STURGEON BAY, WI (September 6, 2016) – Reacting to the popularity of the Door County Lighthouse Festival each June and a positive response to last October’s first installment of an abbreviated Autumn Door County Lighthouse Festival, the Door County Maritime Museum is again offering some of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend. Reservations are now being taken for these fantastic nautical adventures that will take place October 8–9 with discounts being offered for Door County Maritime Museum members.
The Chambers Island tour and the Sail Door County Schooner Cruise will again be a part of this abbreviated and exciting offering. New this fall is the first land-based tour offered by Door County Nature & Travel as well as a couple different boat excursions by Shoreline Charters.
A pair of schooner tours out of the Sister Bay Marina are scheduled for Saturday, October 8, leaving at 10am and 2pm. The cruises offer a sail into yesteryear on a 19th century tall ship. The 2.5-hour cruise is longer and more historically themed than regular schooner trips. It visits the scenic waters adjacent to the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse to present the opportunity for views and photos of the light perched on the bluff. Participants are invited to hoist the sails on the 65-foot schooner Edith M. Becker. As tradition requires, the cannon will be fired to signal the end of the cruise. Cost of the tour is $62 for Door County Maritime Museum members and $65 for non-members. Only 22 tickets will be sold per tour.
Also on Saturday, Shoreline Charters will offer its Death’s Door cruise. It’s a 90-minute excursion into the legendary strait from which Door County got its name. Tours will leave from the Gills Rock dock at 10am and 1pm. Highlights include water views of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights and abandoned Coast Guard Station on Plum Island and then on to eerie Pilot Island with its bare trees and lighthouse. Cost is $49 per person and capacity is limited to 14 people.
The Door County Nature & Travel land-based tour will include lighthouses in the Baileys Harbor and Fish Creek areas. The four-hour tour includes stops at the Ridges Range Lights, Cana Island Lighthouse and Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. The tour, which will leave from the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, will be capped with a stop at one of the peninsula’s premier wineries. The cost is $49 and includes admission to the lighthouses.
On Sunday, the Chambers Island boat excursion and walking tour will be offered. Departures will take place at the Fish Creek Dock aboard the Quo Vadis at 9am and 12:30pm.
A journey to Chambers Island is a one of the Door County Lighthouse Festival’s enduring offerings and will be presented in the same format as in June. Access to the historic lighthouse requires a 3 mile round trip docent-led hike. Lighthouse caretakers will meet the tours and provide a remarkable account of both the history of the island and its lighthouse. There you will be able to soak up the amazing view and climb to the lantern room platform. Note: Good hiking shoes are recommended and participants should be in good enough shape to handle the hike. Time on the island will be approximately 2 hours. The cost of the tour is $65 for Door County Maritime Museum members and $69 for non-members. Space is limited.
Shoreline Charters will be offering a tour from the Sister Bay Marina on Sunday with departures at 10am and 1pm. The tour will last between 90 minutes and two hours as it passes the scenic coastline to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Along the way you will see spectacular homes and be amazed by the large caves. Continuing on to the lighthouse enjoy the views of the Strawberry Islands and other islands in the distance. The cost is $49 per person.
Tickets are now on sale for the Door County Autumn Lighthouse Festival. To reserve your spot on one of these limited tours, please contact the Door County Maritime Museum at 920.743.5958. For additional information, visit www.dcmm.org.