Fall Colors and Scenic Travel in Door County

Sturgeon Bay sunset
Sturgeon Bay Sunset
Ephraim, Wisconsin
Along the lakeshore in Ephraim in Door  County Wisconsin

Interesting Places to visit in Door County Wisconsin

We’re up in Door County catching some great fall colors, visiting Door County’s quaint villages, playing a little golf, and finding who has best hamburgers and sandwiches on the peninsula.

Sunday, October 7th. While the temps were cool (50 degrees) the sun came out to show off the colors and offer a beautiful day to drive around the peninsula. Our first stop was at Door County Coffee’s Café and Coffee Roasting headquarters, a place we first heard about on Wisconsinmade.com. A great place for breakfast or lunch if fresh roasted gourmet coffee with your meal is an important ingredient. Over 100 coffee blends are available in their company store. In addition they have a pretty decent selection of unique gift items that are fun to browse through even if you are not in the market for gift ideas.

Door County Coffee Company Door County Coffee Company- Outdoor Patio Door County Coffee Company Jo selecting one of Door County Coffee’s specialty blends

Next stop was Egg Harbor’s PumpkinPatch Festival. We found the town in full swing with arts and crafts &tents all about town and all the artisan shops open with specials available. Down by the lakefront music by Big Mouth & the Power Tools playing classic rock and blues and lots of food for the hungry festival goer. Even though I just had breakfast, couldn’t pass up the BBQ roasted corn-on-the-cob.

Egg Harbor PumpkinPatch Festival at Egg Harbor Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival at Egg Harbor

Wilsons Root Beer Yummy Whitefish sandwich and fries with homemade Root Beer at Wilsons

We drove through Fish Creek but didn’t stop as our destination was Ephraim, Wisconsin and Wilson’s Old Fashioned Café and Soda Shop. We ate on their screened in porch as the sun was keeping it warm enough. Others stayed inside in the 1950’s Soda Shop mileau. You’d expect LaVerne and Shirley or Fonzi to walk in any minute. Playing on the authentic juke box were some a selection of Chuck Berry, Elvis, and Beach Boys tunes. Jo and Donna had the burgers and pronounced them tasty. They came with a generous helping of fries, more than either could handle. Dan had the Reuben Sandwich which came with an extra generous helping of sauerkraut and chips + home made cole slaw. I had the Whitefish Sandwich and it passed the test – hot, not fishy tasting, and not overly breaded. I also had the fries and homemade cole slaw. I couldn’t finish all my meal either. Both Dan and I also had Wilson’s signature old-fashioned draft root beer served in a frosty mug. Beats A&W for sure.

Wilsons Ephraim
Wilson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe, Emphraim, WI
Wilsons Ephraim, WI
Old fashioned booths and juke box at Wilsons

While Dan and I golfed the course at Peninsula State Park, the girls went hiking on some of the trails in the park. (I’ll report on our golfing outing in another post). The park offers over 10 hiking and nature trails with a variety of terrain, fauna, scenic lookouts and degree of difficulty. The 2 mile Eagle Trail is perhaps the most scenic with 150 feet high cliffs, lookouts over the lake and dense forest but it is also rated as a “difficult hike.” Jo and Donna were looking for a less strenuous outing so they chose to hike the 3 mile Skyline Trail. Beforehand they warmed up on a part of the Vita Course, a 1 mile loop with numerous exercise stations. The park’s camping capacity is huge, offering 468 camp sites, including 101 with electric service for RV camping.

Hiking Trails Peninsula State Park Along the Skyline Trail at Peninsula State Park Peninsula Park Hiking A view of Horseshoe Island from the Skyline Trail, Peninsula Park

After hiking and golfing we returned to our lodging on the waterfront on Sturgeon Bay. That evening some beautiful sunsets.

Sunset Sturgeon Bay, WI Sturgeon Bay sunset Sturgeon Bay sunset -Sturgeon Bay Sunset

On a subsequent day we visited Whitefish Dunes State Park on the Lake Michigan side to do some hiking.

Here’s a Google Map showing some of the locations we visited during our fall scenic travel tour of Door County and some links to other articles on our Door County visit.

View the complete Door County Travel map in a larger view, with links to various destinations and attractions

More Door County Articles
Scenic Fall Color tour – Door County
Golf Course Reviews – Door County
Fall Color Pictures – Door County
Whitefish Dunes State Park – Door County, Wisconsin



  1. Glad you enjoyed the article Erin. We first heard about Door County Coffee & Tea from Wisconsinmade.com where they have your products featured on their site.

    I’m enjoying a cup of “Private Reserve” as I write this.


  2. Just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for the kind words about your visit to Door County Coffee. We are glad to hear that it was such a nice start to your weekend and we will be sure to thank Wisconsinmade.com for introducing you to us!

    Loved the fun article and all the photos. Now I want to head to Wilsons for an Whitefish sandwich:)

    Erin Hoffman
    Door County Coffee & Tea Co.

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