If Maine represents my favorite area in the country, then Door County in Wisconsin is my favorite part of the Midwest. The pointy thumb that divides Green Bay from the rest of Lake Michigan has hundreds of miles of shoreline, five state parks and a whole bunch of lighthouses.
My wife and I made our first trip together there in 1998. Ten years later, we returned with our children and began what could be termed our traditional family vacation. Thus far, we’ve visited in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017, always camping in Peninsula State Park in one of the Nicolet Bay campground loops, and always on a site that has access to the water. Our stays have ranged from three nights to a week. Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, where I picked up this mug during our 2009 visit, is in the park.
Cell service is spotty in Door County, and that’s one of the things I love about it. This is where I try to unplug and have no agenda or schedule, goals which have grown more challenging with growing children of a connected, digital generation.
Our family’s must-visit places, in addition to the aforementioned Peninsula State Park, include Fred & Fuzzy’s, where shoreline dining comes with an incredible sunset, and Wild Tomato Pizza, where a wood-fired oven cooks gourmet pie to perfection. (Okay, we don’t exactly rough it. During our last trip, we chose a coffee shop theme and all enjoyed sipping java or a smoothie while we played cards — in five different venues.)
At this point, I’m not sure when we’ll get back, or if it’ll be more than just the two of us who make the trip, but I do look forward to it.