Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Cherries on a cherry tree
Source: Pumcus, Flickr

We know life isn't always a bowl of cherries, despite how much we'd like it to be, unless of course you happen to be visiting Door County, Wisconsin. Aside from abundant cherry farms and roadside stands where you can pick up pints of fresh cherries, jams, cherry pie and even cheese with chunks of cherries in it, Door County, at just a four-hour drive from Chicago, is one of my personal favorite spots to go to indulge in some serious relaxation.

Feeling ready to venture out of the city and experience a relaxing weekend in Door County? Don't leave home without Wisconsin's Door County. It is a comprehensive travel guide filled with information about can't-miss sights to see and things to do. It also includes helpful maps and information about lodging and dining in Door County.

Should you find yourself stopping at one of many roadside stands that sells fresh cherries and winding up with a pint, or two or five of fresh cherries, check out Crazy About Cherries. More than just a cookbook, this book has tons of information about cherries, the different varieties and best uses for each variety. But let's not forget the great recipes in this book - be sure to check it out for endless ideas of how to use your fresh cherries.

A trip up to Door County might not be in everyone's travel plans, or budget and that's OK. The library still has you covered. If you love a great thriller or mystery novel, there are a couple that take place in Door County. Featuring a former Chicago homicide detective, Death Stalks Door County is mystery that dishes up murder, greed, betrayal, lost love and bitter rivalries. Also be sure to check out Brian Freeman's stand-alone thriller The Bone House. Mark and Hilary Bradley are a suburban Chicago couple living in Door County. Accusations of Mark's affair with a high school student ruins his teaching career and causes suspicion among the close-knit community. When a 16-year-old girl winds up dead on the beach, Mark becomes the prime suspect. Detective Cab Bolton is charged with unraveling the complicated situation and trying to prove Mark's innocence.

Whether you are loading up the car for a weekend trip to Door County or checking out one of these great novels that takes place in Door County, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride!