We're heading for Door County for the first time. Trying to figure out where to stay for a few days is daunting. We're thinking of Sturgeon Bay. We'd like to go someplace with a decent amount to do within walking distance, close to some restaurants/bars that's just fun...I'm looking at Cliff Dwellers because it looks pretty, (and I can smoke on the balcony!). Any ideas/recommendations?
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I love Door County in the fall! Our favorite place for breakfast is in Sister Bay at the Sister Bay Cafe. Best waffles ever. Another favorite restaurant in Sister Bay is The Inn at Kristofers for dinner. Upscale dining with casual dress allowed. It has a good view of Green Bay across the street. For a traditional Door County Fish Boil, The White Gull Inn in Fish Creek is very good. The Cookery in Fish Creek is also good for breakfasts and lunches. I have not had dinner at The Cookery but I'm sure they are great as well.
Door County has several towns with good restaurants/bars in a small, walkable area, including not only Sturgeon Bay, but also Fish Creek, Sister Bay, and, to a lesser extent, Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor, and Ellison Bay.
For reliably good food - not anything unusual, just American food that's well prepared and reasonably priced, as well as a nice bar, about two miles east of Fish Creek is Greenwood Supper Club. Excellent prime rib. This is where the locals go for good food. www.greenwoodsupperclub.net
I had dinner last August at the Whistling Swan Inn, at Fish Creek. It was one of the best meals I've ever had. Kind of casual elegance: there's a porch dining room with views of the town where we sat - very nice - contemporary American menu, lots of seafood. Decent wine list. There's a lot of shopping and nick nack shops in the vicinity if that's your cup of tea.
We like Glidden Lodge which is just outside Sturgeon Bay but on the lake. It's a supper club but the surroundings are just gorgeous. Good food.