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Door County Fall Color Tour: A 2-Night Itinerary

If you’re looking for a quick escape to immerse yourself in the colors of fall, we’ve crafted a perfect 2-night itinerary for your Door County fall color tour. In this corner of the world, fall isn’t just a season; it’s a magical experience. It’s a time when every turn of the road reveals a new vista that seems hand-painted by a divine artist. The trees, ablaze in shades of red, orange, and gold, cast a spell that captivates the soul. You can sip cider by a crackling fire, savor freshly picked apples, and meander through villages that seem plucked from a storybook.

Day 1: Arrival and Peninsula State Park

Morning: As you arrive in Door County and breathe in the fresh, cool air, you’ll know you’ve chosen the perfect time to visit. Check into your cozy accommodation and get ready for a fall adventure.

Afternoon: Your first stop is Peninsula State Park, a Door County gem known for its breathtaking fall foliage. Drive or hike through the park, and don’t miss the iconic Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. The vibrant leaves provide a stunning backdrop for photos, and the views of Nicolet Bay Beach will leave you in awe.

Evening: After a day of exploring, head to a local restaurant in Fish Creek or Ephraim, such as Barringer’s Restaurant for a taste of Door County cuisine. Try the famous fish boils or indulge in delicious homemade pies at the White Gull Inn.

Peninsula State Park by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Day 2: Orchard Tour and Scenic Drive

Morning: Wake up to the aroma of fall and enjoy breakfast before heading to one of Door County’s orchards. Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market is a great choice. Pick some apples, savor freshly baked goods, and perhaps even sample some local wines.

Late Morning: Take a scenic drive along Highway 42. Stop at the numerous overlooks and roadside parks to soak in the fall splendor. Ephraim’s charming village, with its white buildings and waterfront views, is a must-stop for photos.

Afternoon: Explore the picturesque village of Fish Creek, known for its boutique shops and art galleries. Stroll along the waterfront, enjoy the colorful trees, and have lunch at a cozy café- we love Blue Horse Cafe.

Evening: As the day winds down, choose a restaurant in Sister Bay or Ephraim with a view of the water such as Boathouse on the Bay. Savor a delicious meal while the sun sets, casting a warm, golden glow over the bay.

Photo by Corntey Fries of Family Vacationist

Day 3: Departure and Final Sights

Morning: Sadly, it’s time to check out of your cozy accommodation, but not before enjoying a leisurely breakfast at a local café.

Late Morning: Before leaving Door County, visit Cave Point County Park. Witness the dramatic waves crashing against the rocky shoreline, framed by the brilliant colors of the trees.

Afternoon: Wrap up your fall getaway with a scenic kayak or boat tour. Glide along the calm waters and experience the fall foliage from a unique perspective.

As you bid farewell to Door County, you’ll carry with you memories of a short but enchanting escape into a world of autumn wonder. The vibrant hues of fall, the charming towns, and the warmth of the locals will surely leave a lasting impression. Be sure to check updated business hours for the Fall and Winter season. Until next time, Door County!

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