Tue, Aug 21: Depart Indianapolis for Sturgeon Bay with a stop in Racine, Wisconsin to tour a Danish bakery and see how kringle pastry is made. Late afternoon, check into the Bridgeport Waterfront Resort, located on Sturgeon Bay at Lake Michigan. The waterfront hotel is located by the marina and has access to walking paths along the lakeshore. Tonight, enjoy a group dinner. (Meal: Dinner)
Wed, Aug 22: Learn about shipbuilding at the nearby Maritime Museum, and tour the Tug John Purves, built in 1919 for the U.S. Shipping Board in response to the needs of WWI. Transfer to Sister Bay for lunch at the popular Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik, where goats graze on the grass-topped roof! Take in the views from the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park, and hear the personal stories of the keepers who toiled through the night and manned the light from 1868 to1926. Enjoy some free time in Fish Creek before taking in a performance by the Peninsula Players. Known as the “Theatre in a Garden” the open sided pavilion is a unique blend of live theater and beautiful views of cedar forests, gardens and waterfront. (B,L)
Thu, Aug 23: Board the Fred A. Busse, originally designed as a City of Chicago fireboat, and cruise through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal and to the Sherwood Point Lighthouse (weather permitting). Spend some free time in Egg Harbor before traveling to Bailey’s Harbor for a tour of Bjorklunden’s Boynton Chapel, handcrafted in a 12th-century Norwegian style and ornately decorated with hand-carved woodwork and 41 hand-painted frescoes. Relax at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market with a tour of the orchards, vineyards and production area. Cap off the tour with a wine tasting of the estate-grown pure fruit and traditional grape varieties. Transfer to Ephraim for a traditional fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant, a historic building built in the late 1800’s that boasts of a magnificent view of the blue waters of Ephraim’s Eagle Harbor. Mild, delicate whitefish fresh from the waters of Lake Michigan is prepared outdoors in a boiling kettle while you watch. A slice of fresh cherry pie concludes the meal. (B,D)
Fri, Aug 24: Depart for home this morning, stopping at Renard’s Cheese Shop to pick up some cheese and other regional favorites. Arrive in Indianapolis late evening. (B)
Bridgeport Waterfront Resort, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Located in downtown Sturgeon Bay, the resort offers an array of on-site recreational amenities and is within walking distance to the historic shopping and restaurant district. Highlights: two-bedroom suites feature a whirlpool, fireplace and kitchen center • complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • indoor/outdoor heated swimming pools • whirlpool • sauna • fitness.