The Midwest’s Cape Cod is a lakeside retreat
Boasting 19 quaint communities and over 300 miles of shoreline, Wisconsin’s Door County has been described the Midwest’s version of Cape Cod. Surrounded by Lake Michigan on three sides and Gresen Bay to the west, this 75-mile long strip of idyllic beaches and rugged cliffs runs at a relaxed pace, making it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or family vacation.
Indulge in several watersports, hike to handfuls of lighthouses, sip on award-winning wines, run wild in gorgeous state parks, feast on a traditional fish boil — there’s no shortage of exciting things to do here. Plus, no matter where you are in Door County, you’re always less than 10 minutes away from a waterfront view.
Taste the Flavors of Door County
Door County is the state’s largest cherry producer, with more than 2,500 acres of orchards. In harvest season (late July to August), visitors can pick their own cherries or enjoy a slice of still-warm cherry pie at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market. The market also sells a variety of cherry goodies, including cherry salsa, cherry vinaigrette dressing and more.
Make sure to leave some room for a delicious Door County fish boil. This cooking method was introduced by Scandinavian settlers a century ago and is enjoyed by locals today. You can try a fish boil in many local restaurants including at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek.
Wine lovers will want to flock to the center of Door Peninsula for its many wineries. Embark on the Door County Wisconsin Wine Trail to discover eight distinct vintners. Stop by Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery, the biggest vineyard in the state for a free tour.
Experience Vibrant Communities
Door County is home to handfuls of lighthouses, harbors, historic villages and 19 unique communities. And there’s no better way to see it all than a drive along the Door County Coastal Byway. Spanning over 66 miles, this route will surprise you with spellbinding views of Lake Michigan, the watery expanse of Green Bay and the Niagara Escarpment bluffs. You’ll also weave through three state parks, 10 county parks and loads of charming towns
Popular stops on the byway include the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay and the Hands on Art Studio in Fish Creek. If you want to leave the driving to someone else, hop on the Door County Trolley. Featuring 11 themed tours, the trolley is a great way to experience the area.
For More Information
Door County Visitor Bureau
Wisconsin Department of Tourism