August is the height of summer. The weather is beautiful, the water is warm, the summer nights are magical. If you have kids it is the last big hurrah before going back to school…the time when family vacation memories are made. Door County is the perfect place to make vacation memories that will last a lifetime. Door County has so many adventures waiting for you whether you are a couple, a family, a foodie, a wine or beer connoisseur, a crafter, an arts lover, a nature lover, or you just want to relax, read a book and work on your tan. The Hilltop Inn is the perfect place to stay . Located in Fish Creek, our resort condos have all of the amenities of home and are located within walking distance to many of Fish Creek’s shops, restaurants, and activities. Now you know where you should stay but when should you visit us here in Door County?
August Is the Month to Make Vacation Memories
The first part of August is the height of cherry season when the trees are bursting with ripe fruit. There are many orchards where you can pick your own cherries and dozens of farm markets and farm stands where you can buy all things cherry! From fresh and frozen fruit, cherry juice, pies, cookies, cakes, doughnuts, dried cherries, chocolate covered cherries, cherry jams, and even cherry wine. There is even a Cherry Festival! Saturday, August 3 the Jacksonport Historical Society will host the 25th Annual Cherry Fest in downtown Jacksonport.
Door County is steeped in rich maritime history, from Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront where hundreds of boats have been built throughout the years, our fishing industry, commercial and recreational, our ten lighthouses that have saved many ships since the 1800’s from crashing onto our rocky shores, and the dozens of not so lucky ships that went down and are now shipwrecks laying at the bottom of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. One part Door County’s maritime history that many visitors may not know about is our relationship with our beloved Coast Guard. The men and women of the Coast Guard have been saving lives and protecting our shores for well over a hundred years. They have had a close relationship, especially with the people of Sturgeon Bay, where the Coast Guard Light Station and Coast Guard Cutter are located for just as long. Sturgeon Bay is even a Designated Coast Guard City. In August every year Sturgeon Bay celebrates this special relationship with Maritime Week which runs from August 3-11. There are over a dozen events located all over town including concerts, a golf outing, a festival, a wooden boat show, and tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay. If you are lucky enough to be in Door County that week you can take part in this special celebration. Touring the Coast Guard Cutter that is stationed in Sturgeon Bay is a rare treat and will sure to be an experience that you will remember for a lifetime, especially if you are touring with your children. Make sure to stop by the Door County Maritime Museum while you are here to learn about our rich Maritime history and tour the tugboat John Purvis!
August is a great month to explore all of the natural wonders of Door County. We are truly blessed with an abundance of natural resources that have been protected from development so residents and visitors can explore and experience all of the natural beauty Door County has to offer. Five State parks, 19 County parks, four dog parks, dozens of city and village parks, 14 Door County Land Trust nature preserves, over 200 miles of shoreline, the Ridges Sanctuary, the Open Door Bird Sanctuary, two animal parks….whew….the possibility of making outdoor memories are endless. Staying with us at the Hilltop Inn means you are lucky enough to be within walking distance to one of the largest State parks in Wisconsin, Peninsula State Park. You could spend your entire vacation exploring Peninsula State Park alone! Love the water? Peninsula State Park has 8 miles of shoreline. Take a drive along Shore Road or Bluff Road to see some spectacular scenery. Spend the day at Nicolet Beach, a beautiful sand beach with tons of amenities. Hang out at the beach, play on the playground, get a snack at the concession stand or rent a kayak or paddle board and head out onto the water. If you love to golf the park has a scenic 18 hole golf course and driving range, and six hole short course. If you love to hike or bike the park has over a dozen trails to enjoy including a 12 mile off road bike trail for mountain and fat tire bike enthusiasts. The park also boasts the beautiful Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, the Northern Sky Theater, and the White Cedar Nature Center where you can participate in many programs. You can rent bikes at two locations right outside the Fish Creek entrance and mopeds too! You can also make a special memory of watching a beautiful Door County sunset. Sunset Beach Park is at the end of the road just past the White Gull Inn restaurant in Fish Creek. This beautiful hidden gem is a beautiful little park to take in the scenery any time of the day but is a truly spectacular place to watch the sun set over the bay. If you want to make a romantic memory grab a bottle of wine and head to the park with your sweetie!
In a few weeks the kids will be heading back to school. You want to make your August Door County family vacation a memorable one. You want to make the kind of memories that your kids will be talking about for years to come and maybe experiencing with their kids one day. How about some good old fashioned retro kind of fun! There are only nine drive-in movie theaters left in the State of Wisconsin and one of them is right here in Fish Creek! Grab the kids and head to the Skyway Drive-In located right on Highway 42. You can listen to the movies through the vintage 1950’s speakers (in the first four rows) or through your car radio. There is a playground for the kids and a concession stand loaded with yummy drive-in kind of food like hot dogs, pizza, nachos, ice cream novelties, and candy. I remember falling asleep in the backseat of my parents car at the drive-in as a kid. Your kids will treasure this memory too. How about a nice round of mini golf? There are several places to play mini golf in Door County but for a truly retro experience head to the Red Putter in Ephraim. There motto is “Affordable Family Fun.” They have a picnic area and playground where you can relax after your game. If you are an excellent mini golfer the Red Putter hosts a Pro Tournament the first Saturday in August every year. Staying with the theme of family friendly sports, how about BOWLING! Wisconsin is famous for its Supper Clubs. Sister Bay is home to the Sister Bay Bowl, and old fashioned Supper Club and a bowling alley. What more could you ask for? Start off with a delicious meal and stay for a couple of rounds of bowling. They offer a free game of bowling with every kids meal! The newest “retro” Door County experience is Cherry Lanes in Sturgeon Bay. Originally built and run as a bowling alley since 1929 it was recently remodeled and restored to its original vintage glory. The bowling lanes were restored and a large arcade featuring pool tables, pinball machines, vintage arcade games, foosball, ect…was added. They also serve food including brats, hot dogs, pizza and have beer and root beer on tap. It is a great place to spend hours with the kids or is a fun hip date night place for couples.
Every season in Door County has something special and unique to offer but August is one of the best months to visit. It is truly the month that vacation memories are made. The Hilltop Inn’s resort style condos will serve as your home away from home whenever you choose to visit us.