Door County has become a year round vacation destination. There are many things to do in each season of the year. September marks the beginning of our Fall Season full of fabulous weekend festivals, apple picking, and the stunning spectacle of the leaves changing color. The Hilltop Inn, located in Fish Creek, is perfectly situated right in the middle of it all. Our resort condos have all of the amenities of home and easy access to all of the Counties attractions. Many of Fish Creek’s shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance as is the Door County Auditorium, Peninsula Art School, and the Fish Creek entrance to Peninsula State Park. Now you know why the Hilltop Inn is THE place to stay while you are in Door County but why should you plan your vacation for September?
Summer in Door County is busy. I mean like CRAZY busy! The County is full to capacity and hums with amazing energy. There are people everywhere hanging out and having fun. The shops are bustling, the restaurants are full, the streets and beaches are packed with people. If you love being around lots of people and enjoy people watching, summer is definitely your time to visit Door County. The last week in August, though, things start to change, there is a subtle shift to the energy and vibe in the County. Families head home to prepare for the new school year. Our summer workers start to head back home too to prepare to go back to college. Weekends are still busy but during the week things start to slow down.Everything is still open but there are fewer people, and less traffic. The business owners and staff involved in the tourist industry have been working insane hours for the last several months. September is when you can hear a collective sigh of relief…whew…all over Door County. We did it! We made it through another busy season! September is when we can relax again. We love the summer, our busy season, but I think September is our favorite month. Now we can take more time with our visitors, talk to them, get to know them. If you visit in September (and for that matter, the rest of the fall) you are most likely dealing and interacting with the actual owner of the shop you are in. You may get to speak with the chef in the restaurant or the head brewer in one of our breweries. You may be sitting next to an actual “Local” when you are enjoying a cocktail at your favorite supper club, (Please note, you need to be born and raised in Door County to be considered a local. I have lived here for 40 plus years and am still not considered a local) and will get the inside scoop on the county that only a local can give you. September in Door County is a special month not just because the pace of life slows down but also because the fall event season is heating up.
Egg Harbor Ale Fest
Saturday, September 14
Join us in beautiful Door County for the Egg Harbor AleFest. Enjoy craft beers from 40 different brewers. There will be more than 100 different craft beers to sample. Bring your friends for a fun day of tasting and sampling. Cheers to craft beers!
The event runs from 1-5 pm (last call is at 4:30 pm), with early admission available to our VIP guests (noon).
Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest, Car Show, and Street Auction
Saturday, September 21
Usher in the spirit of autumn with a bountiful day on Third Avenue starting on SATURDAY at 9am. Sturgeon Bay is the first Door County community to kick off the fall festivities for the season. The day features a classic car show (100+ cars), craft show, food and drink, in-store specials, children’s activities and live entertainment. Hot Off the Grill will be rocking the streets and getting people on their feet from 11am-4pm. Click here for more information.
Inside Out Sale Fish Creek
Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29
Fish Creek retailers will showcase special sale merchandise both inside and outside of their shops for unbeatable end-of-season sales all weekend long. For those not so fond of walking, free trolley rides will be offered throughout the village on Saturday. Look for the Trolley stop signs to be able to hop on. Click here for details.