Door County, Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Bill Beattie
drive to and around Door County. Sturgeon Bay, gateway to the
peninsula, is about 150 miles north of Milwaukee and about 44
miles northeast of Green Bay. The nearest major airport is in
Green Bay, and local airports support small aircraft. Ferries
carry vehicles and passengers between Gills Rock and Washington
Island; for a longer trip, take the car ferry between Ludington,
Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Click here for more transportation information.
When to Go
The “Cape Cod
of the Midwest” offers sights and activities year-round;
temperatures are moderated by Lake Michigan. Winter offers peace
and quiet, with plenty of hiking or cross-country skiing,
snowmobiling, ice-fishing, sleigh-riding, and snowshoeing.
Spring -- illustrated by acres of fruit trees in bloom -- brings
hiking, golf, horseback riding, and bicycling. Summer is ideal
for more of the same, plus sailing, fishing and swimming, while
fall is famous for brilliant foliage. Crowds and traffic tend to
peak on summer and fall weekends, so visit midweek if possible.
Sights & Activities
state parks in the county (more than any other county in
Wisconsin) offer fishing, hiking, biking, and camping. Boating
is a big activity here, and many people boat from town to town
along Green Bay. Door County is a "golfer's
vacation dream," with 11 courses to challenge you. Cherry
orchards let guests pick their own or purchase from farmer's
markets and produce stands mid-July through August. The county
produced about 6.6 million pounds of the fruit in 2005. Apple
orchards provide Delicious, Cortland, Jonathan, Ginger Gold,
Empire and Honeycrisp varieties in the fall.
Food and shopping:
Don't miss the famous
Many restaurants perform the tradition of boiling whitefish over
a roaring flame, including the well-known
Gull Inn. Visitors will want to watch the grand finale,
when the cook pours kerosene on the fire so the pot boils over.
Another interesting attraction-and-dining-activity is at
Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant, where goats munch on the
grass roof. The meatballs are good, but the wait can be long.
The delicious food of the area will give you enough energy for
an afternoon of shopping. Craftsmen in local artist colonies
create unique goods and jewelry.
Wineries offer up gift baskets and wines. No matter what
town you visit, you'll find
distinctive gifts and handcrafted items.
Bjorklunden's Boynton Chapel is crafted in ancient Norwegian
style and ornately decorated with hand carved woodwork and 41 hand
painted murals. Art museums include
The Miller Art Museum, and the
Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art; many museums and
historical sites celebrate the lighthouses of the area.
For more information, visit the
Chamber of Commerce,
County Online and
Door County Navigator.
Inn, Sturgeon Bay, WI
B&Bs and Inns
included below start with Green Bay (gateway to Door County) in
the south and extend to Gills Rock, at the northern tip of the
Whether business or pleasure brings you to Green Bay, you’ll
enjoy an international experience at the
Astor House, where caring innkeeper Greg Robinson has named
and decorated each guest room in the style of his favorite
Set in the orchards a half-mile from town is the
Chanticleer Guest House, with handsome accommodations in the
main house, renovated barn, and cabins.
Spacious, uncluttered suites; the privacy of a breakfast
delivered to your door; and a central in-town location are among
the attractions of the
Inn at Cedar Crossing is located right in the heart of the
village, with an excellent restaurant and pub on the ground
floor, a peaceful gathering room, and nine appealing guest rooms
on the floor above.
A Queen Anne Victorian home, the
Reynolds Mansion has beautiful oak woodwork throughout the
B&B and four guest rooms named for Door County apples.
dramatically painted Victorian home, the
Scofield House has handsome antique furnishings throughout.
For special occasions, splurge on the third-floor suite, called
the “room at the top.”
Discover the lighthouses of Door County and stay in the
Door County Lighthouse Inn, built to look like one, too.
Overlooking Lake Michigan on the “quiet side” of Door County,
Blacksmith Inn offers guest rooms strikingly decorated with
rustic elegance. Explore the peaceful surroundings via kayak or
tandem bike, or hike the nearby wildlife sanctuary.
of Door County’s most charming villages, Fish Creek is home to
several delightful inns.
Thorp House has a quiet hillside setting just a block from
the main street. Guest rooms in the main house are ideal for a
romantic getaway, while the seven cottages are ideal for
White Gull Inn is an inviting full-service country inn, with
a cozy bar, popular restaurant, and famous fish boils, and
appealing guest rooms, suites, and cottages.
both traditional inn rooms and larger suites, the
Eagle Harbor Inn is great for any getaway, but is especially
well suited for meetings, weddings and family reunions.
The impeccably renovated
Hillside Inn offers luxurious accommodations with
unparalleled views of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay and the gracious
hospitality of owners Clare and James Webb.
Harbor House Inn offers a variety guest rooms in new and
historic buildings, with a casual continental breakfast served
in the spacious common area. A special treat is the
well-equipped lighthouse suite.
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