Visiting Door Country Wisconsin
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LighthousesCana Island is a wonderful lighthouse. It was once a true island, but over time, the water disappeared and now there's a rocky path to the lighthouse. Visitors will need closed toe shoes to explore the lighthouse, but just walking along the beach is fascinating marine delight.
Door County Maritime Museum organizes a yearly June Lighthouse Festival.
State Parks and Performing ArtsPeninsula State Park features 6 miles of shoreline and gorgeous sweeping views. There's also the Eagle Bluff lighthouse as well as all those wonderful outdoor activities. Whitefish Dunes State Park has the tallest dunes in Wisconsin, and Nicolet State Park is one of the smaller but has a lovely beach.
Beginning as early as the 1930s, there has been performances in Door County. The Peninsula Players Theatre dates back to 1935 and has been doing summer stock ever since. Peninsula State Park has its on troupe providing original musical productions celebrating the stories of lumberjacks, fisherman, and other men and women who settled in the area. In addition there are free community concerts in the major villages. Sister Bay offers afternoon Concerts in the Park overlooking the water. Egg Harbor has its concerts in the park on Thursdays from 5PM to 6:30PM. Bring a blanket and enjoy. The Door Community Auditorium offers year-round programming for theatre, dance and music.
Cooking, Crafts, and a Drive-In MovieThe Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay offers one and two day classes on art and crafts. Ellison Bay also have the Savory Spoon with cooking classes. On highway 42 between Fish Creek and Ephraim, stop by The Skyway -- a true drive-in movie theatre since 1950.
The Door County Trolley offers a range of tours that are a great introduction to the peninsula. Of course there's also a full range of sailing crusises and charters
DiningAs you would expect in a tourist area, there are lots of enticing places to eat. But two dining experiences stand out. Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Wisconsin Fish Boils.
Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in Sister BayAl's is famous for the goats on the roof. Yes, you did read that correctly. Al was given a goat years ago, and apparently took quite a fancy to it. Over the years, others have joined and now there are several goats who live elsewhere but visit the roof of the restaurant every day in good weather. The roof, it should be noted, is planted with grass for a touch of authenticity, harkening back to Swedish sod roofs. It also helps the goats feel at home and the goats keep the sod trimmed reducing the need to mow the roof. Inside, people feel at home with the wonderful Swedish-themed decor and dining specialties. Gawk at the goats, then go inside and enjoy a taste of Sweden.
Wisconsin Fish BoilThis is a must-do experience. Lake Michigan whitefish is caught by local fishermen and cooked outside over roaring fire. Potatoes and onions are added to the pot first and then the fish. And then comes the "boil over". Make sure you find out what time the boil master is going to do the "boil over" because if you miss that, you're just going to have boiled fish for dinner. Juicy boiled fish, but without all the show. There are plenty of locations, we enjoyed our fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim.
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