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Door County Daffodils

Memorial Day weekend in Door County,Wisconsin is filled with fun, food, and fine art, as well as activities, entertainment, live music, and lots more, to help you experience and enjoy Door County, WI as the 2015 Summer Season officially kicks off!

The Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair on May 23 & 24, 2015 is hosted by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and is in its 17th year now, featuring a variety of work from 95 different artists available for purchase. The Fine Art Fair will take place at Sunset Park along the Sturgeon Bay waterfront. Enjoy live, strolling entertainment as you peruse the art booths, and bring the kids and create your own work of art in chalk on the tennis courts, and participate in the annual children’s mural and wood block masterpieces inspired by the black outlined paintings of Henri Matisse. The Fine Art Fair Raffle tent offers visitors an overview of the different artwork available at the fair, and nearby, find the food court with great eats and drinks! Stop by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center at 36 S. Third Avenue, visit online at sturgeonbay.net or call 800.301.6695 for more information.

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The 43rd Annual Maifest will be held from 9am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday, May 23rd and 24th, 2015 at Lakeside Park & Erskine Rest Area in Jacksonport, Door County, WI at the intersection of Hwy 57 & County V. Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8am, there will be a Concession Stand serving brats, hot dogs, snacks and drinks, the Women’s Club stand will be selling kolaches, funnel cake, cookies, pie, ice cream and beverages, and at 11:30am enjoy the Corn Roast as the Maifest Midway gets going with a variety of games and inflatable adventures for the kids, and starting at noon, Pony Rides from the 4-H Horse & Pony Project. Special features of Maifest include a Juried Art Fair, featuring 100 artists from around the Midwest, Helicopter Rides on CTY V across from the ballpark, one block west of Hwy 57, a Car Show between Erskine and the Ball Park.

Maifest Parade 2014

The Annual Maifest Parade will be on Saturday at 10:30am, on Highway 57, followed by a presentation of the flag by V.F.W. Post 3088 in Lakeside Park. Live music starts at noon with Jerry Voelker & His Jolly Gents! A 10K & 2 Mile Fun Run starts Sunday at 9am, and from 11am–3pm enjoy the sounds of Modern Day Drifters with lunch. Check out the Horse and Pony Drill Team Performance and Trick Roping Exhibition by Chewy and the Frontier Farmers Horsepull on Sunday as well. Maifest is sponsored by the Jacksonport Advancement Corporation, for more information please visit jacksonport.net.

Open the Door to Nature

May 21-24, 2015 is the annual Door County Festival of Nature, brought to you by The Ridges Sanctuary, Crossroads at Big Creek, The Door County Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and celebrating our World Class Wetlands this year. Door County’s wetlands offer scenic beauty, shelter to wildlife, and gorgeous backdrops for hikers, bird watchers, and other silent sports. Online registration is now closed, however, walk-in registration is available during packet pick-up at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on Thursday, May 21 from 5-8pm, on Friday, May 22 from 8am-Noon, and on Saturday, May 23 from 8-9am.

Dinner at Maxwelton Braes

Highlights of this year’s Festival include a Coastal Tour on the Edith M Becker, Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop, Brussels Meteorite Impact Site, The Wild Potato, Fish Sticks at Kangaroo Lake and more! Gather to meet and mingle on Thursday, May 21 at 6pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. Attend a Reception at 4:30pm and Dinner at 5pm on Friday, May 22 at Maxwelton Braes Lodge just south of Baileys Harbor, where the Keynote Program, “Celebrating Our Ramsar Designated Wetlands of International Importance” will be presented by Katie Beilfuss, Outreach Programs Director of Wisconsin Wetlands Association at 6:30pm. For more information, please visit http://www.ridgessanctuary.org/ or call (920) 839-2802.

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If you’re still looking for a great place to stay this weekend, you’re the right place – check out our Last Minute Lodging options for Memorial Day Weekend 2015 in Door County, WI:

Coachlite Inn in Sister Bay, set in the quiet of the pines, has rooms and suites available for this weekend, and have only have a 2 night minimum stay for most though they are also accepting a few 1 night stays. Enjoy complimentary Door County Coffee and Tea in the lobby and the Deluxe Continental Breakfast, and soak in the whirlpool, sit by the Koi filled garden pond, use the ring of fire, or cook on the BBQ grill. Reservations: 920.854.5503.

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The Ridges Inn Guest House

The Ridges Inn & Suites in Baileys Harbor has rooms, suites, or cottages available this weekend. Our guest rooms offer you the best of Door County on the quiet side where you can enjoy the surrounding nature of the Ridges Sanctuary and the quaint small town atmosphere of Baileys Harbor. Rooms and suites include Satellite TV, A/C, a private balcony, free Wi-Fi, and some have double whirlpools & fireplaces, private gardens and more, and they also have a rental cottage perfect for families! (Ask about pet friendly accommodations too!) Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 839-2127

Egg Harbor Lodge has a couple of Premium King units available this weekend from $135/night – 2 night minimum. The lodge sits atop the bluff overlooking the waters of Green Bay. Splash and swim in their outdoor pool or invigorate in the indoor whirlpool. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 868-3115

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The Shallows Resort

The Shallows Resort on the water south of Egg Harbor has rooms available for Memorial Weekend: 1 Single Friday night is available in a Gatehouse suite at $165.00/night + tax; Full on Saturday night; Single Sunday nights are available in Shoreside Motel rooms with 2 queens each for $140/night + tax or a Woodview Motel room with 1 queen for $110/night plus tax. Rates are for 2 person occupancy. A family-owned and family-friendly resort, their variety of accommodations is designed to meet your vacation needs. Enjoy sunsets from the dock, or launch one of their kayaks, canoes or rowboats, or try cast out a line and relax. Call 800.257.1560 or email vacation@shallows.com for reservations.

Beachfront Inn, located on the water in Baileys Harbor offers warm hospitality while providing guests a place to relax, enjoy the ambiance, and make new memories. Beachfront welcomes dogs in designated rooms and have one side view king room still available for this weekend (dog-friendly with prior approval). Please call for more information or visit online! (866) 251-0750

Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay has Premier Suites available on Memorial Day weekend. These suites have a king size bed, Jacuzzi double whirlpool, gas fireplace with a flat screen TV above, a queen sofa sleeper, kitchenette, and a small private patio/balcony. The rate is based upon double occupancy; however, the room can sleep 6 with an additional $10 per extra person. Located within walking distance to the quaint village of Sister Bay where you’ll find a waterfront village park and beach, a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 854-7195 or (866) 854-7195

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Settlement Courtyard Inn

The Settlement Courtyard Inn, voted #1 Boutique Spa in Wisconsin by Milwaukee Magazine, offers courtyard rooms, two & 3 bedroom suites, whirlpool suites, and their Coach House Suite. Rooms are still available for Memorial weekend, please call for rooms and rates. Located just outside bustling Fish Creek, this is a great spot to begin any adventure, and a great place to relax. Ask about their great spa packages. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 868-3524 or (877) 398-9308

AppleCreek Resort is located at the top of the hill in Fish Creek and has a few double queens available this weekend with a 3 night minimum. There is one queen suite available for Sunday night only, and a few single nights for Friday night in a double queen. There is a 2 night minimum on single queen ups, and a 1 night available for Friday. A few 2 night minimums for single queen downs and standard queen economy rooms are available; and 2 night minimums available yet for king suites and honeymoon suites. AppleCreek is filling up very quickly so please call for more information or to book as soon as possible! (920) 868-3525 or (800) 569-0059

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Eagle Harbor Inn

Eagle Harbor Inn is located across from the Bay, on the main street in Ephraim, this delightful Bed & Breakfast Inn offers elegant Whirlpool Suites with kitchenettes and B&B rooms, providing a perfect balance of quaint charm with many resort amenities. B&B rooms include a scrumptious breakfast each morning and all guests are welcome to enjoy the Commons complete with fitness room, sauna and indoor current pool, and a playground is available for the little ones. Memorial Day weekend availabilities: two 2 Bedroom Suites are available for Friday, Sat & Sunday night; a few B&B rooms, a couple 1 bedroom suites, and a few 2 bedroom suites are available for Friday, May 22 or Sunday, May 24 only. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 854-2121 or (800) 324-5427

Ephraim Shores Resort is located in the heart of Ephraim, with a beautiful view of Eagle Harbor. It’s a “Shore thing” at Ephraim Shores where you can stay in whirlpool rooms and kitchenette rooms, enjoy their indoor heated pool and hot tub, exercise room, WiFi, bikes, and game room, or just sit and enjoy the view from our private waterfront sundeck. A variety of rooms are still available for Memorial weekend; rates range from $155/night to $100/night. 1 or 2 night stays welcome for the weekend. Ephraim Shores is the waterfront family destination you’ve been looking for! Please call for more information or visit online! (877) 854-2371 or (920) 854-2371

Maxwelton Braes Lodge in Baileys Harbor has rooms available for Memorial weekend starting at $149/night. They offer Lodge Rooms and wonderful Vintage Fairway Suites, and have two onsite restaurants serving breakfast and supper daily in season. They also have a special for weekday stays going on: A 3 for 2 special available Sunday through Thursday. These rates start at $109. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 839-2321

Country House Resort in Sister Bay is an adult retreat and a perfect place to get away from it all. There is limited availability in several different room types for this weekend. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 854-4551 or (800) 424-0041

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Stone Harbor Resort

Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay offers rooms and suites with whirlpools, fireplaces, balconies, separate bedrooms, and/or full kitchens, as well as resort amenities including a 21 slip marina, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, free WiFi, business center, on-site dining, and live entertainment nearly every weekend! Ask about their great lodging packages including Romantic Escape, Arts & Heritage, and Family Fun! Rooms are still available for Friday and Sunday nights this weekend. No minimum stay requirement. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 746-0700

The Shoreline Resort is located on the top of the Door Peninsula in Gills Rock and offers stunning views of the Green Bay Waters and that sense of seclusion that helps you escape everyday life. Onsite Marina and water view rooms invite you to stretch out on their sun deck and relax. Luxury condominiums are open year round are available with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, a master suite, gas fireplace, full kitchens, granite countertops, stainless appliances and a patio/deck overlooking the waterfront. Rooms and condos still available this weekend! Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 854-2900