Celebrate Christmas in Door County With Chanticleer

Christmas is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s the perfect time to get away and enjoy the holidays with your family in the peace and quiet of Door County. With winter just starting, you can enjoy a time of rest and relaxation in one of our cozy, beautiful suites.

In celebration of the season, the Chanticleer decorates every single room with garlands of fresh plants to give the entire inn a rustic touch. Each fireplace gets its own decoration, and each decoration is unique.

However, we also pay attention to the most important part of decorating for the holidays: the Christmas tree. We choose tall trees that extend to the rafters of each room and festoon them with ornaments of red, silver, and gold to make them look as festive and welcoming as possible.

The Christmas celebrations extend all the way across the county, in fact. From concerts to festivals, Door County will help you celebrate Christmas with your family in style. For example, you can visit the Merry-Time Festival of Trees at the Door County Maritime Museum until December 11th.

The festival is a wonderful way to introduce your family to the delights of the region and to learn more about the Door County Community. You can even take part in a raffle to win your own uniquely decorated Christmas tree to take home with you!

You can also take part in decorating a gingerbread house at other local establishments – what better way to spend time with your family than working together to create something delicious?

Christmas is a time of sharing and togetherness as we buy gifts for each other and appreciate each other’s company. What better way to do that than spend the holiday in comfort with your friends at the Chanticleer Guest House?

Thanksgiving in Door County

Thanksgiving is wonderful in Door County. Forget frantically trying to buy the latest gadgets during a Black Friday sale – why would you want to have all that stress when there are so many other lovely things to do at this time of the year?

With the changing of the seasons and the cool nip of frost in the air, it’s the perfect time to settle down with family, curl up in front of a fire, and celebrate love and togetherness with a fine meal. If you’re looking to take a holiday and celebrate Thanksgiving with your family in Door County, the Chanticleer Guest House is the perfect place to do so. Our comfortable and cozy suites will give you just the touch of home that you’re looking for when you’re away.

There are plenty of other things you can do here during Thanksgiving besides having a feast. Why not consider attending the Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22nd, which is only a short drive away in Jacksonport?  Even better, you can enjoy the fresh air on one of Door County’s many hiking trails and work up an appetite ahead of Thanksgiving dinner.

While you’re in town, you can spend the days before and after the holiday sampling Door County’s fine local food, including its artisanal cheeses and plentiful local wines. You may enjoy it so much that you won’t want to leave! If you want to inquire about other local attractions or activities, let us know – we’ll be happy to help you make the most of your stay.

Thanksgiving is a time of thoughtfulness and caring for others. With our comfortable suites – which we’re already decorating for the holidays! – Chanticleer Guest House will give you the perfect backdrop to relax, connect, and spend time with the people you love.

The Migration of Door County Bluebirds

We remember our first trip to Door County, in the spring of 1993.  Our purpose for that trip was to come up and visit friends, and stop for lunch in Sturgeon Bay.  As we were driving, we saw a flash of blue beside the highway.  A bluebird had flown up from the ditch and perched himself on a wooden fence post.  We were so excited to actually see a bluebird!  Bryon is originally from Chilton, WI and I grew up in Brooklyn, WI.  I had never seen a bluebird, and Bryon had only witnessed one as a child.  That spring day in 1993 would be the beginning of our passion with bluebirds.

After purchasing the property that would eventually become The Chanticleer Guest House, we set out to bring more bluebirds to our little patch of Door County.  We installed 3 bluebird houses and waited for our little blue friends to arrive in flocks.  They didn’t.  Well, not right away.  We were too late in setting our bird houses and they had already found suitable nests.  While nesting, bluebirds are quite scarce, and in reality, we really were too busy renovating our farmhouse to be searching for bluebirds.  Summer came and went and all of a sudden, we noticed bluebirds on our sheep fence posts and in our bird bath.  We were ecstatic!  The bluebird parents had fledged their chicks and were busy flying down from our fence posts, plucking bugs to feed their hungry offspring.

That first autumn the flocks of bluebirds came in groups of 10 to 20 birds.  They would hang out, searching for food and then all of a sudden, vanished.  Without warning, they all had flown south.  We were so excited to have been able to witness not only a single bluebird that spring, but flocks of them migrating to warmer climates!  When, and how many, would return that next spring?

18 years later, and after countless batches of bluebirds popping out of our bluebird houses, we are still excited when we see those beautiful little birds.  While still not as common as robins, we seem to notice more and more pairs coming back to Chanticleer in the spring.  Our winter ritual of cleaning out bluebird houses has surprised us with some bluebirds staying until December, using our nest boxes as a cozy home.  We know spring is here when we hear the unmistakable melody of the bluebird’s song, floating over our barren sheep pastures in March.

For all you avid bird watchers, we would love to have you come in early spring to witness the spring migration of our Door County bluebirds.