Travel Guide: Door County, Wisconsin!

Since I was a little girl, my family has been vacationing on the beautiful peninsula of Door County, Wisconsin! Door County is located 175 miles North of Milwaukee and 60 miles Northeast of Green Bay, Wisconsin. This one Wisconsin county contains 11 towns (and an island) that extends towards Lake Michigan. In Door County, you’ll find wineries, orchards, boutiques, art galleries, lighthouses, hiking trails and LOTS of yummy food! I thought I’d invite you into a week of my happiest place on earth and share my Travel Guide: Door County, Wisconsin!

Ephraim Bay Door County

The Flowers:

Door County has the prettiest flowers! This is mostly because they have four full seasons and cooler temps. But most places on earth have cooler temps than Texas, right?! I’m sooo jealous! Lol!

Summer Kitchen Flowers Ephraim

Door County Hydrangeas

Ephraim, Wisconsin Flowers

Ephraim, Wisconsin Flowers

The Activities:

There are so many relaxing yet fun things to do on the Peninsula. We always make it a point to rent bicycles and ride through the Peninsula State Park. This is so pretty as the trail runs directly along the Green Bay. You can read more about the park here: We like to rent our bikes from Nor Door Sports. You can check out their info and prices here. This is my dear friend Kristie….we are about to head out on the beautiful trails!

Peninsula State Park Bicycling

Scenic Views from the trail!

Peninsula State Park Bicycling

Each morning, my family and I like to start the day on a nice long walk! Sometimes we know where we are going and sometimes we don’t! Ha! A couple mornings last week, we got caught in a downpour…..but it was still beautiful and very refreshing!

Door County Walking

Door County Walk

One of my favorites scenic views is the Ellison Bluff State Natural Area. This is a must-see! This hidden park includes a gorgeous drive down a three-quarter-mile road. The trip is worth the drive alone, but in addition, when you get to the parking lot, you’ll find some of the most beautiful blufftop views in the county.

Ellison Bluff State Natural Area

Music and the Arts are huge on the Peninsula! We were able to fit in two different live music performances this trip.  My cousin Kappy found this venue and it will definitely be one I will re-visit time and time again! Woodwalk Gallery Friday Night Concert Series. We began the evening with a french-style picnic outside and then the concert started promptly at 7pm inside an old rustic barn! It was absolutely so charming! You can see the line up of upcoming artists and shows on their website here.

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Singer/Songwriter Peter Mulvey put on an outstanding show!

Woodwalk Gallery Egg Harbor

Intermission Fun! We had to use all opportunities to take cute pics in cute outfits! Ha!

Woodwalk Gallery Tractor

Woodwalk Gallery Barn

The second live music concert we enjoyed was in the town of Ephraim located at Harborside Park Gazebo from 6pm-8pm (Monday nights.) You can read more about the event and see their lineup here. This pic below is of my sweet friend Kristie on the left, my dear Dad in the middle and me!

Evenings in Ephraim Concert

Evenings in Ephraim Live Music

Evenings in Ephraim Live Music

The Shopping:

Door County has the most darling boutiques, shops, and galleries! The main towns we shop in are: Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Ephraim, and Sister Bay. You will find some unique treasures and finds!

Shopping in Fish Creek

Shopping in Ephraim

Ephraim Shopping

The Food:

Wisconsin is known for “oh-so-yummy” food: frozen custard, cheese, fish, cherries, bratwurst, beer, and lots of fresh-baked bread. Some of it isn’t the healthiest but this is VACATION, right?! Lol! First stop once you get to Ephraim: Wilson’s Ice Cream Shop. My dad has been coming here for an ice cream cone since he was a little boy!

Wilson's Ice Cream Parlor

Wilson's Ice Cream

We actually planned our trip this year around the season for picking tart cherries! It was such a fun adventure! You can read more about our cherry picking excursion on my blog post here.

Fresh Picked Cherries

Fish Boils are quite the popular evening experience! The Lake Michigan whitefish is caught by local fishermen and prepared outside over a roaring open fire. Small potatoes and onions are boiled first and the fish is then dropped into the steaming kettle. When the oils from the whitefish rise to the top of the kettle, kerosene is added to the flames creating the “boil over,” spilling the fish oils over the side and signaling that the catch is ready to serve. Our family has a few favorite places to enjoy a Fish Boil. In Ephraim we like the Old Post Office Restaurant, in Fish Creek we like Pelletier’s and in Ellison Bay we like the Viking Grill. (The Viking Grill is the most affordable fish boil of all three I listed.)

Door County Fish Boil

Door County Fish Boil

There are quite a few Summer Famers Market’s in Door County. We stopped by the one in Sister Bay on Saturday morning and picked up some fresh sourdough bread and fresh fruits/veggies! You can see a list of other farmer’s markets in Door County here.

Door County Farmers Market

We also like to eat at these places:  Good Eggs, Fred and Fuzzy’s, Leroys Water Street Coffee, Chef’s Hat Cafe, The Greenwood, Summer Kitchen, and the Czarnuska Soup Bar.

The Charming Accommodations:

One thing about Door County is that in the summer (especially), these charming spots fill up quickly! Do yourself a favor and book early! Spring and early Fall are also good times to visit the Peninsula. This first pic below is the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. You can read more about it here on their website.

White Gull Inn Fish Creek

My dad shared that his grandfather stayed at the Edgewater Resort when he was vacationing here in the 30’s! How cool is that? This is in a very central location to everything, within walking distance. You can read more about the property on their website here.

Edgewater Resort

The Holiday Harbor Waterfront Cottages below are right on the Bay. There are a few different Cottages to choose from and are within walking distance of lots of shops, restaurants, and the local beach. You can read more about their property here.

Holiday Harbor Cottages Fish Creek

Finally, I want to leave you with the most spectacular event on the Peninsula….The Sunset! Each one is so beautiful, full of different colors and a celebration of the day. I love when everyone claps at God’s beautiful masterpiece!

Door County Sunset

I hope you all can make a trip up to Door County, Wisconsin. It is as close to Heaven on Earth and I know you will love it as much as we do!

Happy Travels!

xoxo, Holly

 

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