“These are our people.” With that statement, Caleb Whitney sums up how he and Kristen Pell feel about the guests that come to their inn.
If you are considering a trip to Door County, do yourself a favor and check out some of the opportunities along the peninsula—like Baileys Harbor Schoolhouse Inn. It is literally a former schoolhouse, built in 1917 to serve the families of Bailey’s Harbor in Door County, Wisc. It is now operated as an inn, with seven suites.
Bailey’s Harbor is along the Door County Coastal Byway, a Wisconsin scenic byway that many people visit purely for the curvy roads and glimpses of water on either side. According to the tales, it was founded by Captain Justice Bailey in 1849, and is now a nature sanctuary with thousands of acres of wetlands and wilderness. It’s also home to one of 11 lighthouses in Door County—the Cana Island Lighthouse.
A Historic Drive
The scenic byway is 66 miles through a number of historic communities with names such as Sevastopol, Sister Bay, Gibraltar, and Egg Harbor. Great for everything from birding, to kayaking, to skiing—we recommend foodies simply enjoy the drive, stop for cherries, visit the farmers market in season, and eat at some of the Baileys Harbor renowned restaurants, such as Chives or the nearby Top Deck.
We drove the scenic byway as we visited the various landmarks in Door County, but enjoyed coming back to our Upper Deck Suite at Baileys Harbor Schoolhouse Inn. With a comfortable bed, basic kitchen amenities, and a view of the lush gardens (the owners are landscape gardeners as well), it’s more than an escape. It’s a lifestyle.
This is part of The Food Channel‘s coverage of Door County, Wisconsin, from a recent tour hosted by the Door County Visitor’s Bureau. Find other stories in the series here.
Travel accommodations and tour arrangements in Door County were provided by the Door County Visitors Bureau in conjunction with Geiger & Associates Public Relations.
Photos by Paul K. Logsdon