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Door County. Where? Should this question be your response, you are not in the minority. But should you overlook Door County, called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, you are making a mistake.
Keep reading to learn why.
But first, let me tell you just where Door County is located. This region is the Wisconsin peninsula that juts into the water between Green Bay (to the west) and Lake Michigan (to the east).
Door County is the state’s largest county with 300 miles of shoreline and a population that explodes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Named one of the top 10 vacation destinations in North America, it hosts two million visitors a year.
During my recent discovery of Door County, I asked Jon Jarosh with the Visitor Bureau this question. If one had limited time, what top five activities would he recommend to best showcase Wisconsin’s largest county? Here goes:
Bonus activity: Washington Island. As Door County’s largest island (36 square miles), it is home to one of the largest Icelandic communities outside of Iceland and is located north of the “tension line” (the line marking the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole). Washington Island is reached by ferry crossing the treacherous strait that connects the waters of Green Bay to the open body of Lake Michigan; and it’s probably because of this isolation that Washington Island seems miles further than its actual seven miles from Door County mainland.
There you have it. Door County is special. It’s American flags being flown everywhere and it’s Adirondack chairs scattered about the green lawns and parklands for the purpose of simply sitting back and smelling . . . in this case . . . the cherries.
As a freelance travel writer and photographer since 1988, Cynthia Dial has visited the world’s seven continents (most recently Antarctica) in quest of a good story . . . from getting her hair cut in Paris, horse whispering in Hawaii and touring Burma (Myanmar) only months after Aung San Suu Kyi’s release . . . to celebrating Summer Solstice within Finland’s Arctic Circle, hiking to Machu Picchu and visiting Molakai’s former leper colony atop a mule alongside a plunging cliff. In short, she experiences and writes about topics at the top of many readers’ bucket lists. Cynthia is author of the award-winning non-fiction book, Get Your Travel Writing Published. Now in its third printing, it was published in London, England, and sold worldwide (U.S. distributor is McGraw-Hill). Among her outlets are national and international newspapers and magazines including, Time magazine, Hemispheres, Destinations Weddings & Honeymoons, Shape, Dallas Morning News and the Toronto Star (which featured her around-the-world shopping column, Shopping Trips). She also contributes to TraveLife Magazine (distributed throughout Canada) and JustLuxe.com (a luxury portal receiving 2.1 million monthly hits). Cynthia’s radio experience includes World Footprints Radio (formerly Travel’n On) and the Travel Hub show on WorldTalk Radio, on which her No Passport Required segment was a regular feature. She additionally appears as a travel specialist on LiveFitMagazine.com. The travel-addicted writer admits that each time she steps onto an international flight, boards a train or steps onto a ship’s promenade deck to go to work, she congratulates herself on her career choice.
“Follow me around the corner and around the world as I share the ins, the outs, the good, the bad, the funny, the sad – all pieces of the traveling puzzle.” – Cynthia Dial