The “mayor” of Door County – aka AJ Dillon, the third year in a row for the Green Bay Packers – hasn’t explored everything there yet. Although immersed in the life of Dor County, many of which are published on Twitter And on Instagram, Dillon said there’s plenty left on his to-do list and watch.
At the top of that list is the Maritime Museum. The second is to support as many local businesses as possible, “especially during the winter,” Dillon said.
But Door County locals, Dillon’s friends and fans, have ideas, too. To get them to know him and their corner in Wisconsin better, they shared some of their suggestions.
This list, along with that of Journal Sentinel reporter Chelsey Lewis, should give Dillon (and all of us) more reasons to explore The Door, no matter the season.
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Peninsula, Newport, Pottawatomie and other state parks
Door County is the only county in Wisconsin with five state parks, as well as one state trail.
The Peninsula, Newport and Potawatomi are perhaps the most famous. During the Great Depression nearly a century ago, the gardens became a public works project.
Lake Europe in Newport State Park is a favourite.
“It’s a great little inland lake. This is where we take our kayaks because we’re not experienced enough to go on the big lake,” said Tracy Eatery Uber, owner of Red Potter Mini Golf Club.
Whitefish Dunes State Park is wonderful. “It’s on the other side (Lake Michigan) and it’s often a little cooler. So on those rare days when it’s really hot on our side of the peninsula, we go to the other side and cool off a bit,” Yeatre Uber said.
Washington Island and Rock Island State Park are also highly recommended. “If you have the time to take the ferries, it’s a really good trip there,” said Yetri Uber.
Hotz and Eagle . hiking trails
“I love hiking Hotez Road,” said Mike Holmes of Wakeman House. “It’s such a great loop.”
“The Eagle Trail in Peninsula State Park can be a tricky trail, but it takes you from the top of the bluff to the bottom. The springs that can be camped and hiked,” said Bob MacDonald, one of the owners of the Bayside Tavern.
Under Stars Farmer Market. The dusk market. “There is a late market, which is kind of fun. This was kind of floating in different locations, but this is a night market,” Yetri Uber said.
Northern Sky Theater
The Northern Sky Theater was showing a packer-related show called “Dad’s Season Tickets” last summer. “The play is great. Ytri Uber said it was all about this family and the season tickets.” And they said Packer came and liked our show. So it was really fun to see. They do theater in the garden; It is an outdoor theatre. But they also have an in-house website that they created just two years ago.”
Door County Coffee and Tea Company
Hunter Malwitz of Destination Door County said: “This is what I consider the Hallmark capital of Door County, which is Carlsville. My mom was actually the second person ever hired there when I started in Forestville, which is where I’m from. So it’s always been a part of the place. I just I love their coffee.”
Steel Bridge Songfest and other music festivals
Steel Bridge Songfest and then the Birch Creek Music Festival at the Birch Creek Performance Center, which MacDonald recently visited
“It’s between Egg Harbor and Baileys Harbor in the middle of the country in an old barn and there’s a little balcony in the middle of it,” MacDonald said. It is a camp for jazz students. They did these shows and then all the professors joined. It’s just an amazing experience.”
Rusty Antique and Rusty Logs, Ephraim.
Pizza and a wood-fired roaster of wild tomatoes; cart ride. Egg port.
Door County Candle Company, Sturgeon Bay.
Naval history. Several members of the Potawatomi tribe and Winnebago were lost while trying to cross the pass from the tip of the peninsula to Washington Island in canoes, leading Potawatomi to call the water the “door of death.”
appreciation of Native American history and culture; Head of Oshkosh Trading. Egg port.
Hidden Caves Karst caves. Egg port.