|This tour is one of our forever favorites and we listened to your suggestions. New for 2024 is an extra day in Door County Wisconsin. There is more miles of shoreline, more state parks, and more lighthouses than any other county in the United States. Its picturesque villages, rolling woodlands, limestone bluffs, and beautiful vistas are the reason the area is often referred to as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. We will spend four nights at the Open Hearth Lodge and enjoy three days touring with a local guide to learn all about this wonderful place.
FEATURES: Door County Maritime Museum - Where Great Lakes maritime history comes alive! Located along Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront, the museum showcases the area’s rich maritime roots. The museum features several interactive exhibits, about hard-working fishermen, brave ship captains, skilled craftsmen, bold inventors, and lonely lighthouse keepers who are just some of the personalities you’ll discover in the galleries of the museum. • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse - Perched on a bluff 76 feet above Green Bay's glistening waters, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse's lamp brought solace to many a sailor suffering through a storm's gale or the dark of night. Today the tradition of the lighthouse continues. Restored to its past glory by the Door County Historical Society, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is a tribute to the keepers who kept the lamp burning on many a dark and stormy night. Guiding guests through the lighthouse and its grounds, knowledgeable tour guides share the personal stories of the keepers who manned the light from 1868 – 1926. Decorated with some of the keepers' original furnishings, as well as authentic period antiques, the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse tells the story of not only the men who toiled through the night, but also their wives and children. • Old Post Fish Boil - Gather around as the master storyteller spins the history of Door County and this tasty tradition all while tending to the flaming fire under the huge iron cauldron. Have your camera ready to capture the dramatic boil-over. Then enjoy freshly caught Lake Michigan white fish, onions, and red skin potatoes, all with as much melted butter as you prefer (Full buffet available as well as Fish Boil). • Wood Orchard Market - A 3rd generation fruit farm. They grow strawberries, raspberries, cherries and apples on their 200 acre farm. Their Gifts, Specialty Foods and Bakery bring a truly unique, totally delicious and very Door County experience. • Door County Coffee and Tea Company - Located in the heart of Door County and celebrating a 21 year tradition. Visit the gift shop offering 100 plus coffees, a huge assortment of tea, and gourmet foods. Grab a coffee and browse! • Cave Point County Park - The most iconic natural landscape in all of Door County. Revered by divers, photographers, swimmers, hikers, and all who visit, the beautifully carved rock faces lining the blue waters of Lake Michigan are quintessentially Door County. The cavernous stone found at Cave Point has been carved out by centuries of violent waves crashing on the shore and dissolving the limestone cliff faces. Those waves are still crashing today, often reaching heights of more than 30 feet when they meet the immovable rock. In 1943, the Door County Board of Supervisors took a visionary step in preserving the 19 acres that would become Cave Point County Park. • Peninsula State Park - Established in 1909, is a 3,776-acre state treasure on Wisconsin's Door County peninsula. • Door County Candle Company - Each candle is poured by hand, each wick is individually straightened and a label carefully applied by our dedicated candlemakers right in our store. Whenever making candles and the store is open, customers are free to witness the process for themselves and become part of the candle-making experience. Since changing owners in June 2021, they have taken on a passion for philanthropy. To date, they have raised over $800,000 by donating 100% of the profits from our Ukraine candle to Razom for Ukraine. Featuring the Midwest’s largest selection of candle accessories and an ever changing assortment of home décor items. • Eagle Tower - The 850-foot, fully-accessible canopy walk to the top of the tower. High above the Niagara Escarpment on Peninsula's northeast shore stands one of the most popular attractions in Door County. Located on top of Eagle Bluff, offering panoramic views of Peninsula State Park, surrounding islands, the Upper Michigan shoreline and the village of Ephraim. The tower is 60 feet high with the top observation deck sitting 253 feet above Green Bay. There are 100 steps to climb to get to the top of the tower, or visitors can enjoy an 850-foot, fully-accessible canopy walk that will wind above the tree line to the top of the tower. The angle of the accessible ramp never exceeds a five percent slope and visitors can take advantage of level spots and benches to rest along the way. • The Island Clipper - Departs at the tip of the Door Peninsula and carries visitors through island-studded waters to picturesque Washington Island. The seven mile, 20 minute trip provides historical narration of our voyage through Death's Door. Once we arrive on the Island, take a guided 90-minute tour. The Viking Train stops at three points of interest: The Stavekirke - A place for spiritual meditation and worship. It was dedicated as a Christian house of worship in August 1995. The Stavekirke is patterned from an ancient style of church construction found in Norway during the medieval times. This building is both a replica and tribute to Washington Island's large Scandinavian heritage. • School House Beach - Located on Washington Harbor, which has an average depth of about 100', is our most popular swimming beach. Forget world travel, here you will find one of only 5 beaches like this in the world. The other 4 beaches are in Sweden, Norway, Nice, France and Mexico. • Farm Museum - Farm buildings from various locations on the Island were moved here and reassembled on our 20 acres. Housed in the nine buildings are collections of farm implements, old time tools and kitchen items. There is special emphasis on the period from 1870-1940. • Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal - Constructed between 1872 and 1879, the Sturgeon Bay ship canal allowed vessels to cut through the Door peninsula instead of using the dangerous Deaths Door passage at the tip of the county. The lighthouse at the eastern end of the canal is an active aid to navigation and part of a busy U.S. Coast Guard Station. The steel tower was built in 1899, and still has its original third order Fresnel lens. The North Pier Head Light, built in 1882, can also be seen at the end of the breakwater. • Mars Cheese Castle - Founded in 1947, Mars Cheese Castle has been an icon in Wisconsin for over 60 years. Specializing in cheese, sausage, and wine.