Bits & Bites: Island Orchard opens for winter

Just as many businesses call it a season, Island Orchard Cider has announced it will be open Fridays and Saturdays through March from noon to 4 p.m.

“We hope that by being open during the quiet season, we can better cater to locals and the ever-increasing number of visitors coming to Door County during all seasons,” said owner Yannique Purman.

The Ellison Bay cider house opened its doors 11 years ago. The menu will include glasses of chilled hard cider and hot spiced cider, a specialty recipe developed by the cider chef using cloves and cardamom available only in the fall and winter. Bottle sales of Island Orchard ciders and apple vinegar are also available.

All Things Chocolate Canceled

Fish Creek Winterfest won’t include one of its sweetest events this year: The All Things Chocolate event scheduled for Feb. 5 at Old Town Hall has been canceled. The event usually draws hundreds of people to the small town hall to buy homemade chocolate treats – the proceeds of which benefit the Gibraltar Historical Association – but the health department has suggested the organizations do not hold large indoor events due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the county. .

Wickman House call it a season

The Wickman House in Ellison Bay has closed for the season after a series of COVID-19 cases and exposures among staff forced the restaurant to close several times over the past month. The restaurant usually stays open until Valentine’s Day, but a Jan. 13 announcement said it would remain closed for the final weeks of the season. Wickman House will reopen in April for its 11th season.

MacReady’s will reopen on January 22

The ovens will be back at MacReady’s Artisan Bread Company on Saturday, January 22. The Egg Harbor Bakery at 7836 Hwy 42 had been temporarily closed, but is now taking weekend orders ahead of time. More information is available at

Hot lunch at Fish Creek Market

The Fish Creek Market, 4164 Main Street, offers handmade hot dishes. The $12 comfort meals are available daily from 11 a.m. until sold out. Introductory features included hearty beef stew, lemony chicken, and smothered mushroom pork chops. Find daily features at

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