Door County Wisconsin
Amazing Vacation Spot on Lake Michigan
Door County, Wisconsin is one of the most delightful vacation spots in the Midwest. It deserves a prominent place on your vacation bucket list because of its abundant activities, scenic diversity and yearround charm.
Formed by the Niagara Escarpment and the glaciers, the county is a scenic 85-mile long peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan where you can catch both a sunrise and sunset over the water within a short drive from each other. In between you can visit delightful small towns, beaches, enjoy five beautiful state parks and even catch theatre in the woods at Northern Sky Theatre in Peninsula State Park.
It reminds us of Cape Cod with its 298 miles of shoreline, harbors full of sailboats, off-shore islands and abundant water-oriented activities. The justly famous and tasty Great Lakes Whitefish plays a prominent role in many local menus and is the focal point of the traditional fish boils that are offered in several places on the peninsula.
Scattered across the peninsula are delightful small towns such as Bailey’s Harbor, Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Rowley’s Bay, Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay. Each town has its unique ambiance with a potpourri of locally owned shops, restaurants, inns, bed-and-breakfasts and some hotels. Adding to the local character is the paucity of national chains that look alike whether you are in Washington, Wyoming or Wisconsin.
First settled by Native Americans, the area was a magnet for Scandinavian and German immigrants who arrived by sailing schooners and steam ships. Their influence is felt today in the names of many shops and restaurants that are owned by their descendants and a palpable Scandinavian American cultural ambiance.
Newport, Peninsula, Potawatami and Whitefish Dunes state parks are great places to explore Door County’s beautiful shoreline, dense woods and Great Lakes influence. They offer access to great vistas, extensive bicycle and hiking trails and some of the region’11 lighthouses.