsula State Park, which winds along shimmering waters of Green Bay. Newport State Park is also a great destination for mountain bikers, offering varied terrain within a beautiful landscape of cliffs and shaded meadows alongside Lake Michigan. Road riders will want to bicycle on Water’s End Road (the shortest distance from water to water on the peninsula), peddling along through cherry orchards, scenic farmlands and historic geological areas from the western water’s edge of Green Bay to the eastern side of the peninsula at Lake Michigan.

5. Head to Peninsula Center.
Tourists love to explore the western, more active side of Door County, or the “Quiet Side” on the eastern shore. We suggest that you take a day trip out to the center of the peninsula where you can sip your way through Stone’s Throw  Winery at Highways A and F, or, make a stop with the kids at P. C Junction for a unique dining experience that the whole family will enjoy. A little further into the middle of the peninsula you’ll want to visit Shopf’s Dairy View Farm for delectable ice cream. And if you want to shop at an old fashioned country farm store, take Lundquist Road out to Waseda Farms for fresh fruit and vegetables and organic, homemade goodies.

There you have it, a varied and interesting spring bucket list. Let us get you going with a stay at Birchwood Lodge. We’ll provide you with a clean and comfortable suite and plenty of things to do right on our premises. Call us at 866-854-7195 for reservations, or go online at www.birchwoodlodge.com.

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