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With a blend of the quintessential and the always-changing, a Wisconsin getaway to Door County serves up experiences that are different from anywhere else. Only here will you know the conviviality of a fish boil, the magnetic pull of a historic lighthouse, and the tart sweetness of a Montmorency cherry right from the tree. Find lodging, dining and entertainment savings from fall to spring.
Welcome to Door County, a vacation destination truly "like nowhere else." With more than 300 miles of spectacular shoreline and five majestic state parks, Door County is a four-season, outdoor recreation and pleasure lover's dream come true. If you enjoy history, discovery and fun, Door County is home to 11 lighthouses, unique communities, performing arts, entertainment, music, boutiques, galleries and mouth-watering cuisine — from gourmet to casual, formal to waterfront easy. Your stay will always be wonderful (and too short!). Door County truly is like nowhere else.
One thing that never gets old in Door County are the festivals. There are holiday festivals, food festivals, blossom festivals, welcoming of the season festivals, end of the season festivals – you name it – there’s a festival.
January first, noon sharp, starts the first major Door County event of the year – the Jacksonport Polar Bear plunge. It all started when a couple of brothers decided the weather was just a little too warm and they needed to do some cooling off. Now, 25 years later nearly 1000 people turn out to jump in the frigid waters of Lake Michigan.
You’d think a dive into icy waters would be enough chill to keep you indoors for the rest of the season, but then in February the Fish Creek Winter Festival takes the lead. Hundreds of people come out of the wood work to compete in ridiculous games like minnow races, toilet seat toss and ice volleyball.
Throughout the spring there are blossom festivals with Scottie Dog parades, music festivals with classical chamber music and, believe it or not, there is even a side pork festival the first week of June which, ironically enough, involves a 5k run. Summer kicks off with the Steel Bridge Festival highlighting over 100 bands and soloists on 10 stages. If that doesn’t appeal to you wait a week and there is a lighthouse festival, paddle festival and the welcoming of the summer solstice festival in Ephraim – Fyr Bal. My favorite time of year in Door County has got to be the Fourth of July. All the communities come together and the celebrations stretch from the bottom of the Peninsula all the way up to Washington Island. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday or weekend you are sure to get your fill of music, parades, fireworks and arts and crafts.
Next : The Folk Festival, Plein Air Festival, Scandinavian Festival, Classic & Wooden boat show festival, Cherry Festival, Door County Festival of the Arts, West Fest, Tug Fest, Marina Fest, Corn Fest, Harvest Fest, Autumn Fest, Pumpkin Patch Festival, Fall Fun Fest and finally to cap off the season Fall Fest in Sister Bay. This isn’t even all of them!
Experience Door County’s heritage by visiting its museums, lighthouses, and historic sites. If your curiosity still isn’t satisfied, try talking to those who live here, some of whom have ancestors who were among the first settlers. From the Belgians in the south to the Scandinavians of the north, all the way to the Icelanders of Washington Island, Door County’s roots are well represented. Honor the many traditions that have been preserved here. Learn more about Door County’s rich history. Yaa Der Eyi.
Water, Water, Water
In Door County, everyone lives by the water. The 300 miles of shoreline are just the doorstep to endless Door County water activities out on the bay of Green Bay and on Lake Michigan. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day on the water with the sun’s rays, the thrill of a jet ski, or the bite of a fish on the end of your line, your aquatic playground awaits.
Speed racers, pavement-pounders, trail-runners, cadence-chasers: All are welcome here! Whether you're looking for a leisurely bike ride in Wisconsin or an intense run or hike, you’ll find plenty of room to roam. You’ll love the miles of Wisconsin hiking trails that wind through gorgeous parks and nature preserves, the roads along the shoreline, and the perfect-for-biking highways that criss-cross the peninsula.
DOOR TEMPERANCE LEAGUE
Door County wines, beers, and liquors are taking over taverns and pubs nationwide. See where the country's lust for cherry wine and Door County beer began with a wine tasting, a visit to one of the area's many breweries or distilleries, or a trip to a pub where a friendly bartender can suggest his or her favorite locally grown spirits.
On a sad note, the last Dry town in Door county has finally gone the way of prohibition. Last year, Ephraim lifted its ban on alcohol. Only took 84 years. Still can only paint your house white tho! :)