2023 Volunteer Tour A Huge Success!

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Algoma Visitor Center Volunteers in front of Robert Ray Gallery

To help the Algoma Visitor Center (VC) volunteers learn more about the Algoma Area Chamber members and prepare for the upcoming summer tourist season, a group of 22 Algoma VC volunteers and two Chamber staff members boarded a bus Thursday, May 18, 2023, and visited several businesses and attractions in the area. The volunteers were given one of the new LOVE Algoma bags containing a Friendly Algoma Visitor guide and literature for each of the stops on the tour.

Volunteer tours took place in 2018 and 2019 to help the volunteers gain firsthand information about the Chamber members to better inform visitors and residents alike. After a three-year hiatus, the tour returned in 2023.  Many new things were learned and a really great time was had by all!  Click on any of the smaller images to view the full-size images.

2023 Algoma Visitor Center Volunteer Tour

Robert Ray Gallery

Volunteers met at Robert Ray Gallery (520 Parkway St.) at 8 AM and were treated to coffee and a tour of the gallery by co-owner Chris Baugniet.

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Learn more about Robert Ray Gallery: Website | Facebook

Wienke’s Market “A Taste of Door County”

The group boarded an Algoma School District bus and headed to Wienke’s Market (292 County S) and were treated to some delicious bread samples while Marit and Sigrid talked about the history of Wienke’s and the many delicious products grown and created there. Volunteers were able to check out the greenhouse and take a peek into the processing area.

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Learn more about Wienke’s Farm Market: Website  | Facebook

Red Barn Corn Maze

Next stop was the Red Barn Corn Maze (7125 County Road J, Forestville).  Co-owner Jan Guilette stepped onto the bus and shared what the Red Barn Corn Maze is, when it is open, and what people can do there, including hay wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, games, animals and more. Aerial view of the 2022 maze courtesy of Red Barn Corn Maze’s Facebook page.

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Learn more about Red Barn Corn Maze: Website  | Facebook

Country Ovens

From there the tour headed to Country Ovens (229 E Main St, Forestville, WI) where the group was treated to chocolate-covered cherry samples, watched a brief video, peeked in the window to the production area, learned about the delicious products made from Door County cherries and did some shopping!

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Learn more about Country Ovens:  Website  |  Facebook

Ahnapee Shores Camping Resort

The next stop was Ahnapee Shores Camping Resort (E6053 W Wilson Rd). Co-owner David Blackwell boarded the bus as we drove around the grounds and learned about the amenities and new improvements to the grounds, and received a gift of a branded mini-bbq brush.

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Learn more about Ahnapee Shores Camping Resort:  Website | Facebook

Timber Trail Campground

From there the tour headed next door to Timber Trail Campground (N8326 Cty M). Owners Eddie and Jennifer boarded the bus for a drive around the grounds and the group learned about the amenities and improvements.  As an added treat, the group received a gift of a s’mores-making kit and was able to see the new mural getting its finishing touches

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Learn more about Timber Trail Campgrund: Website | Facebook

The River by Bayshore

The tour headed back to Algoma and stopped by The River by Bayshore (87 2nd Street).  Co-owners Mark Schuster and Julie Wilson stepped on the bus and shared what The River offers including the ability to come and relax in a chair or hammock, take a paddle on the river in a kayak, stand-up board, or swan paddle boat, or even play a game of table tennis. The group also got a glimpse of the four new swan paddle boats!

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Learn more about The River by Bayshore:  Website  | Facebook

Robert Ray Gallery Event Space

When it was time for lunch, the group returned to Robert Ray Gallery’s event space downstairs to learn more about the space and enjoy lunch brought in by Denny’s SuperValu.

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von Stiehl’s Cider Bar

To conclude the tour, about 13 or so headed over to von Stiehl’s Cider Bar (105 Navarino St.) to enjoy a beverage and learn about the Cider Bar’s offerings.  A few of the group’s members were also treated to a tour of the winery’s production facility.

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Learn more about von Stiehl’s Cider Bar: Website | Facebook

It was a great day and everyone in the group learned something new at every stop.  The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce extends a huge thank you to all the members who welcomed the group into their businesses and shared so many wonderful things available here in the Algoma area.  And thank you to the Algoma School District and the bus driver Tracy.

If you would like to join the volunteer family at the Algoma Visitor Center, please send an email to info@algomachamber.org for more information.

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