Come see how visiting Door County is a great Midwest getaway!
We just returned from six days in Door County, Wisconsin. We had a wonderful time. Door County is amazingly beautiful. It is a peninsula that is located northeast of the city of Green Bay. It’s flanked to the west by the bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan to the east. It contains 300 miles of beautiful coastline. Door County has been dubbed the “the Cape Cod of the Midwest”.
Visiting Door County
We camped at Tennison Bay Campground which is located within Peninsula State Park. PSP (Peninsula State Park) is a 3,776-acre park that has about one million visitors a year. We didn’t make our reservation until June and realize that we were very lucky to find a site. The reservation window opens 11 months in advance and fills quickly. We had to have stumbled upon a cancellation.
Bike through Peninsula State Park
Peninsula State Park is now one of our favorite state parks (along with Custer State Park in South Dakota). While it’s popular, you feel like you are away from it all when you are there. The campsites are not right on top of each other. Most have trees and greenery separating them. Most non-electric sites are well shaded by tall pines. We had an electric site which got more sun, but it was still a great site. Our favorite thing about PSP are the biking trails. These well-maintained trails are hard packed, with spots of gravel or asphalt. They go through wooden areas, but also have many stops with lake views. While they have hills and curves, they are not too difficult for young riders. We saw people of all ages out on Sunset Trail. I’ve never seen so many bike racks on vehicles visiting Door County. Bike rentals are available throughout the region if you don’t bring your own.
There are many cute towns along the peninsula. We biked into Fish Creek, but also enjoyed Ephraim and Sister Bay by car. We visited Washington Island via ferry one day. It’s a quaint island with a remote feel to it. It’s a 30-minute ferry ride to Washington Island from Northport. The ferry crosses the strait knows as “Death’s Door”, which contains many old shipwrecks. That is how Door County got its name. It’s a very smooth ferry ride.Washington Island has a lot to offer. The water is so clear at Schoolhouse Beach Park on the north side of the island. We also enjoyed lavender farm and a look out tower.
Sunsets in Door County
The sunsets in Door County are amazing! People gather at the waterfront, wherever you may be along the peninsula to watch the sunset. Many of these crowds will applaud when the sun dips into the horizon. The colors before, during and after sunset are incredible! My phone photography doesn’t do them justice!
Visiting Door County without picking cherries would be a crime! We were there at the peak of picking. We had a good time picking cherries and raspberries. I purchased some cherry salsa, which is out of this world! Our neighbors are heading up to PSP later this week and I am sending along some money for cherry salsa.
We like to travel to different places and get a variety of experiences. Very few places have us wanting to return soon, but we are now huge fans of Peninsula State Park and Door County. We can’t wait to visit again!!