As an online project manager, Jeanine enjoys sharing the adventure and travel that come with finding her next coffee shop office.
An Annual Tradition
Our coffeehouse tours of Door County started in 2015 when we traveled to Door County to cheer on my brother as he competed in his first Door County Triathlon. Finding ourselves restless between the events, my daughter and I took to Google to find a nearby coffeehouse, thus initiating our first annual Door County Coffeehouse Tour. Several years later, the tradition continues as we search out fun and interesting coffee shops with personalities all of their own.
We do, however, have a few rather unique qualifications for the coffeehouses we travel to. First, while I love coffee shops, I actually hate the smell and taste of coffee, instead preferring a good chai or matcha green tea latte. Second, my daughter is extremely lactose intolerant so any coffeehouse we travel to must offer dairy alternatives. Thankfully, Door County has yet to disappoint in providing us with new shops to visit each year.
1. 5th and Jefferson Coffeehouse Cafe
Actually, our first stop on this year's tour, 5th and Jefferson Coffeehouse Cafe is appropriately located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Instantly captivated by the shabby-chic decor of the front porch and outdoor seating area, we actually took some time to walk around the house to see the metal sculptures and garden on the other before heading inside where the decor continues throughout the various rooms that offer seating areas.
With a breakfast, lunch, and bakery menu along with a large assortment of coffee, non-coffee, smoothies, and Italian soda flavors to choose from, everyone in your party should easily find something to enjoy.
2. Analog Ice Cream and Coffee
Analog Ice Cream and Coffee was actually the last stop of our 2018 tour—we popped in for drinks as we made one last trip up to the tip of the peninsula before heading home. Located on North Shore Bay Drive, the main shopping street of Sister Bay, WI, their orange umbrellas and outside seating area tempts visitors to escape the chaos of shopping and stop in for a yummy treat.
They had a wide variety of hot and iced coffee and non-coffee drinks along with a raspberry Italian soda option my daughter loved as well as numerous ice cream flavors for those not looking for something to drink.
3. Base Camp Door County
Another last-day visit of our tour, we drove by and were captivated by the name, so we decided to stop and check it out. An extension of Ecology Sports, it is located on Hwy 42 in Liberty Grove, WI. Housed on the lower level of the old Town Hall building, it surprises you with its unique French-themed atmosphere as you walk down the basement stairs.
They offer a breakfast and lunch menu with several vegetarian options available in addition to numerous drink options including coffee, teas, spirits, and hot and cold alternatives.
4. Bearded Heart Coffee
Bearded Heart Coffee was actually a referral made by Leroy of Leroy's Water Street Coffee as a place we had to visit. It was our only coffeehouse stop in Baileys Harbor, WI. We stopped by while doing a tour of the peninsula looking for Little Free Libraries. Located right on Hwy 57, it's again right along the main shopping area. It reminded me of a shack found along a beachside where people stop in for a quick drink, a small meal, and some relaxation. They offered a nice selection of coffee and non-coffee drinks along with two slushy options.
5. Brew Coffeehouse of Door County
The coffee shop we dubbed Coffee and Art, Brew Coffeehouse of Door County, was one we almost didn't get to due to the distance from where we were staying. The drive was definitely worth it! Directly off of Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, WI, you experience the shabby-chic decor of this coffee shop from the minute you walk up to the door. Once inside, you are able to tour the several seating rooms and view the art of the owner's mother and daughter.
A nice selection of breakfast, lunch, and danish is offered in addition to hot and cold drink options. Straws and covers are not provided at delivery. Instead, they are made available at a side table for those who require them, which makes this coffee house an environmental leader.
6. Buttercups Coffee
Our only repeat from last year, Buttercups Coffee is home to one of my favorite Door County baristas, owner Dave! From the minute you walk in the door, you instantly feel like you are a local, from Dave sharing stories to other coffee shoppers welcoming you into their conversations.
Ever a directionally challenged individual, I did have a slight problem finding this shop the first time, as it is located on Main Street of Egg Harbor, WI, inside the Main Street Shops building.
In addition to offering a nice assortment of hot and cold drinks including smoothies and lemonade, they also have several Door County syrups and jellies for sale.
7. Kick Coffee
A referral from locals we met while enjoying 5th and Jefferson, Kick Coffee is located on 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, WI. It was recently purchased by new owners, and so is in the process of getting a complete makeover, but it definitely isn't stopping them from continuing to offer a nice selection of hot and cold drinks.
8. Leroy's Water Street Coffee
If you blink, you may miss this log-cabin-style coffee shop right off Water Street in Ephraim, WI. This spot was referred to us by the owner of Brew Coffeehouse. We were even lucky enough to be served by Leroy himself who introduced us to my daughter's new favorite Italian soda flavor, blackberry peach!
With a selection of bakery items and hot and cold drinks, everyone will find something to enjoy either inside listening to music, or relaxing outside in their garden seating area.
Until Next Year
So, all in all, I would definitely say our coffeehouse tour was a success. With 7 new and 1 tried and true, we are very excited to see what our next tour will bring.
© 2018 Jeanine Elizabeth