The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

April 25, 2018

Door County is said to be the Cape Cod of the Midwest. But instead of salty air and East coast traffic, you’re surrounded by Lake Michigan and Midwestern charm. As you weave your way up the coastline, you go through little towns with names like Egg Harbor and Fish Creek. You’ll pass by vineyards and orchards with wine tastings and cheese plates. Sailboats bob lazily on the lake and shorelines seem to stretch on for miles.

Last year, I traveled to Door County on three separate occasions. The first time was in June where my boyfriend Sean and I camped at Peninsula State Park, witnessed our first-ever fish boil, and visited countless wineries. The second time was in late September where we had hoped to see the fall colors but were a bit too early. The third time was in November – I wanted to go on a solo adventure so I traveled up and down the peninsula, relishing the quiet streets and empty beaches that come with visiting in the off-season.

After traveling there so many times last year, I thought I’d put together a Door County Travel Guide! In it you’ll find top-rated restaurants, my favorite shopping spots, the classic Door County Wine Trail, and much, much more!

I spent weeks crafting this guide and everything listed here was handpicked by yours truly. I want to emphasize that there are no paid sponsors on this page; these are all my personal recommendations. If I find something new, I’ll add it. If I find something better, I’ll replace it. And if I no longer recommend it, I’ll remove it.

My goal is that this guide will help you plan your next Door County trip or give you some new inspiration for when you visit!

With love from the North,

Kristen

To see a complete overview of everything listed below, check out my interactive map of Door County!

Where to Stay

BED & BREAKFASTS

The White Gull Inn

The Foxglove Inn

LOCATION | STURGEON BAY

Last fall (2017), I stayed at The Foxglove Inn and just about moved in for good. I chose the “Ladyslipper” room which had a beautiful four-poster bed, a soaking tub, and a fireplace.

Chanticleer Guest House

LOCATION | STURGEON BAY

Nestled among the orchards of Door County, this is county charm at its best.

Blacksmith Inn On The Shore

LOCATION | BAILEY’S HARBOR

No need to hem and haw about which room to pick here! All fifteen guest rooms have a private balcony, an in-room whirlpool, and a fireplace.

The White Gull Inn

LOCATION | FISH CREEK

Tucked away on a dead-end road sits a beautiful bed and breakfast with white siding and historic features.

The Thorp House Inn & Cottages

LOCATION | FISH CREEK

Five guestrooms and six cottages are situated on the property. Everything about this place just oozes elegance.

Roots Inn & Kitchen

LOCATION | SISTER BAY

Filled with antiques and historic character, this B&B has six guestrooms each with individual bathrooms.

The Ladyslipper Room at The Foxglove Inn

Where to Stay

CAMPING

Our lake site at Peninsula State Park!

Egg Harbor Campground & RV Resort

LOCATION | EGG HARBOR

Baileys Woods Campground

LOCATION | BAILEYS HARBOR

Peninsula State Park

LOCATION | FISH CREEK

Wagon Trail Campground

LOCATION | ELLISON BAY

 

My favorite campground so far is Peninsula State Park! Last year we scored an awesome campsite right on the water. It was lush and wooded, with tons of privacy and a view of Lake Michigan.

Where to Eat

Listed from south to north.

(SOUTH) Sturgeon Bay – Egg Harbor – Baileys Harbor – Fish Creek – Ephraim – Sister Bay – Ellison Bay (NORTH)

If you click on the name of the restaurant, it will bring you to their website. If you click on the location, it will bring you into Google Maps. Every link opens a new tab!

To see a complete overview of everything listed, check out my interactive map of Door County!

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

COFFEE

DESSERT

COCKTAILS

Annual Events & Festivals

Festival of Nature

Friday – Sunday, May  25-27, 2018

Jacksonport Maifest

Saturday & Sunday, May  26 & 27, 2018

Door County Lighthouse Festival

Friday – Sunday, June  8-10, 2018

Door County Beer Festival

Saturday, June  16, 2018

Uncork Summer Festival

Saturday, June  23, 2018

Sister Bay Paddle Fest

Saturday, June  23, 2018

Door County Wine Fest

Saturday, June  30, 2018

Fish Creek Summer Fest

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Door County Plein Air Festival

July 22 – August 11, 2018

Door County Fair

Wednesday – Sunday, August 1-5, 2018

Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Lautenbach's Orchard Fall Harvest Fest

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Wineries & Vineyards

The Door County Wine Trail is comprised of eight wineries.

01
von Stiehl Winery

location | algoma

tastings | complimentary

02
Door 44 Winery

location | sturgeon bay

tastings | $2 for 5 tastes

03
Door Peninsula Winery

location | sturgeon bay

tastings | complimentary

04
Red Oak Winery & Vineyard

location | sturgeon bay

tastings | $5 for 5 tastes

05
Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery

location | sturgeon bay

tastings | complimentary

06
Harbor Ridge Winery

location | egg harbor

tastings | complimentary

07
Stone’s Throw Winery

location | bailey’s harbor

tastings | $8 for 5 tastes or $12 for 6 tastes

08
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market

location | fish creek

tastings | complimentary

WINE TRAIL ONLY – DOOR COUNTY GUIDE

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COMPLETE DOOR COUNTY GUIDE

Where to Shop

Sturgeon Bay

Door County Olive Oil Company | olive oil & balsamic vinegar shop

Door County Confectionery | chocolate, candy, & treats

Monticello on Jefferson | boutique

 

Egg Harbor

Cupola House | gift shop, historic, art

Door Artisan Cheese Company | cheese shop

Mistletoe Holiday House | all things Christmas

 

Baileys Harbor

Koepsel’s Farm Market | farm market

 

Fish Creek

Sister Golden | home goods

Door County Sister’s Sweets | chocolates & sweets

Fred & Co. | clothing store

Fish Creek Market | grocery store

O’Meara’s Irish House | Irish goods

 

Ephraim

McKeefry & Yeomans | gift shop

Door County Rock & Gem | rock shop

Blue Dolphin House & Studio | art gallery

Ephraim Clayworks | home goods & pottery

 

Sister Bay

Tannenbaum Holiday Shop | gift shop

Door County Creamery | cheese shop

 

Ellison Bay

Gills Rock Stoneware | pottery store

Uncle Tom’s Newport School Candies | candy store

Bea’s Homemade Products | farmers market

INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP OF DOOR COUNTY

Everything listed in this guide is pinned in the map below.

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