Egg Harbor Fun Park houses a multitude of yawn-busting attractions, from the whimsical 18-hole miniature golf course to a paintball target range and trampoline basketball court. Families test their ball-tapping mettle on the roundabout greens of the golf course, where hidden tunnels and watery obstacles spell doom for all but the craftiest balls. Springy trampolines launch basketball players toward highlight-reel dunks on the Jump Shot course and young kids expel some of their endless energy in the outdoor Bounce Zone. Those seeking splashes and splatters take cover in the waterlogged trenches of the Water Wars course, or create minor avant-garde masterpieces at the paintball target range. Outdoor go-karts placate preteens anxious for their drivers’ licenses and a 3,000-square-foot arcade promises shelter for limited-edition quarters featuring American heroes Big Bird and Ringo Starr.
For 15 years, the family-run Scaturo's eatery has dished up homestyle dishes, specialty breads, and pies made from scratch. Summer-long fish boils summon whitefish straight from the wilds of Lake Michigan for a brief shadow play before a feast with potatoes, coleslaw, and freshly baked breads. Signature pies can top off any meal—including a Sunday brunch buffet—with seasonal fillings and the finest cherries in all of Door County.
On the shore of Lake Michigan, tucked among the towering pines, a quaint building that would be at home in a fairy tale exudes cozy Midwestern hospitality with walls made of fieldstone, log beams that arch under a peaked roof, and a fireplace that crackles in the winter. In Donny's Glidden Lodge’s welcoming setting, guests tuck into Black Angus filet mignon, Australian cold-water lobster, and Iowan pork chops. Nightly specials of prime rib and just-caught lake perch join housemade soup, fresh bread, and salads made with mixed greens that diners grab from the salad bar.
During summery days, guests lounge on a patio with views of Lake Michigan that let them watch boats playing real-life games of Battleship. When the air carries a chill, tipplers can warm themselves with libations at the bar.
Belkis and her brother Manuel have baking in their blood. The creative duo behind CheeseCake, Etc. can trace their family history through three generations of bakers to great-grandparents who ran a small bakery in France. While Manuel attends to the café’s bread-making needs, Belkis rules over its namesake confection. She whips up more than 300 different cheesecakes, including gluten- and sugar-free varieties as well as those inspired by seasonal ingredients or stock-market trends. Some of her most popular flavors include lemon, turtle, and New York–style cheesecake set into a graham-cracker-pecan crust. The menu also offers Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and more than 15 types of Steep & Brew coffee, as well as house-made cheese breads, cheese curds, soups, salads, and sandwiches, which rotate each day. Salsa Dance Saturdays steep the small café in toe-tapping Latin rhythms as dance instructor J-Ro opens the floor for introductory salsa lessons and open dancing.
Springside Cheese Corporation is a family owned Wisconsin cheese manufacturer of traditional and flavored artisan cheese. One of the last few cheese factories in Northeast Wisconsin, Springside Cheese has been making hand crafted, rich and creamy cheese since 1908.
Outside Cool Harbor Restaurant's windows, Lake Michigan surges around the base of a bright red lighthouse, slapping against an oft-snow covered shore. Inside, the chill never touches patrons as they enjoy the view, warmed by the heat of a tireless grill and the tasty entrees it produces. Sirloin steak sandwiches drip with jus as black tiger shrimp sizzle in a white wine sauce. While waiting for a meal or enjoying a few drinks, patrons take to the billiards table to shoot a round of pool or explain the construction of a glucose molecule.
While fermenting and aging, Von Stiehl Winery's 25 wines reside in underground limestone caverns that date back to the Civil War era. Brothers Aric and Brad Schmiling build on experience as a chemist and theater engineer to maintain the winery and stock its online store with French- and American-style blends such as a gold medal-winning cabernet sauvignon, brandy-fortified cherry wine, and merlot aged in French oak, all of which woo palates more gently than Cyrano de Bergerac in a pillow fight. Visits to the storied winery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, allow guests to soak in bold Austrian and Italian architecture as they pass through fermentation quarters and a production facility. Seasonal events range from tastings and food pairings to live music and grape-stomping competitions. In warmer weather, sprawling grass lawns grant panoramic views of Lake Michigan.