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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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WI Cherry GrowersWhat if there was a food grown here in Wisconsin, that could reduce belly-fat, was a natural anti-inflammatory,  helped alleviate jet lag and tasted REALLY good?

There is and it’s called tart cherries! Plus, you’re in luck because 2009 looks to be another bumper crop of these tart cherries in Door County.  Whether you’d like to try your hand and pick-your-own or just grab some fresh berries, juice, pies, and more from local merchants, now is the time to head to the Door…

Cherry SmoothieLearn more about America’s Super Fruit:
ChooseCherries.com
Wisconsin Cherry Growers

Explore fabulous Cherry Recipes:
Wisconsin Cherry Recipes
Cherry Recipes & Usage Ideas

Find an Orchard:
Door County Visitors Bureau

Things to do this weekend in Door County:
Peninsula Music Festival, Fish Creek
Candlelight Beach Walk, Jacksonport
Washington Island Fair, Washington Island

Finally, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info for Places to Stay in Door County.

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