They Had a Feeling They Weren’t in Kansas Anymore…

We were pleased to be able to help three very fun couples from the state of Kansas plan and execute their own personalized Door County bike tour in July. The group started in Sturgeon Bay, biking up the Green Bay shoreline to Washington Island and returning along the Lake Michigan coast with stops in Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Sister Bay , Ephraim, Ellison Bay, Baileys. Harbor and Jacksonport.  Along the way, the group experienced their first Door County Fish Boil at the White Gull Inn, set sail aboard the Edith M. Becker schooner in Sister Bay and enjoyed some spectacular scenery, great food, and unimpeded biking on some quiet town and county roads.  At the end of their tour, they were interviewed by the local press and returned home to Kansas wondering why they left so soon. Hear what they had to say below!

“Wow! Not only does Chet and Door County Bike Tours offer great trips, he is available to help plan your own independent cycling tour of Door County! When we could not recruit the needed number of riders for a Door County Bike Tours customized tour (groups of 10 or larger), we hired Chet/DCBT to help plan routes and recommend overnight accommodations, excursions, and restaurants. His knowledge and expertise of the area were invaluable.”

-Karen

“We had such a great time in Door County. Thank you for helping us organize the trip. It was a delight to meet you and Barbara. Jeff and I enjoyed the accommodations you recommended especially Fish Creek and Jacksonport. The weather was a welcome relief from the heat of Kansas. The people in Door County were friendly and warm to all of us. We have recommended the trip to fellow bikers.”

-Alice and Jeff

 

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Welcome to Door County

The air gets a little fresher, the sun shines a little brighter, the fast food restaurants start to disappear, and Lake Michigan slowly creeps into sight as you travel up the highway. You sigh…Welcome to Door County.

 

Our June tour celebrated some of the best the peninsula had to offer.  We started out from base camp at the Eagle Harbor Inn in Ephraim with a Friday afternoon bike ride through Peninsula State Park, ending the day with a traditional Door County Fish Boil at the White Gull Inn.  On Saturday we biked to Ellison Bay to feast on some terrific food cooked up by area restaurants and paired with locally produced beer, wine and cider. The evening brought us to the Peninsula Players Theatre where the Kleenexes were in heavy use during a performance of “The Tin Woman”.  On Sunday we biked to Baileys Harbor where we hooked up with “Segway the Door Tours” and a scenic Segway ride along the shores of Lake Michigan.

 

While you can always visit Door County, it’s different seeing it by bike and experiencing it with a group of fellow bikers. For the more seasoned bikers, alternative routes were provided to make sure that each guest logged in the desired mileage while the rest of us traveled our 20 mile daily route at a leisurely pace.

 

Having spent the last 28 years working in the hospitality industry, I’m committed to designing rides that insure the perfect vacation for each of our guests. We travel down the least used and most picturesque roads and visit the best attractions Door County has to offer. Biking, hiking, kayaking, sailing, segway riding, theater, dining, and art…the tours have something for everyone.

 

And this was just the beginning… we have much more fun planned for guests who would like to be part of our remaining summer and fall tours. To find out more about Door County Bike Tours, visit our Facebook page. Want to try out an active, adventurous vacation…sign up for one of our tours !!

The evolution of Door County Bike Tours

The idea behind Door County Bike Tours  started a long time ago, probably when I got my first bike.  Growing up, the bicycle meant independence and was my primary form of transportation.

Fast forward to my 60’s…the kids are grown…Barb and I are empty nesters…and my son, Thomas is a professional triathlete for whom a 10 mile bike ride is a warm up.  In addition, I’ve spent the last 26 years of my life representing tourism attractions in the state of Wisconsin and I have relatives who have taken numerous bicycle trips throughout the U.S. and Europe.door county silent sports - biking through Peninsula Park

In the summer of 2011, I talked Barbara into driving to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, parking our car and spending the next 5 days biking through Door County.  The experience was exhilarating and upon returning home,  friends expressed an interest in joining us on our next tour. I started thinking bicycles, Door County, attractions, and a possible business plan.

In the Fall of 2011, I took a bike tour with a well respected touring company traveling for 6 days from Charleston, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia.  The trip was wonderful and I would recommend it to any bicycle enthusiast.  However, I came away from the experience feeling that a similar adventure could be done even better in Door County.  The rest is history.

Door County, Wisconsin has some wonderful assets that lend themselves to biking.   The combination of attractions, natural scenery,  tantalizing food, quality lodging and unique shops, makes biking in Door County a truly memorable experience.

Hope you would consider joining Door County Bike Tours this summer to share in the fun!!! Click here for additional information.

 

 

 

Door County Silent Sports

Door County Silent Sports – the best way to experience the natural beauty of Door County

Silent Sports are extremely popular in Door County…and for good reason. Bikers, hikers, kayakers, bird watchers, cross country skiers and many others flock to Door County every year to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.   I was recently invited to speak to the Door County Silent Sports Alliance and shared with the group the importance of receiving a “bike friendly” designation from the League of American Bicyclists.  Currently the communities of Madison, Milwaukee, LaCrosse, Shorewood and Sheboygan County have “bike friendly” designations and we discussed efforts to move Door County in the same direction.

In addition, the Door County Board has contracted with the Bike Federation of Wisconsin to provide recommendations to improve biking in Door County.  As I’ve said to many, Door County is already a great place to bike …implementating the recommendations from the Bike Federation can only make the experience even better.  For bikers interested in improving the biking experience in Door County, consider joining the Door County Silent Sports Alliance and lend your voice to the effort.

 

 

Door County Memories and Smiles

2012 Door County Memories and Smiles- Many More to Come in 2013

Our inaugural 2012 season has ended and we are already planning for next season. 2013 tour dates have been set for June 21- 23, July 19-21, August 23-25, and September 13-15. Hope you will consider joining us next year.

We’ve learned a great deal this past season and we expect next years tours to be even better. We want to thank our guests who joined us this season. So many memories were made on our tours this year…glad we were able to catch lots of smiles along the way.

Stay tuned for an upcoming newsletter that will share how you can make some new Door County memories and smiles on one of our 2013 tours. Contact Us to join the email newsletter list!


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