Autumn colors are a huge draw for visitors to the Door Peninsula. Communities from Sturgeon Bay to Washington Island see thousands of “leaf peepers” enjoying Door County’s colorful foliage and stunning vistas. Seeing the Fall colors in all of their splendor can be done in many different and exciting ways.
The shoreline is an amazing kaleidoscope of color this time of year. With a kayak or stand up paddleboard you can glide silently along and really take your time to soak it all in. There are lots of places around the peninsula to rent and some places have guides as well. Bring your own watercraft, Bay Shore Inn has a beach that is perfect for launch.
Starting off on South Bay Shore Drive, cruise the 42/57 loop and take in the sights along the way; beautiful foliage and charming decorations in each community. Yes, they may be highways on the map, but these roads meander through some of the most stunning places in all of Wisconsin. Opportunities abound to safely pull off and capture the beauty.
Want to kick back and let someone else do the driving? Take a trolley tour! Scenic tours during the day are a great way to enjoy the colors. Be sure to check out the different tours and packages from our friends at Door County Trolley. Maybe some wine to go with the colors?
Another way to enjoy the view of the shoreline. Take in the views of lighthouses, bridges, and islands in their stunning autumn beauty. Rentals or boat tours are available at places such as Door County Boat Rental or Chicago Fireboat and are a sure way to create a lasting memory.
There are numerous state and county parks with miles of hiking trails available to Door County visitors. Watch the leaves float down while walking the quiet paths. Want to stick closer to town? Sturgeon Bay has a great historic walking tour where you can enjoy the sights.
At Bay Shore Inn, we have bikes available for you to borrow and take a ride down Bay Shore Drive. Peninsula State park has paved bike trails and there are places nearby for bike rental. Many of the country roads are perfect to pedal among the trees in their majestic color.
Here’s a great way to get off the main highway and check out the back roads of Door County. Windy roads, back country byways, and enough rider-friendly shops, stands, and stops that will keep your ride going for days. With ample parking, Bay Shore Inn makes a perfect base for exploring the whole peninsula.
By foot or by paddle, on two wheels or four, for the activity-minded or the pampered—exploring Door County with the fall colors belongs on your bucket list. Bay Shore Inn can help coordinate your ideas for a romantic escape and make recommendations for family activities. Call us at 1-800-556-4551 for reservations and make the most of our off-season rates!