Door County

lighthouseDoor County draws visitors to its shores all year round. You’ll find shopping, dining, theater, and outdoor activities to suit just about everyone.

At the Hilltop Inn you’ll find that many of these attractions are within walking distance! The Top of the Hill Shops, a collection of boutiques and eclectic shops, are right across the street.

Also within walking distance: the Peninsula Art School and the Door County Auditorium. Just a 1/2 mile away you’ll find the sprawling Peninsula State Park.

The Hilltop Inn is close to many wonderful restaurants. For more Fish Creek dining/shopping/activity options, visit the Door County Visitor’s Bureau.

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From Wikipedia…

Geography

The county has a total area of 2,370 square miles, the largest county in Wisconsin, of which 483 square miles of it is land and 1,887 square miles of it (79.63%) is water. The county also has 298 miles of shoreline. Suffolk County, New York, on Long Island (980 miles) and Barnstable County, Massachusetts, which includes Cape Cod (550 miles) Chippewa County, Michigan (456 miles), and Keweenaw County, Michigan (424 miles) have more. This is one of the reasons that locals and tourists alike refer to the area as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. The county covers the majority of the Door Peninsula. With the completion of the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal in 1881, the northern half of the peninsula, in actuality, became an island. continued at Wikipedia…

Tourism

Although Door County has a year-round population of about 28,000, it experiences a tourist explosion each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as the Lake Michigan spring gives way to a beautiful three month summer. Most businesses are specifically targeted to visitors, and close during the “off season.” Throughout the summer, the population of Door County can reach as high as 250,000. The majority of tourists and summer residents come from the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, and the Twin Cities. The area is known as “the Cape Cod of the Midwest”.

Door County is home to five of Wisconsin’s state parks: Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay; Peninsula State Park, along more than six miles (10 km) of the Green Bay shoreline; Potawatomi State Park, along Sturgeon Bay; Rock Island State Park, off the tip of the Door Peninsula; and Whitefish Dunes State Park, along Lake Michigan. These five parks are known as “five jewels in the crown.” They offer visitors recreational opportunities that include sightseeing, hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and snowmobiling. Many small businesses surrounding these parks offer moped or bicycle rentals. continued at Wikipedia…

History

The Door County peninsula has been inhabited for about 11,000 years. Artifacts from an ancient village site at Nicolet Bay Beach have been dated to about 400 BC. This site was occupied by various cultures until about 1300 AD.

The 18th and 19th centuries saw the immigration and settlement of pioneers, mariners, fishermen and farmers, with the first white settler being Increase Claflin. Economic sustenance came from lumbering and tourism.

During the 18th century, Door County was actually referred to as “Death’s Door territory” by the French, the water strait between what is now the Door Peninsula and Washington Island is very hazardous for navigating ships. This led to (and continues to cause) many vessels being damaged and shipwrecks, hence the name. continued at Wikipedia…

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