After visiting Door County, Wisconsin last Fall, we felt it only fair to experience this picturesque area of the American Midwest during the season of renewal. We were a bit skeptical about our return, since our fall visit was utterly surreal, but Door County certainly does not disappoint whether you prefer a kaleidoscope of autumn leaves or a rainbow of tulips dappling each picturesque town.
For this trip we decided to stay in Sturgeon Bay at Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort. We chose this resort due to its location. Door County is a 4.5 hour drive from Naperville and Sturgeon Bay is south of all of the towns we were hoping to visit. Leaving on a Friday afternoon, it gave us the shortest drive possible. The positive reviews were another factor in our hotel decision.
The grounds at Westwood Shores are beautiful. Our room was lovely–very spacious, with an eat-in-kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a patio with beautiful lake views. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, a hot tub, gym, grilling area and the most incredible sunsets. The wifi was extremely weak, but this was actually a blessing–you have to disconnect to reconnect. In the evenings, after watching the sunset, we played card games and just enjoyed fun family time that had long been neglected during the busy school year.
On Saturday morning, we headed to Cave Point County Park for some hiking. The weather was perfect, compared to the frigid temperatures of our fall visit, but the mosquitoes were out in abundance. This put a damper on our hike and we quickly returned to the car to head to Peninsula Park, hoping for fewer mosquitoes. No luck.
With regards to the towns of Door County, there is something special and unique about each one. We spent about 45-60 minutes at each town, our two favorites being Fish Creek and Sister Bay. Each town has so many fun shops and restaurants, you will always find something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
Since the water was still extremely cold, we are thinking a summer trip is a must, as we have yet to kayak or swim here.
So comparing spring to fall, I personally preferred our fall trip for the abundant beauty of the fall drives from town to town. My husband preferred this trip since it was much warmer and we could walk the towns at a more leisurely pace.
The mosquitoes were definitely a negative factor. Definitely bring bug spray if you’re heading to Door County this spring.
The pros were definitely our resort, all of the beautiful spring blooms, and the warm temperatures.
Have you been to Door County in the spring? Which season do you recommend visiting?