Fall in Wisconsin is downright beautiful. People trek hundreds of miles to see the leaves change, to breathe in the crisp air, and to indulge in seasonal treats. We got our first opportunity to head to Door County in October, a place I’ve always wanted to go. The reason: my little brother’s wedding.
As unpredictable as Wisconsin weather can be, Door County has it even worse. Being surrounded by Lake Michigan means your trip may be subject to some crazy wind, and driving rain. Luckily on wedding day the weather was sunny and bright, perfect for a day of winery-hopping before the ceremony! If you like wine, Door County is the place for you!
Our first stop was the Door Peninsula Winery. We weren’t able to take a tour here but they do have them daily from 10-4. We were, however, able to spend some quality time at the tasting area and try almost everything they had, for free, in very generous pours! We both happen to like semi-sweet and blush wines, so there were a lot that we really enjoyed. The large gift area, vinegar sampling area and bustling atmosphere make this a great stop on your winery tour if you are making the trip. Marcus highly recommends the Strawberry Zin! I picked up four wines here to add to our collection.
Next up was Door 44. This is a smaller winery with a sister in Green Bay. We stopped for a brief sampling ($2 for 4 pours) and then set on our way. There was some interesting machinery to the left of the door that explains how they make and bottle their wines. There is a gift shop with local jams and salsas located on the property as well. Our favorites here were the Frozen Tundra White and the White Door.
Our last stop was at Simon Creek Winery. While there were only a few wines here that excited our palates, the winery itself was beautiful dressed in the local fall colors. Take a glass of wine out onto the patio, or enjoy a stroll through the vineyard. Simon Creek was simply stunning. Here we picked up a fabulous bottle of Cherry Wine, and came home with some beautiful pictures to remember our day.
We stayed at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, which is where the wedding was held. Accommodations were very nice and very reasonably priced.
As far as food goes, we decided to partake in a classic Wisconsin Friday night fish fry at Nightengale Supper Club in Sturgeon Bay. I suggest making a reservation as the place was packed, and the fish was great. We also had lunch at The Bistro Bar and Grille in Egg Harbor. Nice place, very charming with excellent food. Check out the attached shops for some interesting gifts too!
Door County is a beautiful area and one that we would like to visit again. Winery tours aside, people venture up for lighthouse tours, seasonal cherry picking, fishing on the lake and camping. Hopefully next time we can get a closer look at more that the peninsula has to offer.