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Ridges Sanctuary Hosts Door County Festival of Nature

April 29, 2013 by

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The Door County Festival of Nature is your opportunity to learn more about the wildflowers, geology, birds and insects of our peninsula. During field trips and hands-on programs, guides will walk you through some of the most pristine and unique natural areas in the county. Many of these areas are not typically open to the public and can only be accessed during this special event, taking place from May 23 -25, 2013. Conservation organizations in Door County will share ways in which they are working to preserve our rich natural heritage for the future. Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to share your love of the natural world with other conservation-minded participants from all over the Midwest.

Spring is a great time to experience the natural wonder of Door County. Migrating warblers and other songbirds return to the peninsula and shorebirds gather on our lakes and bays. Wildflowers are opening out into the spring sunshine. Come join us!

Highlights of the Door County Festival of Nature

  • Canoe & Kayak Trips – Paddle the Peninsula!
  • Birding Hotspots
  • Wildflower Outings
  • Photography Workshops
  • NEW! Nature Trivia Night
  • NEW! Local Land & Lake Picnic featuring organic and locally sourced foods
  • Early morning birdwatching trips to local hotspots for waterfowl, warblers and more
  • Geology of the Door Peninsula
  • An old-fashioned Barn Dance / Social to wrap up the weekend’s activities

Register for Festival of Nature Events

Online registration is the fastest and easiest way to register for the Festival. You get up-to-date information on trips that are fully booked and reserve trips immediately. You can pay by credit card or print your registration form and mail it to The Ridges Sanctuary with payment by check or debit/credit card.

Visit von Stiehl While in Door County

Add one other item to your spring must-see list while on the Peninsula: von Stiehl. While there isn’t much wildlife at the winery, but we do have Ladies of the Vine, our wine club that you automatically become a member of when you purchase one case of wine per year. Come and take a tour of our beautiful facility in the charming waterfront town of Algoma!

Door County Wine Tour Weekend

April 21, 2013 by

Spring in Door County wine country is filled with blossoming orchards and vineyards regenerating after a long winter. With these buds and blossoms comes the excitement of a new crop and every farmer and vintner’s hope for a bountiful harvest.

On the weekend of May 17-19, the Door County Wine Trail Weekend will take place. Celebrate the spring by indulging in a wide array of individual events at seven local wineries including orchard and vineyard tours, cheese and chocolate pairings, live music and salsa dancing. Take part in a barrel tasting seminar or dinner show.

Maximize your wine trail weekend experience by picking up a wine trail brochure including our new passport program. Visit all seven wineries, collect a stamp at each and receive a limited edition wine trail logo embossed glass, while supplies last.

Door County Wine Trail Weekend Events

At von Stiehl: Barrel Tasting Saturday morning starting at 10:00 am

We will host a special Wine Futures and One-Of-A-Kind Barrel Tasting in conjunction with the Door County Wine Trail Weekend. Dave, one of our winemakers, will be on hand to pull samples from the barrels in our cellars for you to taste, forecast, and purchase at a discounted price. Be one of the first to try the Zinfandel, Brunello, and our estate barrel-aged Marechal Foch, an estate wine made entirely from grapes grown in our own Stony Creek vineyard. Enjoy the barrel tasting in von Stiehl’s 150 year old limestone tunnels starting at 10 a.m. Saturday May 18. $6 per person.

Murder Mystery Dinner Show at Door Peninsula Winery: Saturday night 7 – 10 p.m.

Styled like a winemaker dinner, Door Peninsula Winery welcomes the Dinner Detectives to Door County. Enjoy a four course dinner paired with select Door Peninsula wines while you solve a Murder Mystery. A truly unique tasting experience intermingled with the excitement & suspense of dinner theater. This event promises to be memorable – great wine, great food and great entertainment. Cost is $75 per person (plus tip) and will take place at Bistro 42, attached to the winery. Dinner starts promptly at 7 p.m. with mystery solved by 10 p.m. Follow this link to make your reservations. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Menu will be posted as it is finalized and paired with wines.

See the full event list on the Door County Wine Trail website.

Door County Spring Blossom Tour

March 16, 2013 by

Next month is when spring really begins in Door County. And how do we know this? Because the cherry blossoms appear – at last! All over the countryside and along the roadways, cherry blossoms leave their thin carpeting of white and pink petals. The trees become like giant cotton candy puffs and we remember what a warm breeze feels like on our faces.

A fun way to celebrate spring in Door County is via a trolley tour. The tours are run by Door County Trolley Inc. They pick you up in Sturgeon Bay around 9:30 a.m. and take you up the peninsula to the adorable community of Fish Creek, exploring orchards of blossoms and large expanses of wildflower fields along the way. There will be many great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera!

While in Fish Creek, you will enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride! Lunch and two wine tastings are also included in the tour.

The tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout April and May. Cost is $60. Visit the Door County Trolley website to purchase tickets.

von Stiehl’s Cherry Wines

We have a wide selection of wines created from the very cherries these blossoms hail! After your tour, stop by von Stiehl in Algoma to taste some of our Door County cherry wines. Here are some of our most popular:

  • Cherry Blush Wine: A smooth and appealing semi-dry white blushed with Montmorency cherries.
  • Cherry Kirsche: This fortified wine is the perfect marriage of brandy spirits and cherry wine.
  • Cherry Kirsche Oak-Aged: This fortified wine is the perfect marriage of brandy spirits and cherry wine, aged in American Oak for an extra smooth finish.

You can buy any of our wines from our website if you can’t make it to our winery.

Door County Annual Lighthouse Festival

May 23, 2012 by

Each June, the Door County Lighthouse Festival brings folks into lighthouses that are normally closed to the public. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the past and present of Wisconsin lighthouses, which have been and continue to be so important to mariners on Lake Michigan.

The Door County Annual Lighthouse Festival runs June 8-10, 2012. 11 tours are offered during the weekend:

  • Trolley Lighthouse Tour: a six hour trolley tour to 5 Door County Lighthouses.
  • Evening Ghost Tour: a haunting experience.
  • Baileys Harbor Lighthouse & Shipwreck: a 2-hour narrated cruise.
  • Island Clipper Cruise: a 6-hour voyage through Death’s Door Strait.
  • Naturalist-Narrated Tour: a 6.5-hour fascinating look at lighthouses and nature.
  • Keeper’s Kin Tour: a cruise featuring desserts and tales from relatives of lighthouse keepers.
  • Chambers Island Tour: cruise to Chambers Island and climb to the top of the lighthouse.
  • Death’s Door Tour: learn about the most history-rich straits on the Great Lakes.
  • Plum Island Tour: a rare chance to tour Plum Island.
  • Sturgeon Bay Area Lighthouse Lunch: lunch aboard the Harbor Lady while enjoying views of the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Bay Shipyard.
  • Sturgeon Bay Area Fireboat Cruise: 90-minute cruise aboard the retired City of Chicago fireboat Fred A. Busse.

Spend the weekend of June 8-10 on the Door Peninsula and learn about the beacons of light that have guided so many Lake Michigan mariners.

We invite you to visit our Algoma Wisconsin winery, just south of the Door Peninsula, on your way up. Toast Wisconsin lighthouses with glasses of von Stiehl Wisconsin wine; Lakeshore Mist would be an appropriate choice.

Find more information at Door County Lighthouse Festival.

Learn more about von Stiehl at Wisconsin Winery.

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February Getaway Packages

February 10, 2012 by

Sometimes it’s just nice to step out of your routine. If you’re feeling like you could use a change of scenery, consider spending a few days in Algoma, Wisconsin. Our charming little town is nestled against Lake Michigan at the base of the Door Peninsula. It’s beautiful, it’s peaceful, it’s fun, and it’s less than an hour from Green Bay.

Hotel Stebbins is offering a February Lodging Package that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. The “For Fun – For Romance” All-inclusive Package at Hotel Stebbins is a great deal.

Start with delicious coffee and breakfast at Caffé Tlazo, where you can surf the web, read the paper, or simply enjoy each other’s company as you sink your teeth into freshly baked treats.

In the middle of the day head over to Algoma Pizza Bowl for a couple of games and a slice or two. Then come to von Stiehl, our Algoma Wisconsin Winery, for wine and chocolate pairing. Yum.

Dinner at the Stebbins Restaurant is the perfect way to round out the day. Start with drinks in the lounge, where you can sit by the fireplace and admire the original tin ceilings. Move to the dining room for dinner, and be sure to try the Frog Legs. They’re amazing.

The special package at Hotel Stebbins is available through the month of February. Come for a little R&R: some Wisconsin Wine, some artisan chocolates, some bowling… What could be better?

The historic Hotel Stebbins.

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Door County Wine Trail

August 23, 2011 by

Have you ever considered a trek along the Door County Wine Trail? The coming weeks and months are a great time to bike or drive from one winery to another, enjoying the last days of summer or basking in the autumnal beauty of the Door Peninsula. Von Stiehl Winery, in Algoma Wisconsin, makes a good starting (and ending) point for the trail. Door County is a courageous sliver of land between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. It is filled with quaint small towns, rolling farmland, hardwood forests, and miles of beaches and waterfront. It’s a wonderland in the summer and winter, full of fragrant blossoms in the spring, and ablaze in fall colors in autumn. Outdoor recreation is paramount, and there is plenty of space for everyone to stretch and explore.

A handful of wineries are now growing grapes and making wine on the fertile land of Door County. Each Door County, Wisconsin Winery produces distinct wines, proving that even minuscule geographic distinctions can have huge impacts on the end products. Come see (and taste) for yourself. Visit them all. Seven Wisconsin Wineries comprise the Door County Wine Trail:
1. Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
2. Red Oak Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
3. Door Peninsula Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
5. Harbor Ridge Winery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
6. Stone’s Throw Winery, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
7. Orchard Country Winery & Market, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The Anhapee State Park Trail runs between Algoma and Sturgeon may, making the first (and last) leg of a bike trip between wineries a cinch. From Sturgeon Bay, Bay Shore Drive hugs the coast up to Ephraim. Riders will have to travel inland a bit to visit several of the wineries. It’s approximately fifty miles between Algoma and Ephraim – take your time and savor wine tasting over several days. We of course hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, von Stiehl, for a sample of our Door County Wine.

Additional information may be found at Door County Wine Trail. The map above is from this site.

Door County Wine Trail

August 23, 2011 by

Have you ever considered a trek along the Door County Wine Trail? The coming weeks and months are a great time to bike or drive from one winery to another, enjoying the last days of summer or basking in the autumnal beauty of the Door Peninsula. Von Stiehl Winery, in Algoma Wisconsin, makes a good starting (and ending) point for the trail. Door County is a courageous sliver of land between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. It is filled with quaint small towns, rolling farmland, hardwood forests, and miles of beaches and waterfront. It’s a wonderland in the summer and winter, full of fragrant blossoms in the spring, and ablaze in fall colors in autumn. Outdoor recreation is paramount, and there is plenty of space for everyone to stretch and explore.

A handful of wineries are now growing grapes and making wine on the fertile land of Door County. Each Door County, Wisconsin Winery produces distinct wines, proving that even minuscule geographic distinctions can have huge impacts on the end products. Come see (and taste) for yourself. Visit them all. Seven Wisconsin Wineries comprise the Door County Wine Trail:
1. Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
2. Red Oak Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
3. Door Peninsula Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
5. Harbor Ridge Winery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
6. Stone’s Throw Winery, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
7. Orchard Country Winery & Market, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The Anhapee State Park Trail runs between Algoma and Sturgeon may, making the first (and last) leg of a bike trip between wineries a cinch. From Sturgeon Bay, Bay Shore Drive hugs the coast up to Ephraim. Riders will have to travel inland a bit to visit several of the wineries. It’s approximately fifty miles between Algoma and Ephraim – take your time and savor wine tasting over several days. We of course hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, von Stiehl, for a sample of our Door County Wine.

Additional information may be found at Door County Wine Trail. The map above is from this site.

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