Events & Things to Do in Fall in Door County WI
Have another muffin, you will need some extra energy for exploring Peninsula State Park! Stop at the Fish Creek Market for picnic makings then hike the park, it is stunning any time of year but the crunch of fall leaves underfoot and the brilliant foliage overhead are exhilarating. Take a tour of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Climb the tower for a spectacular view over the bay. Our favorite picnic spot in the park is Weborg Point. Visit Edgewood Orchard Gallery, just south of Fish Creek. The setting is just as breathtaking as the art. No visit to Door County is complete without a legendary Fish Boil dinner at the The White Gull Inn. America’s oldest professional summer theater, Peninsula Players, is a few minutes away. The waterfront setting is a stunning spot to take in the sunset before the performance.
Horseback riding on a crisp fall morning is as good as it gets. Kurtz Corral matches rider experience with horses and provides beautiful trails through meadows and woods. Warm up after your ride with lunch at Door County Coffee, the aroma of coffee roasting makes it hard to inhale deeply enough. Wander across the street after lunch for wine tasting at Door Peninsula Winery. Onward to some of our favorite galleries; the Woodwalk , Plum Bottom Pottery and Juddville Clay, all within a few minutes’ drive. A little more tasting, this time olive oils at the Oilerie in Fish Creek. Top off the day with an impressive dining experience at The Whistling Swan.
A little exploring is in order, drive north, stop at the Door County Bakery for fortification along the way to Sister Bay. Sister Bay is the big city in Northern Door County with 800 people! Peruse shops and galleries in town and check out the goats on the sod roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. Lunch is just up the road at Base Camp with a perfect opportunity for a bit of shopping upstairs at Ecology Sports. Hiking Newport State Park will provide another opportunity for breathing in that crisp fall air. Time your hike with returning through Ellison Bay at 6pm when you begin your cooking class at the The Savory Spoon. Not only is the class a blast, but the finale is dining on your delicious creations!
Spend the morning hiking Whitefish Dunes State Park, the brilliant colors of the leaves against the blue water is stunning. Cave Point County Park is a spectacular place to watch the big waves of fall crash against the limestone shelf. Stop at the Town Hall Bakery in Jacksonport for lunch. Krowas Orchard Farm Market is hard to find but their freshly pressed apple cider is sure to please with fresh apples, lovely plums, pumpkins and gourds galore. Catch adult night on Fridays at Hands On Art Studio. Bring your own wine, pizza and sandwiches are available, listen to live music and create your own art with their supplies and expertise and be amazed at the results! Just plain fun.
A day to explore Washington Island is barely enough and biking the island makes it even more of a challenge to fit it all in, but in the fall with the cooler temperatures, it is the best. The must-do stops are the Norwegian stavkirke, the Jacobsen Museum at Little Lake, the Art & Nature Center, Schoolhouse Beach, Jackson Harbor and a lawyer for lunch at KK Fiske & Granary; all done in whatever order you can manage and still get on the last ferry back to the mainland. Once back on the mainland, celebrate your day at JJ’s, the local watering hole in Sister Bay, with margaritas and fish tacos.
Last chance to select those apples and pumpkins to take home. Koepsel’s, Seaquist’s and Wood Markets are all brimming with temptations. En route between markets make sure you stop at Fine Line Designs and the Hardy Gallery. Lunch is at the Village Café in Egg Harbor. One last hike at Bay Shore Blufflands Preserve before dining at Parador in Egg Harbor, lovely tapas with an emphasis on locally produced fresh, fresh food. On to the Door Community Auditorium for an Northern Sky Theater performance, the same troop of actors that perform outside in the summer take their special brand of smile making indoors.
Take copies of the recipes for the morning’s pumpkin muffins and cinnamon apples along to help recreate your stay’s memories once home. We’ll bid you farewell, knowing you will return. Stop in Sturgeon Bay for one last Door County experience. The shops on Third Avenue are plentiful and you must visit Popelka Trenchard Glass after lunching at Bluefront Cafe.