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MKE Traveler: Door County


July 2018


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.

Door County 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 hours away.

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 away.

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 and more.

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 Studio.

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 not disappoint.   

Whatís next

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 of their creative process then purchase your favorite pieces July 29 at Plein Airís Quick Paint and live auction. 


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