Door County

Door County, Wisconsin has been one of my favorite places in the whole world since childhood.  Door County is so special to me and my husband we even got married there!

The peninsula is very unique in the fact that there are no chains.  You won’t find a McDonald’s, Starbucks, etc. anywhere – a feature I adore and I hope this standard lasts forever.

Door Country truly is the “Cape Cod of the Midwest”.  There is so much to do in Door County for all ages and all types of vacations.

Below is just a brief list of my ultimate Door County favorites.  Trust me, there will be more Door County posts in the future because I can’t even begin to cover this little piece of paradise.

Breakfast

  • Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant (Sister Bay)  Al Johnson’s is an authentic Swedish restaurant with goats grazing on the sod roof.  Make sure to get the Swedish pancakes and the hot chocolate is a must!
  • White Gull Inn (Fish Creek) This Bed and Breakfast is open to the public and its featured dish is the Cherry Stuffed French Toast – so tasty!  Cherries always remind me of Door County.

Biking/Hiking/Camping

  • Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek)  I love this park.  I grew up not only camping here but enjoying the trails, beach, and close location to all my other Door County favorites.   Inside Peninsula State Park is also a really cool outdoor summer theater (see below).  I don’t play golf but for those who do there is an 18-hole golf course.  A must-do is the 10 mile Sunset Trail, there are multiple places right outside the park to rent bikes.
Awesome view from our campsite at Newport State Park!
  • Newport State Park (Ellison Bay) A little more out of the way and definitely less crowded, Newport State Park features 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites.

Music

  • Northern Sky Theater (Fish Creek) If you know me at all, you know that I love musicals.  At this outdoor theater inside Peninsula  State Park the cast puts on original musical comedies every summer.  I have seen many of the plays and they are so funny.  These are probably the only musicals I have dragged my husband to that he has actually enjoyed.   My favorites by far have been “Lumberjacks in Love” and “Guys on Ice”.  I would recommend bringing blankets to sit on as the wooden benches can get hard after awhile.
A scene in “Lumberjacks in Love”.
  • Other local restaurants (such as Husby’s) and resorts (like Gordon Lodge) often have great live music.

Ice Cream

Bucky Badger even served us this day (he liked my shirt).
  • Wilson’s (Ephraim) Wilson’s is an ice-cream parlor with regular flavors but it is one of my long-standing Door County traditions because I love to eat my ice-cream right on the water with the iconic sailboat view.  Plus, there is always a little surprise in the bottom of your cone.

Wineries

There are many wineries to enjoy around Door County.  If you enjoy wine I suggest taking one of the tours offered by the Door County Trolley so no one in your group has to drive!

Dinner

There are tons of places to eat in Door County, you really can’t go wrong.  From hot dogs on the beach, to super classy establishments I could never afford, everyone will find something they love.  I have just listed a few of my favorites that I have eaten at time and time again.

Taken right outside of J.J.’s
  • Alexanders (Fish Creek) This restaurant has a menu with great variety, it’s a tad more upscale, and make sure to save room for dessert!
  • J.J.’s (Sister Bay) Keep the margaritas coming!  J.J.’s is a fun, super casual restaurant where you will not leave hungry.
  • Wild Tomato (Fish Creek) The place to go for wood-fired pizza in Door County.
  • Villaggios (Fish Creek)  I love pasta but even more than pasta I love gnoochi.  Get the gnoochi.

Other Activities

Unfortunately, I haven’t even begun to touch on everything Door County has to offer.  Other great activities to enjoy during your trip to Door County include but are not limited to;

  1. Skyway Drive-In Theatre (Fish Creek) Only $8/adult for a double-feature!
  2. Fish Boils
  3. Boating/Fishing/Beaches
  4. Washington Island
  5. Golf/Mini-Golf
  6. Shopping
  7. Horseback Riding

    Traditional Door County fish boil

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