Tucked at the far end of the charming shopping lane in sleepy Fish Creek, White Gull Inn is the sort of turn-of-the-century New England-style B&B for which Door County has accurately been dubbed the Cape Cod of the Midwest.
Every Friday night (and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in high summer season), innkeeper Andy Coulson hosts a traditional fish boil with master Tom Christianson manning the pots and spinning tales of this 100-year-old local tradition. The origins of the fish boil are debatable; the shipping community gives the credit to local seamen, while landlubbers think Scandinavian settlers invented the practice.
Once the Lake Michigan whitefish and potatoes are ready, dinner is served with plenty of drawn butter, fresh rye bread, creamy cole slaw and Door County cherry pie a la mode for dessert. (Baked chicken is available for those who don’t like fish.) The friendly staff is constantly on hand to keep drinks refilled and to expertly debone the fish in a snap. The atmosphere feels like attending a wonderfully large dinner party with friends. Fish boil prices are $19.50 per adult, $12.50 per child.
White Gull Inn also offers open-to-the-public breakfasts, lunches and candlelight dinners as well as a wide selection of cozy and beautiful room, suite and cottage accommodations for overnight stays (rates from $160).