Door County Wedding Cruise
When you think of Door County, it's not hard to imagine water. With 300 miles of shoreline, weddings on the water can be beautiful and breathtaking. But another way some are enjoying the water is to actually take family and friends on a cruise! I was able to do just that when it was a little warmer than it is now (this past summer), and snapped a few photos to share the experience with you. Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours docks in Fish Creek at the Alibi Marina. They can accommodate 69 people legally, but 50-55 is more comfortable. Private groups can reserve a custom 2-hour cruise from 11am-1pm or from 4:45pm-6:45pm, and there are extra incentives if you have larger groups. For example, if you have 20 people in your group receive 20% off and if you have 32 people in the group, you'll get 32% off and so on. And as a bonus, group tours either offer a musician or a narrator as part of the package. Private groups can also reserve a 2-hour sunset trip. They have to buy out the boat which can cost a little over $1,000 if they book over our 1pm, 3pm or 7pm sunset trips. In talking with the owner, Eric Lundquist, he explained, "We can run special longer trips at a groups request including circumnavigating Chambers Island, but we have found that 2 hours is a good length of time for groups on a boat. " The day I took the trip, we went down Millionaire's Row, Rock Pile bird sanctuary, cut through Strawberry Islands, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Horseshoe Island along Peninsula State Park. (Millionaire's Row, Fish Creek, Wisconsin.) The narrator shared quite a few wonderful stories about the people who founded the area, and it was fun to see the large houses and private docks all facing the water. (Rock Pile bird sanctuary) Seeing all the wildlife was amazing, and we even saw some nesting bald eagles! [caption id="attachment_2696" align="alignnone" width="1000"] In the top of the tallest trees were the eagle's nests. [caption id="attachment_2697" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Going through all the small islands that you can see from on top of the tower in Peninsula State Park was neat experience. [caption id="attachment_2698" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Perched 76 feet up on the bay, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park offers spectacular guided tours in the summer, and they allow outdoor weddings on their lawn next to the lighthouse overlooking the bay, which is quite a breathtaking location for an outdoor wedding. [caption id="attachment_2699" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Always a pretty view, the marina in Fish Creek. Eric said that they have entertained wedding groups, family & class reunions, company outings, church groups, day cares, schools etc, but this boat isn't really fancy. "It isn't a fine dining boat. That's why affordable box lunches from the Fish Creek Market work well for lunch cruises. Many groups have set up a bar in the back of the boat and brought a bartender. We do not serve alcohol. Groups are welcome to bring whatever they wish to eat or drink on board (including bringing their own alcohol)." From my experience, I would say it's a great way to showcase Door County to your family and friends either doing a tour after the wedding for a smaller group, or perhaps the day before for a light "rehearsal dinner".