Friday, April 4, 2014

D is for Door County: A Writer's Road Trip Series

The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an afternoon, weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!
     Wisconsin's Door County, the easternmost county on the shores of Lake Michigan, boasts a pretty healthy literary community. There are two festivals throughout the late summer and fall, including the Egg Harbor Book Festival, which spanned two weekends in August 2013. Also, Washington Island, at Door County's northernmost tip, debuted its first festival in October 2013. The Washington Island Literary Festival hosted authors reading from their works and workshops during the three-day event. The Clearning Folk School offers year-round writing workshops for adults in a beautiful rustic setting. On the western side of the county, and just north of Ellison Bay, the school sits on a cliff overlooking the water, where you can watch the setting sun. The historic buildings and grounds give writers a peaceful setting in which to work on their craft.
     If you need a break from writing, Door County offers plenty of beach spots, trails, and places to rent bikes such as Peninsula State Park. My family visits Door County yearly for these reasons alone. I'd like to go someday for a personal writing retreat!

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    1. Hopefully you can make the trip someday! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. It sounds like a beautiful place, although I've always thought with writing retreats that maybe the thing to do is just to lock yourself in your own home for a week, because if you're really focussing on the writing, then exotic surroundings shouldn't matter.

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    1. I'm pretty good at focusing, but I do need a break during the day. Also, I find that if I force myself away from the computer if only for a couple hours, I'm very anxious to get back to work. Nature inspires me, so combining writing with visiting new places works for me! Thanks for visiting, Stu!

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  3. I have many fond memories of Door County, particularly Peninsula State Park, where my family camped on a regular basis. We lived in Green Bay, so being so close, there were plenty of day trips too. Haven't been back for many years now, but definitely a place close to my heart.

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    1. Oh, you're lucky being so close! There's not too many places in central Illinois for the kind of recreation you can enjoy up there. Jealous!

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  4. I'm enjoying your writing trips. Some of your locations bring back great memories - thank you for that.
    Sue Kuentz
    http://www.door2lore.com/3/post/2014/04/dollars-and-dimes.html

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying them - thank you! And thanks for stopping by, Sue!

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  5. It looks beautiful and reminds me of New Brunswick, Canada. Nice to meet you.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! Nice to meet you, too!

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  6. What a great topic. I've been itching for a writer's retreat.

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  7. Yes! Door County! Not terribly far from where we live. Love it.

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    1. Marcia, we lived in Madison for 6 years while my husband was in grad school. Sorry to say we didn't start visiting all the cool places in Wisconsin until we moved back to Illinois!

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  8. You are choosing all the cool spots!! i went to Egg Harbor with a friend on a family vacation in high school, and it was gorgeous. I loved the lack of commercialism, the restaurant with the goats on the roof, and taking a run everyday and sprinting to the water. Hope to go there someday for a writers' retreat. If you ever organize one, i'm in!! ;)

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    1. Oh, yes!! I forgot to mention the goats! How could I forget? It's a great Swedish restaurant, but can't remember the name offhand.

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