I hope Norm won’t take offense.Today, as part of Norm’s Thursday Door series, I’m utilizing doors from over four years ago. Doors that were not meant to be the showcase, but rather the backdrop. Doors that are from Door County, the “thumb” of Wisconsin – the place where summer means mega tourists and tourism dollars.
I’ve been to Door County since the 2012 visits, but never for a “Doorscursion.” One usually heads up to this Wisconsin County for relaxation, to test samples from the area’s eight wineries, to play at the miniature golf courses and go-kart tracks, to hike or bike at one of the five State parks, to shop or visit a lighthouse, to partake in fish boils and eat cherry pie for dessert.
During the summer tourist season, the population of Door County can increase from the permanent 28,000 residents to as much as 250,000 human beings. I can tell you from experience, that heading north up Hwy. 42 on a beautiful summer Saturday can be like Saturday afternoon traffic, by the mall, during the holidays. This is a busy place. However, if one wanders over to the east side of the Door peninsula and Hwy 57 (known as “the quiet side”), you may find less traffic and a slower pace. There’s also less shopping on the east side, but it’s all in what you want during your time here.
From Wikipedia: “The Door County peninsula has been inhabited for about 11,000 years. Artifacts from an ancient village site at Nicolet Bay Beach have been dated to about 400 BCE. This site was occupied by various cultures until about 1300 CE. Door County’s namesake came from “Porte des Morte”, anglicized as “Death’s Door”, or the passage between the tip of the Door County Peninsula and Washington Island. It’s a common misconception that the name “Death’s Door”, or “Porte des Morts”, arose from the number of shipwrecks associated with the passage. It was instead the result of native-american tales, heard by early French Explorers, related to a failed raid by the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribe to capture Washington Island from the rival Potawato mi tribe in the early 1600’s. A storm arose as they war party was half-way across, capsizing and killing about a third of the Ho-Chunk tribe in the process.”
Door County attracts vacationers from all over the country, but many are from the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. This is “up north” to them, a place that allows them to escape. The most notable tourist was also a celebrity. Bob Hope came to Door County to vacation on occasion, hanging out at Casey’s Inn and hitting the golf links at Alpine Resort, both in Egg Harbor.
During the trips to Door County in 2012, girlfriends and I visited a few wineries, did a little shopping and eating, hung out at the cabin, and paid little attention to doors. Had I known that I would be trying to put together a door post, things may have turned out differently. There are many fun activities, unique buildings and doors in the county that beg for attention and a return trip. I hope this minor door offering gives a little taste of the county and what one might expect with a warm-weather visit.
If you’d like to see up-close-and-personal doors that are pretty, cool and downright awesome, take a trip over to today’s Thursday Doors. Check out Doormaster Norm’s post and click on the little blue froggie thing at the bottom. That click will take you to other door bloggers and a ton of photos for your viewing pleasure.