Eating Our Way Through Port Washington, WI….Downtown Historic District

On our 24 hour escape from Green Bay to Port Washington, Wisconsin’s Historic District we ate at three restaurants all on Franklin Street. (you can read part one of this trip here)

IMG_0590Since our whole goal was to walk everywhere this was the perfect location. Our hotel was located at one end of this street with shoppes, restaurants, and other businesses peppered in between.

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This made getting around super easy. Our first stop was lunch on Saturday at the Schooner Bar and Grill. We are normally not bar and grill goers but the sign our front had some yummy things listed so we went for it. We were immediately greeted and told if we wanted a good view to head up to the upstairs room where we could enjoy lunch over looking the harbor. Well, yes, no more needed to be said, we headed upstairs. And wow what a great room…all windows, the roof opens when its warm enough, and you can see everything. Awesome!

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Service was friendly, view was wonderful, but how was the food? Well, the menu is small, but variety is there….and remember, it’s a bar before it’s a grill so keep this in mind when choosing this establishment. Anyhow, we each had sandwiches….mine was the grilled chicken and my husband had the smoked brisket. And both were wonderful. Super tasty, cooked perfectly, and very filling. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great sandwich.

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Dinner brought us a bit further down Franklin Street to the Wicked Grill which also had a sign out front that I saw earlier in the day that said…… can you imagine reuben eggrolls??? Oh yes I can imagine…..and as you can guess, I am already working on remaking these myself at home.

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We arrived, were once again greeted ,and seated in the back where meals are served. IMG_0629

We began with margaritas and the sampler platter. Yes, we walked for miles and we were starving. Plus, we walked here so we could each finish the evening with a drink.

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I will confess, I ate all but one half of those two whole egg rolls….I only let my husband have 1/2 of one. He did get all the cheese curds though….that’s fair…right? Whom ever came up with stuffing an egg roll wrapper with reuben fillings should be the employee of the year since they were by far the best thing I ate in forever. My entree here was the pulled pork BBQ salad and this was also superb. I would return here without a doubt next time I am in the area. It was all fabulous.

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Then Sunday morning we awoke to catch the sunrise over Lake Michigan before heading back down Franklin Street for breakfast. IMG_0640

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We saw the night before a place called  Daily Baking Co and it opened at 6a.m. on Sundays so this was one of only a few places we could get breakfast.

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We arrived chilly from being outside in the brisk morning winds and immediately ordered coffee and a breakfast sandwich each. Everything we ordered was once again wonderful.

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And then we sat down in the nicely decorated coffee shop and enjoyed the scents of fresh bakes goodies coming from the kitchen.

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After this we took one more cold chilly walk around the harbor area before heading home and back to reality. As for the eats in this part of town, I really can’t say anything bad about any of the places we chose to enjoy a meal while we escaped for 24 hours. They were all wonderful for their own reasons….especially those egg rolls!!!!

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I walked out on this pier not 12 hrs prior to this…..what a change a few hours can make. If I had waited until today I would have been wet and cold!

This is Saturday:

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This is Sunday:

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Cabin Fever…..This Is Real People!!!

They say a broken heart is a true condition some people suffer from. I also believe that cabin fever should also be on the list of real diagnostic conditions. For me, and I know many others feel this way also, cabin fever is real. And the past two weeks it has been pretty severe. My moods are all over, my energy level I need to dig deep for, and my sleep is some nights great and some nights not so great. And when I listen to the weather…..well, it’s normally best not to listen to the weather.

Even though temps lately have been tolerable, I know living in WI the weather can turn back to full blown winter in a matter of hours so I try not to get to excited too early.  However, that didn’t stop me from taking my whole gang outside to play for the first time in months. Oh, it was glorious!!!! And it also gave me a big case of cabin fever!!!!IMG_0513

Like I said, I have been struggling and I needed to make a snap decision to turn life back around and get some air. All this took was a bit of thought, a quick email to my husband that I needed a break from life, and a few things thrown into an overnight bag…..and I was off on an overnight adventure to find myself again. Saturday morning I quickly threw together a penne pasta casserole for Sunday when I returned home to toss into the oven for dinner. This way I would not need to hurry home for any reason….and walla we were off to find sunshine, fresh air, and hopefully open water and not ice bergs. IMG_0520

Like usual, I chose the destination and I wanted somewhere I had never been before. I also knew I needed to be around water(two places that bring me peace are one around water and  two atop mountains…..WI has a ton of water and no mountains so my options were limited) and I needed everything in walking distance since I hate driving in strange cities. I made some strict rules for my husband to follow since he asked to join me in my 24 hrs. of solitude…..no job talk, I get to choose all the restaurants, I get to walk as far I my body will let me, and I get control of the remote control when we finally do decide to rest. He happily agreed and then was allowed to join me in my adventure.

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My destination ended up being Port Washington,WI. I had never been here and neither had my husband. IMG_0558

Upon arrival, it was sunny, gorgeous, and the ice had all melted and left open water and miles and miles of harbor walk for us to enjoy.

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We walked mostly paved walkways but we also did climb some pretty big boulders to make our way out to some of the lake markers that I don’t know know if we should have but we did anyhow. There were no Do Not Enter signs but clearly no one else was taking this route except us. It felt so good to be alive and breathing fresh air again that I really did not care if we would have found the game warden/or the dock master waiting for us when we returned.

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We explored for miles…..we saw so much beauty and I even got to sit on one of the piers for a bit and just let my mind clear itself.

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We paid tribute to a fellow kayaker by climbing to the top of his memorial gazebo which personally, could not have been placed on a better part of land. It overlooks where he lost his life and this is somewhere that can honor him and his love for paddling forever. Being a kayaker myself, I can truly see why he was paddling the waters of Lake Michigan….so gorgeous.

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After all this walking, more sunshine that I have gotten on my face in over 6 months, and even a bit shopping on the historic street next to our hotel….we were tired. We checked into our hotel located right on the harbor walk and walked to dinner before turning in for the evening. And believe it or not….I could not find a single thing on television to keep my interest so I handed over the remote control to my husband with a kiss goodnight….and that was that.

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I will soon fill you all in on where we all ate and the absolutely fabulous meals we had in this area of the city. We also already have plans to return as a family. Only next time, fishing poles, tackle, cameras, tripods, picnic blankets, and coolers will all be added to the packing list. Maybe even a few kayaks, paddles, and PFD’s.