What’s your idea of a perfect Midwest vacation? Exploring state parks and breathing in the fresh air? Canoeing around an island or sitting in a plush chair at the water’s edge with a stack of intriguing books? Or do see yourself touring the historical sites of Door County? With more than 300 miles of impressive shoreline, five splendid state parks and several historical sites, Door County Wisconsin is a wonderful place to enjoy your summer. Below is information on many of Door County Wisconsin’s best tourism sites.
The Alexander Noble House
Built in 1875, the Alexander Noble House is an excellent example of a Greek revival farmhouse. Tour the 10-room home and experience what Victorian life was like in Door County at the turn of the century. After touring the house, walk the town of Fish Creek where a thriving fishing village once stood. While strolling the streets, imagine horse-drawn carriages taking residents to their homes and steamboats coming into port. Tours take place daily from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. from June – October.
Cruise aboard a 69-passenger boat and experience the striking scenery of Fish Creek. Relax while listening to a narrated tour of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Peninsula State Park, Eagle Cave, Egg Harbor, Ephraim and the various islands, bluffs and beaches surrounding the area. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages or purchase refreshments that are offered on board. Take a sunset tour and sail away while listening to free live music, or hop aboard one of the special fireworks cruises that are scheduled throughout the season.
Cana Island Lighthouse
Door County Wisconsin’s most popular lighthouse has been standing watch on the shoreline of Lake Michigan for more than 140 years. While climbing the 97 steps to the gallery deck, imagine the lighthouse keeper as he trudged up and down the steps each night, carrying heated lard to keep the light burning! The outside deck offers a picturesque view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula. Guests are able to tour the original home of the lighthouse keeper and his family and the oil house where fuel for the light was stored. After touring the house, explore the 8-acre island and relish in the beauty of the 89-foot tall lighthouse against the bright blue sky.
Door County Trolley
Experience every part of the stunning region on one of the many tours that has to offer. Overlook 225 ft. limestone bluffs and breathtaking islands on the “Scenic Trolley Tour” or shake in your seat while listening to stories on the darker side of the peninsula while on the “Ghost Tours of Door County.” The “Premier Wine Tour” takes you on a VIP tour of the area known as the “Boutique Winery’s” of the Midwest Wine Region. The tour includes a chauffeured trolley, wine tours and tastings, and a gourmet lunch.
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
This historic lighthouse was constructed in 1868 and has welcomed visitors for the past 50 years. The Eagle Bluff Lighthouse has been beautifully restored and refurnished with a selection of period artifacts, allowing guests to comprehend life in the 1800’s. Located in Peninsula State Park on Shore Road, the lighthouse offers tours daily from May 31 – October 20.
When you visit Door County Wisconsin, you will have the privilege of staying in one of two pristine Select Registry properties: White Gull Inn and Blacksmith Inn On the Shore Bed & Breakfast. White Gull Inn contains a wide selection of tastefully decorated rooms for guests to choose from. This Fish Creek Inn is famous for its breakfasts, scrumptious lunches and romantic, candlelit dinners. Blacksmith Inn On the Shore Bed & Breakfast provides true Wisconsin charm with contemporary amenities. Nestled on the Lake Michigan shore in the pleasant village of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, the Blacksmith Inn is a central location for all the sites in the area.
Photo courtesy Jon Uhrig.