The Heart of Northern Door County

It's a beautiful day in Door County and there is only one thing on my mind:  getting on my cycle and heading to Fish Creek!   I know that the middle of the week is a good time to take off and explore the county, although in the summer, everyday is a weekend for visitors!  Fish Creek is a 20 mile ride, the sky is blue; the wind is calm and time is on my side!  Come along as I take you on a ride to The Heart of the Northern Door Peninsula! When you visit Door County, there are several  paths that  lead you up the peninsula to Fish Creek. Highway 42/57 will divide and taking Hwy 42 will lead you through Egg Harbor; this is the straightest and quickest route to Fish Creek.  Taking Hwy 57 you will cruise through Insitute, Valmy, Jacksonport and Bailey's Harbor.  Once in Baileys Harbor, taking a left on county F will lead you 9 or 10  miles right into Fish Creek.  Finally, taking Hwy 57 to Jacksonport, left on County V and a quick right onto County A will take you straight up the county to Fish Creek. Once in Fish Creek, the possibilities for fun are endless!  A must-see is Peninsula State Park; third largest in the state at 3,776 acres.  There are 8 miles of Green Bay shoreline and it is visited by an estimated 1 million people annually.  Peninsula State Park boasts 468 campsites, an 18 hole golf course, Nicolet Beach, biking and hiking trails and a 76 foot tall observation tower.   Each summer Jane and I take a night to attend the American Folklore Theater which is an 800 seat outdoor theater in the middle of the park.  We have never been disappointed; the talent of the actors and musicians is fabulous!  Doors open 1 hour before curtain time and bug spray is highly recommended along with a jacket; Door County nights get cool.  Performances run throughout the summer. Be sure to check out the park and if you plan on staying, make reservations early; campsites fill up quickly! Another popular venue for local and national musicians and actors is the Door County Auditorium; also located in Fish Creek.  The auditorium is located next to Gibraltar School.  Last summer we enjoyed the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; what a great performance!   There isn't a bad seat in the house and  tickets are very reasonable.  Jen DuPont, our Door County Music Insider, works behind the scenes at the auditorium and offers great insights on the local music scene!   Before attending a performance at the Door County Auditorium, be sure to stop and have lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in Fish Creek.  The Gibraltar Grill offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as live entertainment.  They have a wide menu and are known for their featured Gibraltar Burger and fine entrees. Another very popular eatery is the Wild Tomato which features wood-fired pizza.  If you are looking for the most unique pizzas you have ever tried, this is the place for you!  As our daughter said after she went there for dinner last weekend, "only in Wisconsin will you find cheese curds on a pizza!"  The Wild Tomato also offers sandwiches and salads.  Outdoor and indoor seating is available there, as well.   When you are finished with dinner, be sure to walk down the street for custard at Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard. Have a cone and enjoy conversation with visitors and locals.  You know that no cycle ride with Jane is complete without shopping, and a stop at the Top Of The Hill Shops never disappoints her!  You will find these shops across from the Door County Auditorium.   For those that like to camp, Fish Creek Campground, located on County F, is within walking distance to town.  They offer 80 sites that come with water, 30 amp electric, fire ring, and picnic table.  What a great way to spend a beautiful summer night in Door County! As always, a favorite quote: "Sit loosely in the saddle of life." - Robert Louis Stevenson