No trip to Door County is complete without a visit to the American Folklore Theater. Nestled in the pine forest of Peninsula State Park, the Theater puts on a variety of original musical comedies. The shows are hilarious, professional, and filled with Midwestern flavor. The setting is stunning, under a canopy of towering pines, with stars twinkling overhead. This year, we saw Bone Dance, a musical collection of ghost stories gathered from around the world. The play was a little bit eerie, but full of good humor and fantastic costuming.
Another favorite pastime in Door County is wine tasting. The county is known for its wineries, and the locally-grown fruits make for a nice variety of flavors to blend. In previous years, I’ve visited the county in July, when cherry picking is in full swing. This year, we made our way there in August, and the cherries were long gone. Since I missed my opportunity to pick, I chose instead to do the next best thing–sample a glass of Door County cherry wine. Mmmmm, and it was delish–sweet, and bursting with that famous Wisconsin Montmorency cherry flavor.
The peninsula that is home to Door County juts into the northwest corner of Lake Michigan. One side of this peninsula is bordered by the famous Green Bay, and the other is open to the endless expanse of water shared by Milwaukee and Chicago. Being near the big lake almost feels like being near the ocean, except the water isn’t salty and pines instead of palms dot the shoreline. On this trip, we made plenty of time for the lake, as we hiked along the shore, lazed on the beach, and played in the waves. As I bobbed in the clear, clean water, letting waves crash over me, with an endless blue sky above, I thought to myself that this simple, lovely, summer moment would be one I carried with me through the cold months ahead.
Tomorrow, it’s on to talking about the food of Door County, but first, one more thing checked off the bucket list. I changed this one around a bit, since I wasn’t able to pick cherries on this trip.
pick cherries in door county and dip my toes in lake michigan, or, better yet…
sip cherry wine in door county and play in the waves of lake michigan