With its rocky coastline, picturesque lighthouses, cherry orchards and small 19th-century villages, you have to admit Door County is pretty damn lovely. Honeymooners, families and outdoorsy types all flock in to take advantage of the parkland that blankets the area and the clapboard hamlets packed with winsome cafes, galleries and inns.
The county spreads across a narrow peninsula jutting 75 miles into Lake Michigan. The side that borders the lake proper is known as the more scenic 'quiet side,' home to the communities of Jacksonport and Baileys Harbor. The side that borders Green Bay is more action oriented, where Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Ephraim and Sister Bay welcome travelers. Summer is prime time. Only about half the businesses stay open from November to April.