Top Things to Do in Door County, Wisconsin
See the remains of the freighter M.J. Barteleme, which ran aground in 1928, and scale the 97 steps of the Cana Island Lighthouse on this small island outside Baileys Harbor.
Cave Point County Park
Within Whitefish Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan, beech forests, wetlands and shoreline studded with caves and limestone cliffs show off Door County's wilder side at Cave Point County Park. doorcounty.com
Door County Adventure Rafting
Explore shipwrecks, lighthouses, islands, caves and more on narrated high-speed boat tours that depart from different points around the county.
Door County Maritime Museum
In Sturgeon Bay, tour the restored tugboat John Purves, step into the wheelhouse of a 1907 steamship, and learn about ship captains and shipbuilders at this maritime museum.
Door County Plein Air Festival
Each July in a Fish Creek park, master artists render paintings at the largest event of its kind in the Midwest. Bid on favorites at an auction.
Door County Trolley Tours
Guests take scenic tours by day or by night, and hear creepy tales of ghostly sunken ships and murder at stops in a cemetery and at haunted lighthouses.
Door County Wine Trail
The eight wineries promise incredible scenery and expertly crafted vintages.
FYR Ball Festival
Sunrise yoga and a day of family entertainment end with a bonfire and fireworks over Eagle Harbor, recalling the tradition of early Norwegians celebrating Midsummer's Eve (mid-June).
Some favorites: Woodwalk Gallery, for works by 70-plus artists, in Egg Harbor; Edgewood Orchard Galleries in a fruit-barn-turned-gallery in Fish Creek; and TR Pottery, a working studio-gallery in Fish Creek.
Hands On Art Studio
In Fish Creek, would-be artists choose from projects like metalwork and fused glass.
Lautenbach's Orchard Country
Fruits grown on the 100 acres produce jams, wines and ciders. Try wine and cider flights at the outdoor picnic areas.
Midsummer's Music Festival
Professional musicians perform chamber music in a variety of venues.
Newport State Park
Northeast of Ellison Bay near the peninsula's tip, Newport appeals to outdoorsy types, with secluded camping, hiking, biking and kayaking.
Northern Sky Theater
Enjoy original musical comedies at the new indoor theater, or outdoors in the summer in an open-air amphitheater at Peninsula State Park.
Peninsula Players Theatre
Catch a Broadway production by America's oldest resident summer theater in a wooded setting along the shore. During intermission, watch the sun set over Green Bay by a bonfire.
Peninsula State Park
Miles of hiking and biking trails in the 3,776-acre park near Fish Creek include Sunset Trail, a 9.6-mile park overview.
Popelka Trenchard Glass
Many days, visitors can watch the husband-and-wife team blowing the glassworks sold here in Sturgeon Bay.
Potawatomi State Park
Ten minutes outside Sturgeon Bay, trails lead to views across Sturgeon and Green bays. Rent canoes and kayaks to paddle Green Bay.
Segway the Door Tours
Get a great overview of the area, rolling past drawbridges, shipyards and Victorian mansions in Sturgeon Bay.
A ferry crosses waters dubbed Death's Door from the tip of the mainland to the 35-square-mile island, where visitors enjoy beaches, museums, farms and golfing. From Washington Island, a passengers-only ferry runs to Rock Island State Park, home to Pottawatomie Lighthouse.
Eat and Drink
Steaks and seafood star at this historic Fish Creek fine-dining spot, where fireplaces inside and outside warm cool nights.
An emphasis on healthy local foods creates an ideal stop for burgers, soups and sandwiches in Sturgeon Bay.
Door County Coffee and Tea
At the Carlsville business, the coffee roaster has a window onto the roasting process.
The Fireside Restaurant
This family-owned eatery and pub in Egg Harbor features traditional supper club favorites along with Cajun-inspired cuisine.
The chef-owner's farming roots show in the focus on local ingredients at this breakfast and lunch spot in Sister Bay.
Harbor Fish Market and Grille
The whole family—even the dog—is welcome at this upscale lakeside restaurant with fantastic lobster bisque.
Hatch Distilling Company
The small-batch distillery in Egg Harbor crafts spirits with local organic grains and honey. Sample craft cocktails in a space overlooking the production room.
One Barrel Brewing
This Madison-based brewer opened a taproom in Egg Harbor with a massive beer garden and cozy firepits. Soak up your brew with a wood-fired pizza from Pizza Bros next door—pick from a menu of classic pies or build your own.
A fish boil every hour from 5 p.m. to close gives guests at the Fish Creek restaurant lots of chances to watch the action.
Scaturo's Baking Company and Cafe
In Sturgeon Bay, visit Scaturo's for a large selection of breakfast foods, pizza and baked goods.
Each dessert at the Fish Creek bakery is handcrafted and packed with fresh ingredients; try the apple-cherry pie.
Top Deck Restaurant and Bar
Savor lakeside dining at Gordon Lodge, 6 miles northeast of Baileys Harbor, with dishes like Pasta Paesano, with chicken, sausage, prosciutto and orecchiette pasta.
Locally sourced ingredients flavor Trixie's dishes, such as whitefish ceviche, fried pork wontons or a grain bowl, in a small wood building in Ephraim.
Twelve Eleven Wine Bar
Build your own charcuterie board at the peninsula's newest wine destination, in Sister Bay. The back patio opens up into a bucolic wooded prairie.
The White Gull Inn
In Fish Creek, this New England-style bed-and-breakfast holds one of the best fish boils—part dinner, part theater, all tradition.
If you only splurge on one upscale dinner, do it at Ellison Bay's Wickman House. Seasonal dishes like Sunchoke Farroto, Blackened Carrots with tomato jam and spicy Fishmonger Stew will linger in your memory longer than they do on your plate.
Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille
Watch cooks in Fish Creek toss the crust for delicious pizzas topped with local ingredients, including Wisconsin cheese curds.
Blacksmith Inn on the Shore
Whirlpool baths, fireplaces and balconies enhance a shoreside stay in Baileys Harbor. Bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards encourage exploration.
Bridgeport Waterfront Resort
Seagulls and ship horns provide the soundtrack at this family-friendly resort in Sturgeon Bay.
Cedar Court Inn
Newly renovated rooms offer unbeatable proximity to downtown Fish Creek at a modest rate, or reserve one of their roomier suites or cottages for extra amenities like a fireplace or kitchen.
Relax in minimalist-posh guest rooms at Sister Bay in one of Door County's newest lodgings.
Eagle Harbor Inn
Relax at an indoor pool or play croquet or bocce ball on the 5-acre grounds at this 1937 Ephraim B&B.
Glidden Lodge Beach Resort
Near Whitefish Dunes State Park, condos have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. All units face the water.
Inn at Cedar Crossing
This 1884 nine-room inn and restaurant in Sturgeon Bay serves continental breakfasts to get you started on your day.
In 1907, teams of horses pulled this lovely inn—Door County's oldest operating inn—across frozen Green Bay to Fish Creek.
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