This past weekend was one of the best weekends I may have ever had. My best friend Elizabeth and I booked a surprise road trip up to Door County, a three hour drive to the peninsula of Wisconsin typically referred to as "the Cape Cod of the Midwest."
Elizabeth and I ventured out to Do-Co to visit my boyfriend, Jack, who has been living up there this summer with his grandparents. I haven't talked about it a ton on the blog, but doing a semi-long-distance-ish relationship before college has had a ton of benefits (like getting more and more used to seeing each other less frequently), and of course, it has also been a challenge. We definitely lucked out that this weekend when we got up north Jack didn't have to work and he was such a fun tour guide for a few days.
This past week I have been nannying, substituting for a friend who has been in Europe. Elizabeth nanny's too, so we hit the road a little before seven on Friday after we both finished up work. We had the perfect playlist going, some road trip drink essentials (shoutout to Belvior Rose Lemonade, literally my new favorite drink ever, it's unreal how good it is), and the drive was surprisingly beautiful! I didn't even realize until then that the furthest north of Milwaukee I had ever been was to a beach just 45 minutes from my house... Northern Wisconsin is honestly beautiful!
We got to Green Bay, experienced a slight slip in directions and circled around the city for about 30 minutes until we finally figured out our exit. When we got to Door County around 10 PM we called Jack and picked him up and surprised him! We originally told him we were in Chicago for the weekend, so although he might've been a little suspicious, I think he really was surprised and excited we came.
On Saturday morning Jack took Elizabeth and I to literally donut heaven... a little donut shop where you can customize your own donuts. We got a dozen for the three of us and they were so delicious. We ate them on the rocks by a little marina before going on one of the coolest hikes I've ever been on in Peninsula state park.
We went back to the hotel to relax for a little bit before swimming, going on another hike with a beautiful bluff overlooking the water, going to dinner, watching the sunset, and doing a few photos for the blog. We planned to go mini golfing too on Saturday night but we were unfortunately too late and the golf place had already closed when we got there!
On Jack: gingham button-down // yellow shorts // Birkenstocks // Daniel Wellington watch (his Christmas gift from me!)
On Sunday we had to be home by mid afternoon, so we got an early breakfast at a really famous restaurant in Door County called Al Johnson's. Al Johnson's is a super charming, authentic Swedish restaurant with the best Swedish pancakes just doused in strawberries and whipped cream... ugh, they were so good! (Unfortunately I didn't save the photo, but they were on my snapchat story!!)
Jack had to go to work at ten and he rents kayaks and paddleboards on the water, so after breakfast Elizabeth and I went down to the dock and rented paddleboards from him! I'd never gone paddleboarding before but it was surprisingly easy to get up on the board and it was super fun just enjoying the water. Elizabeth and I did a little shopping afterwards and explored Door County a bit more before grabbing fudge, Lobster Rolls, and taking some more blog photos in a huge cherry orchard... Door County is known for their cherries and the orchards were beautiful!
Overall, it was such a fun weekend and I was so lucky to spend it with two of my favorite people! My schedule lately has been super crazy considering Friday on the drive up to Do-Co my aunt texted me about Martha's Vineyard, and just a few days later, today I am hopping on a plane out to MV! I've never actually been, so if you have any island recs for me, send them my way!