Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Door County Fall Colors + Dinner Date at Wickman House

Last weekend I visited Door County in northern Wisconsin for a short getaway with K and baby C, to explore the fall colors. Door County is located on a peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin, surrounded by Green Bay and Lake Michigan. We spend most of our time in the northern half of Door County, with K's family. 

We missed "peak color" by only a few days, so the trees were at 60% color over the weekend. Driving around was beautiful - I couldn't resist a roadside photo or two.

We also visited Newport State Park for a short hike on the Monarch Trail before a rainstorm arrived - baby C enjoyed the quiet trail and testing out his new fall gear.

We also spent time with K's parents at Fall Fest in Sister Bay - this was our first visit to the festival, in its 71st year as an annual event. We loved it - so many things to see {and eat}.

K and I spent a few hours away on Saturday night for a dinner date at one of our favorite restaurants in the area - Wickman House.

Wickman House is a farm-to-table "New American" restaurant that focuses on local farms and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is located inside a beautiful three-story house, on more than four acres of land. The house was built by the Wickman family in 1872, and previously held an inn, a B&B and another restaurant called T Ashwells. Wickman House opened in 2012.

If you visit Door County, I highly recommend making a reservation at Wickman House or arriving when they open for the evening {5 pm}. Even though we had to wait to be seated, my favorite part of the meal was starting with a glass of wine in the outdoor {heated} gazebo bar.

All of the food I have tried at Wickman House is delicious and beautifully presented. We started with the deviled eggs on special that night - with a light amount of cheddar added to the filling. So good.

K ordered the pork chop and I had the salmon special, which was served over grits and garnished with blistered shishito peppers. Shishito peppers are incredible and extremely mild! I need to try making these peppers at home. Adding them to a salmon dish resulted in quite an interested flavor combination.

We finished our dinner by sharing a slice of flourless chocolate cake - it was super rich and chocolatey and I didn't need it, but the cake was worth every bite. Wickman House is located at 11976 Mink River Road, Ellison Bay, WI.

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