Ahhh, there isn’t any place better than Door County in Wisconsin Summertime! Everyone is always so happy up there, and there is an endless amount of things to do regardless of the occasion. It is the perfect spot for a low key bachelorette weekend, a romantic weekend getaway, and a fun filled family vacation! The possibilities are really endless- which is what makes it such a great place!
Here are a few of our favorite spots in Door County. I would love to hear yours too- so we can check them out next time we sneak away!
Cave Point County Park
This park is simply breathtaking. I have visited these trails many times, but every time feels like the first time because the views never get old. Sometimes I forget how beautiful Wisconsin really is, but then I visit this park and am reminded that beauty this natural is in my own backyard!
You can hike along the cliff, take a kayak tour, or even explore the underwater caverns. We have only hiked along the cliff, but taking kayak’s out on a tour is definitely on our to-do list!
The park is located between Jacksonport and Whitefish Bay, roughly halfway up the Peninsula on the Lake side.
Wild Tomato Pizza
You simply cannot travel to Door County and not stop for pizza at the Wild Tomato. They have two great locations, one in Fish Creek and another in Sister Bay. This is the perfect place for a date night, or family friendly dinner. You can’t go wrong with ordering anything on their menu- and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
I also recently learned that Wild Tomato is serving pizza inside One Barrel Brewing Company in Egg Harbor. I cannot wait to check it out hopefully next summer. The location is beautiful and the atmosphere looks trendy and inviting.
Not quite up for the in-person dining experience yet- no problem! Wild Tomato does Carry Out and is a perfect beach lunch idea!
Door County Trolley
This company has got a good thing going! They offer so many different tours that suit almost any occasion! We did the wine tour for my bachelorette party and had a blast. Colin and I came back the next year for the Wine, Spirits and Brew tour to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary.
On my to-do list is the Wisconsin Supper Club tour and the Door County After Hours Tour. These would be so fun to do with a group of couples!
If you don’t have little ones, you can probably skip this attraction…but if you are a mama to littles, listen up. This place is adorable- and a definite must see! You can feed most of the animals, and even bottle feed a baby goat, sheep and piglet. Does it get any cuter?!
The farm is located in Sturgeon Bay, at the bottom of the Peninsula. All of the animals are so friendly, and the grounds are well taken care of and clean! We went this summer with my parents and everyone loved seeing my kiddos faces as the goats ran up to them. My daughter shrieked in excitement with every new animal we saw, and my son cautiously pet a few animals after watching his sister dive right in.
With admission for adults being just over $8 and children (depending on age) at reduced rates, food to feed the animals at only 25 cents, and the great experience you will all have together makes it an affordable family outing! I definitely recommend going early in the morning when they first open to avoid the crowds.
Door County Coffee and Tea
My mouth is watering just thinking about their Door County Creme flavored coffee…ugh I just love it! You can order their coffee and tea year round on their website (and I suggest you do) but if you are visiting the peninsula, I highly recommend stopping into their store in Sturgeon Bay to have lunch in their cafe and shop the cute gift shop. They have so many unique gifts and goodies, as well as every flavor of coffee you could ever think of!
We like to order a ton of different single pot bags to try all the different flavors, then we order the bigger bags of a few of our favorites.
A few of the favorites in the Specht household are Door County Creme, Highlander Grogg, Jamaican Me Crazy, the classic Breakfast Blend, and pretty much all of their seasonal blends!
Frank E. Murphy County Park
This is one of our families favorite beaches! It is located on the Bay side of the Peninsula, so the water is slightly warmer and it is never too crowded.
We like this spot because it is close to the house we rented, plus there are plenty of large trees along the shore line that provide great shade on hot days. There are some picnic tables along the shoreline too- the perfect place for a picnic lunch if you’re making a day of it!
Koepsel’s Farm Market
This place is called “The Pickle Place” in our family, because everyone is obsessed with their canned pickles! Last year my parents bought TWO CASES of the sweet dill pickles…I think they may have an actual obsession!
This quaint little market is located off a quiet stretch of road between Bailey’s Harbor and Sister Bay. It is hard to miss, because the sign outside is accompanied by two large statues (a perfect photo opportunity)!
Pickles is only one of the many things they can and sell at the market. They offer a wide variety of pickled veggies- the perfect addition to a loaded Bloody Mary, jams and jellies, pie filling, dressings, dips, and so much more! They also have a small fresh deli section with unique meats and cheese, as well as large variety of local wine and beer.
I can almost guarantee you won’t walk out of here empty handed, and if you do, it will only be because there were too many choices to pick from!
Honorable mentions: Crate Seafood and Sushi in Sturgeon Bay, The Chef’s Hat in Ephraim, Whitefish Dunes State Park, Cornucopia Kitchen Store and Dancing Bear Store in Sturgeon Bay and Door Peninsula Winery.