Farm and Field Bike Tour: Sunday, June 27 9-2 PM, Washington Island

Gathering Ground is excited to host our first “Farm and Field Bike Tour” on Sunday, June 27. During this family-friendly ride of about 14 miles, riders will enjoy the rural beauty of the Island as well as learn about the agricultural projects happening on the Island today. With tours of Island Orchard Cider’s orchard, Sweet Mountain Farm’s bee farm, Gathering Ground’s orchards, vineyards, and grazing sheep, Island Harvest’s strawberry patch, participants will also get a literal taste of local flavors. Ticket price of $35 for adults and $15 for kids 12-4 includes a locally-sourced box lunch from Hotel Washington, fresh strawberries, and cider tastings. Island Adventure — the starting place for off-island visitors — is offering a special discount for full day bike rentals ($30) for anyone who wants to join but doesn’t have their own bike. Burleys and e-bikes also available.

$35 registration for adults, $15 for kids 12-4.  Under 4 FREE.

Route One – For those riding across on the ferry (no car parking), starts at Island Adventure near the ferry dock.

Route Two – For those driving to the start, we will start at Red Barn Park. Parking available here.

Registration:  8:30-9:30  Waiver must be signed to ride.

Gathering Ground, 1751 Lake View Road — pet sheep, tour the orchards & vineyards. Water & bathrooms.

Sweet Mountain Farm, 1402 Mountain Road.  Bee and honey tour.  Beverages & snacks

Island Orchard Cider—East Side Road—orchard tours & cider tasting

Island Harvest, 1249 Aznoe Road, farm tour & fresh strawberries

Hotel Washington, 354 Range Line Road– farm fresh, locally-sourced box lunch served 11:30-1pm. Beverages, veg/vegan/gluten free food options, bathrooms

END—Washington Island Ferry (ferry’s every ½ hr to mainland, last boat 6pm)
*Ride at your own risk. Please obey the rules of the road.

Cedar Beehives, Russian Honeybees, Honey, Maple Syrup, and more

Developing and implementing solutions to declining honeybee populations; building better environments to establish healthy bees. 

Red Barn Park

Registration spot for people with car to park. (8:30-9:30)

For more than 50 years, Red Barn has been bringing live performances to the Island. Fridays at 7:30 pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT! Local and visiting artists perform country, jazz, gospel, original music and theatrical events. 


“We started planting trees in about 2006,” he said. “My wife’s father is from the coast of Brittany. We used to visit them and discovered the ciders of Brittany and Normandy. We decided we would do that here in the United States. That was about 2003-2004. We started planting trees on the island in 2006. We’re up to 2,400 trees or so, all French, English and American cider cultivars, very little edible fruit, with higher tannin, higher acid apples for cider. It’s becoming more common to plant the French and English cultivars, but I believe we were the first ones doing it here in Door County

Rental Bikes Available here.

Registration Spot for people walking or biking across on the Ferry. Special rate for Farm and Field Tour participants. ($30/day). Adult bikes, burleys, e-bikes. No bikes for kids 12 and under.

Choose your own adventure with safe and comfortable kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards from Island Adventure Company. We’ll help you get on the water faster by bringing the gear to your desired launch point and giving a quick tutorial of paddling tips. 

Organically managed Farm

Tour the farm and enjoy a quart of fresh strawberries!

Historic Hotel, restaurant & Yoga Studio

Lunch served here. 11:30-1 pm. Vegan/Veg/GF options available.

Our mission is to care for our island community, guests and planet, expand our sustainable practices, source and exist responsibly. Our menus are seasonal; sourced and inspired by the local farmers and growers we love, made from scratch in our kitchen.

Gathering Ground Sheep. Photo by Steve Waldron.

Gathering Ground envisions thriving communities connected to the environment and their food through work and play. We cultivate community and learning in partnership with the generous earth.

Tour vineyards, orchards, visit with the sheep.