Door County, Wisconsin

Last week my husband Dan and I spent 3 days in one of my favorite spots, Door County, Wisconsin
Described as the Cape Cod of the Midwest it never disappoints.
If you look at a map of Wisconsin you will see a thumb just a little above Green Bay, that is Door County.
Surrounded by beautiful Lake Michigan it's a peninsula with all kinds of charming little towns with names like Fish Creek and Egg Harbor.
Door County is known for it's rolling hills, cherry orchards, and charming little lake towns.  Washington Island, ferries and of course Lake Michigan.

Cave Point is one of my favorite spots although there are so many I can't even cover them all here.  Cave Point stands above sea caves spread across a limestone section of Lake Michigan.
We went to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary.
I can't think of a better place to go.

Door County is also known for it's light houses.  There are about a dozen of them scattered around the peninsula. The Cana Island light house is one that allows visitors to climb the 97 stairs to the top for a birds eye view like this one below.

I got up early one morning and although I don't have a fancy camera, I was still able to get a pretty neat picture of the sun rising over Lake Michigan.
The lake effect seems to do wonders for all the beautiful flowers.

Another shot of Cave Point.

There is an endless supply of charming places to stop for a bite to eat.

And the shops could keep you busy for days.

Kayak lessons looked fun.

While we were visiting, the "tall ships"  as they are called, were passing through the biggest Door County town of Sturgeon Bay.

The roof-top of one of our favorite restaurants.  Al Johnson's is a very popular Swedish restaurant  in the town of Sister Bay that serves traditional Swedish food.  They're meatballs are the best I've ever tasted. They also keep anywhere from 3 to 5 goats on their grass roof.. weather permitting.
No lawn mowing necessary.

And fish boils are another not to miss tradition.
It really is a fun experience.  You gather with other diners while they cook the famous Door County fish boil.
This consists of fresh Lake Michigan white fish, potatoes, onions, and the highlight is when the pot boils over.
Everyone gathers around to watch and then dinner is served.
Dessert is Door County cherry pie served with a scoop of ice creme.
 We only had 3 days for our little get away.  Door County is only about a 3 hour drive for us, but you feel like your in another part of the country.
If you ever get the chance, don't hesitate to go.
Thanks for stopping by friends.

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  1. Your images are beautiful, Cindy, especially the first one and the sunrise over Lake Michigan! A friend and I once took a bus tour to Door County. I remember Al Johnson's and our fish boil. You've awakened a desire in me to visit Door County again!
    xo Beth

  2. We lived up there for about 6 years, Cindy. Hubby was co-pastor at Sturgeon Bay Community Church. Our daughters both worked at Wagon Trail Swedish Bakery and still love spending time up there. Nothing in the Midwest like it-is there? xo Diana

  3. WOW what beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. I can see why they call it the Cap Cod of the Midwest.
    The fish boil looks great - have been to 3 and they are so fun and the food is so yummmmmmmmy.
    Thanks so much for sharing your stunning pictures.

  4. I would never have guessed that it was Wisconsin. The beaches are beautiful.

  5. What an incredibly beautiful area. The buildings are so pretty. Your sunrise shot is gorgeous, such colours!

  6. Hi Cindy, thank you for sharing your gorgeous pictures, it was like being back there! We've been blessed to have been able to stay in Sister Bay for a couple of weeks at a time. Twice in the fall and once in the summer. Those have been the best vacations, ever! Ahh, the memories we made! You visited some of our absolute favorite places! I wish it weren't a 19 hour drive for us! Happy anniversary!

  7. Cindy, your pix are gorgeous! That sunrise could be a postcard. This does look like a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary. You are the one with a birthday coming up. In case I forget it, Happy B'day on Saturday! I can remember your b'day, because it is our wedding anniversary date. Hugs, laurie

  8. Looks like a pretty place to relax and enjoy the scenery. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. Beautiful relaxing place, Cindy! Happy anniversary!...Christine

  10. Cindy, I have never been to Wisconsin, but it is now definitely high on my list! Your pictures are so interesting. I know I would love this spot with such a diversity of activities! The scenery is beautiful and I love to climb lighthouses. A grass roof!! It must be amazing to see the goats on it! Happy end of summer! Linda

  11. Oh, I love Door County! I am originally from Chicago, and we had a summer home between Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor, so I spend all my summers and then some, in that beautiful area! I no longer live in the Midwest, and really miss my time in Door County. The sunsets were incredible and loved driving through all the cute little towns. Thanks for the great pictures and all the wonderful memories!

    Pat F.
    Las Vegas

    1. Thanks Pat,
      It is an amazing place! And how lucky you were to have spent summers there.

  12. looks like a nice place to visit...love the goats on the roof...that sunrise is amazing...

  13. What a beautiful place to spend on your anniversary. Your photo of the sunrise is spectacular! If that is your husband standing on that rock..he looks like a kid. Oh, but then everyone is beginning to look like a "kid" to me! :)
    I enjoyed my visit. And say, what on earth are you doing up at such an early hour? I thought I was the only one that did that. :)
    Big hugs to you.

  14. A beautiful place ! We just had a little get-away too for our 31st anniversary,after seeing yours I realize I should have taken more pics of the area. We went to Destin Fl.about 3 hrs. from us!

  15. It's been about five years since we were last in Door County. I had to smile when looking at your photos as some are identical to mine. I think it's time we consider returning. Great post!

  16. these are beautiful images what a cool county

  17. Door Country looks very charming. Thanks for taking me there through your lovely photos.

  18. We just got back from our vacation in Northern Michigan. Manistee for that matter which is right on Lake Michigan. I thoroughly enjoyed your pictures and stories and it was great to see what was happening on the other side of the lake. That morning picture of Lake Michigan is fabulous! You need to frame it!! :) -Bev

  19. GB and I have not been to Door County yet but this pist sure makes me want to go. You coukd be hired as a Blogger for the county tourism board!!!

  20. What a nice late summer getaway. Thanks for sharing, Cindy.

  21. What a magical looking place, Cindy, and so nice y'all could spend some time there. I would love to see it myself! Thank you for your sweet visit and hope you're having a nice weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  22. Hi Cindy ~ what great memories this brought back for me! My hubby and I honeymooned in Door County almost 29 years ago! We haven't been back since, but keep talking about it. It's quite a hike for us - 6 hours. Glad you had such a good time. :-)

  23. Oh I loved this post! You know how I like to travel!!! The goats reminded me of the white nanny I had when we lived in Crete. I didn't have to mow either. :)

  24. Wow-this looks just amazing! Happy Anniversary :)

  25. We have only been to Door County once, but we loved it. We have been saying that we want to go back. We have gotten so "at home" in Michigan, that we never get around to making the trip. Where do you stay? Lodging seems more limited in Door County than I am used to. We really aren't B&B people. The time we went we stayed at a place called The Wagon Wheel, I think. It was on the "not busy" side but just a short drive to the busy towns. It was a great location but a bit primitive for my taste. Suggestions?


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy