Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Skyway Drive-In

The last night of our trip to Door County we took in a double feature at the Skyway Drive-In. The show started about 9:00pm and we scored a spot in the second row by getting there 40 minutes early.

The first four rows have old fashioned speakers you can hang on your car window, otherwise you're stuck tuning your car radio into the broadcasted AM or FM channel. We tried it both ways and you definitely get better sound quality with your car, but we were worried about draining the battery. Plus, its a more authentic feel listening the old fashioned way.

Pets are allowed and before the show started we walked the perimeter meeting a few other dogs. Porter's eyes in this picture are fixed on the snack bar which was just behind us serving up fresh popcorn. I'm sure the poor guy was salivating at the thought.

The tickets cost $7.50 per person, cash only. We thought the price was reasonable considering we got to see Brave and The Avengers. We brought in our own drinks and snacks in a cooler. Not sure if this is allowed or not, but no one stopped us. Mosquitos weren't too bad but it did get pretty chilly so we wrapped up in our sleeping bags. Mr. P looked pretty comfortable snoozing on his dog bed in the back seat.

The movies finished about 2am which was perfect for me (I was trying to stay up as late as possible considering I had to work the night shift the following evening). G fell asleep about 30 minutes into the second movie. Porter slept through much of both.

When was the last time you saw a movie at a drive-in theatre? Are pets allowed at your local drive-in?

Monday, July 30, 2012

American Folklore Theatre

The American Folklore Theatre is an outdoor theatre located smack in the middle of Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. The theatre hosts musical plays with local influence which are appropriate for all ages AND according to the Egg Harbor Business Association and firsthand experience... pets are welcome at outdoor summer performances!

While there we took in Victory Farm, a musical comedy about cherry growers during World War II and German prisoners of war who work together to harvest the cherries. I had no idea that German POWs were brought over to help farmers harvest their crops, so the show was a learning experience. Door County is known in Wisconsin for it's numerous cherry orchards and this production was warm hearted and funny.

It was a beautiful night in the lower 70s and not a mosquito in sight (although the theatre does provide bug spray for a $1 donation). Patrons wore casual attire as most were campers and day hikers. Seating is general admission and tickets cost us about $12 with our camper's discount. If you aren't an overnight camper, tickets cost $19.

While the show was cute, we were distracted by the beautiful golden retriever sitting two rows in front of us. He was perched right on the wooden bench like a human!

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Beachfront Inn, Bailey's Harbor

In order to get G to camp for two nights I had to agree to stay in a hotel for two nights (G doesn't like camping all that much). I found the Beachfront Inn on trip advisor and hoped the pics I saw online were an accurate representation because it just looked so darn fun! 

I'm a sucker for all things retro, and this charming motel fit the bill. The rooms have been remodeled but still hold their original charm. Though smaller than those offered at new hotels, everything in the room was fresh and clean.  A welcome relief from ruffing it in the campground for the past two days.


 You just can't beat the view from our lakeside room.  

We picked this motel because it was advertised as dog friendly and allowed dogs and people to swim on their private beach! The owner's dogs even greeted us when we checked in.


A special doggy treat awaited Mr. P in our room. 

Porter especially loved jumping off the pier.

We spent the evenings in front of the fire on the beach chatting with other dog lovers about our adventures during the day. This was a great little find, one that we will be visiting again. 

Where is your favorite dog friendly place to stay?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Biking with Dogs

Biking seems to be the past time at Peninsula State Park in Wisconsin with more 20 miles of trails available to explore. I wish I had my camera with me to take a photo of the dog we saw in the bike trailer (looked just like a little kid).  Here's something kinda similar:

Another man had his dog tethered to a special biking dog leash sorta like this one:
Courtesy Michael A. Leon

The last time I tried I ended up falling off my bike. Porter listens well when on the leash, but he gets spooked by the bike wheels and I end up worrying about oncoming traffic. As much as I love biking, I haven't yet been able to find a safe way to do it with Mr. P.

Have you ever biked with your dog?