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Full disclosure: I truly love Door County.

Over the years I’ve discovered some really COOL places, encountered so many really NICE people and thoroughly enjoyed every trip in and through “The Door”.  However, I’ve only ever been there in spring & summer – not fall.

So, with that in mind, I set out to discover what makes Door County an amazing place to visit in autumn…

Family Fun:
Many visitors come to the Door in fall to experience Mother Nature’s beautiful fall foliage, and there are so-o many ways to get out and enjoy the crisp fall days. From horseback riding to carriage rides, to mini-golf, go-karts and paintball target shooting you’ll find enough to do to keep the whole family entertained. Need even more? Grab your bikes or lace up your sneakers and head for one of the five state parks in Door County. Looking to spend some time on the water? Check out a Family Kayaking Tour or perhaps a Fall Color cruise on the Harbor Lady or Deaths Door Lighthouse Cruise.

Nighttime Fun:
GHOST TOURS OF DOOR COUNTY – “Trolley of the Doomed” departs nightly from Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek
TWILIGHT ZIP TOURS – “Walk the trails back to the zip lines by candlelight and glowsticks while the guides share stories of their adventures!” Gravity Trails, Ellison Bay
Catch an evening performance of GUYS & DOES (Monday through Saturday) at the American Folklore Theatre, Fish Creek

Grown Up Fun:
ROCK & ROLL ART NIGHT at Hands On Art Studios, Fish Creek
Check out the “complementary tasting bar” at the DOOR PENINSULA WINERY, Sturgeon Bay or take a “WINE ENCOUNTERS” tour at Stone’s Throw Winery in Egg Harbor
HAUNTED TROLLEY PUB CRAWL picks up in Egg Harbor most Fridays & some Saturdays through October

Mark your Calendars:
Oct 9th-10th: FALL FUN FEST AND CIDER PRESSING PARTY – Washington Island Farm Museum

Oct 9th-10th: PUMPKIN PATCH FESTIVAL
– Egg Harbor
Live music, arts & crafts, plus face-painting & kids activities throughout Egg Harbor.

Oct 15th-17th: FALL FESTIVAL -
Sister Bay
This one includes a 10,000 ball ping pong ball drop!

Oct 30- Nov 1: JACK O’LANTERN JAMBOREE
– Fish Creek
One word: HALLOWEEN!

Did You Know?
> You can drop by for Open Knitting at Red Sock Yarns, Fish Creek, Thursdays from 9:30 am-12:00 pm
> Lou Close entertains the crowd with his accordion at the White Gull Inn’s Fish Boils from May through October
> The Door County Visitors’ Bureau offers a free 172 page Visitors’ Guide – order one here or view an online version here

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.org to find amazing places to stay on your Fall trip to Door County! I know there’s even more that’s fabulous about Door County in the fall – what did I miss? Click the comments link at the top of this post & share YOUR recommendations!

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I’ve said it before & I still know it to be true: Wisconsinites love a good time… And what better way to have a good time this autumn than a true Wisconsin fall harvest FESTIVAL! Check out the following Fests & Festivals on the calendar this weekend:AudubonDays_Mayville

October 1st – 4th:
Audubon Days, Mayville

October 2nd:
Taste of Wine and Beer in De Pere

October 2nd – 3rd:
27th Annual Apple Affair, Galesville

October 3rd:
Thorp Pumpkin Fest, Thorp
Chili Cook-off & Oktoberfest, Monroe
Fall Harvest Festival, Chippewa Falls
Watertown’s Fall Festival
Lincoln Lager Barleyfest, Merrill

pumpkinsOctober 3rd – 4th:
Fall Heritage Festival, Mount Horeb
12th Annual Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Festival
Cranberry Fest, Eagle River
Shihata Orchard Fest, Prairie du Chien
Grandview Orchard Applefest, Antigo

October 4th:
Maxwell Street Days, Cedarburg
Crex Meadows: Fall Wildlife Festival, Grantsburg

As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for fun fall adventures!

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Flickr_Image_by_amayuStunning fall color + mild, sunny weather = fabulous times to enjoy autumn fests & activities across Wisconsin!  Check out just a few on the calendar for the weekends ahead:

September 18-20:

September 19-20:

September 25-27:

September 26-27:

October 2-4:

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info and begin planning your next Wisconsin fall getaway!

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