Door County, WI– This Fall season offers visitors a picturesque opportunity to enjoy the changing leaves while taking in the beauty and majesty that is Door County. Known as the Cape Code of the West, Door County is named after the strait between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island where the waters of Green Bay meet the open body of Lake Michigan, causing a dangerous passage, which is now scattered with shipwrecks. It was because of this that early French explorers gave it the French appellation Porte des Morts Passage, which in English means the “Door to the Way to Death,” or simply, “Death’s Door.”
Although Door County has a year-round population of about 28,000, it welcomes approximately 220,000 thousand tourists each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day, thanks to its twelve lighthouses and five state parks which offer visitors recreational opportunities that include sightseeing, hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, segway tours and biking. Once you visit Door county, you will return for years to come.
Visitors to Door County will find no shortage of lodging options as the county has numerous Bed and Breakfast accommodations, lodges, and beachfront resorts. Below is a small list:
Year-round, you will find activities that suit your every whim: from a round of golf at the Alpine Resort and Golf Course; wine tasting at the Door County Distillery, Harbor Ridge Winery, or our personal favorite, the Orchard County Winery and Market; cheese tasting at Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese or Wisconsin Cheesemasters; scenic trolley tours; plays at the Peninsula Players Theatre and American Folklore Theatre; snow mobiling; water sports; segway tours; hiking in one of the state parks; antiquing; gallery hopping; and unforgettable fish boils.
Though the Midwest isn’t known as a culinary destination, Door County has no shortage of phenomenal dining options that would satisfy even the most discriminating foodie.