Touring Door County: Bailey’s Harbor

I’ve been down with a cold for several days so although we did some sight seeing yesterday after church, it’s taken me a while to prepare this post.

We came home from church and changed clothes and then headed out to see what we could see.  There is a small cemetery not far from us that I’ve been curious about, so our first stop was there.

It's just sitting in a little clearing beside the road.  All the stones face east.

It’s just sitting in a little clearing beside the road. All the stones face east.

This is what I most wanted to see more closely.  I could only see the back of this angel every time we drove by.

This is what I most wanted to see more closely. I could only see the back of this angel every time we drove by.

This is the tombstone of two children, one who lived for two years and one who only lived for two days in the 1800s.

This is the tombstone of two children, one who lived for two years and one who only lived for two days in the 1800s.  I’m interested in old cemeteries for the stories they tell.

This quote by TS Eliot could be said of Mark and I as well!

This quote by TS Eliot could be said of Mark and me as well!

I liked the spunk of this woman - Champion Choke Cherry Picker!  What will be on my tombstone?

I liked the spunk of this woman – Champion Choke Cherry Picker! What will my tombstone say?

Then Mark and I found a woods to walk through:

A clearing in the woods

A clearing in the woods

Taking the road less taken

Taking the road less traveled

Large stumps, but the rest of the trees look quite young.

Large logs, but the rest of the trees look quite young.

And we traipsed through a meadow:

A small wildflower

A delicate pink wildflower

Daisies

Daisies and something orange

Purple wildflowers

Purple wildflowers

I think this is a bat house.

I think this is a bat house.

Knee high in grass

Knee high in grass

After communing with Nature for a while, we decided to check out Bailey’s Harbor.  On our way to church we had seen a farmers market there, but by the time we got back there it was gone.  However, we had a good look around town.

A little bit of history

A little bit of history

There were these big blue footprints painted on the sidewalk in front of the Blue Ox.  Mark couldn't quite fill those shoes!

There were these big blue footprints painted on the sidewalk in front of the Blue Ox. Mark couldn’t quite fill those shoes!

I've seen Stella Maris Catholic churches all over Door county.  This one had a sea-themed mural.

I’ve seen Stella Maris Catholic churches all over Door county. This one has a sea-themed mural.

We went into a few stores...

We went into a few stores…

...although some stores kept rather loose hours!

…although some stores kept rather loose hours!

We went into Yum-Yums and got ice cream cones.  Mark got butter pecan and Capn' Bailey's - a flavor that tasted like a cross between butterscotch and egg nog!  I got Rocky Road that could have been called cobble stone road it had so many nuts in it!  All the flavors were homemade.

We went into Yum-Yums and got ice cream cones. Mark got butter pecan and Capn’ Bailey’s – a flavor that tasted like a cross between butterscotch and egg nog! I got Rocky Road that could have been called cobble stone road it had so many nuts in it! All the flavors were homemade.

There was a place in back of Yum-Yums where you could sit at tables or benches next to Lake Michigan.  I liked the shape of this picnic table.

There was a place in back of Yum-Yums where you could sit at tables or benches next to the bay. I liked the shape of this picnic table.

This fountain and pool were in front of a furniture store.

This fountain and pool were in front of a furniture store.

Mark likes the fact that everywhere in Door County flags are proudly displayed.

Mark likes the fact that everywhere in Door County flags are proudly displayed.

A pile of colorful kayaks

A pile of colorful kayaks

This whole thing is a mural on the side of a very long wall next to the marina.

This whole thing is a mural on the side of a very long wall next to the marina.

The marina at Bailey's Harbor

The marina at Bailey’s Harbor

Mark and I were walking on the far side of the marina and we kept hearing harmonica music.  I finally discovered the source by looking through my telephoto lens at the other side of the marina.

Mark and I were walking on the far side of the marina and we kept hearing harmonica music. I finally discovered the source by looking through my telephoto lens at the other side of the marina.

"...And the two shall be one"

“…And the two shall be one”

The windblown look!

The windblown look!

Hanging around the marina

Hanging around the marina

An old ivy covered building with just the windows peeking out.

An old ivy covered building with just the windows peeking out.

I was struck by the anvil-shaped sign and found...

I was struck by the anvil-shaped sign and found…

...that it's a historic blacksmith shop.

…that it’s a historic blacksmith shop.

A quaint inn

A quaint inn

A white picket fence with flowers planted in front

A white picket fence with flowers planted in front

An inviting back yard hammock

An inviting back yard hammock

You are here!

You are here!

After we walked all around Bailey’s Harbor, we drove down a road where we were hoping to find the Ridges Sanctuary which is known for its wildflowers.

First we came to a beach.

First we came to a beach.

These two little girls from California were playing on the beach under the loving eyes of their grandparents from Wisconsin.

These two little girls from California were playing on the beach under the loving eyes of their grandparents from Wisconsin.

From the beach we found the back side of the Ridges Sanctuary, but then we found out it cost money.  We need to start carrying cash with us on these trips!

From the beach we found the back side of the Ridges Sanctuary, but then we found out it cost money. We need to start carrying cash with us on these trips!

Not far down the road we came to a place where we could see Cana Island and its lighthouse.

Not far down the road we came to a place where we could see Cana Island and its lighthouse.

A closeup of the lighthouse

A closeup of the lighthouse

Bent trees

Bent trees

White rocks on the beach

White rocks on the beach

A fallen feather

A fallen feather

I think this is Canada Anemone.

I think this is Canada Anemone.

Swamp buttercup?  Marsh marigold?  Or what?

Swamp buttercup? Marsh marigold? Or what?

Columbine

Columbine

And something beachy

And something beachy

By this time we were getting hungry so we went back to Bailey’s Harbor for dinner.  The place we ended up had great food and the atmosphere was nice, but the service wasn’t so hot and it was pretty expensive.  We went to Harbor Fish Market & Grille:

Nice window seats

Nice window seats

A view out the back

A view out the back

Mark's prime rib

Mark’s prime rib

My vegetarian risotto

My vegetarian risotto

After the meal

After the meal

They even tied up my take-home box!

They even tied up my take-home box!

At the hostess's desk

At the hostess’s desk

An old television turned into an aquarium!

An old television turned into an aquarium!

One last stop before we went home.  Mark spotted something behind one of the buildings:

In business since 1952.

In business since 1952.

How long has this been sitting there?

How long has this been sitting there?

2 thoughts on “Touring Door County: Bailey’s Harbor

  1. Wow, what a lovely outing you had, Denise! So many interesting things to see. Cleaver idea to turn an old TV into an aquarium!

    I’m looking forward to reading more blogs like this when I ‘restructure my life and time’ to do what I want when I want soon.

    Go well!

    • Hi Linda!

      How are you planning to “restructure your life and time”? Are you going to retire? I hope you get to read my blog more. We’ve been having so many adventures!

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