Sturgeon Bay Bar and Grill

June 21st, 2015


For those days when you are looking for a burger and nothing but a pub burger will do… try a few of the local choices on this list.

Grey Stone Castle
8 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3414    920-743-9923
The tradition of fine food and libation has always been a preference of locals and tourists alike especially due to their signature prime rib steak sandwich, burgers, and pan-fried fish. Once inside it appears to be a museum itself for it is the home to Greg Ebel’s awesome personal mount upon mount lining the walls. It is a walk “on the wild side” with trophies from bear to boar and salmon to sturgeon. Come in to see the only bar in Sturgeon Bay with mounted Sturgeons.

Nautical Inn
234 Kentucky St, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2512    920-746-6706
Serving appetizers, fresh sandwiches, delicious burgers, Made to order pizza, steaks, ribs, and a great Friday fish fry menu. You can’t miss our all you can eat pasta buffet featuring two types of soup, bread, salad bar, and a variety of pasta sauces and topping choices. Full bar also available. Come enjoy a drink in our beer garden!

Kitty O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
59 E Oak St, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2721    920-743-7441
Join Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub and experience the liveliest Pub on the Historic West side of Sturgeon Bay. Walking distance from the marina and boutique shops, enjoy the newest version of old Ireland for lunch and dinner and choose from a great selection of food and spirits including some of Ireland’s favorite tastes. We offer a large selection of domestic, craft, and imported beers, premium liquors, and wines.

Birmingham Bar & Cottages
4709 Bay Shore Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    (920) 743-5215
Birmingham’s Bar and Restaurant has a wide variety of menu items available on a daily basis. Visit on Monday for the famous Birmingham Burgers, Sample frog legs on Tuesday or come in on Saturday for a half roasted chicken. Whatever day you choose to visit, there will be something special on the menu.

Red Room
66 S 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2247    920-743-3913
Visitors say… “Best food for the price hands down, $2.75 for a cheese burger. The chili is phenomenal, $2.25 for a bowl! I eat there about once a week. Great staff and fast. Fun historic local bar, .25 pool, cheap food well made drinks, really nice corner bar. Came here after a full day of sailing in Sturgeon Bay. Family run place.”

Valmy Happy Hour
4418 Whitefish Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-9589    920-743-6236
The Trip Advisor Reviews alone will leave you wanting to try the burgers at Valmy Happy Hour. Visitors raved about the burgers, the scallops, the perch, the prices and the bartender.

Door County Fire Company
38 S. 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    920-818-0625
The Fire Co.’s Engine Room Ale House offers casual dining and an excellent beer selection. Commercial fishing on the Great Lakes began in the 1820s and regulations ensure that fish are harvested sustain-ably from the Great Lakes. Marique’s Fish Company in Green Bay and Hickey Brothers Fishery in Baileys Harbor supply our fish.

Brick Lot Pub & Grill
253 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    (920) 743-9339
Midwest Pub and Grill, 1st Pub in Door County to serve until bar close and to DELIVER until MIDNIGHT – 7 Days a week. Dinner specials, signature drinks and live music every Friday Night.

164 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    (920) 743-3933
Poh’s Corner Pub is a pub offering quality service and good food. Visitors say, “$1.50 beer, cheap good burgers-you can’t beat it! They have a dart board, Pool Table, and a handful of TVs, so watching the Badger game was perfect there!”

Benny D’z
23 W Oak Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235   920-743-6040
Benny D’z, in the historic Bay View Opera House, is the newest hot spot for casual fine dining and home for live entertainment in Sturgeon Bay’s West Side. Menu includes appetizers, pizza, sandwiches and daily specials such as sushi night, gyro night or Cajun night.

The Grill Room – Cherry Hills Golf
5905 Dunn Road, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 (920) 743 3457
Enjoy great fun, food and refreshments after your round in our relaxing bar with amazing views overlooking the course. Soak in the sun on our outdoor balcony or relax inside while catching the big game on TV.

Gilmo’s Bar & Bistro
3600 County Road Cc, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235   920-824-5440
Daily specials such as baby back ribs, perch, all you can eat whitefish, prime rib, crab legs and shrimp. The lunch menu is more relaxed and offers items such as build your own sandwich.

Butch’s Pizza
112 S 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    (920) 743-3845

Fishing Hole
6962 County Road M, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 (920) 743-9814
Open 7 days a week serving ice cold beer and cocktails! Come check out our “not your typical bar food” menu & delicious homemade pizzas! Stop in and be served by our fun and friendly staff or have a chat with the owners, Brian & Sheila.



Door County Boat Tours

June 7th, 2015

Door County has two hundred ninety eight miles of shoreline. Water activities abound from water skiing to swimming to sailing. You can find a great list of water activities here. Looking to hang out on the beach? Public beaches can be found all up and down the shoreline.

Boat tours are a great way to take in the sights of Door County. Here are some ideas for Door County Boat Tours.

Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours
9448 Spruce Street, Fish Creek, WI (920) 421-4442
Come cruise aboard our 69 passenger partly covered, partly open tour boat docked downtown Fish Creek. We offer daily narrated tours to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Peninsula State Park, Millionaire’s Row, Eagle Cave, Egg Harbor, Ephraim and the many islands, bluffs and beaches surrounding Door County. We offer refreshments on board, but you are welcome to bring your own carry-on snacks & beverages of choice. Our daily sunset cruise offers free live music. Don’t miss our special Fireworks cruises scheduled throughout the season.

Door County Adventure Rafting
4150 Maple St, Fish Creek, WI (920) 559-6106
Door County Adventure Rafting is a safe, high speed, tour boat located in Door County, WI. Book a charter on our raft and cruise along the shores of Lake Michigan and Green Bay. Get closer than you ever could have imagined to Adventure Island, Little Strawberry Island, Jack Island, and Pirate Island. Explore the deserted beaches of Horseshoe Island and Chambers Island while you escape the crowds of other Door County sights. Our raft takes you along the breathtaking shoreline of Fish Creek, Ephraim, and Peninsula State Park. See the historic Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Anderson Dock, shipwrecks, and many other Door County highlights.

Shoreline Charters
920-854-4707 Sister Bay 920-421-0922
Gills Rock Join us on one of our scenic cruises and see the Door County Peninsula and Great Lakes Lighthouses as they should be seen, from the water. Our knowledgeable Captains and crew will show you cliffs, caves, lighthouses, shipwreck locations, waterfront estates and share local history and nautical folklore. We have three boats departing from either Sister Bay, Gills Rock, or Washington Island. Choose from either one of our daily tours or charter a boat privately and create your own adventure. We know these waters, we love these waters and hope to see you aboard.

Chicago Fireboat Legend Cruises
Adjacent to Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235 (920) 495-6454
Each narrated tour lasts 1-1/2 hours and cruises either through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal or to Sherwood Point Lighthouse (weather permitting). Snacks and refreshments, including full bar, are available on board for sale during the cruise. No carry-ons, please. There is also an onboard memorabilia and gift salon. The boat is equipped with restrooms. Pets are welcome.

Classic Boat Tours of Door County
9145 Spring Rd., Fish Creek, WI 54212 (920)421-2080 or (920)868-2949
Design your own private boat tour! The “Ava Lil” is a 21′ Cape Craft WalkAround, powered by a 150 hp Yamaha four stroke outboard engine. The “Ava Lil” has full canvas (removable in summer), an open cockpit (just right for talking, snacking and taking pictures), a closed bow and a small cabin. Fast or slow, the “Ava Lil” goes where you want at your pace. Everything is aboard: life jackets, porta-potty, binoculars, sunscreen, radio, GPS, narration and fun. We even give you a complimentary picture(s) of your cruise.

Door County Kayak Tours
8442 Hwy 42, Fish Creek , WI 54212 (920) 868-1400
When you go kayaking with a Guided Door County Kayak Tour you will be able to relax and take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest. Besides the scenery, it is our guides who will make your tour. Years of exploration have pinpointed the greatest tour locations around the peninsula. We hand selected the very best places to tour. We explore Door County’s 300 miles of shoreline that is tucked away in the bays, estuaries, bluffs, and caves. Each world-class location on our Door County Tour hosts spectacular picturesque bluffs, caves, lighthouses, shipwrecks and more.

The Island Clipper
12731 Hwy. 42, Gills Rock, WI 54210 (920) 854-2972
Ride aboard the Island Clipper to Washington Island. The Island Clipper departs Gills Rock at the tip of the Door Peninsula and carries visitors through island-studded waters to picturesque Washington Island. Relaxing seven mile trip includes narration of your voyage through Porte Des Morts (Death’s Door) by Captain Voight. Enjoy the view of two of Door County’s famous lighthouses on Pilot Island and Plum Island


Door County Fast Food Options

May 24th, 2015

Trying new places to eat can be a truly wonderful vacation experience. Door County has a wide variety of family owned and operated restaurants of all different types of cuisines. In fact, Trip Advisor lists seventy seven restaurants in Sturgeon Bay alone and one hundred eighty nine restaurants in Door County.

Sometimes, when traveling all you really want is to bite into the familiar taste of good old fast food… especially when you have had a long day of traveling or sightseeing.  Sturgeon Bay is home to eight quick service restaurants. Each listing is attached to the menu when available in case you would like to pre decide your meal!

1463 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    920-746-0666

Dairy Queen
902 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235   920-743-5495

1212 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235  920-743-2622

1331 Green Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235  (920) 743-3207

Taco Bell
1309 Green Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235   (920) 746-5258

5581 Gordon Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-9606    920-746-0870

Are you hungry for something fast but still want to try the local flavor? Sturgeon Bay has a quick service restaurant that you may enjoy.

Fatzo’s Pizza and Subs has a wide variety of menu items available including pizza, hot and cold subs, tacos, hot dogs, soups and salads.
46 Green Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    (920) 743-6300


Door County Lighthouses

May 5th, 2015

Door County is home to eleven lighthouses. Not all Door County Lighthouses are open to visitors at all times of the year. The best time to visit Door County if you are looking to tour as many lighthouses as possible is during the Door County Lighthouse Festival held in June each year. This year’s Door County Lighthouse Festival will be June 12th to June 14th, 2015. During the Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival, there are twelve different lighthouse tours including a Trolley Tour, a Ghost Tour or even a Lighthouse Cruise Tour. Visit the Door County Maritime Museum for more information.

The most accessible of the Door County Lighthouses are the Cana Island Lighthouse, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Canal Station Lighthouse and Baileys Harbor Range Lights. Find a printable Door County Lighthouse Map complete with lighthouse locations, history and information on visiting.

Baileys Harbor Range Lights

Baileys Harbor Range Lights

Cana Island Lighthouse

Cana Island Lighthouse

Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead Light

Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead Light

Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Light

Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Light

Chambers Island Lighthouse

Chambers Island Lighthouse

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

Old Baileys Harbor (Bird Cage) Lighthouse

Old Baileys Harbor (Bird Cage) Lighthouse

Pilot Island Lighthouse

Pilot Island Lighthouse

Plum Island Lighthouse

Plum Island Lighthouse

Pottawatomie Lighthouse

Pottawatomie Lighthouse

Sherwood Point Lighthouse

Sherwood Point Lighthouse

Specialty Restaurants in Sturgeon Bay

April 25th, 2015

Sturgeon Bay has many different types of restaurants available to fit any taste! Here are a few popular specialty food restaurants that are available.


Mandarin Garden Restaurant
512 S Lansing Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    920-746-9122
Mandarin Garden, where we strive to offer you a wonderful dining experience. Our creative menu features a variety of specialties prepared only with the highest quality ingredients available. If you’re in the mood for delicious food, fast, friendly service and a warm and welcoming ambiance, then stop by Mandarin Garden today. Come see what all your friends and neighbors are talking about!

Hong Kong Buffet
1300 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-1284  920-746-5555
Scrumptious food made from the freshest and finest ingredients because you deserve nothing less—welcome to Hong Kong Buffet of Sturgeon Bay, WI! We serve great-tasting Chinese / American dishes—from moo shu and lo mein to foo young, seafood, special diet menu, and more, we got them all! We offer over 200 items weekly, and over 60 items daily for lunch, dinner, and Sunday all day buffet


214 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    920-495-7239
Door County’s very own mobile restaurant! We are located in Sturgeon Bay every Thursday and Friday through October. Location varies on weekends. Our lunch menu includes pulled pork, beef or vegetarian burritos & tacos (gluten options available). We also feature homemade aguas frescas and cold brew coffee

Hot Tamales
26 E Oak St, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2722 920-746-0600
Each meal is prepared daily with the freshest and best ingredients. None of our meals are frozen and reheated in the microwave. Come in and explore our great menu items including quesadillas, tacos, tamales, burritos, enchiladas, and so much more.

El Sazon
1449 Green Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 920-743-6740
El Sazon Mexican Restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Family owned, we welcome you to dine with us or take out a delightful selection of mouth-watering Mexican food and experience our friendly service to your satisfaction.


Sonny’s Pizzeria
129 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235    920-743-2300
Sonny’s pizzas are served with the finest and freshest toppings and ingredients available! We feature: Thick or Thin Crust Chicago Style Pizza, Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza, Stuffed Chicago Style Pizza

Trattoria Dal Santo
117 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2415    920-743-6100
Trattoria Dal Santo offers diners an unique experience of Northern Italian cooking along with fine wines and beer served in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Come visit Sturgeon Bay’s romantic, moderately priced, Italian restaurant for the ambiance, for the food, for the wine, and for that little touch of Italy in Door County.



Discover Door County

April 6th, 2015

Door County is approximately seventy miles long and eighteen miles wide. Due to the unique shape of the county, there are about three hundred miles of shoreline and Door County is surrounded by water on three sides.

You can drive from one end of Door County to the other in about an hour… if you do not stop to play along the way. Many people like to make a day trip of driving Door County. Here are a few ideas for what to do and see along the way.

Bridgeport Resort is centrally located in Downtown Sturgeon Bay. Sturgeon Bay is the only city in Door County. Make reservations to stay at Bridgeport Resort and enjoy the comforts of an onsite indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, children’s splash play area, outdoor pool, exercise room and children’s game room. Make Bridgeport Resort your home base while exploring Door County!

Sturgeon Bay

The Farm: Cuddle a kitten, Share with a sheep, Pat a piglet and Talk to a turkey.

Door County Historical Museum: The spectaular “Seasons of Life” wildlife diorama by nationally renowned taxidermist Mike Orthober features over 100 native species.

Potawatomi State Park: The park offers a variety of biking trails, six miles of hiking trails, camping, groomed ski trails, snowmobiling trails, an observation tour, boat ramp, and fishing hot spots.


Door County Coffee: Door County Coffee is a small, family-owned business, roasting coffee the old-fashioned way, in small batches to exacting specifications.

Door County Distillery: Door County Distillery is the first in Door County to produce vodka, gin and fruit infused vodka.

Egg Harbor

Door County Adventure Center: Zip Line Tours, Kayak Tours, Rentals, Youth Camps, Destination Trips, Team Building

Wood Orchard Market: A third generation business farming almost 200 acres of primarily Honeycrisp apples along with strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and spring vegetables.

Fish Creek

Hands On Art Studio: Hands On Art Studio is a do-it-yourself Door County destination, offering patrons a freewheeling walk-in art experience, no reservations needed.

Skyway Drive in Theatre: The Skyway first opened its front gate on July 26th, 1950. Movies have lit up the screen every summer since then, making it the 2nd longest continuously running drive-in in Wisconsin.

Peninsula State Park: Considered Wisconsin’s most complete park, Peninsula offers 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The rollicking waves that skip towards Peninsula’s sky high bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment


Wilson’s Ice Cream: Old-fashioned soda fountain and ice cream specialties, home-brewed draft root beer, flame broiled burgers and juke boxes playing the classics. Rusty Rabbit Shop Gifts, home decor items, clothing and accessories, garden items, and our own handmade sprinklers.

Sister Bay Pirates Cove Adventure Golf: Putt your way through caves, over footbridges, and under cascading waterfalls, all amidst a fun-filled atmosphere of natural wonders, extraordinary landscaping, and enchanting pirate lore.

Seaquist Orchards Farm Market: 72 flavors of jam, jelly, pie fillings, salsas, mustards, homemade fudge, syrups and much more.

Ellison Bay/Gills Rock/Rowley Bay

Island Orchard Cider: Island Orchard’s ciders are dry with a subtle fruit flavor, making them a dramatic contrast to the mass-produced American ciders found in bars and grocery stores.

Charlie’s Smokehouse: Charlie’s Smokehouse, one of the most famous smokehouses on the Great Lakes, has all kinds of freshly smoked fish, including lushly textured whitefish from towns along the shores of Lake Michigan. We also offer smoked imported specialties like Canadian lake trout, Pacific salmon and our newest addition, Atlantic salmon.

Washington Island

Wisconsin Island Art and Nature Center: The WIANC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the creative arts and nature studies to Washington Island residents and visitors.

Cherry Train Tours: Enjoy our tour of Washington Island, up to 2 hours in length with three selected stops along the way. Learn island history and living folklore and legends, accompanied by your expert tour guide.

Rock Island

Rock Island State Park: This primitive island off the tip of the Door County Peninsula and northeast Location of Washington Island in Lake Michigan offers hiking trails, the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin and 2000 feet of beach.

Washington Island Ferry: Vehicles are not allowed on Rock Island, making it a unique Wisconsin State Park experience

Bailey’s Harbor Bjorklunden Chapel: Boynton Chapel is a small wooden chapel built in a late 12th-century Norwegian stave church (stavkirke) style

Cana Island Lighthouse: Travel back in time and explore one of Door County Wisconsin’s most popular lighthouses that’s been standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan for more than 140 years.


Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery: Wine, live music, tours and tastings.

Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts: Highlights in the shop include Amish quilts, wall hangings, pillows and rugs; baby quilts; cloth dolls; children’s wooden toys; Amish dolls; turned wooden bowls and vases; doll clothes of all sizes; our exclusive functional ceramic pieces featuring picturesque Door County lighthouses; ladies and mens specialty shirts; personalized Christmas ornaments; Door County water colors; Halloween & Christmas corners and our exclusive Door County Lighthouse Pin series. We also feature a gallery of local artists.

Whitefish Dunes State Park: Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on Locationthe eastern Door County Peninsula. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest.

Breakfast and Bakeries in Sturgeon Bay

March 21st, 2015

As they say… breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Here is a list of Sturgeon Bay breakfast and bakeries. The offerings include everything from a small assortment of breakfast sandwiches to a full brunch. When you are staying at Bridgeport Resort, stop by the front desk for a printed list with step by step directions from out door to theirs!


Inn At Cedar Crossing
112 N 3rd Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone (920) 743-4249
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. M-Sat.
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Kimz Galley Cafe
229 Louisiana St
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone (920) 818-0558
Sunday – Thursday
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday – Saturday
8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Scaturo’s Baking Co. & Cafe
19 Green Bay Rd.
Sturgeon Bay , Wi 54235
Phone (920) 746-8727
Restaurant Hours
5am – 5pm (Monday – Saturday)
7am – 2pm (Sunday)

Stone Harbor Restaurant & Pub
107 N. First Ave.
Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone (920) 746-9004
Restaurant Hours
7:30am to 11:00 Daily
Labor Day – Memorial Day
*Weekends only

Hot Tamales
26 E. Oak St.
Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone (920) 746-0600
Tuesday to Thursday
4:30 am to 8:00pm
4:30am to 8:30pm
7:00am to 8:00pm
8:00am to 2:00pm

Kick Coffee
148 N. Third Ave.
Sturgeon Bay , Wi 54235
Phone (920) 746-1122
Mon – Fri: 7am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 7am – 6pm
Sunday: 7:30am – 4pm

Morning Glory Restaurant
7502 Hwy 42
Sturgeon Bay , Wi 54235
Phone (920) 743-5355
Mon -Thu: 5:30 am – 2:00 pm
Fri: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 5:30 am – 2:00 pm

John Martins
50 S 3rd Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-746-6666
Open for Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday only.

Corner Café
113 N Third Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-743-1991
Open daily 5am-2pm.

Wanda Jeans
846 Egg Harbor Rd
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Monday – Sunday:  7am-9pm


Scaturo’s Baking Co & Cafe
19 Green Bay Rd,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2831

Sunflour Artisan Bakery
611 Jefferson Street,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Town Hall Bakery
6225 State Highway 57,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235





Off Season Family Fun in Door County

March 6th, 2015

Whether you want to build a snowman or relax inside by the fireplace, there are plenty of activities for family fun during the off season in Door County. Here are ten family fun ideas for you.

  1. Ice Skating in Sturgeon Bay at Memorial Field.
    Memorial Field has a warming house, concessions, skate and hockey rinks and lights until 9:00 p.m. as weather permits in the winter.
  2. DC Adventure Center
    Zip line year round at the Door County Adventure Center.
  3. Hands on Art Studio
    Hands On Art Studio is a do-it-yourself Door County destination, offering patrons a freewheeling walk-in art experience. Open November to March Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  4. Sister Bay Bowl
    The Sister Bay Bowl is an authentic, family-owned supper club – just like the ones that were so popular in the 1950s and 60s with a six-lane bowling alley. Fresh made pizza available for eat in or carry out.
  5. Sledding at Peninsula State Park Hill 17
    Large hill with a tow rope. The number 17 fairway at the park golf course is a favorite sledding spot. The hill is steep! Adults must supervise children at all times. Toboggans are not allowed.
  6. Door County Trolley Winter Trolley Tour
    This one is for older families! Trolley guests will tour & taste at a Door County award winning Winery, followed by a cozy sleigh ride through “The Doors” most wintery landscapes…Top it off with a fireside lunch at the English Inn. 
  7. Mayberry’s Carriages
    Take a horse drawn sleigh ride. Bundle up the kids, and get ready for the snow to brush your face, as one of our beautiful teams transport you in our winter wonder land.
  8. Renard’s Cheese
    Go cheese tasting and get your squeak on… Renard’s Cheese Shop features a wide variety of cheese, cheese curds, homemade sausage and specialty foods from throughout the Door County area.
  9. Maritime Museum
    Pirates – Ship to shore:  This dynamic new exhibit explores the life and times of the buccaneers and scalawags that roamed the east coast of North America and the Caribbean Sea during the golden age of piracy.  Visit the costume room to don your pirate attire and explore the old port village of Nassau and walk the decks of the pirate ship Fortune.
  10. Third Avenue Playhouse
    This 84-seat theatre opened in June 2012 and is home to Stage Door Theatre Company, Door County’s newest professional troupe, offering “intimate plays in an intimate setting.”

Find More Winter Ideas and Businesses open during the off season in the Door County Winter Guide!


Sturgeon Bay Coffee Shops

February 20th, 2015

Sturgeon Bay is home to several coffee houses. Try one of these on your next visit here… or head over to Target for the traditional Starbucks.

214 Michigan Street,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235   920-495-7239

5th and Jefferson
232 N 5th Ave,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-1704   920-746-1719

Door County Coffee and Tea Co.
5773 Highway 42,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235   920-743-8930

Glas, The Green Coffeehouse
67 E. Maple St.,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235   920-743-5575

Kick Coffee
148 N 3rd Ave,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2416   920-746-1122

(Inside Target)
410 S Ashland Ave,
Sturgeon Bay, WI   920-743-5775

Door County Museums and Culture

February 5th, 2015


Door County is rich in history and culture.

The county is named after the strait between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island. The dangerous passage, which is now scattered with shipwrecks, was known to early French explorers and local Native Americans. Because of the natural hazards of the strait, where the waters of Green Bay meet the open body of Lake Michigan, they gave it the French appellation Porte des Morts Passage, which in English means the “Way to the Door of the Dead,” or simply, “Death’s Door.”

Here is a list of ideas of Museums and Historical Places to Visit. Each listing includes a brief snippet of information from their website and is linked for you to find out more!

Washington Island Art & Nature Center

“Since 1965, the Washington Island Art and Nature Center has flourished as a not-for-profit organization for Islanders and visitors, promoting the creative arts, providing a sales outlet for Island artists and craftsmen, and directing nature study programs with special emphasis on youth education.”

The Miller Art Museum

“Founded in 1975 through the generosity of Gerhard and Ruth Miller, the Museum is a non-profit cultural arts institution, open all year, to provide a variety of arts opportunities to thousands of children and adults from near and far. The beautiful galleries feature changing exhibits with a rich diversity of expression fostering the creative life of the community.”

The Historic Noble House

“Alexander Noble (1829 – 1905) was one of Fish Creek’s founding fathers who moved from his native Scotland to Chambers Island in 1856. The Noble house was the first to be made of lathe and plaster. Completed in 1875, his dwelling is the oldest remaining residence in the village.”

Heritage Village at Big Creek

“In 1993, the Door County Historical Society leased a corner of the Crossroads at Big Creek to create The Heritage Village at Big Creek and moved the first building, a Fish House, to the site. Since then, work has progressed. Now six buildings are completed and the seventh is being restored.”

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum

“Guiding guests through the lighthouse and its grounds, knowledgeable docents share the personal stories of the keepers who manned the light from 1868 – 1926. Furnished with some of the keepers’ original furnishings, as well as, authentic period antiques, the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum is a story of not only the men who toiled through the night, but also their wives and children.”

Door County Maritime Museum

“Located along Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin’s busy waterfront, the Door County Maritime Museum showcases the area’s rich maritime roots. Hard-working fishermen, brave ship captains, skilled craftsmen, bold inventors and lonely lighthouse keepers”

Door County Historical Museum

“The building was completed in 1939 as a museum. It was during the Great Depression and was built as a WPA project during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

Corner of the Past/Old Anderson House Museum

“The original 1875 Anderson family farmhouse was completely renovated beginning in 1994 and features late 1800’s furnishings, historical photographs, and artifacts depicting Sister Bay’s history.”

BjÃ-rklunden Boynton Chapel

“Björklunden* vid Sjön, Swedish for “Birch Grove by the Lake” is a 425-acre estate on the Lake Michigan shore just south of Baileys Harbor in picturesque Door County. A place of great beauty and serenity, the property includes meadows, woods, and more than a mile of unspoiled waterfront.”

Cana Island Lighthouse

“Travel back in time and explore one of Door County Wisconsin’s most popular lighthouses that’s been standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan for more than 140 years. Investigate the entire 8.7-acre island that includes the 89-foot-tall light tower, the original home of the lighthouse keeper and his family, and the oil house where fuel for the light was stored.”

The Clearing Folk School

“The Clearing is a folk school founded in 1935 by landscape architect Jens Jensen. This “school of the soil” is nestled within 128 acres of Door County forests and meadows and overlooks the dramatic Green Bay shoreline. It was built as a place where ordinary people could, as the name implies, “clear one’s mind” by reconnecting with nature and with one another.”

Crossroads at Big Creek

“Crossroads at Big Creek is a preserve for experiential lifelong learning focused on science, history and the environment. A stimulating environment with state-of-the-art multimedia facilities where individuals can learn in an informal and interactive setting. Indoor and outdoor laboratories, a greenhouse and a specialized library that encourage study and research in botany and the environmental sciences. A historical center, developed and maintained by the Door County Historical Society, which presents Door County’s ethnic heritage, cultural development and land use decisions.”

Ridges Sanctuary

“Over 5 miles of winding trails for hiking and snowshoeing through the most biologically diverse ecosystem in Wisconsin. Extraordinary forests and wetlands are home to over 475 plant species, including 25 of the 40 species of orchids native to the state, as well as the largest population of the federally endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly and 60 species of migrating and nesting birds. The historic Baileys Harbor Range Lights, a rare type of lighthouse, are also found on our campus.”