I’m sad that my annual fall vacation to Door County is over. It was one of the best visits I’ve ever had. I feel refreshed, relaxed and have made a lot of wonderful memories this year. Door County always does this for me.
If you have never been, I highly recommend a visit. I’ve been there in every season, but autumn is always my favorite time to visit. Newport State Park is at the top of the peninsula, and if you get there when it opens, you might have the whole park to yourself. The Europe Bay trail is a nice long hike with plenty of surprises along the way. Whitefish Dunes State park is another favorite of mine. Make sure you take the hike over to Cave Point County Park. It’s absolutely stunning. You’ll want to sit along the rock formations for hours and just take it all in. (I took the picture you see here at Cave Point.)
Take a tour of any of the lighthouses, or all of them. The views are incredible. I also recommend wandering off the main roads and just driving around. The colors in fall are beyond words, and you’ll be able to get fantastic photos. Horseshoe Bay Drive is an excellent place to start, or try to road to Kangaroo Lake.
If you like antiquing, you’ll find plenty of little places along Highway 42. Egg Harbor has a couple of fabulous antique shops also. I always seem to bring home a treasure or two every time I shop. But do your research, because Door County is just full of boutiques and quaint little shops of all sorts.
And when you’re ready to eat, I recommend a fun stop at JJ’s La Puerta in Sister Bay, with a super-friendly staff, great margaritas, and a fun atmosphere. Another must try is Wilson’s in Ephraim. They offer some of the best home-brewed root beer you’ll ever taste, fantastic burgers, and a super-cute place to sit and watch the water.
I have a long list of favorites. You can try these places or discover your own. Either way, you’ll make some fabulous memories.