July 2014

FROM THE EDITOR: Fun is Heating Up in Door County

Summer is in full swing and Door County is ready for it – and you! In our July newsletter, get tips to plan the perfect Door County beach experience, see all there is for families to do together, and discover a simple way to see Door County’s beauty in one scenic drive.

Get the Inside View!

Find out even more about Door County from people who live here! Check out our insider blogs to get up-close-and-personal looks at everything from motorcycling the Door to planning your perfect wedding and much more.

Your Fresh Picks

The cherry harvest is just around the corner. Are you ready? Find out when you can expect them to be ready for picking, and learn more about the orchards where you can pick your own cherries directly from the trees.

There are dozens of public beaches in Door County and no two are exactly the same.

Eagle Harbor Inn

Eagle Harbor Inn: Pack for Ephraim Beach!

Enjoy our main street location, just one block from the ever-popular Ephraim Beach! Stay in a One or Two-Bedroom Suite perfect for couples & families and equipped with an apartment-sized kitchen or stay in a unique B&B room which includes full Garden Side breakfast! WiFi, playground, fitness, yoga, afternoon treats!

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Savory Spoon’s Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon with Cherry Reduction Sauce

Tender filet mignon gets dressed up in the flavors of Door County in this delicious main dish from the Savory Spoon. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or for sharing with a gathering of close friends and family.

The Door County Coastal Byway offers 66 miles of Door County beauty in one simple-to-navigate loop.

Fun is a Shore Thing

From rocky shores to smooth sand perfect for castle building, Door County beaches offer a variety of options. Pack a swimsuit or two, beach toys for the kids, and a few good books for yourself and get ready for a beach vacation that you can’t get anywhere else.

Activities for All Ages

Family fun is everywhere you turn in Door County. From nature walks and swimming, to watching a drive-in movie or playing a few rounds of mini-golf, there are plenty of ways to share the county you love with the kids you love. Check out a few great ideas for your family’s summer getaway.

The Business – and Flavor – of Whitefish

For most of the country, “whitefish” could mean any type of white-colored fish. But in Door County, it has a specific meaning. Find out why our whitefish is a staple in Door County dishes from grilled meals to our famous fish boils.

Art in “Plein” Sight

Artists never fail to find inspiration in Door County’s picturesque shoreline, towns and parks. During the annual Plein Air Festival, presented by Peninsula School of Art, everyone can watch as painters from around the country capture the beauty of Door County on canvas.

Door County’s limestone bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment, a geological formation that stretches from Niagara Falls in New York State, across to Northern Wisconsin and beyond.

Landmark Resort


Located on 40 wooded acres, the Landmark Resort is open year-round to serve your business and personal lodging needs. The Landmark Resort offers all suites, free wireless internet access, heated swimming pools, tennis courts, whirlpools, steam rooms, and casual dining.
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Door County’s Islands

Do you know the difference between Plum and Pilot Islands, or which islands you can see from the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park? Take a look at our guide to Door County’s islands and you’ll be naming them like a local in no time!


Door County Ice Cream Factory’s Door County Cherry Ice Cream

Summer and ice cream were made for each other. With this recipe from Door County Ice Cream Factory, you can make a refreshing summer treat whenever you’d like. In fact, there’s nothing stopping you from making it all year long!

Westwood Shores


It’s finally time for SUMMER vacation and Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort is the perfect spot. All of our spacious suites have a breathtaking sunset view and our resort has pools, paddle boats, kitchens and grills. With so many activities and amenities, you might never want to leave the property! But if you do, be sure to take in all of the arts, music and activities that can be found all around the peninsula!

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Can’t Miss July Events

There’s always something fun going on in Door County. Free outdoor concerts, nature walks, historic tours and more great events are happening every month. Here you’ll find a sampling of all there is to do in Door County in July.

Country House Resort

Country House Resort – Close to everything, yet away from it all!

Enjoy our peaceful, secluded setting on 27 wooded acres and 1100 feet of private shoreline. Off the main highway but within walking distance to downtown Sister Bay. Rooms & Suites with private water view balconies. Book direct for guaranteed best rate and personalized service.

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Two Sides to Every Story

Door County is a scenic wonderland that can be viewed from two main highways – Highway 57, the quieter drive along the lake and Highway 42, which carries you from town to town as you explore the bay side. See what there is to discover on our scenic coastal byway, by car, motorcycle, bike or motorhome.

Village of Ephraim

Unwind in Ephraim!

With picturesque views of Eagle Harbor, Ephraim offers an unmatched backdrop for everything Door County. Great lodging, restaurants, galleries, shops and activities await, so make your plans today! Monday nights feature free concerts in the Harborside Park gazebo, 6-8 pm.

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A Perfect Setting for Learning

Vacationing and learning go hand-in-hand in Door County. You could even plan your entire Door County getaway around a seminar or retreat taught by skilled instructors in exceptionally beautiful settings. From arts and crafts, to history and natural science, there’s a place to sharpen your skills or build new ones here.

Sail Through the Door

Experienced sailors and novices alike can have a fantastic time sailing the waters surrounding Door County. Charter a cruise, rent a vessel for you and your friends, or dock your own boat at one of the many slips available, and enjoy one of Door County’s most striking natural features.

During the summer months, whitefish can thrive in Lake Michigan’s cool waters at depths of up to 300 feet.

Capture Door County Photo Challenge

Enter the Cherries Cherries Everywhere Photo Challenge

This month’s Capture Door County photo challenge has a simple theme: cherries! Celebrate Door County’s annual cherry harvest by capturing and submitting your favorite cherry themed images for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.

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Order Your 2014 Visitor Guide

A summer vacation in Door County is a special experience. Make it the best vacation ever with our complimentary 2014 Official Visitor Guide. Check out information on where to stay, what to do, what to eat and much more. Call 1 (800) 52-RELAX to request your copy

Door County in Pictures

Have you checked out the Capture Door County photo contest yet? Over 15,000 photos have been submitted so far, and users have cast 84,000 votes for their favorites! Check out recent winners and find out how you can enter and win by reading more…

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