Second Story Restaurant Now Under Family Management
Not your average Ephraim Motel
With the arrival of spring weather (finally), the Ephraim Shores staff is opening windows and washing off the residue from a long, hard winter. Every spring brings excitement, and this year even more so as we celebrate 45 years as one of Ephraim’s premier motels.
You’ll want to take advantage of two promotions in getting your Door County vacation season off to a good start.
The first involves opening weekend, May 2-3, 2014, and the Door County Half Marathon. Be one of the first 20 people to book rooms for the weekend and select the room of your choice for $80. That’s $10 off the regular rate.
If you’re planning to visit a little later in the month, be one of the first 45 reservations for anytime during the May 9-31 period (excluding the Memorial Day weekend) and receive a free Ephraim Shores coffee mug when you check in.
We’re happy to announce the Second Story Restaurant is now under Nelson family management along with the rest of the Ephraim Shores property. Stop in and check out the great food during your visits to Door County
May is a great time to book an Ephraim motel room prior to the busy summer season. Use our online reservation system to book your room at http://ephraimshores.com/.
Resorts in Door County Prepare for Spring Events
Ephraim Shores turns 45 years old this year as one of Door County’s premier resorts, and we’re celebrating with two great promotions for our early-season guests.
The first 20 people to book rooms for the big May 2-3, 2014, Door County Half Marathon weekend can select the room of their choice for $80. That’s $10 off the regular rate.
In addition, be one of the first 45 reservations for anytime during the May 9-31 period (excluding the Memorial Day weekend) and receive a free Ephraim Shores coffee mug when you check in.
Ephraim Shores and the rest of the resorts in Door County are looking forward to the Season of
Blossoms that runs April 12 through June 8. The Door County landscape awakens from its winter slumber to explode in color with a variety of blossoms.
This is a great time to visit Door County and take it its charms prior to the busy summer season. Use our online reservation system to book your room here.
We look forward to seeing you this spring … and yes, it is coming.
Spring is Coming Eventually … Really, It Is
Despite a stubborn Old Man Winter who doesn’t realize he’s overstayed his welcome, the color green will make a return appearance to Door County before you know it.
Savvy visitors know it’s a good idea to reserve their lodging in Door County before the snow melts to ensure access to prime accommodations. Your friends at Ephraim Shores are looking forward to a spectacular season, and we encourage you to make plans while rooms are available.
Door County lodging is in high demand the first week of May for the running of the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K, scheduled for May 4. Use our online reservation system to book your room at http://ephraimshores.com/.
We expect a full house for this fun weekend. Ephraim Shores offers one of the most convenient locations in all of Door County lodging to take in the races and enjoy the return of spring to Wisconsin.
Early spring is a great time to take in the sights, great food and relaxing vibe of Door County before the busy summer season. We hope to see you soon!
Polar Vortex Leaves Motels in Door County in the Deep Freeze
Winter Offers Its Own Brand of Beauty
The surge of frigid air that swept through the eastern half of the country in early January made it colder at Ephraim Shores and other motels in Door County than the North Pole. Really, it did.
Local residents stayed bundled up inside as temperatures plunged to 15 to 20 degrees below zero, and brisk winds made it feel like closer to 45 below zero. That’s cold even by our standards!
For those bold enough to brave the elements, the bright white of sun-splashed ice and snow provides a clean canvas for nature to create some beautiful scenery. If you’re able to make the drive up here, you’ll see a version of Door County that is very different from that of the busy season.
It’s gorgeous, and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Online Reservations Now Open
Book your room at Ephraim Shores early for the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K runs, scheduled for May 4. Our online reservation system is now open for the 2014 season at http://ephraimshores.com/.
We expect a full house for this popular weekend, and we would be honored to have you stay with us. Ephraim Shores offers one of the most convenient and comfortable places to enjoy one of the first big races of the season of any resort or motel in Door County.
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Well, Fyr Bal Festival is over, the bonfires burned. We are now ready to head into the summer season.
I wanted to pass along a little tidbit that I learned a few years back about making pie. I decided to make a rhubarb pie and needed some rhubarb. I noticed there was a patch of rhubarb behind the motel and it was just the right size, not too small, not too large. I grabbed the bunch and went home to bake my pie. I took it out of the oven and it was a beautiful golden brown with a brown sugar crumble topping. My husband went to take a bite and made an awful face. He asked where I got the rhubarb because he thought it was rotten. I had just baked a beautiful burdock pie. So, this rhubarb season, if you think you have found a great patch of wild rhubarb, you might want to double check!
On another note, we have red wing blackbirds nesting in our trees. I believe we have at least 3 nests. Today I was out watering the flower gardens and the birds do not like it when I get near the nests, so they start to swoop at me. I did not see a nest in the garden where I was, but apparently I was too close. The bird actually dove at me and hit me in the head. I sprayed at it with my hose so it would leave me alone and it kept coming at me. I am sure it was very amusing for the guests dining in the restaurant and the folks driving by in their cars!
Always an adventure at Ephraim Shores! Until next time!
Amber is getting married! Ephraim Shores is on a countdown to a Nelson family wedding. For those of you that do not know, Ephraim Shores is owned by the Nelson family and Amber is the granddaughter of Ranny, who I am sure you have seen tinkering around the motel fixing things and keeping us in tip top shape.
Guest will start arriving on Wednesday and will filter in until the big day, which is Friday, June 8th. Amber and her fiance, Rich, are getting married at the Corner of the Past historical museum in Sister Bay. That is where the summer farm market is, if you have attended that while in the county.
Needless to say, we are thrilled for Amber and excited to have most of the family together to celebrate.
On May 19th Ephraim was designated as a Bird City. We attended a ceremony at the Ephraim Visitor’s Center. This was a collaboration among the Ephraim Business Council, the Peninsula State Park and the Village of Ephraim. The event was attended by Smokey the Bear, who greeted guests as they arrived for the ceremony.
A special award was given to Ephraim resident, Scott Weborg for his volunteerism at the state park and the Smokey the Bear Fire Prevention Program. He is a mainstay of Ephraim, so if you see him around town, congratulate him. He often sits at the old Ephraim Fire Station, greeting tourists and hoping you will drop a donation in the fire boot to help the fire station museum.
We just want to give our friends a little update on our front desk gal, Julie. She has been a bundle of sunshine at our desk for almost 5 years. Last year, as some of you know, she had some medical issues and was unable to work most of the summer.
Well, we have terrific news….Julie is back!
We are so thankful that she is doing great.
She is excited to see you all again this summer.
Ephraim Shores will be opening May 4th for the Door County Half Marathon. The motel opens at noon and the Second Story Restaurant will be open for dinner at 5 p.m. We will be open through Sunday morning and then we open for the season on Friday May 11th.
We have been busy getting the building and grounds spruced up for the season and are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new friends.
It looks like it should be warming up so plan to come and visit us soon! We still have openings for this weekend, so come and check out The Door County Half Marathon or just come and see us!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring!
Saturday, June 19th, Randy Peterson will be performing a children’s concert on the lawn of Ephraim Shores at 1 p.m. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. The Second Story Restaurant will be serving its delicious breakfasts from 8 until noon, lunch and dinner from noon until 8. The Fyr Bal cake walk , hosted by Ephraim Shores, is located in the Ephraim Village Hall. Come try your luck at winning a cake or another homemade treat!
The Chieftan will arrive on a boat with his or her vikings at dusk and will light the first Fyr Bal bonfire along the shore, followed by fireworks. Come and join us at Ephraim Shores and the Second Story Restaurant for a fun weekend for all ages.
Call us or check out our website:www.ephraimshores.com