Fall "Foodie" Appeal Grows in Door County
While vibrant fall colors and harvest festivals have traditionally drawn visitors to Wisconsin’s Door County in September and October, the 70-mile peninsula now boasts another intriguing attraction: hard cider.
Since 2014, the number of hard cider producers nationally has doubled, mirroring the steady increase in consumption among young, upscale drinkers. Not surprisingly, the cider craze has also taken hold in Door County, where three cideries now produce more than a dozen unique cider varieties using locally grown apples, cherries, pears and other locally grown crops.
“Foodie” visitors looking to indulge in other local delicacies can get fresh apples, apple products and other seasonal produce at farmer’s markets and festivals across the county; taste wine at eight different locations along the Door County Wine Trail; sample smoked Lake Michigan whitefish or salmon; or enjoy one of the peninsula’s iconic outdoor fish boils. The county is also home to several artisan cheese makers, craft breweries and craft distilleries.
For cultural connoisseurs, there are more than 100 art galleries and studios, live music performances and award-winning professional theater productions. Door County’s five state parks, 11 lighthouses, stunning shoreline sights and miles of trails bring in hikers, bikers, photographers and outdoor aficionados of all ages. Door County Trolley tours allow visitors to relax and experience the exquisite colors and scenic vistas on a 75-minute tour of the county, while several boat tours offer a stunning perspective of fall foliage from the water.
Other fall highlights include:
- Harvest Festival, Sturgeon Bay (September 15)
- Autumnfest & Classic Auto Show, Baileys Harbor (September 22)
- Fall Fun Fest & Cider Pressing Party, Washington Island (October 6-7)
- Pumpkin Patch Festival, Egg Harbor (October 6-7)
- Sister Bay Fall Fest (October 12-14)
- Door County Fall 50 Ultra-Marathon (October 20)
- Jack O’ Lantern Days, Fish Creek (October 26-27)
Door County Cideries:
- Island Orchard Cider
- Door Peninsula Winery
- Door County Cider Co.
The Door County Visitor Bureau has compiled a list of additional fall activities for visitors on its website along with regularly updated fall color reports www.doorcounty.com/fall/.
About Door County
Door County is located in the northeast corner of Wisconsin. Surrounded by Lake Michigan, it is one of the top leisure travel destinations in America. Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 34 named islands, 11 lighthouses and 5 state parks. It is known for its natural beauty, artistic offerings, outdoor recreation and local cuisine and offers scenic seaside experiences in the heart of the Midwest. Travel information and travel planning assistance (including information on available packages), can be found at DoorCounty.com or by calling 1-800-527-3529.
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