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Leaving Door County

Every vacation must come to an end. Ours is ending in Door County but will continue as we travel through Wisconsin and Minnesota.

We woke up to a rather bleary looking day. Rain is coming – we’re sure of it.

View from the Navigator room at the Landmark Resort

We had considered trying the White Gull Inn Restaurant for dinner earlier in the week but when we went they only had fish boils for dinner so we went elsewhere. (To read more on fish boils, click here.)

This morning we went there for breakfast. It’s quite a busy place even for a Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

The White Gull Inn

The White Gull Inn is a bed and breakfast in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Their entry is very inviting — clean and with beautiful flowers.

For breakfast, we had the cranberry muffin (yummy but a little dry), the Nice Guy Hash ( homemade hash brown potatoes, cooked with onions, peppers and mushrooms, topped with melted Wisconsin cheddar and a dollop of sour cream) and apple pancakes. The hash was pretty good. The apple slices you see on top tasted old. The presentation could have been a little better also.

I think if we would have ordered something with cherry (like the cherry pancakes or cherry french toast) everything would have been perfect as it appears that that is their specialty.

Cranberry Muffin

Nice Guy Hash

Apple Pancakes

Overall, it wasn’t a great breakfast but it was a good one. We’ll have to head back there when we return to Door County.

After breakfast, we started our journey to the most northwest tip of Michigan — Ironwood.

We passed through Sturgeon Bay on the way out of Door County and were glad that we stayed further north on the peninsula. It seemed a little busy for us.

Rain pelted us as we left and continued almost all the way to Michigan. Once we reached Wausau, WI, we took Highway 51 directly north.

We knew we were in the “country” when the radio station announced the noon obituaries for the area. Then, we passed a truck with about 4-5 dead deer in the back. He pulled over to collect another dead one. We have been fortunate not to hit any.

About this time, I started getting a migraine again so asked my husband to drive. I seem to be getting the “start” of them more often and am not sure what is bringing them on.

Most of the small towns we passed seemed very nice with cafes, lodging, gas stations and a few knick knack-type stores.

Then we reached Hurley, Wisconsin. Directly across from it is Ironwood, Michigan. For some reason, I thought that we would be travelling onto a large bridge to cross over but I had to laugh when my husband passed over a tiny creek and said “We’re in Ironwood.”

Ironwood, Michigan

The town is really small although when you read about it, it boasts that it’s “the major city in the area with a population of over 6,000 – the shopping, cultural, and recreational center serving 50,000 people within a fifty mile radius.”

Uh — okay. We thought we had missed something and ran into the Wisconsin Visitor Center which is in Hurley, Wisconsin directly across the Montreal River.

Hurley, Wisconsin Visitor Center

Inside the visitor center was a large statue in tribute to all the people who have mined in the area. I thought it was quite impressive.

Tribute to Miners

By now we were getting tired so decided to find a place to stay. We chose the AmericInn in Ironwood and we were happy with our decision. The room was more like a suite and everything smelled clean without the smell of fragrances. They also had 2 TV’s in the room — one in the bedroom and one in the sitting area. Homemade cookies were waiting for us in the lobby area once we returned from dinner.

For dinner, we went to the Ironwood Maplewood Steakhouse. We were greeted by the manager — very nice man. When seated, the waitress brought over a bowl of peanuts. How fun!

For dinner, I had a chicken salad although I had meant to order the nutty chicken salad with craisins and pecans. Oh well … my salad was good just the same.

The Maplewood Steakhouse is a very nice restaurant and bar combined. It wasn’t rowdy though. There were TV’s everywhere but they weren’t turned up really loud.

Then — finally, bedtime! Tomorrow we head to Duluth, Minnesota!

Ironwood,  Hurley,  and  the  Gogebic  Range   (MI)   (Images  of  America)

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