As the season starts to transition to spring, Door County emerges from its winter hibernation. The temperatures slowly climb upward, gardens and greenery come back alive, and apple and cherry trees begin to bloom. All of these elements, paired with the lack of summer crowds, make this the perfect time to take a trip to Door County. If you’re wondering what the best things to do in Door County in the spring are, keep reading!
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Fun Things to Do in Door County in the Spring
Door County is well-known for its fun-filled annual events, and tranquil activities. Here are some fantastic ways to spend your time in this magical area during springtime.
Door County Half Marathon
Location: Peninsula State Park, WI
Date: Early May
This race is one of the most popular in the midwest. The Door County Half Marathon includes 13.1 scenic miles along the shore, through forests, and atop bluffs of Peninsula State Park. After the race, runners are rewarded with a free beer at Nicolet Bay.
Location: Jacksonport, WI
Date: Memorial Day Weekend
Maifest is a traditional celebration of the arrival of spring. Here in Door County, Jacksonport has its version of this festival. Jacksonport’s Maifest includes a parade, an art fair, live music, a horse pull, and 10K and two-mile fun run/walk. Plus, there is an array of delicious food vendors selling funnel cakes, kolaches, brats, hot dogs, and more!
Fine Art Fair
Location: Sturgeon Bay, WI
Date: End of May
For over 20 years, tourists and locals alike have traveled to Sturgeon Bay to attend the Fine Art Fair. This iconic fair features a juried art show from artists from across the United States, as well as live entertainment, children’s activities, delicious food, and more!
Explore the Lighthouses
Since the 1800s, Door County lighthouses have guided sailors as they made their way through the Great Lakes. Although most of the beacons have long since retired, they still stand as symbols of strength and protection along Door County’s shores. A visit to the peninsula is nearly incomplete without seeing these breathtaking lighthouses. Some of our favorites include:
- Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
- Sherwood Point Lighthouse
- Cana Island Lighthouse
- Old Baileys Harbor Lighthouse
- Plum Island Lighthouse
- Sturgeon Bay Canal North Pierhead Light
Adventure in the Parks
Door County’s natural scenery is one of the area’s main attractions. From stunning rocky shorelines to dense forests, you could spend an entire day exploring our area’s unique flora and fauna. If you’re hoping to spend some time exploring the great outdoors during your stay with us at The Ashbrooke, here are the most popular Door County State Parks that you won’t want to miss.
- Peninsula State Park
- Newport State Park
- Whitefish Dunes State Park
- Rock Island State Park
- Potawatomi State Park
Admire the Blossoms
Cooler spring months paired with the soil composition in Door County make it an ideal location for growing cherries and apples. When you begin to see the apple and cherry blossoms bloom, it’s a sign that the county has thawed out from the winter and spring is in the air. During your spring trip to Door County, break out your camera and gaze at the gorgeous blossoms at some of these locations.
- Apple Orchards (Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market is one of our favorites)
- Trolley Tours (Door County Trolley offers a Spring Blossom Tour)
- One of the area’s 19 County Parks (Cave Point County Park is a great one)
- Hiking trails (Newport State park offers an extensive trail system, as well as long stretches of beach along Lake Michigan)
Stay in the Heart of Door County at The Ashbrooke Hotel
The Ashbrooke Hotel is an adults-only Door County hotel in Egg Harbor and is the perfect romantic getaway for couples. Our convenient location keeps you close surrounding areas, such as Fish Creek, Baileys Harbor, Sister Bay, as well as all of the best things to do in Door County in the spring.
When you stay at The Ashbrooke Hotel, you’ll find much more than your average hotel. We offer six sophisticated styles of rooms and suites paired with opulent amenities. The Ashley Room is our standard room and is located on the first floor facing the front of the building. These stunning rooms feature a king-size bed, a wet bar with microwave and refrigerator, free WiFi access, a 42″ TV with HBO, and a lovely outside sitting area. It’s the perfect spot to lay your head during your Door County getaway. Spring will be here before you know it. Check our availability and start planning your trip today!