WKVI Trip to Explore Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl
Ed Hasnerl
Explore Wisconsim this summer with WKVI! Ed Hasnerl will be leading the trip to Wisconsin and Lake Michigan, giving a new perspective to a variety of locations as the travelers experience cool breezes, lighthouses, cheese factories and Scandinavian food on a four-day, three-night trip August 26-29.

On the first day, the Deluxe Cardinal Motor Coach will travel to Wind Point, Wis., to visit the quaint lakeside village and the state’s oldest lighthouse, followed by a trip to Door County and the family-owned Courtyard Settlement Inn with an evening meal at Florian’s Lakeshore Steak House in Bailey’s Harbor.

Day two will feature a trip to historic Washington Island to meet the tour’s guide – one of the island’s 720 residents whose ancestors came across Lake Michigan from Mackinac Island. The tour will stop to walk the Prayer Path through the woods to the Norwegian Stave Chapel, an exact replica of a chapel in Norway, and visitors will learn about commercial fishing and the delicacy – and entertainment – of the Door County Fish Boil.

On the third day, the Door County Peninsula will be the destination as the tour will explore the back roads and villages, often called the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” followed by a visit to a farm market featuring a variety of treats. A guided tour will follow of the 1868 period furnished Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and an evening meal at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant.

Day four, however, features a just-added stop, Hasnerl explained.

“I’ve just added something that the folks that signed up, we didnt have before: a stop at the Christopher Farm and Gardens. Now, that’s an estate that has gardens, but the reason I’m interested and I think my friends will be is that Jay Christopher is a graduate of Valparaiso University – that’s where I attended school and so did my mother and so did my son – but his wife is the originator of the Pampered Chef products,” said Hasnerl.

The cost of the trip is $599 per person for double occupancy, $562 per person for triple, with eight included meals. For single occupancy, the cost is $765 per person. A deposit of $100 per person is required with reservation, with balance due Aug. 1.

“A lot going on, and if they give us a call here at (574) 772-6241, we’ll mail out all the information and we’ll also send along the information about our trip to Branson for the Christmas season,” said Hasnerl.