Five must-make stops in Door County
This past summer, I took a road trip with my parents to Door County, where we spent July 4th weekend. Although it was absolutely gorgeous in summer, I could just imagine it being even more beautiful in autumn when the leaves are changing in color. So here are five of my favorite stops for when you head to Door County this autumn:
Stop One: Cave Point County Park
In the morning, head to Cave Point County Park. Because this park is on the east coast, it’s a perfect place to watch the sunrise. But if you love sleeping in like me, a little later in the morning will do just fine for a short hike along the coast. Feel free to carefully climb down (barefoot is easier) the cliff face in some areas to be at lake level.
You could also add to the stone towers at some parts of the shoreline.
Or just hike through what seems like an enchanted forest with braided tree roots!
Stop Two (and Two and a half): Bea’s Cherry Pie and Door Bluff County Park
Pick up a slice (or even couple slices) of Bea’s infamous cherry pie at the northern point of the peninsula and drive west over to Door Bluff County Park where you can take a short hike down to the shore for your own private dessert picnic. It may seem like there is no clear path, but just follow the tree roots downwards, and you’ll arrive at the lakefront. During high season, this is certainly one of the most private, tranquil and beautiful locales to hang out!
Stop Three: Island Orchard Cider
In case you are thirsty after that pie, make sure you stop by Island Orchard Cider for their FREE cider tasting! They not only make hard apple cider but also pear and cherry ciders as well! All of their ciders are made using fruit from farms on nearby Washington Island and are based off of the dry and crispy ciders from northern France. It’s really a refreshing aperitif stop to make before heading over to dinner.
Stop Four: Old Post Office Restaurant
Before setting out to Door County, you must make a reservation for the fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant. With a rich history tracing back to over a century ago, the traditional fish boil in Door County is a feast everyone should experience. It’s especially perfect for a cool evening as everyone starts out sitting around a roaring open fire where local Lake Michigan whitefish, potatoes and onions are boiled in a huge kettle while Boil Master Jones explains the Scandinavian origins of the fish boil.
You can then head inside for the mouthwatering feast (you might want to load up on that coleslaw), which ends with a phenomenal slice of cherry pie!
Stop Five: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
If you are looking for a place to watch the sunset, there is an area next to the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park that has a direct view of the setting sun. It was the perfect relaxing end to the day to lean against the stone wall and watch the colors change in the sky as sailboats sailed against the horizon.
- You will definitely need a car to get to all of these places, so drive responsibly!
- Wear comfortable shoes as lots of walking will be involved!
- Make a reservation for the fish boil in advance, especially on holiday weekends as they fill up!
- Cell phone service could be crappy or nonexistent in many areas, so make sure you know where you are going ahead of time!