Fresh Air. Fall Traditions.
For some, it’s a family photo as they cross the Door County line. For others, it’s filling pails of cherries at the same orchard or stuffing themselves with a breakfast at a favorite family restaurant before heading home.
Traditions create connections between people and place, and bind one generation to the next. Families have been creating traditions of their own in Door County for more than a century. Here are 10 of our favorite local traditions. Have one of your own? Let us know in the comments below.
10 Door County Traditions to Make Your Own
Fall Fest Homecomings
Sister Bay’s end-of-season bash started as a way for locals to bid farewell to the tourist season seven decades ago. Today, it’s also an excuse for extended families to return home to the Door and see hundreds of other familiar faces on Sister Bay’s main street doing the same at Fall Festival.
Harvest Your Own Pie Filling
Come late July and early August, thousands of families flock to the county’s orchards to experience the joy of plucking delicious Montmorency cherries straight from the tree. Come fall, others do the same with apples. Both make for great pie filling and a taste of the Door when you return home. Get a quick guide to make your own Door County cherry pie in our Savor Door County video >>
Door County League Baseball
Door County League Baseball draws hundreds to tiny ballparks around the county each Sunday of the summer. For many regular visitors, Sunday Fundays wouldn’t be the same without a brat, a cold one, and the friendly chatter of buddies playing amateur baseball in the sun.
A Running Tradition
In the last decade Door County has become a running and cycling destination revered for its scenic beauty. Runs such as the Door County Half Marathon or the Fall 50, and rides like the Door County Century are at the center of scores of annual family reunions. Find an event to target for your crew here>>
Family Photo Ops
Cave Point County Park. Cana Island Lighthouse. Potawatomi Tower. Sven's Bluff in Peninsula State Park. Door County offers an iconic landmark at every turn to make a backdrop for annual photos that might embarrass your teenagers - until they’re taking them again with their own kids years from now.
Sometimes a girl just needs to get away, and Door County in fall is the perfect place for an annual girls' weekend complete with wine tastings, yoga or hiking, shopping, and tasting your way through roadside farmers markets.
The Fish Boil
The Door County Fish Boil is as deep-rooted a tradition as it gets, and even if you’ve seen the bill over a hundred times, nothing beats introducing it to new friends or grandkids. Learn more about it in this month's episode of Our Door County>>
Making Furry Friends at The Farm
After you make your first visit to The Farm outside Sturgeon Bay, don’t be surprised if this stop becomes a demanded stop in your family. Here you’ll learn a ton about farming and kids young and old will jump at the chance to pose for snapshots with baby goats, cows, and chicks.
Paint A Plank at PC Junction
Getting your food delivered by train is cool, but making your family’s mark by painting a plank for the walls of the barn out back gives you a spot to return to and spark memories year after year.
Reliving Your Special Day
Hundreds of people choose Door County for their wedding or honeymoon destination every year. Many return year after year to remember their special day, or trace the steps of their honeymoon to beaches, restaurants, or walks in the park.
View the full October 2016 Newsletter here.