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.
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.
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.