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Visit Door County: Fun and Adventure on a 3-5 Day Vacation

If you’re wondering how many days you should visit Door County, we have created this blog for the perfect things to do for a 3-day weekend getaway or a weeklong five-day stay! Find ideas for exploring scenic areas, strolling through charming little towns, seeing lighthouses, or visiting wineries or breweries.

Or get outdoors and enjoy hiking through state parks, getting out on a kayak, and much more. Whether you stay just a few days or a whole week, you will get the full experience of visiting Door County in whatever timeframe you have available. So, keep reading to learn more about the magic of Door County.

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How to Spend a 3-5 Day Visit to Door County

While you can explore Door County in infinite ways, here are some ideas for a weekend getaway that allow you to see some of the highlights of this beautiful part of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes.

3-Day Weekend Getaway Itinerary to Visit Door County

Day 1: Arrival and Exploring Sturgeon Bay

When traveling to Door County, you are likely to pass through Sturgeon Bay, especially if you’re driving from other nearby cities. Sturgeon Bay is the largest city and hosts many things worth exploring on the first day of your trip here since you’ll already be passing through.

Stroll through the historic downtown area, where you’ll find unique stores, different galleries, and delicious restaurants.

Depending on what time of day you arrive, you could visit the Door County Maritime Museum, Third Avenue Playhouse, or try the Door County Coffee & Tea Co.

Cana Island Lighthouse

If you’re looking for something a little romantic, in the evening you could go to Cave Point County Park to watch the sunset for a truly stunning sight!

Day 2: Wineries and Hiking in Peninsula State Park

On your second day, wake up early and enjoy the beauty of nature, exploring Peninsula State Park. It is one of Door County’s feature attractions with its many hiking and biking trails, Nicolet Beach, golf, kayaking, and Northern Sky Theater.

After spending some time there, you can head to a winery like Stone’s Throw Winery or Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market. After enjoying some wine, you can catch a show at Peninsula Players Theatre, a local theater company that has been entertaining since 1935.

Day 3: Exploring Fish Creek and Departure

If you’re only staying for a few days, stopping at Fish Creek is a lovely way to end your stay. For instance, it is a beautiful quaint town with cute shops, tasty restaurants, and galleries like the Edgewood Orchard Gallery.

Additionally, you can try exciting places like Blue Horse Café for breakfast or lunch and even take a ferry ride to Washington Island if you have time. After a pleasant day of exploring, you can head home feeling rejuvenated and refreshed!

5-Day Vacation Itinerary to Visit Door County

So, if you want to stay for five or more days, here are a few more ideas for visiting Door County for the rest of your week.

Day 4: Wineries, Cheese, and Art

Going up the Door County peninsula is an excellent route for stopping at different points of interest for a scenic, leisurely drive. You can find wineries, cheese shops, and art galleries to visit along your way.

Get fresh goat cheese at Door County Creamery or find local arts and crafts at the Woodwalk Gallery.

Day 5: Kayaking and Lighthouses

winery on wine trail in vineyard

Enjoy getting out on the water and the scenic shoreline by kayaking. Door County Kayak Tours and Cave Point Paddle & Pedal are great companies that can take you to some of the most beautiful and exciting kayaking spots. After a great tour, visit some of the area’s historic lighthouses, like Cana Island Lighthouse or Eagle Bluff Lighthouse.

Bonus Ideas

Also, try sailing with Sail Door County, where you can cruise along the breathtaking shorelines. Or you can take a fun bike ride on the Ahnapee State Trail stretching out from Sturgeon Bay to Algoma. And there is always relaxing on beautiful beaches like Whitefish Dunes State Park.

No matter how you want to organize your weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, there are plenty of things to do in Door County. So, if you want more ideas, follow our blog, where we consistently post valuable content exploring all there is to do in Door County and in different weather and seasons!

Book Your Vacation at the Ashbrooke Hotel

Stay in one of the best hotels in Door County. The Ashbrooke offers luxury in the heart of nature. Spend your vacation surrounded by the natural beauty of life in the Great Lakes area in a luxury suite.

Our adult-only hotel offers you a friendly, quiet atmosphere with unbeatable service. You will love our amenities which include comfortable places to lounge, like the firepit, hot tub, or pool. Wake up to fresh coffee and a bite to eat. And don’t miss a workout in our full-body fitness facility.

Whirlpool view of Grand Whirlpool suite

Also, our convenient location puts you minutes from local markets, attractions, and scenery that give you the best memories. Book your stay at the Ashbrooke and start planning your wonderful getaway today!