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The merry month of May begins

Weekending: Book Club Getaway

I took off from work at noon on Friday, ran a few errands, and then drove up to Fish Creek in Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula to spend a weekend with nine other members of my Book Club.

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Provisions.

Our book club has been meeting for about 20 years. I've known, been acquainted, worked and/or socialized with some members for much longer than that, but most I know only because of the 2-3 hours when we share a dinner every couple of months and (usually) discuss a book that we've (more or less) all read (maybe).

Anyway, we've read a few books over the years by Wisconsin authors and/or set in our state, and a couple that were specific to Door County... which happens to be just not too far away... and somewhere along the line, a book club get-away was dreamed up! We found a spacious condo with plenty of room (and bathrooms).

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This was our "backyard." There was still a little snow on the deck, but it was nice enough to sit out and soak up some Vitamin D on Saturday afternoon.

We were able to walk to dinner & cocktails at Bayside Tavern on Friday evening, and to breakfast at The Cookery (newly opened for the season!) on Saturday morning.

Our main event was a Door County Trolley's Wine, Spirits & Brew Tour on Saturday. We shared the trolley with another group of 10 women on their 3rd annual girls' weekend (which all began with a bridal shower), a group of three, and two couples.

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There was a lot of singing and laughing, and our driver/guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great way to spend the day with a group! We stopped at Door County Distillery, Starboard Brewing Company, and Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, with a delicious lunch stop at Crate.

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They have a board at Starboard on which you can write suggestions for future brews and/or naming suggestions -- Lor Horny Hop and Hop Bop Bonino are from our group.  :)

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We stayed in on Saturday night, ordering take-away pizza from Wild Tomato and staying up late (again) playing games and laughing. I did less playing games and more knitting*... but still a LOT of laughing!

I'd been a little hesitant as the time approached (Inner Introvert: What did I get myself into???), but told myself it was only for a weekend (suck it up). I gave it a positive spin in my brain and decided that I would enjoy it... and I did. But I also had SO MUCH FUN! And RELAXING.

We packed up on Sunday morning and headed out of town for breakfast, ending up at The Log Den for their Sunday buffet... and what a wonderful stop that was! Family-built, -owned, and -operated, 76-year-old owner Wayne is still the head cook!

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They also have a log home listed on VRBO and they invited us to go over to scout it out for next year!!

*Mixed results on the knitting... Friday's time was much better spent than Saturday's... more on that in a day or two, and probably an FO!

Comments

Kat

What a fun weekend! But, gah! that snow!!

Robby H.

You know it was a good time when you're scouting locations for the next year on the way home! Glad the "OMG, what did I do" thoughts didn't keep you from a good time. Been there.

Barbara

It must have been a great time because you forgot to make any mention the book you read!

Kym

That sounds like a great weekend, Vicki! My book group often talks about organizing a weekend retreat together somewhere, but it just hasn't happened. Maybe someday . . .

Mary

Your weekend sounds like fun - especially the food and drink and laughing with friends part!

Carole

I hear you on the inner introvert part. I'm glad you pushed yourself to go and even more glad that you had such a wonderful time.

Vera

Like you, I would have had second thoughts...but so glad it turned out to be such a fun weekend. Everything looks great. Love the Trolley ride - a great way to go!

Bonny

I would have had the same second thoughts, but it sure looks like lots of fun was had! I would love a trolley brew tour along with lots of laughing and relaxing. Now all I need to do is continue my search for a compatible book group to do those things with!

margene

It sounded fun until you got to the bus packed with people and then MY inner introvert went crazy. You have so many places to find a drink (or a distillery!). My inner Utahn says What?! Wow! Fun!

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