are planning a golf outing for whoever is interested the morning
of the wedding at The Orchards. We'll have more information about
a quick summary of golfing options in Door Co. Descriptions are
courtesy of Kim's oldest golf-snob brother, Kevin:
Very nice new course (four years old) still filling out and growing
into its potential. Nice 18-hole professional layout with multiple
tees for all levels. Hilly terrain, some water, quality greens.
In Egg Harbor.
Classic older 18-hole course. Some of the open holes are fairly
simple, with numerous excellent challenging holes in the wooded
portion. Quality of playing surface varies from year to year (government
operation). This is an extremely scenic, popular course, so make
reservations far ahead of time if you're interested. Ten-minute
drive from Egg Harbor (in Fish Creek).
Older 18-hole course, generally good quality. Some of the holes
are very quirky. Would play if Orchards and Peninsula not available.
Twenty-minute drive from Egg Harbor (in Sturgeon Bay).
A low-level municipal-quality course at best, with open-field-type
layout and average maintenance practices. Ten-minute drive from
Egg Harbor (in Baileys Harbor).
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surprisingly, Door Co. has lots of nice beaches:
The beach at Nicolet Bay in Peninsula S.P. is Door Countys
most popular (and crowded) beach; its a popular mooring
spot for sailboats and yachts and the hotspot for teenagers.
Harbor Public Beach
If you hang a left out of the Landmark parking lot onto Hillside
road and turn left at the stop sign (veering left, following the
sign to the Alpine Resort), youll end up at this beach,
which attaches to the Alpine beach (about 30 seconds from the
Landmark). Its very nice and not well-known, so its
Its a bit of a drive to get here (about 35 minutes from
Egg Harbor), but this park has a beautiful, large beach.
Dunes State Park
Theres a big beach here, but its on the lake side,
so it can be cooler than the bay side of the Peninsula. Its
about a 25 minute drive from Egg Harbor. This state park adjoins
scenic Cave Point County Park (see Hiking and Sights links).
great biking spot in Door Co. is at Peninsula State Park,
where you can rent bikes at several stores at the park entrance
and take miles of dedicated bike trails throughout the park, including
along the water.
tons of hiking in the peninsula. Here are some of our favorites:
The most scenic trail is the Eagle Trail, a steep up-and-down
loop that follows some great scenery along the bottom of the bluffs.
You can access it from the lookout tower, or you can park at the
beach, walk through the Nicolet Bay campground and hook up to
it from the Minnehaha Trail. The Skyline Trail is also scenic.
The Europe Bay Trail follows some beautiful shoreline as well
as an inland lake.
Dunes State Park
More good shoreline scenery here, especially at adjoining Cave
Point County Park.
Just on the north side of Baileys Harbor, this sanctuary has a
unique microclimate, and guided walks with the naturalists are
interesting (9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
theres a small fee).
you dont want to hike far, there are still lots of scenic
spots to take advantage of:
Peninsula State Park, there are great vistas from Skyline
Road. The Eagle Tower and the Eagle Bluff lighthouse are other
favorite spots for photos.
Cana Island Lighthouse is just north of Baileys Harbor.
Getting to it used to be a bit more adventurous, involving wading
through Lake Michigan, but since water levels have dropped in
recent years, its just a quick (dry) walk to the island.
Point County Park, attached to Whitefish Dunes State Park,
is one of the prettiest spots in the peninsula.
shopping in Door Co. is endless. Here is a random collection of
House is a gift shop right in downtown Egg Harbor with funky
items for home interiors.
Blue Dolphin is a gift shop (north of Ephraim on Hwy. 42)
that is something of a Door Co. legend.
Jeffrey Taylor (at Founders Square Shops in Fish Creek)
has beautiful original jewelry.
Orchards (going north on Hwy. 42, turn right onto Peninsula
Players Road) has great art and jewelry in an old restored barn.
Co. Poster Co. has many locations and offers posters from
local Door Co. artists.
Touch of the World (in Fish Creek) is a peculiar spot we call
The Tacky Import Store. Its more an experience
than anythingwhen the owner asks you, Have you ever
been in here before?, tell him No, and youll
get some great, rambling stories about his travels buying cheap
junk throughout the Third World.
Ho-Made Products (all the way north, almost to the tip past
Gils Rock) is Brents favorite store, because its
all old-fashioned, homemade preserves. The pickles are the best
anywhere, and ask Brent about the pickled okra.
being way up north, Door Co. has a lot of culture, with some fantastic
This is the oldest professional summer theatre company in the
country, and they do a wonderful job. Plays are held in a covered
amphitheatre on their bayside grounds between Egg Harbor and Fish
Creek. Lots of people get there early to drink wine and watch
the sunset before the play starts.
This Door Co. institution gets more popular every year, with original
musicals with local flavor such as Lumberjacks in Love.
Hokey, yes, but the talent is top-notch. The theatre is an uncovered
amphitheatre in the middle of the woods in Peninsula State Park,
so rain cancels the show. Tickets go on sale immediately before
every performanceget there early and get in line, because
recently lots of them are selling out.
Although we havent made it here yet, its supposed
to be very good. The plays are held outside in the garden at Bjorklunden,
on the lake south of Baileys Harbor.
Top high school music students are accepted to this summer camp,
and they perform big band, percussion/steel band and/or symphony
(depending on the week) in an old barn. The performances are excellent.
Co. has a bunch of wineries. Some serve local cherry wine;
others ship in grapes from California and make normal wine. Here
are the two offering the grape kind:
Throw is on the corner of highways A and E, and it offers
Creek also offers free tastings at its winery down in Jacksonport.