Each spring, the landscapes of Door County come alive with the most vivacious, colorful blossoms for visitors to enjoy. People soak up the fresh, spring air and enjoy breathtaking sunsets along the western coast of the peninsula, among other activities, all in an effort to shed the feeling of a long winter. This natural beauty that surrounds visitors refreshes their spirits, gives them good energy and creates a renewed sense of appreciation for fresh blossoms and new life that signifies spring has arrived.
Commonly mistaken as a specific event, the Season of Blossoms celebration actually encompasses a wide variety of special events and blossoming beauty throughout the entire county over the course of an eight-week period from April to early June. Door County will celebrate its 23rd annual Season of Blossoms from April 9 to June 5, 2016.
Spring blossoms, like lilacs, lily of the valley and lavender, can be found in every corner of Door County during this time of year, from the entrances of cute and cozy waterfront communities to the front doors of local businesses to acres upon acres of blossoming cherry and apple orchards to public and private gardens. Don’t forget to soak up the sights and delightful fragrances along those rustic back country roads and during hikes through the woods! Reference the Blossom Report to find out when the peak time is for your favorite bloom.
The inaugural Door County Festival of Blossoms (as it was known at that time) took place in the spring of 1994. Since that first season, special events continue to dominate the calendar during the Season of Blossoms and provide visitors with many activity options. Highlights include weekend festivals in many of the waterfront communities, several running races including the Door County Half Marathon, special blossom-themed trolley tours and guided nature hikes.
This Door County May event is offered by local conservation groups, such as The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, and provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the county’s most unique and beautiful natural areas, some of them not open to the public. This year’s event will be held May 26 -29, 2016. These guided field trips require pre-registration. Tour details and schedule are available at www.ridgessanctuary.org or by calling 920-839-2802.
On the first Saturday in May each year in Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, folks from all around gather for a run through a scenic park on a closed road course along the shores of Lake Michigan. This year’s event is May 7, 2016. The half marathon (13.1 miles) and the 5K run (3.1 miles) are both part of the festivities. After the races, enjoy some time to relax and rejuvenate at Nicolet Bay Beach. Course route maps and event details are available at doorcountyhalfmarathon.com. Early registration is encouraged.
Visitors can have an experience unlike any other when they choose to take part in the trolley tour showcasing spring in Door County. They will experience private wine tastings at two of Door County’s award-winning wineries – Harbor Ridge Winery in Egg Harbor and Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek – and then follow it up with a quaint carriage ride around Fish Creek. Throughout the tour as well as after lunch at English Inn, visitors are treated to displays of blossoms around the peninsula, wildflower sightings and grandiose scenic overlooks. More information is available at www.doorcountytrolley.com.
There is no better place to soak up those first rays of spring sunshine, watch intense sunsets, smell beautiful flowers and take in nature at its finest than in Door County during spring! With 300 miles of spectacular freshwater shoreline, five state parks, 11 historic lighthouses, mile after mile of scenic roadways, as well as great food, local stores, art galleries, entertainment and plenty of exploration, the possibilities for fun are endless. Make your reservation at Bay Shore Inn today!