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Six Great Spots to Catch a Sunset
From A Sunset Sail on the Water
Enjoy uninterrupted views of the setting sun by taking your sightseeing on the water. Views from the Green Bay side of the peninsula are spectacular at sunset. Sail out of one of the many harbors and marinas along the western shoreline and don’t forget your camera.
Waterfront Park, Sister Bay
You won’t have trouble finding a spot on the shore at Door County’s largest public waterfront park, which offers more than 1,900 feet of water access. The park features picnic tables, a large grassy lawn, a public pier, and plenty of sandy beach to walk along during the twilight hour.
Skyline Road Overlooks, Peninsula State Park
Take a leisurely drive and savor the views from atop a tall bluff on Skyline Road in Peninsula State Park, just south of Fish Creek. Make a pit stop at the lookout area of Sven’s Bluff to peer out across the water and find great views of the sunset over Chambers Island.
Sunset Park, Fish Creek
As the name suggests, Sunset Park is a perfect place to watch sunsets. Located near downtown Fish Creek, you can enjoy dinner or a drink nearby before strolling down to the water’s edge to watch the sun go down. Find a seat along the stone fence that lines the shore and soak it all in.
Anderson Dock, Ephraim
The graffitied boards of the house on Anderson Dock is an iconic Door County image, and it’s especially beautiful at sunset. The historical dock is an ideal perch for watching the sun set behind the peninsula. From the location of the dock, the sun will disappear behind the bluffs at Peninsula State Park and leave you with a sky full of colors.
Harbor View Park, Egg Harbor
Located close to restaurants and shops, you can stroll through the heart of Egg Harbor to Harbor View Park for beautiful water and sunset views. Choose a gazebo to settle into and gaze over the marina and Egg Harbor itself, or walk along the winding paths as the evening comes to a close.
Born to Ride with Deb Neuville
More people than ever are flocking to Door County to see the sites on the saddle of a bike. The county is now home to three century rides, a cyclocross race, and a fat tire race in February, not to mention the thousands of recreational riders riding solo or in small groups.
Some love the road, some love the trail, others the snow on a fat tire bike.
Sturgeon Bay native Deb Neuville loves all three, hitting the trail when she can, riding her Salsa fat tire bike to roll over winter snow, and devouring roads on her Giant road bike by herself or in group rides with local riders Team Ativo all summer long.
We caught up with her to talk about why she loves cycling in Door County, and to get some tips on her favorite routes.
Q: What do you love about about riding in Door County?
A: Being outside in the elements. Smelling the flowers, being outdoors. You can find any route you want, quiet back roads, shoreline, through the city and villages.
That adrenaline, the endorphins kick in. Once you start getting into it, the more you spin your legs, you just keep going. As a child growing up in Sturgeon Bay near Samuelson’s Creek, if I wanted to get somewhere, my parents said, “there’s your bike, go.”
I love the cardio too. When I’m the only girl in our group rides, I’ll hang as long as I can and tell the guys, "don’t worry about me, you can drop me" (and they do). It’s a great challenge. And it’s good fitness, easy on the joints.
Q: How much do you ride?
A: On the low end, probably 40 miles per week, and up to a hundred or more. I do six century rides a year so I need the cardio!
Q: How did you get into biking?
A: I started when I turned 40 years old. A group of women got together, the Door County Divas, and started cycling, and we all sort of motivated each other. I did my first century ride, rode up to Gills Rock from Sturgeon Bay on a mountain bike, and nearly died. That was 16 years ago.
Q: What are your favorite routes?
A: I like to ride south through Brussels and Forestville, to stay away from traffic, and try to find some hills to climb to get stronger. And I love to go through Potawatomi State Park to Sherwood Point lighthouse.
When it’s really hot, we’ll ride Glidden Drive and Cave Point, where it’s cooler on the lake side.
I also enjoy riding up the bayside to Gills Rock, then come down the lakeside because it’s cooler. The scenery is really pretty. And think about that, not many people live in an area that they can ride up the bayside and back the lakeside, and always be along the water without doubling back. In the morning I take pictures of the sunrise on the lake, then go down and take pictures of the sunset on the bay at night.
Q: What’s different about experiencing the county on a bike?
A: You don’t even notice anything in your car. When you’re on a bike you notice everything. Like in Southern Door, there’s so many Belgian brick houses down south. The beauty of riding solo is you can actually stop and take pictures!