About The Area
Not familiar with Door County?
Well, prepare to fall in love. Door County has been a favorite of Midwestern travelers for over a century. Today’s Door County is evolving, with an influx of progressive chefs, restaurateurs, and lodging owners taking hospitality on the peninsula to a new level.
Surrounded by nearly 300 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, you’ll never be more than five minutes from a beach in Door County, and there are few experiences on earth quite like soaking in a sunset from our western shore, or better yet, from the gentle bobbing of a sailboat or kayak.
No visit here is complete without an adventure into our pristine natural landscape. Here there is an ethic of preservation unlike any place else. Our environment is our lifeblood and we sacrifice to protect it and share it with the rest of the world. Our five state parks are amazing, but they’re just a start. We’re home to Wisconsin’s oldest private nature preserve, the stunning Ridges Sanctuary, right down the road from the Door County Beer Festival. Not far away is the Kangaroo Lake Preserve, and to the north is the Toft Point State Natural Area.
Take a hike, a paddle into Cave Point, or a bicycle ride through the peninsula’s back roads and you’ll never be more than a few minutes from a stunning vista or an indelible vision of nature.
If theatre is your thing you’re in luck. Door County is home to the nation’s oldest summer resident theatre, Peninsula Players, as well as the acclaimed American Folklore Theatre in its one-of-a-kind Peninsula State Park setting. You’ll also find Door Shakespeare a rare gem.
To get a true taste of the peninsula and its people you have to venture out to the authentic watering halls that dot the villages (though not Ephraim, Wisconsin’s only dry town). You can find live music somewhere in one of Northern Door’s villages every night of the week, and the taverns of Door County and the welcoming hosts there are where you’ll get a taste of the real flavor of this community.
We’re also an artist’s haven where more than 100 galleries wait for you with open arms, whether you’re taste is eclectic or you’re just looking for an image of Door County to take home with you, you’ll find it here.
To get a complete picture of what we’re all about here and find out what’s happening any time of year, visit our presenting sponsor, the Peninsula Pulse, our great independently owned local newspaper.