Port Washington is a charming harbor community of 11,500 on the shores of Lake Michigan, about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. Al was here when he was a teen, but I had never been there before. Port Washington also is part of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, something we hope to do someday. We had already been to several cities on the tour: Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Sturgeon Bay. It was time for lunch, and we saw a Brat(wurst) Fry in a parking lot. We stopped and got a couple.
This Brat Fry was put on by the Port Gridiron Club. They were delicious! Thanks guys for a great lunch 🙂
Lunch done, we headed to the 1860 Light Station and Museum on St. Mary’s Hill. The view offered a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, looking blue as the ocean.
We also took a look at St. Mary’s Church, a beautiful church that overlooks the city’s historic downtown.
We went down the hill to see downtown and the Breakwater Light House. You can see the church overlooking downtown.
As we walked toward the Marina, we saw this historic marker.
A view of the Marina, with the control building in view. There are many Fishing Charters for hire. In fact, we saw a boat full of fishermen heading out into the lake.
Afternoon or a cloudy day is the best time to see the light house so the sun hits the west side of it. It contrasted with the blue sky perfectly!
There were many interesting businesses downtown. A Duluth Trading Company. It is in the former Smith Brothers Fish Shanty building. The sign was left up as it is an iconic part of the historic building. The other other brick and mortar store is in Mt. Horeb.
Also Vines to Cellar Winery.
To look sharp lakeside, Anchor Menswear has great clothes.
Victor’s Pier Street Shanty Restaurant.
Dockside Deli, near marker we saw.
Our last stop was Bernie’s Fine Meats, great meats made on site. Brats and sausages for the grill! Friendly staff there, they will happy slice meat to order 🙂 Also a selection of wine and beer. We got a pound of summer sausage to bring home, yum!