Less than 24 Hours in Door County, Wisconsin

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Recently I spent less than 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin, and it was a 24 hours full of scenic drives, wood fired pizza, pastel sunsets, and rainbow-covered wheat fields.

I’d only been to Wisconsin once before, and that was on a disastrous college visit in the depths of a long-ago winter. Other than that, my opinion of the Midwest state has predominantly been formed by a combination of a cheese-shaped eraser that my dad gave me post-business trip to Milwaukee, and my recent binge watching of the Netflix series Making a Murderer

Needless to say I’m not a Wisconsin expert?

However, when my family ended our UP Roadtrip with 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin, a gorgeous peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan, I got a bit more of the Wisconsin flavor! (It was cheesy and I liked it!).

Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

^^ incredible pastel sunset in the little town of Fish Creek

We began our 24 hours in Door County on a late Sunday afternoon after a long day of driving west across the UP. There are lots of cute B&B’s in the area, and of course my favorite, Airbnb (click here for $33 off!), but we’d opted for a no frills stay at a Best Western hotel in Sturgeon Bay, the “big city” of the peninsula.

Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

As we only had one evening to enjoy the scenery (due to the whole, y’know, 24 hours in Door County thing), we dropped our bags off and hopped back in the car to drive to the edge of the peninsula.
Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

^^I missed this Midwest sight – barn, field, and even a rainbow!

Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

Door County peninsula is speckled with cute, small harbor towns – I don’t imagine you can go wrong. But we stopped in Fish Creek for dinner and a wander and it was perfect.
Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

 

The little lake-side town almost has a cape cod feel, with its shingled roofs, sprawling but quaint boutiques, and boats bobbing in the harbor. Maybe it was the humid summer air and the slightly fishy smell of the lake, but I felt like I was back in New England!

 

Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

^^That is, until you come across something like this…. Bait vending machines. Can you honestly get more Midwest than this?!

Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

^ my fisherman dad having a field day.

Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

I don’t have any photos (testament to how good the food was?), but we stopped at Wild Tomato Wood Fired Pizza for dinner and boy was it the right choice. Don’t you love when you travel somewhere with no prior knowledge and every decision you make ends up being the right one?? This place was packed and we had to wait 45 minutes for a table but it was worth it. I loved the gluten free pizza and they even had cider in house from my favorite randomly tiny cidery we discovered in Washington last year!!

Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

Fish Creek was also the prettiest place to watch this bright sunset. ^^




The next morning saw us packed up and ready for our journey out of Door County and across Lake Michigan! Naturally we needed a hearty breakfast…

Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

Which we definitely got at Geat Real Café in Sturgeon Bay! The café has tons of gluten free options – I enjoyed the Mexican burrito on gluten free bread. The food is super fresh and healthy and local and hand made!
Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

^^my parents munching awayYour guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)
The café is just a block from the lake and in a great area to wander through, shopping, exploring, and antiquing.

And if you get hungry (or caffeine deprived) there is another great Sturgeon Bay coffee shop, Glas, nearby and overlooking the lake.
Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

^^maybe the best marketing ever?
Soon it was time for us to leave Door County and journey back to Michigan via the Lake Michigan ferry. I was happy to drive through Manitowoc, the nearby county (home to the Making a Murderer documentary).
Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

And soon enough we were back in Michigan!Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!)

24 HOURS IN DOOR COUNTY, WISCONSIN

Stay:

Do:

  • Drive the peninsula
  • Visit the boutiques and harbor of Fish Creek
  • Explore and antique shop in Sturgeon Bay

Eat:

Sarah xx

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Your guide to 24 hours in Door County, Wisconsin - from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do! (You won't go hungry with this guide!) 




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22 Responses

  1. The tipping jar really made my day. My sides are aching with the amount I laughed! Loved all your photographs. They are really pretty.

  2. Beautiful photos. I don’t know what filters you use but they are definitely working for you. As cliche as it sounds I love the idea of a road trip through those Midwest states and the great American countryside! I guess being British it’s just completely different the idea that you can drive for hours and not see one town. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love discovering new spots to explore! Especially somewhere close enough for a road trip 🙂 Saving this for later!

  4. I love visiting unexpected little gems. I definitely pinning this post for a future trip. I want to drive around all the Great Lakes.

  5. Good read. I have been to Door County in the fall and it was spectacular. Also visited some of the beautiful historic lighthouses in the area and camped by the lake. I love your photos, Fish Creek looks so quaint!

  6. What the heck is a breakfast burrito…on bread? Only in Wisconsin, lol!
    I’ve always wanted to take the ferry across the lake, but it seems super expensive!

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