Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Door County, Wisconsin. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host will share local Door County, Wisconsin insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Take Part in a Door County Tradition
It all starts with a blazing bonfire under a kettle of salted water. When the temperature is just right, the boil master adds a basket of potatoes and onions along with the mild whitefish steaks fresh from Lake Michigan to the kettle. At just the right moment, kerosene is tossed into the fire, exciting the blaze and causing the water to boil over, dramatically carrying off the fish oil that has collected on top. The fish are pulled out and greeted with a generous drizzling of butter. Ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served. What began as an economical way to feed large, hungry hoards of lumberjacks and fishermen has become an integral part of the Door County experience. Even people who don't like fish, have been known to like this fish. That's why a fish boil is a must-do experience when you visit here. However, you must remember one thing: leave room for the Door County Cherry Pie.
Tour a Lighthouse
Door County's 300 miles of shoreline, much of it rocky, gave need for lighthouses so that 19th and early 20th century sailors could safely navigate the lake and bay waters around the Door Peninsula and surrounding islands. Today, these lighthouses are majestic landmarks offering compelling, heroic and sometimes tragic stories for anyone willing to listen. The most accessible lighthouses are: Cana Island Lighthouse, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Canal Station Lighthouse and Baileys Harbor Range Lights. These lighthouses are accessible by car and visitors are welcome.
Experience a Sunrise or Sunset
Every day, the Peninsula is graced with breathtaking hues of vibrant colors, announcing the beginning and end of another glorious day. Door County’s sunrises and sunsets provide ideal material photographers, professionals and amateurs alike. So be sure to pack your camera—and make sure you have plenty of room on your memory card or lots of film.
Hit the Beach
Enjoy the day at any number of Door County’s beaches and county parks. Many of the locations have lots of amenities that are great for families. Stop at Anclam Park in Baileys Harbor to watch the kite boarders on a windy day or Ellison Bay Bluff Park to witness the breathtaking view from the boardwalk.
Get Out and Play
Get off your feet and rent a bike - even a Segway - and take a tour of the Peninsula. Make a stop at the Sister Bay Bowl and throw a frame or two. Putt a round of mini-golf or challenge the family by rock climbing or even trying a zip line. Go charter fishing on the ‘ultimate fishing machine’ with a couch and TV below deck or take the old Chicago Fireboat cruise. Go to the water park or rent a boat. Fun is all around you, so enjoy it!
Shop til You Drop
According to the readers of Midwest Living magazine Door County is the best place to find a unique gift in the Midwest. Door County is home to an extraordinarily diverse retail community. Antiques, art, home décor, apparel, lighthouse treasures and gifts galore grace the communities of the Peninsula. It is nirvana for any shopaholic. And while you’re finding the perfect gifts and souvenirs don’t miss the many specialty food shops and farm stands. It’s always a good idea to bring home a taste of the Door County Peninsula.