A view over the clear waters of the bay with trees growing thickly up to the shore.

Door County is a perfectly realized Midwestern escape from the madding crowd. Photo © Matthew Arata, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Your idea of Wisconsin may be aw-shucks farmers waving from tractors, cows named Bessie, or anglers casting a line into a stream. Fair enough. But Door County will give your preconceptions a jog—and then give your senses a workout.

Map of Wisconsin's Door County

Door County

Consider epic seascapes viewed from sculpted chocolate-drop sand dunes. Imagine acres of picture book-worthy cherry blossoms and daffodils. Experience artist colonies and round-the-fire chautauquas staged in dense forest. All in Door County.

The first European arrivals viewed this landscape with awe and fear. Flash ahead a couple of centuries and new immigrants began to appreciate Door County’s bounty: rich fish harvests, a climate perfect for agriculture, and timber ready-made for shipbuilding.

The secret eventually got out. Today, Door County is a perfectly realized Midwestern escape from the madding crowd. Enjoy some of the country’s most pristine wilderness. Discover five-star dining in villages with year-round populations under 500. Embrace the advice that local fishers offer on how to land a lunker.

Door County never feels like a tourist trap. Open the door to Mother Nature’s rec room and find endless opportunities for adventure, fellowship, and even solitude. Step outside.

Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Wisconsin’s Door County.

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