I'm getting ready to hit the road. Since the mid-70's our entire Aranda family has descended on the beautiful village of Ephraim, Wisconsin the last Saturday in July.
40 years later we are still renting the same group of cottages across from the public beach and introducing a 4th generations of Aranda's (now Francis-McGinnis-Feldhausen-Hartnett-Imhoff-Muchmore-Andersen-Knapke-Bucholz-Constantini's) to our Door County rituals, traditions and joys.
There can be up to fifty of us each year and at this stage about half are under the age of 12. It cracks us all up that these kids - many of whom have travelled to exotic destinations worldwide - declare that Door County is their FAVORITE place to go and their FAVORITE week of the year.
But I get it. I was a kid in Door County too and still feel the same way.
It's the only time of year I get to catch up with my far-flung siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles for more than a few short hours. We sit around a fire pit or a picnic table or at the public beach and really catch up. In this crazy-and-getting-crazier-every-day world, family is everything. I'm blessed with a great one.
But enough about me. I know many of you have Door County love in your hearts as well. And even if you don't, here's a round up of materials you can check out at any local library.
"Six deaths mar the holiday mood as summer vacationers enjoy Wisconsin's beautiful Door County peninsula. Murders, or bizarre accidents?"
A perfect beach read for a mystery lover.
Zurawski, Joseph W.
From the popular Images of America series. Funny how turn-of -the century Door County doesn't looks so different from turn-of-the-century Des Plaines.
"Weaving a tapestry of lives and landscapes, past and present, earth and water, Blei celebrates the unique heritage of Door County, Wisconsin, a spectacular peninsula reaching into Lake Michigan. Blei ponders the balance of nature in a place where locals, tourists, and developers vie with the native flora and fauna of forests and lakeshore."
"Wisconsin resident Thomas Huhti shows you the best of beautiful Door CountyWisconsin native Thomas Huhti knows the best way to experience Door County, from enjoying outdoor recreation on Lake Michigan to touring the local wineries. In Moon Wisconsin's Door County, Huhti offers recommendations for the region's must-see attractions and activities, and he also includes trip ideas like A Perfect Week in Door County. Whether you're there to visit Cana Island Lighthouse or to canoe around a remote island, Moon Wisconsin's Door County gives you the tools you need to create a more personal and memorable experience."
"25 detailed and easy-to-follow maps. With suggestions of more than 150 scenic hikes, biking and paddling routes, end-of-the-road beaches, lighthouses, and wildlife-watching sites, and descriptions of the local flora and fauna."