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Bring your camera - you'll want a pirate family photo for your living room wall!

Dress for weather, temperature. Bring costume, peg leg, eye patch, parrot, sword, hook arm, bandana, swimsuits, beach towels, beach bag, shorts, jackets, hats, sunglasses, drink container for on ship, sunscreen. It is always colder on the water!

Sunday Evening, July 3: Festivities kick off with 'tastic family meal & fireworks

"Brussels" Village - visit this quaint town enroute to Sturgeon Bay - see details at end of this list

5 PM Appetizers and Cocktails around Pond

6 PM Dinner - pulled pork, sides, dessert, local produce, presented by five star chefs:
Brett, Virge, & Jake Temme 9098 Lime Kiln Rd. Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-8659 920.559.0652 - H
920.824.5746 - C

Fireworks on Your Own- Quitewoods South Campground 9245 Lover's Lane Brussels WI, 54204 920.825.7065 or Downtown Egg Harbor, Harborview Park, fireworks over the Green Bay, 20 miles/30 minutes from Sturgeon Bay 920.868.3717 at dusk

woodland cottage
Aerial view of Sturgeon Bay hideaway of Gail and Troy. See pirates lurking in the trees! Arrr, brin' your buried treasure map. Aye. Ye'll ne'er get me buried booty!

Monday, July 4: Meet & Greet, Games, Sports, Contests, 'Mazin' Food, Fireworks!

Bring But Do Not Wear Your Pirate Costume Until Dinner

11 Am Brunch - fresh local fruits and homemade foods with all the trimmings - hosted by Gail, Troy, Brooke, Nicole, Virge, Brett, Jake 8266 Woodland Rd. Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 920.374.0269

Meet and Greet Games - for pirates of all ages, test your knowledge of the fascinating era of pirates, wenches, buccaneers - read up! Treasure hunt for all ages. Find treasure chests filled with coins and beads, Pin the Patch on a Pirate, Water Cannon fights - defend yer naval vessel! Tattoos. Whist card games loved by 18th century naval officers with lessons by Jake. for pirate fun and games

Watersports - large variety of water sports and water activities

Landsports - walk to Troy and Gail's private island via bridge to gather around fire pit or sun on their sandy beach. Lawn games, ball games.

Costume contests - may include best dressed wench, best dressed pirate, best dressed pirate family, best pirate talk, contests by age

Get your Pirate Name and Talk Like a Pirate - go to
Aye, ye better practice yer one eyed, one legged walkin' 'n' pirateese speakin'!

530- Dress for Dinner - Transform into a ship filled with wenches, pirates and sailors

Pirate Family Photos - Avast, ye bilge rats! Smile wit' yer missin' teeth, hook arms, pegged legs so ye can "hang" all yer pirate relatives on yer livin' room wall.

Dinner - Seafood and Fish Boil - good grub after a fun-filled day of plunder on land and water

Fireworks - See fireworks from the private island or on your own: Peninsula Symphonic Band at 8 PM followed by fireworks, Dusk Sunset Park, Sturgeon Bay 800-301-6695

Ahoy, cross the bridge if you dare Aye. Sunny sand, fire pit and grub waitin' if you
make it across. Aye, me parrot concurs.
Pillage for what li'l booty thar may be on Troy
and Gail's "treasure island".

Tuesday, July 5: 'Nother 'Tastic Day of Fun 'n Sun
Wednesday, July 6: Final Morning of Pirate Fun Before We Sail Off

Tuesday & Wednesday are on your own using these suggestions:

Lighthouse Tour - local tour company

Winery Tasting - local tour company

Potawatomie State Park - hiking, biking, camping

Washington Island, Rock Island - ferry and hiking

Shopping - Egg Harbor and Fish Creek

Museums - Stergeon Bay's Maritime Museum - the history of Great Lakes Shipping, tugboat tours, other interesting tidbits

Art Galleries - Art and Artisan Guild maps provided for all the galleries on the peninsula, Door County has world-celebrated artists of all media

Parks/Hiking - Most unique spots on the Peninsula is Cave Point Park - nice for picnics or a half hour short hike to see the rock formations carved away by Lake Michigan

Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek - before dinner and plan

Potawatomi Park in Sturgeon Bay - a nice little hike along the water or in the woods(bring your mosquito repellent) the morning of the 4th, before brunch

Door County Master Gardener "Garden Door:" - lovely garden behind the Peninsula Research Station, just north of the split of 42 & 57, 30 minute stop-over on your way up north, with a small pond, garden, gazebo, award-winning Fairy Garden, Thyme Garden (with a human sundial), tunnel garden, etc

Tuesday Evening:

Guys and Does - American Folklore theater in Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek 8 PM, arrive by 7:30 PM for good seats

Fred and Fuzzy's - little outdoor restaurant on the shore north of the north part entrance, good food and margaritas

Julie's in Fish Creek - south of the south part entrance

Wednesday Evening:

Sturgeon Bay offers Free Concerts at Martin Park - series called "Harmony on the Bay", "Copper Box" a sydeco/jazz group is playing

Let us know your preferred activities or help us organize your choice!

We visit on popular 4th of July weekend, so activities fill up and sell out

More Options - Wilderness areas, golf courses, art galleries, maritime museum

Door County Folk Festival - Sister Bay, Ephraim, Baileys Harbor, July 6-10 Celebrating ethnic folk dancing and music from many countries. Workshops, concerts, children's program, fish boil dinner. 920-421-2986 or 773-463-2288

Ghosts - Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes - Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, Interactive exhibit explores the mystery surrounding paranormal activity at some of the Great Lakes' most famous lighthouses. 920-743-5958

Farmer's Market - Tu es, July 5, Martin Park, Sturgeon Bay, 3-7pm 800-301-6695

Historical Farm Tour, Sister Bay - Corner of the Past/Old Anderson House Museum, 1825 farmhouse and restored farm buildings. Group tours available. 920-854-7680 30 miles/50 minutes from Sturgeon Bay

Culinary Tour - ice cream, wineries, foods made in door county, farms, farm markets, restaurants using local growers, farmers and fishermen.
Culinary Tour Map

Evenings in Ephraim - 7-9pm, Spectacular sunsets over Eagle Harbor, dining,late-night shopping to 8pm or later, 30 miles/45 minutes from Sturegon Bay

Download Maps/Brochures on Special Topics per Your Interests:
Antiques, Bicycle Map, Watercraft Rentals/Charter Fishing, Family Fun, Restaurant and Fish Boils, Fishing, Golf, LIghthouse Map, Apple & Cherry Orchards and Farm Markets, Wineries

Brussels - 15 miles/20 minutes enroute to Sturgeon Bay. Belgian-American community. Walloons, French-speaking people of Belgium, settled the region in the 1850s and their descendants still constitute a high proportion of the population. Many of the original wooden structures of the Belgian Americans were destroyed in a firestorm that swept across southern Door County in October 1871. A few stone houses made of local dolomite survived. More common are 1880s red brick houses, distinguished by modest size and gable-end, bull's-eye windows. Some houses have detached summer kitchens with bake ovens appended to the rear. And the Belgians, many of them devout Catholics, also erected small roadside votive chapels like those in their homeland.

Finding your way around:

Driving Distances in Door County
Location Miles
Brussels to Sturgeon Bay 14 15
Sturgeon Bay to Carlsville 10
Sturgeon Bay to Jacksonport 16
Sturgeon Bay to Egg Harbor 17 20
Sturgeon Bay to Baileys Harbor 22
Sturgeon Bay to Fish Creek 23
Sturgeon Bay to Ephraim 28
Sturgeon Bay to Sister Bay 33
Sturgeon Bay to Gills Rock 43
Jacksonport to Peninsula Park 14
Egg Harbor to Jacksonport 10
Egg Harbor to Ephraim 12
Baileys Harbor to Fish Creek 10
Baileys Harbor to Ellison Bay 15
Northport Ferry to Washington Island -

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Click below for Maps:
Map of Sturgeon Bay
Map of Upper Door County
Map of Lower Door County

Gail and Troy have every conceivable watersport and land activity at their hideaway. And with many planned water and land activities, contests and games, we will definitely not run out of things to do!

In addition, Door County is "Wisconsin's Playground", often called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, with five state parks, ten lighthouses, 300 miles of shoreline, pristine scenery, shops, galleries, museums, rural, small town charm. Pick a pail of ripe cherries in July. Attend music and performing arts shows. Taka a sunset cruise. Visit nature preserves and parks. Tour quaint harborside towns. Some of the best hiking and biking in the midwest, plus 11 golf courses, fishing, cherry orchards, red brick Belgian farmhouses, picturesque sunsets, horseback riding, local festivals. Scenic Brussels enroute to hotel.

Call Janice at
(301) 602 6750