Five Fabulous Fall Facts

September 6th, 2014

Door County is the place to be in the fall. Tourists come from everywhere to see the beautiful changing of the leaves. You may wonder… what else is there to do?

Here are five fall facts…

Fact #1: Kerosene is the cause of the Big Blaze of the Door County Fish Boil.

If you have not yet tasted the mild flavor of whitefish accompanied by potatoes and coleslaw, it is time to visit one of the many restaurants in Door County serving nightly fish boils. A Door County Fish Boil is a dinner and a show all in one!

Find a listing of restaurants that serve fish boils along with other dining options in the Dining Guide and Fish Boils of Door County Brochure.

Fact #2: Door County is home to more than ten golf courses.

Fall is the perfect time to practice that swing during the beautiful lazy days on Indian Summer. Peninsula State Park has a scenic 18 hole course and professional golf instruction is available by appointment.

Fact #3: Door County has Five State Parks.

Do you want to go for a walk? Door County is full of State Parks, County Parks and local parks. There are even three dog parks for those who prefer to walk with their furry friends.

Fact #4: Big Mouth will be at the 2014 Pumpkin Patch Festival.

Harvest Festival - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Festival – Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, 12th, 2014

Fall Fest – Friday, October 17th to Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Jack O’Lantern Days - Friday, October 24th to Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Fact #5: Door County boasts has two thousand acres of cherry orchards and another five hundred acres of apple orchards

In spring, the county is filled with blossoms, and is richly decorated with delicious fruits in the late summer and fall. Take a tour of the orchards, then stop by one of the many farmers’ markets to take some of the county’s finest produce home with you.

Six Waterfront Dining Options in Sturgeon Bay

August 31st, 2014

Door County has over three hundred miles of shoreline! The county is surrounded by the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal runs through Sturgeon Bay. There are many restaurants in Door County offering both outdoor dining and waterfront dining. Here are six waterfront dining options located in Sturgeon Bay.

Stone Harbor Resort and Pub
107 N. First Ave. Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone: (920) 746-9004
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Sunset Grill
3810 Rileys Point Rd Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone: (920) 824-5130
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Waterfront Mary’s Bar and Grill
3662 N. Duluth Ave Sturgeon Bay , Wi 54235
Phone: (920) 743-3191
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Gilmo’s Bar and Bistro
3600 County Rd. CC Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone: (920) 824-5440
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Glas The Green Coffeehouse
67 E. Maple Sturgeon Bay , Wi 54235
Phone: (920) 743-5575
Waterfront dining and outdoor dining available.

Donny’s Glidden Lodge
4670 Glidden Dr. Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235
Phone: (920) 746-9460
Waterfront dining available.

Door County Wine, Beer, Vodka and More!

August 4th, 2014

What would you like to taste in Door County? Door County is home to numerous wineries… but did you know you can also enjoy locally made beer, vodka and cider? Whatever your palate, you can tour and taste your way through everything from cherry flavored wine to gin. Here are a few of the numerous choices available…

Door 44 Winery

Door 44 Winery is located in the heart of Door County, Wisconsin on Hwy 42/ 57.  The specialty is making wine from grapes that grow here in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. Parallel 44 has a variety of events from live music to a Frozen Tundra Wine Fest. See their events calendar for more information.

Door Peninsula Winery

A selection of almost 50 wines – from Sweet Cherry to bone-dry Cabernet Sauvignon. Join Cerise, the signature wine club and receive 2 full-sized, 750 ml bottles of the latest award-winners or select wines every other month. Also receive member-only perks like deep discounts, priority invitations to winery events, even free gifts just for purchasing wine.

Door County Brewing Company

Door County Brewing Company is inspired by our surrounding; our friends, our families, our landscape. Our mission is to create beers that lead to a gathering of community and friends where ever you are. We promise to create only the best tasting, thought provoking, carefully sourced, eco conscience beers that are constantly pushing the edge of imagination and senses. Our Tap Room is open daily from 11AM – 10PM.

Door County Distillery

Door County Distillery is the first in Door County to produce vodka, gin and fruit infused vodka. The distillery is reminiscent of the casual, pastural surroundings of Door County and showcased in the stone-barn style feel of the building’s exterior, yet modern and elegant inside, showcasing the copper still and small batch, on-site production.

Island Orchard Cider

Handcrafted Normandy style cider made in a Door County Cider House. Our ciders are dry, crisp and refreshing: richly complex with fruit, natural tannins, sugars and a light acidity. A perfect accompaniment to an everyday meal or a holiday celebration, our pair easily with both sweet and savory dishes. Visit the tasting room!







Door County Fish Boils

July 31st, 2014

The “Fish Boil” is a delicious Door County Tradition. Typically, the meal consists of locally caught whitefish that is cut into small chunks and cooked with onions and red potatoes in boiling water. Salt is used to raise the specific gravity of the water. Much of the fun of the Door County Fish Boil is the elaborate presentation that takes place during the cooking of the fish. Everything happens outdoors where the fish is boiled in a giant cast iron kettle. The fish oils rise to the top of the pot during cooking and a small amount of kerosene is tossed on culminating in flames and a boil over. The fish, potatoes and onions are pulled out and carried to the kitchen, where they’ll be served with a generous drizzling of Wisconsin butter.


Here are a few places to get a Door County Fish Boil:

Old Post Office Restaurant
10040 Water St, Hwy 42 (located At Edgewater Resort)
Ephraim , WI 54211
Phone: (920) 854-4034

The menu for the traditional Door County feast includes: Steaks of Fresh Whitefish, Small Red Potatoes, Little White Onions, Homemade Lemon, Pumpkin and Rye Breads, and Fresh Baked Door County Cherry Pie. Chicken or ribs are available for those who prefer an alternative to fish, and hot dogs or chicken tenders are in reserve for children.

Pelletier’s Restaurant
4199 Main Street Founders Square
Fish Creek , WI 54212
Phone: (920) 868-3313

The Door County Fish Boil consists of fresh, locally caught Whitefish cut into steaks, small baby red potatoes and Texas sweet boiling onions. Salt is the only seasoning used. The hot whitefish, potatoes and onions are served with butter. Included with the meal is made fresh daily coleslaw, Bavarian Dark Rye and honey white bread. A slice of Door County Cherry Pie is offered for dessert. There are several substitutions for those who prefer not to eat fish.

The Viking Grill and Lounge
12029 Hwy 42
Ellison Bay , WI 54210
Phone (920) 854-2998

Viking Grill owners Annette and Lawrence Wickman began their commercial whitefish boil back in 1961. Whitefish is served with new potatoes, sweet white onions, coleslaw, pumpernickel bread, lemon wedges, Kosher pickles and topped it off with a piece of Door County Cherry Pie. Serve with iced tea or your favorite brew. My personal recommendation is a tall frosty mug of Leinenkugals.

White Gull Inn Restaurant

4225 Main Street
Fish Creek , WI 54212
Phone (920) 868-3517

Whitefish and potatoes are served with lemon, melted butter, garden fresh coleslaw, homemade breads and homemade Door County cherry pie for dessert. Imported and Wisconsin craft beers, wines and a variety of soft drinks are available to enjoy with the meal and while you watch it being prepared on the patio. Roasted chicken is available for non-fish eaters.



Door County Trolley

July 16th, 2014

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Door County Trolley has a great Old Time Trolley to take you on scenic tours of Door County. They have eight different special tours to choose from. The Trolley is located at 9197 State Highway 42 in Sturgeon Bay.

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Take a look at the Door County Trolley Slideshow!

There are Eight Themed Trolley Tours to Choose from:

Lighthouse Tour
Trolley navigates guests to Door County’s most treasured lighthouses.

Scenic Tour
This 1 hour narrated tour will take guests to see breathtaking vistas atop 225 foot limestone bluffs.

Premier Wine Tour
Experience the VIP Tour of the area known as the “boutique wineries” of the Midwest Wine Region.

Ghost Tours
Step aboard the “trolley of the doomed” as we share tales of ghostly sunken ships, haunted lighthouses, and mysterious happenings on the darker side of this spirited peninsula.

Culinary Tours A “Food Lovers” delight! Get a behind the scenes look and participate in mouth watering tastings at five unique culinary destinations.

Spring Blossom Tour
Guests will partake in wine tastings and a cozy carriage ride.

Bloody Mary Brunch Tour
Indulge in a Wisconsin tradition – Bloody Marys and Sunday Brunch!

Winter Wonderland Tour
Shopping, Wine Tasting, a Sleigh Ride and Lunch!

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Gluten Free Dining in Door County

July 2nd, 2014

It has become very common for a guest to inquire, “Where can I find a place to eat in Door County that is Gluten Free?” A Google search revealed… that it is really hard to find a list of Gluten Free Restaurants in Door County. The available information was hard to find and dated in many cases.

I have researched and compiled a list of places to eat in Door County who state they have gluten free options. Some have a few salads… and some places have everything from pizza to pasta.

2014 List of Gluten Free Restaurants in Door County

  1. Bistro Bar –

The Bistro Bar and Grille is located in Liberty Square in Egg Harbor. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available with fresh food prepared to order. Choices include gluten free salads, burgers, sandwiches and breakfast. The Bistro Bar also has vegetarian options like the Walnut Burger. Christine’s delicious vegetarian recipe combines cheese, walnuts, bread crumbs and spices. Consider adding caramelized onion, sautéed mushrooms, mixed greens, blackening spice, Swiss, cheddar, five cheese, or bacon.

  1. Carrington –

The Carrington is located in Egg Harbor. The gluten free menu has numerous options including pizza and dessert. Try Malibu Apple Pork, a Grilled pork loin set atop Fuji apples lightly sautéed in Malibu Rum and rosemary. Served with a vegetable and your choice of baked potato or wild rice blend.


  1. Danish Mill –

The Danish Mill is located on beautiful Washington Island at the tip of Wisconsin’s Door County Peninsula. The Danish Mill serves Udi’s Whole Grain Gluten Free Bread. In addition, all of their potato chips and potato salad are gluten free along with a daily offering of gluten free bars and cookies.

  1. Gibraltar Grill –

The Gibraltar Grill is on Main Street in Fish Creek. They state, “We welcome advance notice of special dietary requests and will do our utmost to accommodate your needs.” Try the Whitefish Roma, a locally caught Door County whitefish broiled and topped with diced roma tomatoes, red onion, garlic, parmesan cheese and fresh basil finished with a balsamic reduction accompanied with the potato of the day and vegetables.


  1. 5.       Harbor Fish Market –

Waterfront dining in Bailey’s Harbor. The gluten free menu includes a variety of seafood like salmon, lobster, snow crab, oysters and mussels. There is a New England Lobster Boil every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This unique venue also offers a “Doggy Menu” with a fun selection such as “Sterling’s Doggie Kibble”.

  1. Inn at Cedar Crossing –

The Inn at Cedar Crossing is located in Historic Downtown Sturgeon Bay. The Pub offers the areas widest selection of beer from across Wisconsin, including New Glarus, Tyranena, Gray, Lakefront, Sand Creek, Sprecher, Capital, Hinterland, Leinenkugel, Point and O’so breweries. For breakfast, consider an egg white frittata with sweet peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and green onions.


  1. Julie’s Park Café –

Julie’s Park Café in Fish Creek serves daily from 6:59 a.m. to 9:01 p.m. Gluten free lunch specials include sandwiches like coconut chicken salad prepared on gluten free toast or a bun. Get it with an Angry Orchard Hard Cider.

  1. Mission Grille –

The Mission Grille is located in Sister Bay. Start your gluten free dining experience with a Wisconsin Artisan Cheese Flight. Try Wisconsin’s finest Artisan cheeses for this tasting treat.  Served with herb-toasted almonds, marinated olives and pear and honey quince. Have a unique gluten free entrée such as half a roasted Maple Leaf duck and Door County cherry-Bigarade Sauce, sweet potato mash and fresh vegetables.


  1. The Cookery –

The Cookery is a family run restaurant in Fish Creek since 1977. The menu features American fare with a creative twist. Have a Turkey, cream cheese & cherry chutney sandwich on a gluten free bun for lunch. In the wine bar, try the smoked whitefish spread with cucumber slices.

  1. White Gull Inn –

Traditional Fish Boils, Candlelight Dinners and a Gluten Free Menu are available at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. The lunch options include an Asian Chicken Salad with, mixed salad greens, grilled chicken strips, mandarin oranges, sliced red onion with Honey Lime, Lemon or Cider vinaigrette.


  1. Wild Tomato Pizza –

The Wild Tomato in Fish Creek has numerous reviews on Trip Advisor speaking of their gluten free options. The menu includes gluten free pizza, sandwiches and pasta. One of their specialties is the The Green and Gold Pizza with Roasted chicken, bacon, grilled broccoli, spinach, and topped with REAL Wisconsin cheese curds. It comes with ranch dipping sauce.

Do you have a restaurant in Door County that serves Gluten Free Food? Send us a copy of your gluten free menu at and we will add you to our guest book of menus to choose from and include you in our online listing.

Gluten Free Dining in Door County

Five Exciting Summer Activities in Door County!

June 16th, 2014

Summer in Door County is the perfect time for fun and adventure. Are you looking to make spectacular memories on your Door County Summer Vacation? Are you looking to do something a little more exciting than usual? Here are five great summer ideas that will leave you full of summertime memories…

  1. Scenic Air Tours: See Beautiful Door County From The Air.  Majestic lighthouse beacons, sunken treasure ships and peaceful church steeples are just the beginning of what you see when you take off from the Sturgeon Bay, Cherryland Airport on a Grizzly Scenic Air Tour.  Grizzly Over Door CountyGrizzly Over Door County
  2. Zip lining: Zip lining is the sport of soaring high above the ground while your body is secured in a harness and attached to an overhead cable. Gravity Trails has just opened two brand new zip line locations in Egg Harbor. The Giant Dual Zip Line Racer at the Egg Harbor Fun Park is a great zip line experience for all.   Once you become confident you can then head over to Gravity Trail’s new Zip Line Canopy Tour also located in Egg Harbor just a few miles away. Gravity Trails
    Gravity Trails
  3. Parasailing: You’ll never get over the thrill-and-beauty of soaring comfortably hundreds of feet above scenic Eagle Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin. This truly spectacular experience will amaze and delight you. Take a camera along and remember it forever! This dynamic water sport uses a parachute that goes up. After a smooth lift-off you’ll be taken on a breathtaking, enjoyable and thoroughly safe tour of Door County waters. The Para-Sail steers itself; all you have to do is relax and enjoy the view. Your exhilarating ride on the wind ends with a gradual descent and soft touch down right back on the boat.  Wisconsin Water WingsWisconsin Water Wings
  4. Segway: A Segway is a self-balancing personal transportation device with two wheels; can operate in any level pedestrian environment. Tours run daily to glide through Door County and Segways are a great way to effortlessly navigate through the outdoors! Choose from some great tour locations including Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, the Bailey’s Harbor Lighthouse in Bailey’s Harbor, Ellison Bluff in Ellison Bay/Sister Bay, The City of Sturgeon Bay, Cave Point in Jacksonport, the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard and Lighthouse in Sturgeon Bay, Rural Egg Harbor and Washington Island. Segway the Door ToursSegway the Door Tours
  5. Kayak: Take in breathtaking views of Door County while traveling in a kayak. See thousand year olds caves, beautiful bluffs, dunes, beaches, lighthouses and more. You can choose from one of the guided tours or arrange for your very own private tour and pick the locations you most want to see. Some options include Whitefish Dunes, Cave Point, Peninsula State Park, Door Bluff Headlands, Death’s Door Bluffs, Ellison Bay Bluffs, Cana Island Lighthouse, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and Plum Island Lighthouse.  Door County Kayak ToursDoor County Kayak Tours

Door County’s New Cherry Webpage

May 25th, 2014

Tart Montmorency Cherries are Door County’s claim to fame. In fact, Wisconsin is the Nation’s fourth largest producer of cherries with all of them being produced in Door County! Cherry fanatics come from near and far to enjoy the cherry process from start to finish. Beautiful white blossoms begin blooming in May and the fruit is ready for harvest somewhere around mid-July. Nothing beats fresh Door County Cherry Pie or some homemade Cherry Jam!

Are you looking for the perfect place to pick your own cherries? The Door County Navigator has put together a list of area Orchards.

You can also download and print a Door County Cherry Brochure from the Door County Visitor’s Bureau.  Door County now has its very own webpage dedicated to cherries… You can find everything from videos to history to recipes on the Cherry Page. You can even find out about Cherry Tours and Events!

Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair

May 16th, 2014

Get ready for the annual Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair! Memorial Day weekend is a great time to visit Door County. If you will be in town on Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th, 2014 stop by Sunset Park located on Third Avenue for the Fine Art Fair.

There are expected to be over one hundred different artists displaying their artwork . Everything is original and there will be a wide variety of art from sculptures to photography. Whatever your passion, whether painting, jewelry or ceramics there will be something for everyone at the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair. All artwork will be for sale!

The beautiful art of entertainment will also be a part of the Fine Art Fair. A strolling violinist, concertina and a clown will all be present The main music area will have music Saturday 11am-1:30 and 2:30-4:30, Sunday noon to 2:00pm and then 2:00-4:00.

Bridgeville Gardens of Sturgeon Bay will be putting together a beautiful showcase… The Sculpture Garden. Expect to see flowering shrubs, trees and potted flowers.

Like all the very best of events, there will be a variety of food, drinks and raffles available all weekend.

Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair hours are: 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday at Sunset Park located at 747 North Third Avenue on Sturgeon Bay’s waterfront!

2014 Door County Lighthouse Festival Tours

May 4th, 2014

The Annual Lighthouse Festival will be June 13th to 15th, 2014. Festival goers can choose from eleven different Lighthouse Tour Packages. For more information or to purchase tickets visit The Door County Maritime Museum Website.  Purchases may also be made by phone (920-743-5958).

DC Trolley Lighthouse Tour
The six-hour tour spotlights five mainland-accessible lighthouses: Eagle Bluff, Cana Island, Baileys Harbor Range Lights, Sherwood Point and Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Tour departs from Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek and Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay at 9:00 am both Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15.

Ghost Tour
This ninety-minute trolley tour features stories of the area’s spirited maritime past. Includes stops at the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Tour departs from the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay at 6:00 and 8:00 pm both Friday and Saturday nights, June 13-14th.

Naturalist-Narrated Tour
This small group tour is six and a half hours long and includes stops at Sherwood Point, Sturgeon Bay Canal Station, Cana Island, Eagle Bluff and Baileys Harbor Range Lights with drive-by of a sixth light.  Departs from Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay at 9:00 am both Friday and Saturday, June 13-14th, and returns at 3:30 pm.

Island Clipper Tour
This six-hour voyage across Death’s Door and into Michigan waters is traditionally one of the most popular boat excursions.  Tour passes Poverty and St. Martin islands with stop at Rock Island for a mile-long hike to the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Wisconsin’s oldest, and on past the Plum Island Range Lights and the Pilot Island Lighthouse. The tour leaves Gills Rock at 9:00 am Saturday, June 14. Bring a box lunch; vending is not available.

Chambers Island Tour
It appears at press time that transportation will not be provided from the Chambers Island dock to the lighthouse for this popular tour. Access to the historic lighthouse requires a 1-1/2 mile docent-led hike across the island. Lighthouse caretakers will meet the tours as they arrive at the house. There you will be able to soak up the amazing view, and climb to the lantern room platform. Time on the island will be approximately 2-1/2 hours. Tours will leave the Fish Creek dock aboard the Quo Vadis on Saturday, June 14, at 9:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.  Sunday tours leave at 9:00 and 11:30.

Death’s Door Tour
Take this intimate narrated tour (total time 3 hours) aboard the 16-passenger Shoreline Charter into Death’s Door, some of the most history-rich straits on the Great Lakes. Highlights include water views of the Range Lights and the abandoned Coast Guard Station on Plum Island and then to eerie Pilot Island with its bare trees and deteriorating lighthouse. Tour departs from Shoreline Charters dock in Gills Rock at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15.

Plum Island Tour
This 3-hour tour is a rare offering, permitting visitors onto Plum Island for a guided tour by members of the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands. Only four tours are being allowed on the island, which is under the authority of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service.  Note:  This is a walking tour of more than a mile and requires good footwear. Shorts are not recommended. The Friends require a signed liability waiver which will be provided upon ticket purchase to be brought to the dock. Tours will leave the Shoreline Charters Dock in Gills Rock at 9:00 am and noon on Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15.

Rock Island/Death’s Door Tour
These 4-1/2 hour Friday cruises on June 13th will leave from Gills Rock and proceed to Rock Island where passengers can disembark and walk the one-mile trail to the lighthouse. Bring a box lunch to enjoy while on the island or on the boat. Return trip will provide close-up views of the Plum Island Range Lights and the Pilot Island Lighthouse. Departs from Shoreline Charters dock in Gills Rock at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on Friday, June 13.

Baileys Harbor Lighthouse & Shipwreck Tour
Two-hour narrated tour passes Range Lights, Old Baileys Light and a captivating water view of the Cana Island light. Stop for shipwreck viewing also included (weather permitting). Tours leave from Municipal Dock in the center of Baileys Harbor at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm on Friday, June 13th and at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15th.

Sturgeon Bay Area Fireboat Cruise
These 90-minute narrated tours on Sturgeon Bay depart from the dock adjacent to the Door County Maritime Museum and cruise to either the Sherwood Point Lighthouse or the Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Cruises are aboard the retired City of Chicago fireboat Fred A. Busse. Tours leave at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm each day, Friday to Sunday, June 13-15. For ticket pricing visit the Fireboat Cruise website at (no advance sale for this cruise).

Sturgeon Bay Area Fireboat Sunset Cruise
Enjoy a picturesque cruise of Sturgeon Bay culminating with a water view of the illuminated Sherwood Point Lighthouse aboard the historic city of Chicago fireboat Fred A. Busse. Great photo opportunity. This narrated 90-minute tour also includes a close-up view of Bay Shipbuilding, the largest shipyard on the Great Lakes. Tours include complimentary desserts, and other refreshments and snacks available for purchase. Tours leave Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 pm from the dock adjacent to Door County Maritime Museum.

2014 Door County Lighthouse Festival