Visit Door County … the Cape Cod of the Midwest
Door County in Northern Wisconsin is one of the premier vacation destinations in the Midwest. The county has roughly 28,000 residents, but its population swells during the summer months to around 250,000. People from Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul and more come to Door County to experience its natural habitat, five state parks, and 12 lighthouses. The small town, quaint surroundings, and nautical feel have given Door County the name “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”
Outdoor enthusiasts love Door County for the variety of recreational activities. Fishing is popular on this peninsula, with brown trout, walleye, and salmon some of the top catches. Numerous charter captains are eager to take you out and help you “land the big one.” With more than 250 miles of coastline, Door County has plenty of clean, sandy beaches along Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Or get some exercise out in the fresh air and take a bike ride or hike along the lakeshore. Hit the water on a rented boat or kayak, or visit the Egg Harbor Fun Park with go-karts, mini golf, paintball, plus arcade and games area. Don’t miss Cave Point County Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park, both on Wisconsin’s eastern shore.
Door County Recreation
Door County SpecialtiesWith the popularity of fishing, it only stands to reason that fish boils are found at many area restaurants. Local whitefish, onions, and potatoes are cooked in large kettles over a wood fire. You can then finish off your meal with a delicious cherry pie. Cherry growing dates back to the 19th century, and the environment of Door County is perfect for growing this fruit. Golden Delicious and Paula Red apples are also grown here…and check out the five wineries in the county.
Places to Stay in Door CountyIf you’re planning a trip to Door County, there is no shortage of places to stay. Couples will find a variety of luxury resorts, complete with sauna, whirlpool, and fitness room. Some overlook the water…others are set in secluded and private surroundings. Discover historic, 19th century inns, charming bed and breakfasts, and family-friendly motels. Cozy words like lodge, suite, and cottages just beckon you to come spend the night. If camping is more your style, Door County has modern campgrounds that even welcome pets…and best of all…you’re never far from the water!
If you are following the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, the official route is as follows:
In order to enter the Door Peninsula, take STH-42 into Sturgeon Bay. After crossing the bridge over the bay, continue northwest on STH-42 and pass through Carlsville, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek and Ephraim.
In the northern part of Door County, at Sister Bay, you will turn southeast on STH-57 and pass through Bailey’s Harbor and Jacksonport before returning back to STH-42 and traveling again through Sturgeon Bay, as you leave the Door County Peninsula.
For more travel information about Door County, Wisconsin, please contact this tourism resource:
Door County Visitor Bureau
1015 Green Bay Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-0406
(920) 743-4456 | (800) 527-3529