Best Time of Year to Visit Door County


We’ve been to Door County which is the little finger in the Northeast portion of Wisconsin, many times. We’ve been there in the spring, summer, fall, and winter.

We have always stayed at the White Lace Inn and our favorite house on the property is The Hadley House. I believe we’ve stayed in every room. One is as lovely as the next. It’s in Sturgeon Bay which is right at the mouth of the county.

White Lace Inn Door County

Visiting Door County in the Summer

Door County is a quaint tourist area and can be quite crowded in the summer, however, if you love the water and want to enjoy all that Lake Michigan has to offer, that’s the time to go. Door County Kayak and Sail Door County can provide you with anything you need for great water adventures

While it’s probably my least favorite time to be there; all the shops and restaurants are open. We discovered some off-the-beaten-path places that we really enjoyed. We have also enjoyed the music of our era in Fish Creek at Fishstock. While there is a lot to do and see, it’s crazy busy in the summer.

Visiting in the Fall

Fall to me is the best time of year to visit Door County, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin in fall is beautiful with the leaves glowing with all the shades of autumn. Orange, yellow, maroon, and brown foliage abounds. The weather is cooling down and the crowds are dissipating as kids are heading back to school.

This is the time of year for me when I like to focus on slowing things down and moving into that cozy time vibe.

We’ve discovered The Spa at Sacred Grounds, which provided a great relaxing massage. We don’t like the Fish Boils but we really enjoy a good supper club. The Greenwood Supper Club is a little off the beaten path and does not disappoint. The food is great and they have the traditional supper club salad bar, which we love. On a rainy day, we enjoyed just hanging out in a bar. The best fish fry we ever had was at Sister Bay Bowl. It’s a no-frills restaurant with a tiny bowling alley. This is a spot for many locals but it can get busy. My suggestion is to eat a late breakfast, skip lunch, and head there for an early dinner.

For us, in the fall, it’s all about the beautiful drive, pampering, and enjoying good food and drinks. Don’t forget to pick up your bushel of apples and farm stand pumpkins on your way home.

Door County in the Winter

Winter would be my second choice for the best time of year to visit Door County. While many of the shops and restaurants are closed but enough is open to be able to spend an afternoon exploring. Driving along the lake in the winter is something that is just stunning. The waves of Lake Michigan are frozen in curls on the beaches and it’s just simply beautiful.

This is the time of year when a picnic lunch or dinner in front of the fireplace at the White Lace Inn is just perfect.

If you want to go out and enjoy an amazing meal with a roaring fireplace then Donnie’s Glidden Lodge is the place to go.

We like the quiet of wintertime in Door County. You can explore roads and areas that are too crowded with traffic at other times of the year. Some of the wineries are open in the winter and it’s a great time to visit and sometimes have the place to yourself. We love Door County in the Winter

Spring Time in Door County

In the spring things are starting to wake up but not everything is open yet. The weather can also be a bit iffy. Sunny and warm one day and rainy/snow the next. This is a good time to go if you enjoy settling in at a pub for a long lunch and a few beers if the weather isn’t great.

Exploring the Maritime Museum and some of the great lighthouses is a great thing to do in the spring.

Whatever time of year you are able to go is the best time of year to visit door county in my opinion. For more information visit


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