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The Village Cafe in Egg Harbor…THE spot for breakfast!

When you come back from your Door County vacation, your friends will most likely ask you two questions-Did you have a fish boil, and did you eat breakfast at that little cafe in Egg Harbor? That little cafe in Egg Harbor is the Village Cafe, and it is located right next door to the Lull-Abi Inn. I don’t mean right next door as in Best Buy/Home Depot/Target, I mean right next door as in you can smell the homemade granola baking! This place is great, I just finished breakfast there and my tummy is seriously happy! The menu is varied, with the usual eggs bacon and toast stuff all the way to cherry stuffed french toast. And, remember when cafes made fluffy omelettes in a pan, not flat eggs on a grille? Well, that’s the way they do it here, and they are delicious. There is a pancake special everyday, a quiche special, and a coffee cake special. As a note, the coffee cake is enough to feed a small army. They also serve lunch, with great burgers and sandwiches in addition to the breakfast menu, and during the season they are also open for dinner. They have beer and wine available, too. The Village cafe also has stuff…art, ceramics, knick knacks, all displayed throughout and all for sale, so if you are a shopper person you need to check it out. So be sure to stop at the Village Cafe when you are staying at the Lull-Abi Inn, you will love...

The Coyote Roadhouse, right on the lake!

No, not THE Lake, the other lake…Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor! Nestled along the shore of this beautiful inland lake is the Coyote Roadhouse. I first started going here years ago when it was one of the very few places open in the winter, now it is a regular stop on my schedule. The Coyote has great food and a great atmosphere. It’s a very friendly locals place, the big feature when you walk in is the bar, packed with the fine Baileys Harbor and Egg Harbor citizenry. Local politics is not off-limits here, and this is where you go to get a plumber, a garage built, or some excavating work done. This is also the place to get really good food. It’s a simple menu, but with a couple of twists. There are burgers, and chicken sandwiches, some salads, chili, and soup. But there is also exceptional ribs, pork chops, and steak. There is also Jambalaya, probably the second best in the county (mine is the best!). And it is a pile of Jambalaya, big shrimp, corn muffin…mmmmm! And there are specials, walleye on Wednesday, grouper on Friday. In the winter there are seasonal specials, my favorite is the turkey pot pie on Tuesday. Oh, and lest I forget, the onion loaf. Order this, trust me! There are maybe 10 tables in addition to the bar, so there can be a wait sometimes. But in the summer you can also sit outside on the patio overlooking the lake. So, when you are in Door County, do yourself a favor and go inland to the Coyote Roadhouse. Leave Egg...

Where is Jacksonport, and why do I care?

Jacksonport is located on the lake (east) side of the Peninsula, the part we refer to as “The quiet side” of Door County. Jacksonport certainly fits that description, but once you get to know it it’s a great little town! Getting there is part of the fun. Slow down and take a nice leisurely drive along Co Rd T, then take a left turn at Bleys bar on Co Rd V and you will end up right in Jacksonport. It’s a nice drive past many family owned dairy farms. Roll the windows down and smell the farm air, and when you get to Jacksonport you will indeed know you have left the hustle and bustle behind. But wait a minute! There’s probably a festival going on if it’s a weekend. Due to the many civic organizations in town there is a festival almost every weekend in season, and these are country festivals. The highlight is the Thresheree, technically located outside of Valmy, but a great weekend. A friend of mine won a restored antique tractor for her $10 ticket at the Thresheree! Jacksonport is the gateway to the Whitefish Dunes State Park, as well as the Cave Point County Park. There is a cute craft cottage run by Sue and Joe Jarosch, and some good eating at Mike’s Port Pub, JJ’s Mexican Restaurant, Mr G’s Supper Club, and the Square Rigger. http://www.jacksonport.net/ So if you are ready for a quieter adventure, head to Jacksonport!   And don’t forget the crazies in the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club, every year on Jan 1 it’s a cold...

“Is the fish in a fish boil boiled?”

A guest actually asked me that question once, and for once in my life my brain actually regained control of my mouth. The answer (which was chosen from a variety of smart alec responses) was a very polite “Why yes, it is!” After a while, it dawned on me that the concept of a fish boil is very unclear to most people outside of Door County, so I thought I would explain it here. So, you go to this restaurant and there’s this place out back with a huge kettle of water sitting on a wood fire. It takes about 30 minutes on the fire before the water boils, then the boilmaster puts a basket of potatoes in the water and steps back. This is also a good time to get a beer, as it will be about 30 minutes before you eat. About 10 minutes or so later, he puts a basket of onions in the pot, above the potatoes. Then, at about the 48 minute mark he puts a basket of fresh, locally caught whitefish over the onions. Now everything is boiling away, but whitefish is kinda oily, so this oil is gathering on top of the water and it’s not very tasty. So, just before the end of the boil the boilmaster throws some kerosene on the fire and the flames leap into the air! Everybody takes pictures, the oils boil over into the pit, and the three baskets are taken out of the pot. While you go into the restaurant, the staff is preparing the just cooked whitefish, onions, and potatoes for your dinner. It’s...

Tell Me About Egg Harbor!

OK, so Door County is simple to understand if you know two basic things: 1) Are you north or south of the canal? 2) Are you on the bay side or the lakeside? Egg Harbor is one of the most popular vacation spots in Door County. It is located in Northern Door County on the bay side of the peninsula, which puts us smack dab in the most popular vacation area as the first village you come to when driving north of the canal. We are a formerly sleepy little village, but over the past decade we have grown up! While we only have 200 residents, we welcome thousands of visitors and seasonal residents every year with our hotels and motels, shopping, restaurants and taverns. We have seven parks, a great beach (recently expanded) a beautiful new marina with permanent and transient slips, walking trails, public art, The Egan Center, and I could go on and on. Check out this website for info about our businesses and activities We close to all of Door County’s attractions, oh, and did I mention we were voted the “Best Small Town in Wisconsin” in 2011 by Wisconsin Trails Magazine? So come and visit Egg Harbor, stay at the Lull-Abi Inn, and enjoy all we have to...

What in the world is the Peg Egan Center?

Allow me to answer that for you! Back when I was Village President we received a donation of 5 acres of land from the Eames Farm Homeowners Assoc right on Church St. They wanted an orchard, I wanted a music venue. We agreed to do both, and shortly thereafter a real nice gentleman whom I had never met came into my office and said ” I want to pay for the music venue, but it has to be done right, and I’d like you to name it after my mother, Peg Egan.” And so we did. And I thank you, Kevin Egan, for giving us the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center. Situated on a hill overlooking the village, the Egan Center is Door County’s premier outdoor concert venue. There are no seats, you bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, wine and food, and sit back to enjoy great concerts like Richie Havens, Siegal-Schwall Band, Howard Levy, and many others (and sometimes Dorothy Scott sings a few, too!). About 1500 people can fit in the space, dancing is encouraged, and it’s a great mix of locals and visitors. And, if you stay at the Lull-Abi you can walk to it! A really good friend of mine, Terry Lundahl, does the programming. The concerts are underwritten by the Village of Egg Harbor and they are free. There are 8-10 shows a year, usually on Sunday night. Imagine sitting on the hill, sunset over the bay, great bottle of wine and some appetizers, listening to Terry’s music choice (with my input!!) of the evening. It’s truly wonderful! If you are going...

Egg Harbor Public Beach…A Hidden Gem on Co Rd G

When we first moved to the Village in 2003, there was a municipal beach. I was nice, kinda small and underused. About 4 years ago, the property next to it came up for sale, and the Village Board, while deflecting a lot of criticism because of the price, bought it. What has emerged is what many feel is the best municipal beach in Northern Door County. The new property has doubled the size of the beach, and has greatly increased the space for people to just relax and have a picnic. But the best feature is the actual reconstruction of the beach itself. Door County has very shallow topsoil, and limestone underneath it. This can cause a runoff issue (and all the geese don’t help!). To solve this, the village received state grants to rebuild the beach and parking lot such that runoff is stopped before it gets to the water. Also, vegetation was planted that keeps geese away, so the end result is a beautiful beach with clean water 1/8 of a mile from the marina. The Public Works department built colorful Adirondacks chairs, and it looks like a postcard form Martha’s Vineyard. There is now a walking trail from the marina to the beach, and this year we are adding on to the bathrooms. You can rent a kayak at the beach, and there is a concession stand and a pavilion.  Add in the new Egg Harbor Marina and it’s quite a waterfront. So, on your next stay at the Lull-Abi Inn, stop and see the new Egg Harbor Public...

New Website-Time to book your vacation!

For those of you getting this on Facebook and Twitter check out the new website! Should be easier to find information and to book a room. Speaking of which, now is a great time to plan your Door County Vacation at the Lull-Abi Inn! While we are on vacation here in beautiful Egg Harbor, we do respond to reservation requests. So check out that fancy new reservation box in the upper left corner and book your room today! NO PRICE INCREASE FROM 2011! Note, we are not in the office full time, so response is not immediate, but we will send you a confirmation soon. See you this...

Main Street Market

My pre-Lull-Abi Inn career was in the consumer products industry, so, having been in thousands of grocery stores in my life I know a good store when I see one, and this is a great store! Egg Harbor would be a much less pleasant place to live if the Main Street Market wasn’t there. The store is stocked with everything you need, and lots of products you will want to try. It has a great selection of specialty foods throughout the store which make it easy for the cook in the family (me!) to try new things. There is a full service meat case, great fresh produce, and a bakery. Oh, and the deli actually makes many of its own items rather than just dumping them out of a container that came in on a truck! Wow, a deli that actually cooks! The wine selection is magnificent and the beer selection is also top notch. There is a liquor section, and a good selection of Health and Beauty items. Be sure to stop in and check out the Main Street Market to pick up a treat for sitting on your deck at the Lull-Abi watching the sunset. A little wine, some cheese and crackers, maybe some hummus and a fresh baguette? Who knows, but if you like a great full service market this is the...

Maxwell’s House-Egg Harbor

I don’t like to shop. Maybe I should say “I like guy shopping” and can spend plenty of time in a Fleet Farm or Best Buy, but this whole “cutesey shoppy” thing just ain’t for me. But then, there’s Maxwell’s House. A friend of mine, Karen, and her husband, Sean, own the shop, most days you will find Karen working there all day. The shop is great! Full of colors and smells and textures, it’s just fun to explore. They are a home décor type of shop, with rugs, accents, lighting, signs, magnets, books and “stuff”. It kinda reminds me of some of the shops on South Street in Philadelphia, or some of the shops in the Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis back in the 70’s. Anyway, it’s a fun stop, Karen is great, and you might find something you absolutely need…even if you’re a...