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A trip to a Door County winery may not be on your short list of things to do when traveling with young children, but on the peninsula, you’ll find that children are welcome almost anywhere.
Mike and I discovered Simon Creek Winery on one of our wandering tours last year. It was a warm Sunday afternoon, and we thought that stopping for a wine tasting might be fun. Imagine our surprise when we discovered outdoor entertainment on the lawn behind the building. We ended up spending the entire afternoon, sampling wine, eating the small bites available there, and enjoying Mickey Grasso playing many of our old “Boomer” favorites. Given some of the events of the past year, I loved hearing the words of Jimmy Buffet, “Changes in latitude, changes in attitude, if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane!”
Admittedly, as empty nesters we can enjoy those aimless afternoons in the summer, but we still remember the days when the interests of our three young children dictated our Door County agenda. That schedule usually included trips to the beach, mini-golf courses, boat trips and drive-in movies. Entertaining, I admit, but not always at the top of “adult-friendly” things to do. Finding this family friendly alternative to a Door County wine tasting was awesome and we couldn’t wait to share it with our children and grandchildren.
Outside of the tasting building, this winery offers a terrace and lounge area, which provided a perfect place for families to congregate on a Sunday afternoon. On that day, we loved seeing the children running down the hill, dancing to the music, and munching on the treats that mom and dad included in that day’s picnic basket. Many leashed family dogs were also along for the day, and I am sure that they were also entertained by the numerous activities going on around them.
As research for this post, Mike and I dutifully visited many of the wineries in the area. We found that most of the wineries on the peninsula, along with the usual wine tastings, offer some type of entertainment or special events throughout the season. When I questioned one of the employees at Stone’s Throw Winery about their policy regarding children, she replied, smiling, “Well behaved children are always welcome outside!” Good answer! And I would guess that most Door County establishments would agree with that statement.
Admittedly, a trip to a winery is an adult activity, and children are not allowed in many areas of the buildings. But, if you are looking for something different to do during your Door County trip, check out the Door County Visitor’s Bureau website, along with each particular winery to see what type of special events are planned for the season.
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