Music springs from every corner of Door County. From every lapping wave to chirping bird, the natural beauty of Wisconsin's sanguine peninsula inspires its visitors and natives to make something beautiful.
What many don't realize is that this Midwestern getaway produces a remarkably diverse selection of wines. Traditionally known for its fruit-based wines, an increasing number of wineries are now working with cold-climate grapes like Mar√©chal Foch, Marquette, Vidal, Seyval and Frontenac.
Door County is something of a ghost town this time of year - and frankly, that's just how we like it. Seeing Fish Creek, Ephraim, Egg Harbor and Sister Bay all but abandoned in the middle of winter is reminiscent of the tranquil, removed setting and slowed-down pace that made these towns a tourist hotspot in the first place.
OnMilwaukee.com Publisher Andy Tarnoff and his old friend, Eron Laber, have taken a nearly identical weekend trip to Door County for the past 16 years. For their 17th, they decided to stay in a hotel, eat some good meals and travel like adults. Here's their guide to taking a more refined vacation to their favorite peninsula.
Rated one of North America's "Ten Best Places to Vacation" by Money magazine, Door County is a haven for Milwaukee and Chicago travelers alike. In this two-part series, Door County-native Jordan Dechambre uses her hometown expertise to highlight the resort area's often-overlooked hot spots -- restaurants, lodging, shopping and leisure -- that give Door County its flair.