Friday, June 25, 2010

Delighful Door County, Wisconsin

Boating on Green Bay
Whitefish Dunes SP
Native American site at Whitefish Dunes State Park
Cave Point - oooh! I wanted to jump in!
Peninsula State Park
Folkloric Theater
Historic Nobel House
Cooking Lessons at Savory Spoon
Historic Tour of Ephraim
Cherry Orchards, of course!
Stairs to top of Cana Lighthouse
Amazing Art at Peninsula Art School
Touring by Cherry Tram, on bikes, and in touring vehicle
Food and more food...Ice Cream
Famous Fish Boil
Our cottage in the woods -Gustave's Getaway
Called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, Door County is the perfect getaway for those looking for unique shopping, adventure, water fun, great theater, history, or just a relaxing place to kick back. Door County was named one of the “Top 10 Vacation Destinations” by Money Magazine.

Door County Trolley Tour
As always the best way to learn about a new area is with a narrated tour. The Door Country Trolley company offers a variety of tours including one that takes in the panoramic vistas from scenic bluffs to tours of quaint villages. Also consider their ghost, wine, and progressive dining tour.

Visit the Orchards of Door County
The County has long been a prime area for growing cherries and other produce. Most of the orchards have been family-owned for generations. Visit Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market where some of the wines are named after the grandchildren. Test your skill at cherry pit spitting. Most orchards including Seaquist Orchard in Sister’s Bay offer tours, pick-your-own, and have produce for sale.

Plenty of Fun
Surrounded by water with over 300 miles of shoreline there are plenty of beaches. Don’t miss a narrated boat cruise on Green Bay aboard “The Shoreline” departing from Sister Bay. There are several places to fish, rent water vehicles, and to dock your personal craft.
There is something for everyone including hiking and biking at Peninsula State Park. Play golf, horse ride, defy gravity on Wisconsin’s first zip line, and the brave can now sky dive Door County.

Fish Boils and More Great Food
No visit to Door County is complete without a fish boil. Originating with the local Scandinavian settlers a fish boil starts outdoors where the potatoes, onions and steaks of fresh whitefish are boiled in a huge vat. At the time deemed appropriate by the Boil Master kerosene is thrown on the fire causing it to flare up and boil over to “Oohs” and “Ahhs” from the diners. The meal also includes cole slaw and cherry pie.

Lighthouses and Parks
Lighthouse aficionados will love the 1869 Cana Lighthouse in Bailey’s Harbor complete with a keeper’s home. The 75-foot Eagle Bluff Lighthouse atop a 180-foot limestone bluff affords expansive views of Green Bay and the Michigan shoreline.

Door County is home to 19 beautiful county parks – wonderful places to enjoy nature. Whitefish Dunes State Park has the highest sand dunes in Wisconsin and Cave Point County Park with its picturesque swimming hole make great places to spend the day. Wisconsin’s third largest park is Peninsula State Park with eight miles of shoreline along Green Bay.

Unique Learning Experiences
Learn to make recipes with ingredients from around the world at the Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay. Create your own masterpieces at Hands on Art Studio in Fish Creek. The Peninsula Art School, also in Fish Creek, offers art classes year round. Learn about quilting, candle making, farming, knitting, and papermaking during your stay.

Theater in Door County
In the evening, during the summer months, the Peninsula Players, the oldest professional resident summer theater, put on professional presentations in a beautiful lakeside setting. The American Folklore Theater offers nightly shows that include “Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi” and the hilarious “Cheeseheads the Musical.”

Door County History and More
Learn about local history and lore with a tour of the 1875-Noble House built by Alexander Noble, one of Fish Creek's founding fathers. Take a guided bus tour of Ephraim founded as a Moravian religious community. The Marine Museum in Sturgeon Bay presents a history of shipbuilding from Indian dugouts to Great Lakes lumber schooners to present-day shipbuilding.

Other do-not miss Door County experiences includes breakfast at the White Gull Inn, voted “America’s Best Breakfast” by “Good Morning America;” a visit to nearby Washington Island, and shopping ‘til you drop. For more information log on to

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