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8 Must-Do Adventures! Door County’s Fall Charm

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As the summer sun bids farewell and the crisp, golden hues of autumn take center stage, Door County transforms into a captivating wonderland that beckons visitors from far and wide. Nestled in Wisconsin’s embrace, this picturesque destination offers an enchanting array of fall activities and experiences that promise unforgettable memories. So, grab your scarves and pumpkin spice lattes as we unveil these 8 Must-Do Adventures!

1). Apple Picking at Local Orchards:

Kicking off our fall adventure is the quintessential apple-picking experience at Door County’s charming orchards. Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market in Fish Creek offers a variety of apples, along with fresh produce and their own delightful wines. For a scenic experience, head to Choice Orchards in Sturgeon Bay, and for a family-friendly day out, Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay provides wagon rides and fun activities.

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2). Exploring Pumpkin Patches:

Get into the autumn spirit by exploring the pumpkin patches scattered across Door County. One fantastic destination to visit is Schartner’s Farm Market. Fall has arrived, and they have everything you need to embrace the season’s magic. From a delightful variety of pumpkins to vibrant mums and Indian corn, Schartner’s Farm Market offers a quintessential fall experience for the whole family.

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3). Haunted Tours and Ghost Walks:

As the nights grow longer and the shadows deepen, embrace the spookier side of fall with haunted tours and ghost walks. Door County Trolley, based in Egg Harbor, organizes a range of themed trolley tours, including ghost tours during the fall. You can also take a guided walking tour through historic Sturgeon Bay with Haunted Olde Sturgeon Bay Ghost Tours, where chilling tales of the town’s haunted past come to life.

Embrace Door County's Fall Magic: 8 Must-Do Activities!
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4). Wine Tasting at Local Wineries:

The fall season adds an extra touch of magic to the wineries dotting the Door County landscape. Door Peninsula Winery in Carlsville, one of the area’s oldest and most renowned wineries, offers a wide selection of wines for tasting. For a cozy and intimate atmosphere, head to Stone’s Throw Winery in Baileys Harbor, where you can savor their handcrafted wines amidst beautiful fall surroundings.

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5). Scenic Fall Foliage Drives:

A quintessential autumn activity, a scenic drive through Door County’s winding roads adorned with vibrant fall colors is an absolute must. Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek offers scenic drives and overlooks where you can admire the fall foliage against the backdrop of Lake Michigan. For a picturesque route, take the Door County Coastal Byway along the eastern shoreline, providing breathtaking views of the water and surrounding fall colors.

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6). Fall Hikes and Nature Walks:

Lace up your hiking boots and set out on the numerous trails that crisscross Door County’s landscapes. Cave Point County Park in Jacksonport offers short hikes along the Lake Michigan shoreline, where you can witness the beauty of autumn against the rocky cliffs. Alternatively, Newport State Park in Ellison Bay features numerous trails winding through a dense forest, providing an immersive fall hiking experience.

7). Fall Festivals and Events:

Embrace the community spirit by attending one of the many fall festivals and events in Door County. Sister Bay Fall Fest features a parade, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and the popular “Punkin’ Chuckin'” contest. Meanwhile, Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival includes pumpkin and scarecrow displays, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities.

8). Cozy Cabin Getaways:

Unwind and immerse yourself in the enchanting autumnal spirit of Door County by choosing one of DoCo Vacation’s premium vacation rentals. Whether you prefer a cozy cabin nestled amidst the fall foliage or a modern retreat with all the comforts, we have the ideal accommodation for your seasonal escape. Visit our website now to explore our current available bookings and curate your picturesque fall getaway in Door County!


As autumn weaves its enchanting spell across Door County, the region comes alive with a myriad of fall-themed activities and experiences. Whether you’re an apple-picking enthusiast, a fan of pumpkin-spiced everything, or a seeker of spooky encounters, this magical season has something to offer everyone. From scenic drives to haunted tours, wine tastings to fall festivals, Door County’s fall bucket list is packed with unforgettable adventures that will create cherished memories to last a lifetime. Check out Enchanting Off-the-Beaten-Path Wonders, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of Door County during this delightful time of year!