My go-to source for researching travel accommodations is always Trip Advisor, and I have never been disappointed. The key to success is choosing the accommodation in your price range and desired location with the highest ratings and the most positive reviews written by REAL people. Has the reviewer written only one review EVER (or very few reviews that are all glowing and gushing with raves)? Chances are they were offered some sort of incentive—or, they are friends or relatives of the owner of the establishment. That’s a Trip Advisor no-no. I look to see how many reviews a Trip Advisor member has written and how many helpful votes those reviews have received, and then concentrate on what the most experienced reviewers have to say. (For comparison, I’ve written 102 reviews and have received 100 helpful votes; however, there are many reviewers who have written a lot more.)
Once again, my research paid off when I booked a room at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay for our three-night stay. As soon as we entered the parking lot, we knew it was going to be a cool place—at least if their garden was any indication.
Entering the lobby, it felt like a blast from the past. I’ll let the pictures tell the story, but if you want to get the full details, check out my Trip Advisor review.
After checking in, we drove up the east coast of Door County’s peninsula to Cave Point County Park on Lake Michigan. What a gorgeous place! The hiking trails through the woods along the lime-stone cliffs were stunning. Although it started to rain, we kept on hiking, because we wanted to see more and more.
A nice surprise was this rocky beach and seeing the creations made by industrious (and patient!) visitors who passed through. It reminded us of the beach in Stanley Park, Vancouver, where we had first seen rock sculptures of this kind.
Our next stop was at Baileys Harbor for a walk around the marina before heading across the peninsula to Fish Creek where I had made dinner reservations for a Traditional Door County Fish Boil at the White Gull Inn.
By now, we had really worked up an appetite after our very full day. Between our tour of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, the drive to Sturgeon Bay to check into our motel, our hike around Cave Point, and walks around Baileys Harbor and Fish Creek; the all-you-can-eat fish boil (not fried!) sounded GREAT!
We were NOT disappointed.
Count me in as one of the 758 Trip Advisor reviewers who gave the White Gull Inn the top rating.
Just when I thought the day and evening couldn’t get any better, we were greeted by this gorgeous sunset as we left the White Gull Inn and took a stroll to nearby Sunset Beach Park:
Coming up next: EGG HARBOR, PENINSULA STATE PARK, AND SISTER BAY (“BRING IN DA GOATS!”)
Believe it or not, I’ve been to Door County! We had bikes for free, but I had to sleep in the rented van ’cause my ex-husband snored LOUDLY.
Yikes! Snoring aside, wasn’t Door County beautiful! I would love to return sometime to see the autumn leaves.
WOW! Just wow.
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You would LOVE it there, Laura!
Love the hotel. I grew up near Sturgeon Bay I believe it used to be called the Cherry Land Hotel. Love your choice of beers also. I went to the Hinterland brewery for my birthday. The cherry wheat was tops. Your pictures of Cave Point were amazing. I wrote a blog solely on the locale if you want feel free to check it out.
Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed my post and pictures. I’ll check out your blog, too. Cheers!
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