October 12, 2016
Exploring Door County, Wisconsin
One of Wisconsin’s hidden gems is Door County. The county, set on a peninsula, has a rich history that is thrilling to explore. Named from a French phrase “Port des morts” meaning “deaths door”, alludes to the grueling and dangerous passage between the northern point of the peninsula and Washington Island. Door County got this ominous name after claiming countless men’s lives along with their wrecked ships as they attempted to pass through the deathly strait. The county’s long history begins nearly 12,000 years ago when the peninsula was home to early nomadic residents, long before any European settlers came to the Americas! Other notable residents of Door County over the centuries have been numerous Native American tribes including the Potawatomi, Winnebago, Ojibwe, Sauk, Menominee and Ottowa tribes. It is even said that the land that is now Door County has been continually inhabited since 10,000 BC!
Because Door County is a peninsula, the unique options for exploration and adventure are endless. One of the unique ways Blount Small Ship Adventures explores with its passengers is Door County by Trolley. Exploring Door Country is an eventful day starting with a tour and tasting at Simon Creek Winery followed by a visit to Cave Point Park and a chance to see the Canal Station Lighthouse.
Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery is a perfect destination for passengers looking to indulge in a casual yet cultured experience. As one of of Door County’s award winning wineries, Simon Creek is available for guided tours to feature a complete explanation of the wine making process all the way to bottling and casing. And, of course, a vineyard and winery tour would not be complete without offering guests a taste of their best samplings.
After touring Simon Creek Vineyard, take in the Door Country's 300 mile coastline full of picturesque beaches and bluffs. Cave Point Park is definitely one of the biggest attractions on Door County. The park is home to one of the treasures of the peninsula, the amazing Limestone Caves that were naturally created by Lake Michigan. The power of the lake’s waters continually pounded against the cliffs over time creating the amazing limestone bluffs that so many come to see. In addition to the bluffs, the 19-acre Cave Point Park is a great location for hiking or any outdoor activity. And, as the county is surrounded by water, the Canal Station Lighthouse will be the ultimate spot to see before departing Door County. After one afternoon spent with this quaint community, passengers will surely be planning their next trip before the day is done!
By Rachel Kampersal