The door to easy living is always open in Door County. Flanked by Lake Michigan on three sides and Green Bay to the west, this bucolic peninsula lets you experience the good life in its cherry orchards, five state parks and 300 miles of pristine shoreline.
The Cape Cod of the Midwest
A drive down the 66-mile Coastal Byway unveils historic lighthouses, charming villages and scenic harbors. Look out the window for spectacular views of Lake Michigan and take some time to explore Sturgeon Bay’s Maritime Museum and Newport State Park in Ellison Bay. The Door County Trolley offers 11 different tours around the region in case you want just to sit back and relax. Join the lighthouse tour to discover hidden bays and coves or the winery tour to savor the flavors of the Door County Wine Trail. The trail is dotted with eight wine estates including the award-winning Door 44 Winery and Orchard Country Winery.
Go Fish and Dive Wrecks
The waters around Door County are the resting place for 240 sunken ships. You can explore 25 of them by scuba diving, snorkeling or kayaking. Shallow wrecks that can be easily reached include the Grape Shot schooner located just off Plum Island and the Australasia cargo ship that lies 15 feet from the shores of Whitefish Dunes State Park. Fishing is exceptional here, with Sturgeon Bay awarded best bass fishing spot in the U.S.
Find Your Trail
Five state parks give you access to a massive network of peaceful trails and nature preserves. In Peninsula State Park, hike past steep cliffs and scenic overlooks along Eagle Trail or cycle through Weborg Marsh on the Sunset Path. Dense woods and sand dunes are yours to explore on the Yellow Trail in Whitefish Dunes State Park. You can also walk along a sandy beach on Newport State Park’s Hotz Trail and visit Wisconsin’s first lighthouse in Rock Island State Park.
Land of Cherries and Seafood Feasts
Refuel after a day of sightseeing with a satisfying fish boil. This culinary delight is cooked over an open fire and made with fresh whitefish, onions and red potatoes. Locals say White Gull Inn, Pelletier’s Restaurant and Rowleys Bay Restaurant do the dish the best. Make sure to leave some room for a slice of cherry pie. Door County is the state’s largest cherry producer with more than 2,500 acres of orchards bursting with the luscious fruit.
For More Information
Door County Visitor Bureau
Wisconsin Department of Tourism