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EPHRAIM-FISH CREEK Entire HomeClassic Door County Cottage located 1 mile from Peninsula State Park on quiet back country road. This is a great location! Our Cottage has 3 bedrooms, one bath, central stone fireplace, Hi Speed WiFI, Direct TV, hardwood floors, outside porch, bonfire pit, spacious yard, front porch, mudroom, laundry room and an outdoor shed to store bikes and gear.
Peaceful Studio Loft on Outskirts of Sister BayLovely studio loft on the outskirts of Sister Bay. Peaceful lot with apple trees--half meadow, half spruce stand. Regular animal visitors and open sky sunsets. Clean, cozy and serene! Queen bed, fast Wi-Fi internet connection, and a wall-mounted mini-split for quiet and comfortable air conditioning and heat. NO TV, we encourage you to bring your own device for streaming movies, etc. Unit is on 2nd floor above our seldom-accessed, well insulated garage and is only accessible via stairs.
Sometimes called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, Door County is a narrow, triangular peninsula that juts out from eastern Wisconsin into Lake Michigan. The county is remote enough to have preserved the legacy of the Potawotami, Belgians, and Scandinavians who have made it their home. Yet Door County’s population of more than 27,000 swells exponentially in summer, when visitors escape to its coastal parks and approximately 35 surrounding islands and delight in a host of cultural events, breweries, restaurants, and museums. Circling the county will bring you past lighthouses, beaches, forests of white spruce and balsam fir, cherry orchards, and charming Midwestern towns with names like Brussels and Egg Harbor.
To visit this picturesque, sparsely populated region, which has no public transportation and few rideshares, you’ll have to drive a car. That said, getting here is easy. Sturgeon Bay, the county’s largest city, is a little under an hour’s drive on I-57 from Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB). Flights from a number of regional hubs connect to Green Bay, and even more arrive at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee (MKE), 150 miles to the southwest. If you reach Gills Point at the tip of the peninsula and feel the call to go even further north, take a car ferry across the strait known as Death’s Door to Washington Island (don’t worry, the ride’s safe).
As you might imagine, the lake exerts a major influence on both the weather and the activities in Door County. Summer brings comfortably warm temperatures and flocks of visitors, who loll about the beaches and on the water from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Music lovers head to Fish Creek in August just for the Peninsula Music Festival, which draws spectacular performers from around the country. Fall’s crisp days are ideal for hiking and leaf-peeping, and if you arrive in September, you might catch Kermiss, a Belgian cultural festival in Brussels. Snowier than the rest of Wisconsin, Door County sees white roads and glittering trees from late October to mid-April — as well as enthusiastic cross-country skiers, ice skaters, and snowmobile riders.
This city of 9,000, located in the geographical heart of the peninsula, is a port town straddling tiny Sturgeon Bay. Water activities here are plentiful, from kayaking and paddleboarding to fishing in Lake Michigan, and the Whitefish Dunes right outside town offer trails to explore. It’s easy to lose an afternoon wandering in and out of the galleries, restaurants, breweries, and the historical museum downtown.
One of the loveliest scenic byways in the Midwest, this 66-mile loop starts in Sturgeon Bay and culminates in Gills Rock, hugging Lake Michigan along the east side of the peninsula and Green Bay on the west. And though you may only spend a few hours driving, you’ll want to allocate a day for the loop, making frequent stops to climb the Cana Island Lighthouse, fill your shoes with sand on the Jacksonport beaches, and admire the historic buildings in Gibraltar.
The biggest of the county’s islands, accessible via car ferry year round, this island hosts a small community of 700 permanent residents — as well as copious hiking and biking trails, soft-sand beaches, and golf courses. This island was home to one of America’s first Icelandic communities, and a pan-Scandinavian influence remains. Make sure to hunt down the peaked roofs and Nordic carvings of the Stavkirke, a modern recreation of a medieval Norwegian church. If the island doesn’t feel remote enough, take a passenger ferry to the car-free Rock Island state park (available Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day) for the day.