- See the lighthouses. I know, that’s what everybody tells you to do. And there’s a good reason for that: they are very cool. Design-wise, they are that elusive perfect blend of form and function, with a touch of whimsy. A piece of Door County history that makes people smile. What could be bad?
- Walk across the Steel Bridge (Michigan Street Bridge). On foot is the finest way to experience this beloved landmark. You will get an up close and personal look at the structural elements, and enjoy a mighty fine view of the ship canal while you’re at it.
- Visit the Stavkirke. This replica of a Norwegian church built in the Middle Ages is a stunning example of wooden post, pillar and beam construction. On Washington Island, it’s an inspiring tribute to Door County’s rich and storied Scandinavian heritage. Don’t miss the Salvador Dali illustrated bible on the lectern in the front of the church. Amazing.
- Take a drive down Cottage Row. A secluded road in Fish Creek, Cottage Row is lined with early 20th century waterfront estates, one more impressive and unique than the next. Also known as “Millionaire’s Row,” it’s a place where you will get a peek at how the 1% lived. And still do.
5. Tour (or stay at) The Alpine Resort. And you will feel like you’ve been transported to the set of “Dirty Dancing.” Family owned and operated since 1921, the Alpine’s grand lodge, guest houses and cottages evoke the old time resort splendor that has been delighting return guests for generations. You can have a cocktail in the charming vintage bar, enjoy dinner in the waterside restaurant and marvel at the Egg Harbor sunset.