Ask a few Door County regulars their favorite thing
about this picturesque peninsula located between Green
Bay and Lake Michigan and youíll get a few different
answers because Door County truly has something for
everyone. Quaint shops and art galleries? Check.
Beautiful beaches and water sports? Check and check. An
amazing array of dining options? You bet.
is the perfect getaway for a family vacation, a romantic escape or
an exciting girls (or guys) weekend. And the best part? This almost
tropical paradise (with slightly colder water) is less than 2 Ĺ
Where to stay
If packing up the tent and sleeping bags to sleep
under the stars is your thing, donít wait to reserve your spot.
Campsites in Peninsula State Park fill up fast because families love
to camp along the beautiful trails and beaches. For non-campers,
Door Countyís accommodation options are plentiful and include
everything from basic to luxurious.
Ever try to entertain kids on a rainy vacation day?
Two words: indoor pool. Egg Harborís Landmark Resort features that
and a slew of other amenities. Book a spacious one-, two- or
three-bedroom suite and enjoy your own kitchen. Three outdoor pools,
steam rooms, whirlpools and an on-site fitness center will keep
everybody happy. Stroll the 40 wooded acres and let your stress fade
The Diplomat is a romantic bed and breakfast near
downtown Sturgeon Bay, just a short stroll from shops and
restaurants. This property is actually two estates with 11 beautiful
suites featuring fireplaces, double whirlpool tubs, plush bathrobes
and a delicious hot breakfast delivered to your door every morning.
What to do
Both adrenaline junkies and the risk-averse can enjoy
the 300 miles of Door Countyís breathtaking shoreline while divers
can check out a few of the 275 shipwrecks. Satisfy that need for
speed on a Jet Ski or wave runner from Sister Bay Boat Rental or
Lakeside Shipwreck Tours. Pontoon boats, paddleboards and kayaks are
a great way to enjoy the water at a slower pace.
Not a water-goer? Glide N.E.W.óSegway the Door tours
offer outdoor fun for landlubbers via two-wheels and a motor. Take a
quick lesson, buckle up your helmet and follow the friendly Segway
guide around Peninsula State Park, Washington Island, Sturgeon Bay
If the extent of your physical activity is lifting a
glass, head to Island Orchard Hard Ciderís Ellison Bay factory for
samples of this popular adult beverage. Art fans flock to Door
County, where literally every town has multiple galleries to peruse
and purchase original artwork. Get inspired at the galleries, then
create your own art at Hands on Art Studio and Ellison Bay Pottery
The Door County Trolley is yet another way to explore
the area: book a scenic tour and a family trolley ride, brace
yourself for a very scary Ghost Trolley tour or join the fun of a
Bloody Mary Brunch tour.
Where to dine
When it comes to eating in Door County, itís a case
of ďso many restaurants, so little time.Ē Fine dining fans will love
Wickman Houseís unique, locally focused menu and the Waterfront
Restaurantís classic seafood and steak offerings and gorgeous views.
Pizza fans flock to Wild Tomato for their popular homemade crust and
toppings. Grasseís and Cookery are consistent crowd pleasers while
vegetarians and organic food fans love the healthy choices at Cloud
Nine Juice Bar. Al Johnsonís packs in the tourists for both the
unusual scene of goats grazing on the rooftop sod and their Swedish
food. Their yummy lingonberry pancakes are a summer staple that do
Independence Day is party time in Door County. Take
your pick of parades, live music and fireworks shows in Egg Harbor,
Sister Bay or Fish Creek. Check out the Door County Folk Festival
July 12-16. Meet the artists at their easels during the Plein Air
Festival July 24-29. Witness artists in the throes
creative process then purchase your favorite pieces July 29 at Plein
Airís Quick Paint and live auction.