Door County Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Door County Trip Guide

Roadside cherry stands, state parks and small towns by the lake keep visitors coming to this peninsula.


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Orchard Country, part of the Door County Wine Trail. Photo courtesy of Door County Visitor Bureau.
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Where to eat

Bluefront Cafe An emphasis on healthy, local foods makes this an ideal stop for soups, wraps and sandwiches in Sturgeon Bay. See reviews and ratings. (920) 743-9218;

The Cookery Fresh foods expertly prepared keep this a perennial favorite. The signature whitefish chowder is deliciously creamy. In Fish Creek. See reviews and ratings. (920) 868-3634;

Door County Coffee and Tea In Carlsville, the coffee roaster has an observation window onto the roasting process. See reviews and ratings. (800) 856-6613;

Fred and Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar and Grill This waterside restaurant is a great place for casual cuisine, like a steak and blue cheese sandwich. In Sister Bay. See reviews and ratings. (920) 854-6699;

Harbor Fish Market and Grille The whole family—even the dog—is welcome at this upscale, lakeside restaurant with fantastic lobster bisque. See reviews and ratings. (920) 839-9999;

Inn at Cedar Crossing This historical nine-room inn and restaurant has a perfect location in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Huge, marvelous breakfasts include the famous morning buns from the on-site bakery. See reviews and ratings. (920) 743-4200;

Inn at Kristofer’s Many dishes at this waterfront fine-dining spot in Sister Bay feature local ingredients, such as whitefish and cherries (920) 854-9419;

Mission Grille In an old church in Sister Bay, servers help you pair entrees and small plates with wines. See reviews and ratings. (920) 854-9070;

Sweetie Pies Each dessert is made by hand using the freshest of ingredients. Most popular flavor: cherry. See reviews and ratings. (877) 868-2744;

Top Deck Restaurant and Bar Savor lakeside dining at Gordon Lodge, 7 miles north of Baileys Harbor. One standout: pasta paesano made with chicken, sausage, prosciutto and orecchiette pasta. See reviews and ratings. (920) 839-1061;
The Village Cafe Cheerful, artsy decor and affordable, creative meals keep this Egg Harbor hangout bustling. See reviews and ratings. (920) 868-3342;
Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille Watch cooks toss the crust for delicious pizzas topped with local ingredients in Fish Creek. See reviews and ratings. (920) 868-3095;
Wine tastings Download a map of area wineries at the Door County Visitor Bureau website ( and tour them at your pace.


Where to stay

Blacksmith Inn on the Shore Nice extras at this Baileys Harbor lodge include in-room whirlpools and gas fireplaces, plus kayaks and bikes. From $245. (800) 769-8619;

Door County Lighthouse Inn Bed and Breakfast In Egg Harbor, the inn was built to capture the romance of Door County’s 10 lighthouses. From $140. (866) 868-9088;

Eagle Harbor Inn Breakfast at this historic Ephraim B&B includes treats such as from-scratch cherry granola. From $111. See reviews and ratings. (800) 324-5427;

Whistling Swan In 1907, horses pulled this lovely inn across frozen Green Bay to its current location in Fish Creek. From $150. (920) 868-3442;

White Gull Inn An elegant Fish Creek inn features sweeping porches and rooms furnished with antiques, plus legendary fish boils. From $160. See reviews and ratings. (888) 364-9542;

For information: Door County Visitor Bureau (800) 527-3529;


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