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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