Door County is a vacation destination. People flock to our shores, mostly from the Midwest, but from other parts of the country and the world too. The county and its small towns and villages have been heaped with praise, accolades, and recognition. Budget Travel named Door County the “Best Romantic Getaway” in 2018. Where to Retire Magazine named Door County a “Top Place to Retire”. TripAdvisor rates Door County as one of the “Top 20 Weekend Getaway Destinations in the Country”.
You love Door County and visit as often as you can. Staying at The Hilltop Inn, one of Door County’s top condo resorts, is a no brainer. The big question is not why or where to stay but WHEN! When should you come and visit our beautiful peninsula paradise? There are good reasons to visit us any time of the year.
But here are my…
Top Six Reasons to Visit Door County in June
1. It’s SUMMER!
Summer starts in June and what better way to kick off the summer than with a trip to Door County and a stay with us at the Hilltop Inn. After the harsher than usual winter we just endured you may just want to come up here to soak up the sun by our pool or at one of the County’s beautiful beaches.
A great way to kick off your summer, and to celebrate the transition from spring to summer, is to attend the 55 th Annual Fyr Ball Festival in Ephraim. On Saturday, June 15 Ephraim embraces its Scandinavian heritage with a fun day of music, dancing, crafts, and artisans.
Live bands provide festive entertainment throughout the festival. As the sun sets, a bonfire is lit to represent the burning of the “Winter Witch” and welcome the long days of summer. A fireworks display over Eagle Harbor brings the festival to a dramatic close leaving spectators excited to return next year. For more information on Fyr Ball visit the website. https://ephraim-doorcounty.com/play/events-festivals/fyrbal/
2. The Blessing of the Fleet in Baileys Harbor
June is the traditional start to the fishing season and Baileys Harbor wants to celebrate a safe and successful 2019 fishing season with a
Blessing of the Fleet event on Saturday, June 1. You can bring your boat and participate in the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at 11 a.m. with Pastor Sue at the Town Marina. There will be arts and crafts from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on the Town Hall Lawn, a paddle race around the marina at 11:30 (Canoe, kayak, SUP), live music, and food and drinks at the Town Marina.
One of the coolest things about this event is that you get to tour Baileys Harbor’s commercial fishing and charter boats…a rare treat. That night the town’s restaurants will celebrate with a Lake to table, Taste of Baileys Harbor Culinary Event. The event will be held Saturday, June 1. Visit their website for more details.https://baileysharbor.doorcounty.com/events/blessing-of-the-fleet/
3. Wine and Beer…and more Wine!
Door County is home to seven wineries, five breweries, two distilleries and a hard cider maker. It is no wonder then that there are a myriad of beer and wine events throughout the year and June is no exception. Love a good beer? The Door County Beer Festival will be held Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. in Baileys Harbor. The Door County Beer Festival is a celebration of craft beer, local food, culinary artisans and live music. Sample over 150 craft beers from over 50 breweries! For ticket and more info visit their website.https://doorcountybeerfestival.com/ Maybe you are more into wine? The Door County Wine Festival https://doorcountywinefest.com/ is being held Saturday, June 22 at beautiful Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay.
The eight wineries of the Door County Wine Trail will be sampling 64 different wines for your tasting pleasure. There will also be food and live music. Can’t choose between wine or beer? Then you need to head to Ellison Bay on Saturday, June 22 for the sixth annual Uncork Summer Event held on the grounds of the Wickman House. Kickoff summer with great food, wine, beer, cider and music and loads of fun. Visit https://uncorksummer.com/ for more information. Remember to pick a designated driver when attending any events where alcohol is served. There are limited Taxi services in the county, but stay with us at the Hilltop Inn, Fish Creek and we’ll do our best to connect you with an available transport service if you don’t have a designated driver.
Do you love lighthouses? Did you always harbor a secret wish to be a lighthouse keeper? Or are you just curious to see some lighthouses up close? The Door County Maritime Museum presents the 26th annual Spring Lighthouse Festival June 7-9. The weekend features many different tours that will show off all of Door County’s lighthouses. There are tours for all levels of activity and accessibility. If you are more of an adventurer there are hiking and kayak tours to some of the lighthouse. If comfort is the way you prefer to go there are Door County Trolley tours to some of the lighthouses. The exciting thing about the Lighthouse Festival is that this is the only time you can gain access to may of these historical treasures! There are 14 different tours scheduled at multiple times throughout the weekend. For tickets and more information visit the Door County Maritime Museum website.http://www.dcmm.org/event/doorcountylighthousefestival/ This year also marks the 150th Anniversary of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights located at the Ridges Sanctuary. The Ridges Sanctuary will be hosting an anniversary celebration on June 7 from 3-6 p.m. Visit them for tours, treats, tales, and tunes. For more information visit their website. https://www.ridgessanctuary.org/event/150th-anniversary-baileys-harbor-range-lights/
5. Goats! Goats?
One of the things I must have heard over a million times growing up and living in Door County is, ”Where is the restaurant with the goats on
the roof?” I was always a little amused because the “goat restaurant” actually has a name….Al Johnson’s. Al Johnson’s is a Swedish restaurant in Sister Bay and one of the biggest icons in Door County. In my opinion they hold the most unique event in Door County and one of the most fun ways to kickoff summer. The seventh annual Roofing of the Goats Parade will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 10:30am.
The parade begins on Mill Road and Highway 42 in Downtown Sister Bay and ends at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. It culminates with the roofing of the first goats of the season. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather as they don’t put the goats on the roof if it is raining. The parade is comprised of goats from Al Johnson’s, Door County Creamery and local goat farmers. All goats, however, are encouraged to participate (on a leash or harness please). Creativity is encouraged so break out your goat costumes, Swedish outfits, Viking costumes or whatever else you can think of that would be appropriate for a goat parade. Immediately following the roofing of the goats Al Johnson’s will be holding Goat Fest in their Stabbur Beer Garden. Featuring live music, kids’ games, food and beverages, a Swedish pancake eating contest and more. Info is available at cometosisterbay.com.
June is a great month for music lovers. It is the month that all the towns and villages kickoff their free concert series. Free is good! Sturgeon Bay has Harmony by the Bay every Wednesday evening throughout the summer from 7-9 p.m. starting June 12 in Martin Park. Egg Harbor has two nights of free music every week. The Egg Harbor Business Association sponsors free concerts every Thursday evening at 5 p.m. starting June 20 in Harborview Park. The Village of Egg Harbor features free concerts at the outdoor Peg Eagan Performing Arts Center Sunday nights at 7 p.m. starting June 9. Fish Creek features free music every Tuesday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. in Noble Square park starting on June 25. Evenings in Ephraim is a free concert series held from 6-8 p.m. at Harborside Park starting June 17. Sister Bay has free concerts followed by a free movie every Wednesday night starting June 19. The concerts start at 6p.m. followed by a family friendly movie at dusk. Baileys Harbor has a Sunday afternoon concert series starting on June 24. Concerts are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Baileys Harbor Marina Roof.
June is the month when Summer begins, and the weather starts heating up. Door County celebrates the kick off to the summer season in a big way with all sorts of events….too many to mention. It is a fun month to be in Door County!
The Hilltop Inn is your home away from home. Our resort condos are a great home base for all your Door County adventures – the perfect
Door County Vacation Rental! Our Condos are all 2-rooms on 2-levels, they’re spacious and affordable and include many condo amenities.
We are also located in Fish Creek which is an easy drive from all of the towns and villages on the Peninsula. Fish Creek’s beach, stores and restaurants are within walking distance of then our resort in Door County.