Head for the Door


When I want to get away, I head for Door County, Wisconsin. Often referred to as the Cape Cod of the Midwest, it’s about a six-hour drive from our central office in Minneapolis. Here’s my guide to this charming destination.

For breakfast, try Al Johnson’s Swedish restaurant in Sister Bay. The wait for a table—and authentic  Swedish pancakes—can be long, but watching the goats on the restaurant’s grass roof makes the time fly.
Goats on the roof at Al Johnson's.

No malls here. Instead, you’ll find small, well-edited shops throughout the county. Path & Paddle in Sturgeon Bay is my go-to for sporty apparel.

Path & Paddle store in Sturgeon Bay.

Door County is Wisconsin’s “thumb,” so it’s surrounded by water and chock-full of outdoor activities. Check out Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek for its challenging bike trails, picturesque golf course and beautiful, sandy beach in a protected harbor.

Perfect for a rainy afternoon, Hands On Art Studio offers an unmatched array of experiences. Try your hand at welding. Design a fused glass tile. Use precious metal clay to design your own jewelry. It’s all open on a walk-in basis; no appointments or classes necessary. My kids insist on returning to the “art farm” every summer.


Top photo from Chicago Mag. Second photo from Eat Wisconsin. Others from author.


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