American Link | October 5, 2015
From the spectacular array of vivid color, fresh open markets and tasty orchard treats, to outdoor recreation and fun festivities. Autumn is feast season for the senses in Door, making the charming county just too easy to adore. Visit our list of favorites and start creating your own colorful memories. We bet you won’t want to leave!
Cruise the Wisconsin Coastal Byway. This 66 mile drive ribbons back and forth and begins with stunning views of the coastlines, 50 feet above Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. Continue on for vineyards, villages, antiques and culinary treats. This venturesome trip allows for optimal fall color viewing.
Stock up on sale priced fall goodies as the orchards overflow with produce. At Seaquist’s Cherry Orchard you can try your luck at the baffling hay-bale maze or apple launching. Paint a pumpkin, make caramel apples and enjoy free samples galore! Then delight in the regions specialty - cherry pies, cherry cider coolers, chocolate cherry bars, chopped cherry jam and incredible cherry salsa!
If thrills are your thing, get some air beneath you while looking out over a wing. Take off from the Sturgeon Bay, Cherryland Airport with Grizzly Scenic Tours for majestic views of sunken treasure ships, lighthouses and more. Trips start under $100.00. Book your seat daily through the end of October.
Door County Wine Trail
Sip, swirl and savor your way through your day tasting Door County’s well known apple and cherry wines, plus bountiful blends and cold-hardy grape varieties. You’ll find something unique at all 7 stops on the winding way. Free wine tasting, knowledgeable tours, shops, gourmet foods and gifts. Stop by the visitor center in Sturgeon Bay to check for free tour coupons.
Take a scenic trolley tour in Fish Creek. Choose one of many tour options including a scenic 60 minute narrated tour with 225 foot limestone bluffs and seasonal favorites like The Haunted Pub Crawl or Ghost Tours of Door County.
Harvest season in Door means lots of festivals. The best in the Midwest! From the Pumpkin Patch Fest in Egg Harbor and Ephraim’s Towline Art Fair held mid month to the 69th Annual Fall Festival in Sister Bay and Jack O’ Lantern Days in Fish Creek, there is much fun to be had. Enjoy lively parades, food booths, (even pumpkin beer), live entertainment, arts & crafts, costume parties, and the release of ten thousand ping pong balls for prizes!
For a meal to remember, partake in a traditional, locally caught fish boil at Viking Grill. The pot doused with kerosene at the end of the boil makes for a smoky, flame thrilling show! The historical meal is served promptly at 4:30 daily through October.
Peninsula State Park encompasses 3,776 acres of forests, cliffs, wetlands and shoreline. Pitch a tent and hike or bike more trails then you can dream of including rugged terrain that put you to the test. Climb the 75 foot wooden Eagle Tower platform and take a guided tour of the 1868 Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. If you are not worn out yet, grab some clubs for 18-holes of golf or wandering along a cedar lined beach.
For a different kind of boat tour, book a spot with Door County Adventure Rafting. Music, fun and a few giggles await you as you glide over the water taking in the vivid color. See remote islands, caves, lighthouses and bluffs easier then ever in this smaller vessel. Learn Door’s history, shipwreck locations and Green Bay tidbits. Perfect if you’re bored with the same old sailboat ride.
Catch one of the few remaining shows of the Peninsula Player’s Club 78th season. For a romantic evening start with a sunset picnic on the beach. After stroll over to this state-of-the-art, three-season open theater nestled in the cedars for an exceptional, professional live performance.
Credits // Author: Wendi Wendt