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Wine, beaches, quaint towns, orchards and cherries…summer in Door County allows us to unplug and welcome a slower pace. Hubster and I take an annual vacation together to reconnect, away from the demands of special needs parenting. We chose a quaint cottage on the shore of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for this year’s summer vacation. The first thing I noticed when we arrived to our cottage was the sound of the waves lapping against the rocky shore.
If the sound of wind rustling through the trees puts me at peace, the sound of waves against the shore is where my soul finds rest. I enjoyed reading on the deck each morning, soaking in the stillness around us.
We grilled most of our meals, dined on the deck and ended the evening with a campfire. There’s something about a Door County evening that is unlike any other: the cool breeze off the water, the quieter pace of life, the local food and wine, and the peace that washes over you.
Every morning, we traveled to Carlsville to enjoy our favorite coffee from Door County Coffee & Tea Company. The daily specials encouraged me to be a little adventurous in my selection, but everything I have ever tried there has been fantastic. Each time we visit, we stock up on ground coffee and single serve cups for home, so we can take this treasure with us each day.
Door County Trolley just opened the doors to its new location, a bright, beautiful place to shop, enjoy beverages and wait for your trolley tour. There are 11 trolley tours to choose from, but if you like wine – even a little bit! – we highly recommend taking the Premier Wine Tour. I hear all the tour guides are pretty awesome, but if you happen to get Darrel then you’re in for a real treat. He’s lived in Door County for many years, knows all kinds of tips about the area, and is a lot of fun!
The wine trolley was a highlight of our vacation. Thanks to Darrel’s recommendation, we went off the beaten path and had ice cream at Schopf’s Dairy View Country Store. The ice cream is made fresh on-site and you can see the process of milking cows from an air-conditioned viewing area.
Watching the milking process fascinated even this self-proclaimed city girl, so I think it’s a must-see. They also have activities and a petting zoo outdoors. (Another great place or a frozen treat: stop for gelato at Door County Creamery and find a surprise in front of the building!)
It almost goes without saying that the beaches and parks are stunning places to visit. No matter where you go on the peninsula, you will be met with gorgeous scenery. There is one winding road between Gill’s Rock and the ferry landing that I simply must visit in autumn, when the fall leaves will light it up with color. A fall visit to Door County is next on my vacation list!
Have you visited Door County? What is on your must-see list?