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A Weekend in Door County, Wisconsin

K and I spent a long weekend up north in Door County, Wisconsin for the 4th of July holiday. We packed in as many activities as possible in four nights, while leaving time for daily naps. This post includes a few highlights from our trip.

For more on traveling in Door County, check on these posts:

Onto the highlights:

Breakfast at Base Camp Coffee Shop {Sister Bay, WI}

I can’t visit Sister Bay without stopping for a yogurt parfait, coffee or a pastry at Base Camp. It was packed with coffee lovers for the holiday weekend! I picked up this yogurt parfait, with house-made hazelnut granola and an iced maple latte. So good.

Afternoon Drinks at Top Deck – Gordon Lodge {Baileys Harbor, WI}

During a long bike ride {20+ miles}, we stopped for afternoon drinks outdoors at Top Deck, located at the Gordon Lodge resort. I had a watermelon mocktail and it was soo tasty. Anything flavored with watermelon on a hot summer day is at the top of my list. K and I also wanted to visit our wedding destination, as we got married at Gordon Lodge three years ago. It’s a beautiful place to vacation too!

Hiking at Newport State Park {Ellison Bay, WI}

My favorite state park in Door County for a quiet beach and hiking is Newport State Park, located near the top of the Door County peninsula. K and I finished a few hiking miles on the Europe Bay Trail during our weekend trip. Newport is over 2,000 acres, with 11 miles of protected shoreline. It is the only wilderness-designated state park in Wisconsin.

Fireworks {Gills Rock, WI}

We took in two fireworks shows over the 4th of July weekend, and the best was in Gills Rock. The fireworks show was close to 45 minutes long, and fireworks went off from a barge out on the water. I have never been so close to a fireworks show before – it was unreal. I felt like I was in an IMAX theater. If you’re ever in Door County for the 4th of July, I highly recommend the Gills Rock fireworks. Gills Rock is located near the very top of the Door County peninsula, and it’s where you can catch a passenger ferry to Washington Island.

Shopping for Cherries at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

Seaquist Orchards is my favorite place to pick up cherry products, and this visit was no exception. I stocked up on frozen cherries, cherry pie filling, dried cherries, cherry & almond muesli, jam, and individual pie slices for the road. Seaquist Orchards holds their annual cherry festival at the end of July, which is usually when tart cherries are at their peak picking season.

Dinner at Waterfront {Sister Bay, WI}

{Image via Yelp}

Waterfront is a lovely fine dining destination, located on the water with beautiful Lake Michigan views. K and I had dinner here for the first time over the holiday weekend, on a double-date with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. The seafood was so good on the summer menu – I had halibut with white bean gremolata broth, goat cheese ravioli, and summer vegetables. One of the best meals I have had all year!

Have you visited Door County?



0 thoughts on “A Weekend in Door County, Wisconsin”

  • We vacation in Door County a lot, but have never been there for the 4th! We will this year, though. Is it an ok time to be there?! We have two children, ages 5 and 8, and my fear is it will be too crowded at that time? However, the 4th is a Tuesday this year, so it's not like it will be a weekend 4th of July holiday. Just wondered your thoughts on the crowds. Although summer in Door County is always busy!!

  • Door County is SO fun for the 4th! We go up every year. It is busy at that time with lots of events (several fireworks shows, parades, festivals). But I think you will have a great time. I recommend staying in the northern half of Door County if you want a more low key experience. Since the 4th is on a Tuesday there will likely be extra vacationers there all week.

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