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.
Ephraim Shores Supports DOOR CANcer’s “Holiday Home Tour”
Proceeds Benefit Families Dealing With Cancer
With the tourism business in low gear during the winter, it gives those of us who work at Door County, Wisconsin, resorts the opportunity to participate in community activities such as DOOR CANcer’s “Holiday Home Tour” on Saturday, December 7, from 10 am – 4 pm.
Your $30 ticket earns entry into five of Door County’s most beautiful homes, along with admission to the Merry Time Festival of Trees at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay through December 10. All money raised benefits local families dealing with cancer in times of financial need.
Christmas in the Village is December 7
Ephraim hosts its annual Christmas in the Village events on Saturday, December 7, in and around the Ephraim Village Hall.
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience northern Door County without battling the challenge of large crowds. There is no admission charge, and participants are encouraged to bring a canned food or paper good donation for Sister First Baptist Church’s Koinonia Cupboard, a food shelf serving Northern Door.
Click here for more information about the day’s activities and open houses.
Online Reservations Open January 6, 2014
Be sure to book your room at Ephraim Shores early for the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K runs, scheduled for May 4, 2014. Our online reservation system opens January 6 for the 2014 season.
Your Ephraim Shores team expects a full house for this popular race, and we would be honored to have you stay with us. Door County resorts offer a convenient and comfortable place to enjoy one of the first big races of the season.
It’s time for our summer kick-off contest and help us celebrate our 44th year in business!
All you need to do is “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, then post a comment on this blog post or comment on our facebook posts. Anyone who does is automatically entered into the random drawing to be held on July 1, 2013.
The winner will receive:
- 2 tickets to the Skyway Drive-In
- 2 cupcakess from Cupcake Heaven
- $10 gift certificate to Wilson’s
Drawing July 1, 2013
Congratulations to Sue Martin, our winner!
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Door County Resorts
Just wanted to share a few photos that we took over this last summer here at Ephraim Shores. We had a beautiful summer with great weather so outdoor activities were always on the top of our list of things to do. We like of think of ourselves as one of the best Door County Wisconsin resorts around, but it seems our customers think the same thing! If you have any photos you would like to see on our website, please contact us and email them for consideration.
It’s time to ring in the Holiday cheer and register for Ephraim Shores Holiday contest! All you need to do is register for our mailing list and follow us on Facebook or Twitter to enter! The winner will be announced on January 3, 2013.
The winner will receive a gift box that includes three different Door County coffees and some beautiful snowman coasters.
Register now and enjoy some great Door County flavor right in your own home!
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We want you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! All you have to do is “Like” our Facebook page and leave a comment on our wall, follow us on Twitter and mention us in your tweet, or follow our feeds on Pinterest!
Gift basket includes: Made at Koepsel’s Farm Market and it has 3 kinds of jam, 1 jar of cherry salsa, bag of microwave popcorn and a bag of chocolate covered cherries.
Contest winner will be drawn randomly from everyone who participates. You don’t need to be present to win. Winner will be drawn September 2, 2012 and will be contacted via social media.
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!