Jul 26, 2018


The August Edition of Door County Itinerary ideas includes activities and restaurant ideas for a two day vacation in Door County during the month of August. There are many local attractions to be found in Door County! The Door County Visitor’s Bureau is a great reference if you are looking for more ideas!

Bridgeport Resort is located in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The resort is close to dining, shopping and many local attractions. Make Bridgeport Resort your headquarters for your Door County Adventure. Visit an authentic Wisconsin Supper Club on the night of your arrival… the Nightingale Supper Club. Some of the most popular menu choices include: Prime Rib & Prime Rib Steak Sandwiches, Seafood – Australian Cold Water Lobster Tails, Steaks – For a true steakhouse experience, try our Chef’s favorite “The Ribeye”, Fish Fry, Our Famous Friday Night Fish Fry including: Perch, Walleye, & White Fish, BBQ Ribs, Pork Chops, Chicken Recipes, Homemade Soups & Salads Daily and the Best Ice Cream Drinks in Door County!

Start out your second day by visiting one of Door County’s most well-known Lighthouses! At Cana Island Lighthouse you can 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 highlight of any Cana Island visit is climbing the 97 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase to reach the gallery deck. The outside deck delivers a sweeping view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula. While the ascent is fun for visitors, imagine the lighthouse keeper’s job as he trudged up and down the steps each night, carrying heated lard to keep the light burning!

Stop at Grasse’s Grill for lunch. If you are looking to eat Gluten Free in Door County this is a great option. Online reviews are good stating they are Celiac friendly, have an actual gluten free menu and the staff is well trained. Are you in need of more Door County Gluten Free Dining Options? Take a look at this list from Yelp.  The comments really help you to get a feel for how thorough each place is and if they have items such as dedicated fryers. 

Grasse’s Grill is real food rooted in four generations of family. The emphasis is on fresh, homemade foods featuring Door County, WI ingredients. Meals are prepared by professional chef/owner Jimmy Grasse and crew. His wife, Jessica, will make you feel right at home as you enjoy quality dishes. Enjoy gourmet angus burgers, vegetarian and gluten-friendly selections, specialty salads, craft beers, varied wine list, and house made desserts. Grasse’s can’t wait to share their farm fresh Door County tradition with you.

After lunch, visit one of Door County’s finest wineries… Von Stiehl Winery! The main building, with a tasting room and underground tunnels, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The winery also features a 10,000 sf production facility and a spacious outdoor terrace with Lake Michigan views. Take a tour, have a taste, and learn how to make our award-winning wines! Year round events, at the winery are favorites of locals and visitors alike. With grape-stomping competitions, live music, great food and fun folks, there’s never a dull moment at a von Stiehl event! The winery is open seven days a week! Extended hours for Summer; July-August are open 9:00am-5:30pm.

Try an authentic Door County Fish Boil for dinner! A fish boil is both a meal and a great show all rolled into one! An evening Fish Boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant is an experience in itself! The Lake Michigan whitefish is caught by local fishermen and prepared outside over a roaring open fire.  Small potatoes and onions are boiled first and the fish is then dropped into the steaming kettle. When the oils from the whitefish rise to the top of the kettle, kerosene is added to the flames creating the “boil over,” spilling the fish oils over the side and signaling that the catch is ready to serve. The menu for the traditional 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.

Spend some time relaxing after dinner. You are on vacation after all! The outdoor pool is still open in the month of August. The covered balconies are a perfect place to catch up on a good book or even sip a glass of wine while watching the water. If you want to get even closer, take a stroll along the Waterfront Walkway.

On the final morning of your visit head to downtown third avenue and have breakfast at the Inn at Cedar Crossing.  The restaurant serves fresh regional fare in a casual historic setting. Visit for hearty breakfasts, specialty lunches, enticing and creative evening dining in the restaurant.  They also feature delicious bakery, artisan breads and desserts made from scratch from the bakery,  as well as fine wines and creative cocktails in the bar. Try the Frittatas… Three eggs whisked with filling ingredients, cooked, topped with cheese and popped under the broiler until golden and fluffy. Frittatas include choice of homemade toast or English muffin and preserves.

Conclude your two day Door County Vacation with a Door County Trolley Tour! Door County Trolley specializes in guided, themed tours focused on exploring all the beauty Door County has to offer. There is a tour for everyone: Narrated Scenic Tour, Lighthouse Tour, Premier Wine Tour, Ghost Tour, Wine Spirits & Brew Tour, Haunted Pub Crawl, Wisconsin Supper Club Tour, and new Murder & Mayhem Tour. Also a Family Ride is perfect for families with younger children. In addition to the themed trolley tours, trolleys are available for private group tours and wedding charters throughout Wisconsin. Advance Purchase Recommended, Tours Often Sell Out!

I hope these ideas have been helpful. Whatever you do, find all the beauty you can in your trip!

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