Exploring with Audrie is a fun and exciting family adventure travel program with a focus on exploring new places and enjoying great food along the way. We'll be seeking out out of the way and out of the ordinary lodging, dining and outdoor entertainment locations that you may not find in every guidebook and that are worth the extra effort.  Every summer we get out and camp as often as we can as we find it a great way to spend time together as a family as we enjoy God's wonderful creation.  Whether it's a cup of coffee as the morning sun breaks through the pines, an eagle soaring high above the bluffs or a glorious sunset accompanied by an orchestra of crickets, laughter and a crackling campfire - we find ample opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy each others company among the rocks, trees and trails.  So come along and explore with us as we bike, paddle, ski and hike our way to adventure!

Here are the locations we've explored so far!

Door County, WI

Homestead Suites in Fish Creek

Homestead Suites is located right on the edge of downtown Fish Creek and is within steps of all the shops, bars and restaurants.  It has two pools, one indoor and one out, very nice clean rooms, a continental breakfast and a very attentive staff.  Please follow the Trip Advisor links on this page to book your stay!

Shoreline Scenic Cruises

Shoreline Scenic Cruises has two locations; one in Sister Bay and the other up at Gills Rock at the tip of the peninsula. They offer a wide array of tours; sunset, lighthouse, islands and private charters as well.  They are a beautiful and enjoyable way to soak in the scenery that Door County abounds in www.shorelinecharters.net

Wild Tomato Pizza
Wild Tomato Pizza is one of our absolute favorite spots in Door County! Whether you dine there or take your pizza to enjoy elsewhere (like a sunset in Peninsula State Park) you'll enjoy and handmade pizza, including the dough, that's topped with delicious fresh ingredients, many of which are sourced locally.  Both locations, the original in Fish Creek or their new location in Sister Bay, are fun, casual environments the whole family will enjoy...and both young & old get a kick out of the expert pizza dough tossing and spinning! Wild Tomato Pizza www.wildtomatopizza.com
Gravity Trails Zip

Gravity Trails Ziplines at the Egg Harbor Fun Park is quite the thrill for parents and kids alike.  Audrie was intimidated at first but their expert guides soon had her ready to climb up to the initial launch point and from there away we went!  In addition to the zippiness there are quite a few other attractions including go-karts, mini-golf, bouncy houses and an indoor arcade.  A great spot for a ton of family fun just south of Egg Harbor right on Hwy. 42 www.gravitytrails.com

Gibraltar Grill, Fish Creek

Gibraltar Grill is a dynamite restaurant in a beautiful location that has excellent food, great service and even an electric cart to take you to or pick you up from downtown!  They have live music 4 nights a week, indoor and outdoor seating (even blankets!) and a lovely bar. You won't be disappointed! www.gibraltargrill.com

Door County Kayak

If you're up for some on the water adventure then be sure to put Door County Kayak Tours on your itinerary! They have a wide array of guided tours, are super friendly and helpful and their guides know just the right spots to take you to in order to see a side of Door County not visible from land! We went on the morning cave tour and really enjoyed it. The paddling was very easy and the views spectacular www.doorcountykayaktours.com

Muskegon, MI

Lake Express Ferry

Lake Express Ferry - The Lake Express is an amazing way to get to and from Michigan.  Extremely smooth, quiet and comfortable you'll arrive relaxed and refreshed with no traffic, tolls or trucks to worry about.

The Shoreline Inn

Shoreline Inn and Conference Center is located right on the waters edge and is hands down the most all inclusive destination in the Muskegon area.  Beautiful rooms with unrivaled views of the lake and harbor, great dining options, two pools and easy access to everything!

Lake House Waterfront Grille

The Lake House Waterfront Grille is an absolutely beautiful restaurant located right on the water's edge overlooking the harbor at the Shoreline Inn. With both indoor and outdoor dining as well as phenomenal food and great service.  Whether you arrive by car or boat you'll be well served at the Lake House!

Port City Princess

Port City Princess offers a wide variety of harbor cruises; from drinks and dancing to sunset dinners.  Kick back with a drink and enjoy the view as you cruise Muskegon Lake aboard the Princess!

The Deck - Beer, Beach & BBQ!

The Deck is one of those little gems that is such a delight to find when you're traveling.  Located right IN the beach and overlooking both Lake Michigan and the canal into Muskegon Lake you'll not only enjoy a great view but also some great live music and some of the best BBQ in the world.  Their beef brisket is to die for!

Guy's Ultimate Kayak Service

Guy's Ultimate Kayak Service truly delivers on the name!  He picks you up, delivers everything you need and sets you on your way...and then picks it all up again at the end of your float.  Super reasonable prices, great scenery and an easy float down the river combine to make one enjoyable adventure for the whole family!

Pigeon Hill Brewery

Pigeon Hill Brewery is a great local micro-brew that is well worth the stop.  Great beer in a fun location with outdoor seating as well.  Stop by and toast all of your good fortune!

The Boars Belly

The Boars Belly is located right in downtown Muskegon and offers a wide array of great BBQ and smoked meats.  Weekend evenings can be especially fun in the summer when the doors are wide open to the outdoor seating.

Hairitage Salon & Day Spa

The Hairitage Salon & Day Spa is an oasis of tranquility and great service.  All manners of hair and nail care plus manicures, pedicures, facials and massages.  If you're in need of some "me" time then the Hairitage Salon is the place for you.

Galena, IL

Historic DeSoto House Hotel

The historic DeSoto House Hotel, built in the 1800's, is a fantastic destination that puts you right in the middle of all the action while steeped in historical grandeur. Steps from practically everything in Galena the DeSoto house has beautiful rooms, 3 restaurants on-site and even a roof top party for the 4th of July! If you're heading to Galena then be sure to check out the DeSoto House, we loved it!

Chestnut Mountain Resort

The Chestnut Mountain Resort sits high on a ridge overlooking the mighty Mississippi affording the visitor stunning views like you see here.  The have great rooms, numerous dining options and a ton of fun activities ranging from the Soaring Eagle biplane, alpine slide, ski lifts that run year round, Segway tours, mini golf and even boat tours on the Mississippi.  Winter or summer it's a great place to explore!

Shenandoah Riding Center

Shenandoah Riding Center is located just outside of Galena in what's known as the Galena Territories; lush rolling hills and beautiful landscapes.  They have a number of rides to choose from and they all allow you to experience God's creation in one of the best ways possible - on the back of a horse!  If you're looking for a really fun and unique family experience then go explore the Shenandoah riding center!

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