Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Visit to Door County: Door County Trolley Lighthouse Tour Post 3 of 4

For decades, lighthouses were indispensable in the Great Lakes Area. They warned ships of danger and directed them safely on their route. Today, though lighthouses are no longer used to help steer ships, they do stand as marvelous landmarks of history and beauty.

Mark and I took the Door County Trolley Lighthouse Tour on a Friday.  We began our tour at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, just several hundred yards from our room at the Bridgeport Resort.

 The five-hour tour included stops at four separate lighthouse locations:

Cana Island Lighthouse, Baileys Harbor

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Fish Creek   photo doorcountytrolley.com

Range Lights, Baileys Harbor

Canal Station Lighthouse, Sturgeon Bay

Included with the tour was lunch at the beautiful Top Deck Restaurant at Gordon Lodge. We enjoyed a gorgeous, peaceful waterfront view as we ate and visited with the other tourists in our group. 

Top Deck Restaurant offers a spectacular view

Our beautiful view as we ate lunch

The Gordon Lodge grounds are beautifully situated on the lake and well maintained. According to our guide, Gordon Lodge is a top destination-wedding site. They also offer lodge rooms and cottage rentals for visitors to the area.

Many wedding receptions and other large gatherings take place in this building

A view from the well-maintained Gordon Lodge grounds

Our trolley driver, John, provided tour narration on the excursion.  If you enjoy a knowledgeable, friendly, informative guide, then he’s your man.

The Trolley Lighthouse Tour is a terrific way to gain familiarity with the Door County area. The tour provides a fascinating overview. It’s useful for making decisions about where to go as a Door County tourist to dine, explore and relax.

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Robin J. Steinweg said...

I like your photo of John!

You sure are giving me a yen to go back to Door County!

Suef said...

This was great! It gives me ideas for October when I go with my parents. Thankw!

Lori Lipsky said...

Robin--He wasn't a bit shy and was happy to pose for me and the blog.
Maybe you should go back to Door County. How long has it been? The leaves change before long and it'll be spectacular.

SueF.--Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. (I don't dare call you FueF today). Hope you have a great time in October!