If you’re heading to Wisconsin soon or want to visit a new destination in the US of A, I’d certainly recommend Door County.
With a variety of activities on offer and cute little places to check out that look like they’ve jumped right out of a postcard, you’re sure to love it just as much as I do.
Even though I only spent a weekend in this region, it’s one that I won’t be forgetting in a hurry. Read on for 5 things to do in Door County.
If you don’t participate in Friday Fish Fry then are you even in Wisconsin? It’s a well-known ‘thing’ in this state that you ain’t going to get away from, no matter how hard you try.
Everybody has Friday Fish Fry and everybody likes an alcohol beverage (or five). Fact.
FYI, Casey’s BBQ in the adorable village of Egg Harbor does a crackin’ Friday Fish Fry.
If you’re heading up to Door County for the weekend, be sure to pitstop here so you can gorge on some delicious perch, potato salad and coleslaw. It’s unbelievably yummy – and so worth interrupting your journey.
Fish Creek looks like those typical small American towns that you see in TV shows and movies. The fact that it’s right on Lake Michigan on the west coast with its own harbour makes it positively peaceful and serene.
Want somewhere amazing to stay during your weekend away? Try the Hilltop Inn, which boasts two-bedroom houses complete with their own bathrooms, kitchen and living areas.
In addition to being spacious, well-kept, and homely, these houses also have their own fireplace in the living area and hot tub in the bath!
What more could you ask for?
Things to do in Door County 101: hit up some (or all) of the wineries. Shlurp.
The first time we were in Door County, Nathan took me wine tasting. At 10am. That’s right, while most people were waking up on their Saturday off work and having breakfast, I was getting a little too merry on multiple samples of wine.
(Welcome to Wisconsin, baby!)
This time around, we waited until a reasonable hour before visiting Door Peninsula, Harbor Ridge and Stone’s Throw Winery. Feel free to check them out if you love wine as much as we do, but don’t expect to walk out of any of them sober.
If you’re looking for things to do in Door County during your weekend away, make sure you visit Sister Bay.
Not only is it super pretty with beaches lining the bay, but you can admire the scenery from one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to on the waterfront.
Step forward, Al Johnson’s: a quirky yet traditional Swedish brunch spot.
Here, conventional American breakfasts are given a European twist, there are a variety of drinks on offer and the customer service is unparalleled.
Whether you decide to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s definitely an eatery that’s not to be missed!
Want to see Lake Michigan in all its glory while you’re in Door County? Take a scenic drive through Bailey’s Harbor and you’ll be able to park up right on the edge of the lake and photograph it until your heart’s content.
With its multi-tonal blue water and golden sands, it’s beauty is simply breathtaking on a clear day.
Similarly, the Cave Point County Park is situated in Sturgeon Bay and features cool underwater caves, hiking trails and limestone cliffs on the edge of Lake Michigan.
When we went to see it, it was extremely cold and icy, which made the cliffs look even cooler! (No pun intended.)
We had a little walk along the clifftop which would have been much more pleasant in warmer weather, admittedly, before we hit the road to get back to my boyfriend’s home town of Green Bay.
Well worth it.
Along with the above, it goes without saying that the towns in Door County have some pretty decent shopping too. We spent a good amount of time browsing the independent stores and local boutiques during our two days there.
Sure, I loved our days out, but there was also nothing better than snuggling up in front of our fireplace at the Hilltop Inn with a bottle of wine that we’d purchased from one of the wineries earlier that day and a good film. Hey, it’s the little things in life that keep us happy…
…But, it’s also the big things.
To break it down for you: Door County is seriously great. I’d love to go back in summer now that I’ve experienced it twice during off-peak times in winter. I bet it would have a whole different feel to it in he warm weather with a bunch of tourists swarming around!
Either way, I can’t wait to go back and do all of these things all over again. God bless America!
Have you ever been to WI? What would you recommend in terms of things to do in Door County? Let me know in the comments!