May in Door County is a beautiful month. The peninsula is finally starting to come into spring; cherry and apple trees are abloom with white and pink blossoms and the air smells of new growth. Villages all over the peninsula celebrate the season with festivals.
In Baileys Harbor, the start of the fishing season is important. Fishing has been an industry in Baileys Harbor since the 1860’s, and today the harbor is the only Lake Michigan port in Northern Door. To honor the occasion, in mid-May the town holds the Blessing of the Fleet Festival. At its center is a live broadcast of the local priest’s annual blessing. The public is invited to tour fishing boats and listen to stories of fishing Lake Michigan. Another unique part of this festival is the Scottie Rally of Scots, a parade of Scottish Terriers, the adorable black dogs with pointy ears and signature beards. Dine at one of Baileys Harbor’s participating restaurants and eat a lake-inspired meal as part of the Lake to Table Culinary Event. Take home some local fare from the Sunday Farmers Market.
Distance from Blacksmith Inn: Most events are walkable in a few minutes
Pre-registration required: None
Cost: Free to attend
The unofficial start of summer is, of course, Memorial Day weekend. It’s a great weekend to visit Door County because there is plenty to see and learn. Not only are businesses and restaurants re-opening their doors, but the Ridges Sanctuary is opening your eyes to the natural phenomena of the peninsula at the Festival of Nature. The event begins on Thursday and goes until Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The sanctuary schedules guided hikes of rarely-toured areas throughout the peninsula and its nearby islands. Check the the schedule in early April and reserve a place in one or more exclusive walks, field trips or workshops.
Distance from Blacksmith Inn: Walkable in two minutes
Pre-registration required: Recommended
Cost: Varies, $25+
Celebrate the spring at Jacksonport’s annual party, Maifest, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial weekend. The first day honors service members with a parade through town and a flag ceremony. The fun continues with a horsepull, Art Fair, and live music throughout the afternoon. On Sunday, start the morning right with a 2-mile or 10K run.
Distance from Blacksmith Inn: Driveable in 10 minutes (7.2 miles)
Pre-registration required: Recommended to run the Maifest Race
Planning to spend a May weekend in Baileys Harbor? Check the Blacksmith Inn’s availability for your holiday.