There’s no place like Door County! Known as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” this area is filled with expansive lakes, picturesque scenery, unique buildings, and more. Even if you’ve visited our charming peninsula before, we have a feeling there’s still plenty more for you to explore here. We’re locals to the area, and we’ll tell you about some of the best hidden gems of Door County.
For a complete list of the best things to see and do in the area, download our complimentary Door County Vacation Guide. You’ll find all the top-notch restaurants, attractions, events, and more in one convenient guide.
Explore These 5 Hidden Gems of Door County
1. Washington Island
Washington Island is unlike any other town in Door County because you can’t get there by driving down the road. This island is only accessible by the Washington Island Ferry Boat, a picturesque and relaxing adventure in itself. Once you get to Washington Island, spend the day at Schoolhouse Beach. This beach is truly a gem and is one of only five of its kind in the world. The shore is covered in millions of small smooth stones, and the water is crystal-clear.
2. Whitefish Dunes State Natural Area
Settled alongside Lake Michigan, you’ll find the Whitefish Dunes State Natural Area. This area is geographically unique, with the largest sand dunes on the western side of the lake. Explore the area by hiking along trails, some taking you to the sandy shore, some taking you to cliffs overlooking the water, and taking you back into the woods and across to Clark Lake.
3. Door County Maritime Museum
Door County is rich in fascinating maritime history. For years, ships have traveled in and out of Green Bay and through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. Head to the Door County Maritime Museum and go back in time. One of the most exciting exhibits at the museum is the historic tugboat, John Purves, which is over 100 years old.
4. Gills Rock
Gills Rock is a historic fishing village in Door County that’s filled with charm and fun-filled activities. One of the best things to do here is enjoying waterfront dining at a superb local restaurant, such as Shoreline Restaurant. You can also snap a photo at one of the most photographed sites in Wisconsin, the “winding road,” go kayaking on Europe Lake, or hike to scenic overlooks in the Ellison Bay Bluff State Natural Area.
5. Cave Point County Park
Cave Point isn’t your average county park. This natural gem features limestone cliffs and underwater caves created by the wind and waves of Lake Michigan over time. Hike to the top of the hills in Cave Point County Park and listen to the thunderous sound of waves crashing along the shore. Sometimes the waves are so powerful the spray shoots up 20 feet into the air!
Reside in a Door County Gem
When it comes to the best accommodations in Door County, look no further than The Ashbrooke Hotel. Our adults-only hotel is located in the heart of the peninsula and keeps you close to all the best attractions. Plus, you’ll have unlimited access to our onsite amenities, such as our indoor pool!
Check our availability and book your unforgettable Door County adventure today!