With temperature in Texas blazing past 100 degrees daily, it's no wonder my thoughts turned to Door County, Wisconsin. Bounded by the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, this peninsula offered a treasure trove of surprises when Larry and I visited several years ago. It could be your perfect summer getaway or a cool destination for a fall road trip
Here are some highlights of several fun, historic,
and scenic places to explore when touring the rural communities of this eastern
|Small towns and peaceful bay waters make an ideal retreat.|
the Cana Island Lighthouse tower. Built in 1869, you’ll
have a stunning view of the windswept shore. Historic exhibits tell about
storms and maritime dramas witnessed from the lighthouse near Baileys Harbor,
one of the most photographed along the Great Lakes.
|Bike or hike on trails in the county's many parks.|
the coast. Door County has 337 miles of shoreline,
five state parks, and 19 county parks.
Bike the Sunset Trail in popular Peninsula State Park, or hike on Eagle
Trail where you can climb Eagle Tower for incredible views of limestone
formations and caves carved by glacier water and erosion. Or visit Whitefish
Dunes State Park with the highest sand dunes in Wisconsin.
|The explosion can easily catch you off guard!|
to an authentic fish boil. The traditional dinner experience—found
only in Door County—features whitefish freshly caught by local fishermen and
cooked outside over an open fire just as it was by early Scandinavian settlers.
A spectacular ending to the cooking process involves a “boil-over” as the fire
explodes in shooting flames to expel oils from the fish, which leaves it
mild-tasting and delicious.
Get adventurous. For an active day, try zip lining through the woods. Or stay close to the ground on a Segway ride winding along wooded paths. Challenge yourself at one of the golf courses scattered throughout the peninsula.
|Zip lining is a fun activity for all ages.|
|Artists are attracted to and inspired by this region.|
the visual arts. Studios and galleries throughout the
county feature work by many Wisconsin artists. Look for high-quality jewelry,
sculpture, paintings, home furnishings, leather goods, hand-made rugs,
stoneware, and pottery.
|Cherry French toast--yummy!|
everything cherry. Take a tour of the 60-year-old cherry
orchard and cider mill at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market in the
town of Fish Creek. See how the fruit is picked and packaged, sample pies hot
from the oven, and then buy some scrumptious cherry jam, dried cherries, or
cherry wines to take home.
|Fun family entertainment |
tranquility. Stroll along the shore, soak up a scenic
sunset, pick cherries in summer or apple in fall, taste award-winning wines, or
ride the trolley. Shop small boutiques and purchase one-of-a-kind items for
friends and family. Sample a double scoop at Wilson’s old time soda shop.
|You can't miss ice cream at Wilson's--it's a tradition.|
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