This week we continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with visits to Door County and Douglas County.

Door County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Door County by David Benbennick

Door County is home to about 28,000 Wisconsin residents and covers 483 square miles. The County seat is in Sturgeon Bay.  Other villages include:

  • Egg Harbor
  • Ephraim
  • Forestville
  • Sister Bay
  • Bailey’s Harbor
  • Ellison Bay

The county has 298 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Green Bay and is often called the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”  The county is a very popular summer vacation destination with the population swelling to about 250,000 in summer with tourist visitors from Illinois, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison and Minneapolis. There are five state parks in the county; Peninsula, Newport Beach, PotawatomiWhitefish Dunes and Rock Island. County parks are also numerous with Cave Point being the most popular.  There are ten light houses, eight wineries, three microbreweries and one distillery.  As a major tourist destination the county has much to offer visitors with various recreational activities, camping, fishing, boating, biking and hiking.  Numerous Door Count Lodging options are available and the local shop owners and merchants welcome all.

The artisan partners located in Door County include:

  • Door County Confectionary maintains a number of shops in Door County featuring their chocolates.
  • Door County Coffee has many flavors all roasted in small batches in Door County
  • Trillium Herbal  is an industry leader producing organic lotions, soaps and oils
  • Brushstrokes provides the Log Teepee that is designed to hold firewood in an upright teepee style position for a better burning fire
  • Seaquist Orchards offers a variety of premier cherry products as well as other fruit and baked items

In addition to our artisan partners Edible Antics Door County recommendations include (please check ahead before your visit – some of these locations are closed in winter):

Restaurants we like and we think you will too:

Door County Bakeries worth a visit:

Cheese shops for you to visit:

Unique specialty shops with good food:

Door County Wineries include:

  • Door Peninsula Winery sells their own wines but also offers olive oils, vinegars, jams, sauces and more from Door County, along with being the only distillery in door County.
  • Door 44 Winery has award winning wines for you to try
  • Harbor Ridge Winery is one of the newer producers in Door County
  • Lautenbach’s is a country market and winery
  • Red Oak Vineyard has recently moved to a new location just south of Sturgeon Bay.
  • Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery has tastings, an outdoor deck overlooking the property and a gift shop to complement their wines.
  • Stone’s Throw Winery offers in addition to their wines olive oils and an outdoor dining setting to enjoy the wine.
  • Von Stiel winery in Algoma makes award winning wines and is the oldest licensed winery in Wisconsin

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Douglas County by David Benbennick

Douglas County

Douglas County is part of the “North Shore” of Wisconsin in the far northwest corner of the state on the south shore of Lake Superior and it occupies 1,309 square miles and is home to about 44,000 people.  The county seat is Superior.  Other villages in Douglas County include:

  • Lake Nabagamon
  • Oliver
  • Poplar
  • Solon Springs

Douglas County is home to the Pattison State Park with Big Manitou Falls that drops 165 feet and is the fourth tallest falls east of the Rockies.  Amnicon Falls State Park and the Brule River State Forest are also here.  The Brule River flows north into Lake Superior and is a challenging canoe river with substantial rapids and small waterfall ledges along the way.  Much of the county is wilderness and park lands with recreation opportunities.

Edible Antics recommendations in Douglas County include:

Did we miss your favorites?  Let us know.

Join us next week for the edibles in Dunn and Eau Claire Counties where we hurt for more goodies Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.