A few weeks ago we headed out to my beloved Door County, WI. I've been going to DC since I was a child. Camping, biking, shopping, swimming....So many memories. Lucky for me I never stopped going to DC after I moved away from home after college. I kept going because it always calls me back. I wanted my children to have a little slice of all that I loved. It was the week of July 4th and this was a last minute trip, so we were surprised we could even find a spot to accommodate 4 adults and 2 children. But where there is a will there is a way!
We ended up in a not-so-fancy or charming "guest cottage" at Apple Creek Resort. It completely served our needs and I was very happy to be in DC. We don't need fancy or charming all the time. I'm pretty good at manufacturing that on demand if needed! A couple of candles and a "bedroom in the closet" for the kids and we were all set!
The way I see it, a pool is all you need to make children happy. That's how I was as a child. My Aunt Sandy (my mom's sister) who we call Tanta Sandy (Tanta means Aunt in German) came with us on our long weekend and would so graciously and lovingly take the kids the pool merely seconds after they got out of bed! The pool opened at 8:30 am and you could find them there!
I do enjoy a good pool. I love a beach too. I love the sand, the wind, the boats, the seagulls, the walks on the beach to search for beach glass and shells and stones. But there is something about a pool that makes kids really really happy.
Dad arrived and the kids were even happier!
I never met a child that didn't want to be in the hot tub!
There is the foot shot! It's cocktail hour by the pool, I have Words with Friends on my phone and we are in DC! I'm ready to go to my favorite shops, restaurants and just soak in the glory of all the memories that rise to the surface when I am in this space.
Fabulous Tanta Sandy and Grandma Terry watched the kids almost every night. We would get them fed and ready for bed and head out for late night dinners, drinks and spooking around.
Hubs made me stop to take this photo as he said it was the "money shot." I'm not sure I saw the same vision, but I took the photos!
A nice drive through the back roads with the sun setting with farm land all around us.
We just kept driving and saying "We could eat there." "We could eat here." But we just kept driving.
We ended up in Jacksonport for Mexican. Why, I'm not sure.
Then we walked down to the beach.
If you look real hard and tilt your screen just the right way, you can see our shadows.
Good Morning! Coffee on the deck!
We love White Dunes State Park. Best beach around. I love how the above shot makes it seem like hubs has a beer in his hand but it's really a person in the water!
Another must stop is the Yum Yum Tree in Baileys Harbor for ice cream and treats.
Sissy has been saving her money for a long time and so kindly offered to buy some treats to share with her brother.
There was a small break in the heat so we were able to be outside the pool area on the deck.
Lauren & Tanta Sandy....
We spent a glorious evening at Fred & Fuzzy's in Sister Bay.
I'm not sure why I've never been here in all my travels to DC, but I'll be going again for the view and the Door County cherry juice margarita.
It's just bar food, but worth the trip.
I told Hubs that DC is the Hampton's of Wisconsin hands down.
We walked around after our drink and appetizer.
I mean really, pretend you are anywhere in the world on any amazing beach.
It feels that good to me.
Self-portrait....grainy and dark......I love it.
You can find me lounging on that chair with my morning coffee.
Fred & Fuzzy's is connected to The Little Sister Resort so we walked around and checked it out. I landed upon this amazing photo op. Vintage bikes!
We then took a drive to The Wagon Trail Resort where hubs is obsessed with getting a cardamom coffee cake. Every single stinkin' time I've been in DC with the hubs we have to visit this place. We took Lauren here on a trip when she was two. To me it was sad, depressing and needed a major face lift. Well, much to my surprise it indeed has gotten one! It is now called Rowley's Bay Resort and has a little bar completely decked in vintage glory. There was even live music AND we got the Swedish delight coffee cake! I need to go back and check out all the work they have done, but it was a major improvement overall!
I took Mom and Sandy back to Fred & Fuzzy's for a cherry margarita and to see the amazing view.
Sandy I and stumbled upon a little art gallery that was holding an open house. We checked out all the art, I talked to many of the artists and outside you could find this couple playing music. It was perfection.
This trip I didn't take photos of all the usual places we go to shop or eat. Hubs took the kids to Washington Island on a bike riding day trip. There is too much goodness to photograph. Most of it has already been etched on my heart. I can never get enough of DC. If I have anything to say about my children will be taking their children here and reminiscing about, "remember when....."