As an online project manager, Jeanine enjoys sharing the adventure and travel that come with finding her next coffee shop office.
Door County Coffeehouse Tours
In July of 2015, we made our first trip to Door County, Wisconsin, to cheer my youngest brother on as he participated in the Door County Triathlon. Looking for something to do while he was out on the course, my daughter and I decided to find a coffee shop to stop in and visit as part of our annual "Door County Coffee Shop Tour."
This tradition continues today in a more purposeful way as we scour google and seek out local recommendations for coffeehouses we need to stop and visit. With so many unique and fun coffee shops along the peninsula, there are always more to choose from than we have time for during our brief stay, but it's always fun to see how many we can get in while we are here!
I've quickly realized that many small coffee shops are run by local residents who have a great story to tell and history to share. There is a unique bond between baristas carried over from location to location as they readily suggest the next place we need to visit.
While always excited to try new shops, we do have some unique requirements for the coffeehouses we visit. Since we have never become actual coffee drinkers, they have to offer non-coffee drinks such as chai tea, smoothies, steamers, etc. Finally, offering milk alternatives is a must due to my daughter being lactose intolerant.
A Scenic Drive
Brew Coffeehouse of Door County was a google find, and I am embarrassed to admit one I debated going to because of the distance it was from where we were staying. Something told me I had to go, though, and I am so thankful I did.
Located just seven miles from the tip of the Door County Peninsula, this coffeehouse provided us with a scenic drive up the coast through several charming small towns where we enjoyed views of artisan shops, restaurants, the lake, and boats along the way. Since this coffee shop is located literally right along the highway, I was curious about what sort of atmosphere it would hold.
As you walk up to the front door, you begin to notice this coffee shop's unique style— an aqua blue bicycle rests just outside of the front door. Just off to the side of the front door, you see the outdoor seating area which consists of tables, chairs, and umbrellas with a wall-garden on the side.
Walking through the front door, you immediately forget the traffic outside and are engrossed with the comfy rustic decor and welcoming baristas. With several rooms and seating areas available, there is no shortage of places to walk through and see.
Coffee and Art
One of the first things I noticed walking through the front door was the assortment of artwork that lined the walls. As I walked further into the shop, I realized the collection of artwork continued from room to room. In addition to the framed artwork, quaint bits of decor, such as letters made out of books, musical instruments, unique lamps, and fun games for guests to enjoy were scattered throughout the corridors.
As we walked up to the counter to order, the barista shared that the artwork was all painted by the owner's mother, local artist Frannie Dickinson and daughter, Brew Coffeehouse general manager, Jennifer Davis. The two had very different styles, with Frannie Dickinson painting floral pieces while Jennifer Davis focused on abstract paintings of individuals and couples. It was interesting to learn the sentimental history of the paintings.
Something Old, Something New
Once our curiosity was satisfied by exploring the different rooms and seating areas, we finally made it to the front counter to see all that they had to offer. In addition to light breakfast, lunch, and bakery items, they offered a nice assortment of hot, cold, and iced drinks.
I decided to go back to my tried-and-true go-to—an iced chai latte—after trying something new the day before at 5th and Jefferson. We didn't see any smoothie options, so we ended up asking the baristas for suggestions for a non-dairy drink for my daughter. They suggested a modified Italian soda with no cream to make it a refreshing, dairy-free option.
I liked that they served the drinks without covers or straws, making them available at a side table for those that preferred or needed them. They are definitely aware of the environmental benefit of not simply including these extras with every drink they serve.
We decided to skip the covers and straws and take our drinks out to the outdoor garden seating area to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. Rounding the corner, I noticed their Free Little Library, which provides visitors with easy access to an assortment of reading materials to peruse while sitting and enjoying their drinks.
A Scenic Drive Worth Making
The Brew Coffeehouse of Door County is definitely worth the scenic drive along the Door County Peninsula. From the inviting atmosphere to the surprising art collection inside to the delicious drinks and relaxing seating areas both inside and out, this quaint little coffee house has a lot to offer.