One of the most common questions we get is “when is the best time to visit Door County” and so we thought we’d cover the five times of year that we always make sure we visit our favorite place. The truth is, each season brings such a fresh variety of things to do that it’s hard to pick the best time to come!
First weekend in May
Early spring in Door County is such a fun time as the area wakes up from the slower winter. Restaurants and shops reopen and the crowds start to flock back to the peninsula again. It brings the Door County half marathon which is such a fun event! There’s no better views than running through Peninsula Park and ending with a party with live music and drinks from Door County Brewery. The cherry trees are in bloom (which is reason enough to come alone!) and it’s not quite as chaotic as the summer months so it’s a great time to visit and explore as the weather warms up!
*sorry we are already booked for this weekend!
The Fourth of July
I have not missed a 4th of July in Door County in almost 20 years because it’s just the best place to celebrate. From the parade in Bailey’s Harbor with Bloody Mary stands and the cutest smalltown parade to fireworks over the bay in Egg Harbor with live music, beer stands and ice cream (or just stay on Clark Lake for a pretty impressive fireworks display without leaving the cabin!). You can count on warm weather, tons of activities in the area and just an overall great way to spend time off of work and celebrate the holiday.
*We will be across the lake at our family cabin and so we are offering a lifestyle vacation family photo session with Caitlyn for whoever snags this week at The Point on Clark Lake!
ANY week in August
Honestly, we spend at least one full week on Clark Lake in August every year. Door County is bursting with energy, the lake is like bath water and it’s just such a nice way to spend a week! We typically head to the Farm and visit the baby animals, go to Fred and Fuzzy’s for a cocktail on the lake, visit Hands on Art Studio, Kayak through Cave Point, fish, boat, swim… the ideas are endless (check out all our favorite things here!)
Better known as “the last weekend to enjoy the lake” we’re always there to say goodbye to summer and squeeze in one last long weekend relaxing and enjoying the lake. Cram in a final vacation before school starts, the weather changes and it’s time to move on to the next season. There’s a sense of enjoying every moment that just makes this a special time to visit. There’s no better long weekend to visit Door County before it slows down and many places close or have limited hours.
Fall in Door County is my favorite when the colors begin to change and the crowds thin out. It’s the best time to visit the wineries, have a bon fire, hike, bike or visit one of the many festivals in the area. The beauty of the trees this time of year is quite simply indescribable and it’s just such a great time to check out the restaurants and shops before the area shuts down for winter.