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

Door County Maritime Museum Tour the tug John Purves, check out exhibits on area lighthouses, and learn about shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. (920) 743-5958;

Door County Plein Air Festival Held rain or shine, this annual celebration (July 19–25, 2015) lets visitors chat with artists as they go from blank canvas to finished work in two hours, all in the open air. (920) 868-3455;

Door County Trolley Take scenic tours in the day or ghost tours at night, daily May through October. (920) 868-1100;

Hands On Art Studio Would-be artists choose from art projects, including fused glass, metal sculpture, mosaics and ceramic pieces. In Fish Creek. (888) 868-9311;

Newport State Park Northeast of Ellison Bay near the peninsula’s tip, Newport appeals to outdoorsy types, with secluded camping, hiking, biking and kayaking. (920) 854-2500;

Peninsula Players Theatre The resident summer theater sits in the woods on the shore south of Fish Creek. Bonfire at intermission. (920) 868-3287;

Peninsula State Park Hugely popular, Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek offers hiking, biking, boating, swimming, fishing and golf. (920) 868-3258;

Savory Spoon Cooking School The head chef, guest chefs, artisan cheesemakers and a resident chocolatier lead classes in Ellison Bay. (920) 854-6600;

Washington Island Accessible by a 35-minute ferry ride from Northport Pier, this 35-square-mile island has beaches, museums and farms. The trip covers once-treacherous waters memorably dubbed Death's Door. (920) 847-2179;

Whitefish Dunes State Park Along Lake Michigan, beech forests, wetlands, sandy beach and rocky shoreline offer quiet. (920) 823-2400;

Where to eat

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

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

Door County Coffee and Tea In Carlsville, the coffee roaster has an observation window onto the roasting process. (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. (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. (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. (920) 743-4200;

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

Sweetie Pies Each dessert is made by hand using the freshest of ingredients. Most popular flavor: cherry. (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. (920) 839-1061;

The Village Cafe Cheerful, artsy decor and affordable, creative meals keep this Egg Harbor hangout bustling. (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. (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. (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. (866) 868-9088;

Eagle Harbor Inn Breakfast at this historic Ephraim B&B includes treats such as from-scratch cherry granola. (800) 324-5427;

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

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

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

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