This is the last segment in my guided tour through Door County so listen carefully and take lots of notes.
To date we have
- Visited Renard’s Cheese where we purchased awesome string cheese as well as a bag of squeaky cheese curds
- Door County Coffee & Tea for two pouches of aromatic coffee for our camp stove
- Wagon Trail Campground where we set up our campsite
- Seaquist Orchards Farm Market for slices of freshly prepared cherry pie
- Door County Ice Cream Factory for a scoop of Death’s Door Chocolate ice cream
- Nor Dor Sport and Cyclery for bicycle rentals
- Peninsula State Park for a bicycle ride, climbed Devil’s Tower & snapped photos of the light house
I know we’ve been really busy but that’s ok. My vacations are always packed with adventures. I figure I can relax when I go home. So lets not let any grass grow under our feet. Lets hit the road and see if we can’t wrap this adventure up.
There are so many places and things to do in Door County. If one set out on the first day of summer with the goal of experiencing each and every one perhaps you might be successful by the end of the year. Then again you might find you have only touched the tip of the iceberg. Let me give you a list of suggestions:
On The Water
- Rent a kayak or canoe. There are several tours available
- Go swimming at Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sand Bay Town Park, School House Beach on Washington Island, or perhaps Egg Harbor’s recently refurbished public beach. These are only a few of the options available. They just happen to be the ones we have visited.
- Take a ferry to Washington Island
- Charter a fishing boat
- Go on a dinner cruise
Experience the Wonders of Nature
- White Fish Dunes State Park has a great beach as well as walking tours available through the dunes
- Cave Point County Park is a wonderful place to climb amongst the rocks and enjoy the beauty of water carved caves along Lake Michigan. Cave Point County Park is right next door to White Fish Dunes State Park.
- Visit one or more light houses. Many have great tours available. They also provide wonderful opportunities for photography
Here is a few more of our favorite places to dine and/or purchase Door County specific foods
- The Cookery in Fish Creek
- Viking Grill in Ellison Bay for a spectacular breakfast or evening fish boil
- Charlie’s Smokehouse for outstanding freshly smoked fish
- Door County Bakery for the well-known Corsica bread
- Grandma’s Swedish Bakery for home-made Skorpa, granola and their well-known pecan rolls
Every town in Door County has a wonderful selection of fine stores offering an enormous variety of merchandise. It would take far too long to mention each and every one. All I will tell you is there is a price range and selection to suit all tastes.
If your feet get too tired and your wallet too empty there’s always the sport of people watching. Sometimes it’s fun to sit a spell and observe as people from all over enjoy the many shops and restaurants. During our most recent visit we made a list of the different states, districts and provinces represented by vehicle license plates. Here’s what we saw:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington DC and Ontario.
If you counted them then you know people from thirty-one different areas visited Door County during the seven days we were there. Amazing!
I thoroughly enjoy my visit to Door County every time we go. Leaving the area always brings a tear to my eye. It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. The only thing that makes it a teeny-weeny bit bearable is the realization that I will return. Nothing can keep me from going back.
Well, there you have it. I’ve taken you on a tour of Door County from one end to the other. Of course I have by no means mentioned everything there is to see and do. I think it’s better to leave some things left unsaid. Perhaps that way you will be curious enough to plan your very own exciting trip to Door County. Who knows, maybe we will even see one another there someday.