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Door County: Cherries, Apples, Lighthouses & Lake Views

Get to know idyllic Door County, where you’ll discover centuries-old orchards, historic lighthouses, fascinating maritime museums and the unique geology of this unique peninsula.
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Program No. 12334RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,279
Wisconsin

Door County: Cherries, Apples, Lighthouses & Lake Views

Get to know idyllic Door County, where you’ll discover centuries-old orchards, historic lighthouses, fascinating maritime museums and the unique geology of this unique peninsula.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,279
Program No. 12334 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & PRICES

No shuttle
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Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Roundtrip airport transfer
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Accommodation Details
Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2021
No transfer 1,299
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,449
Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2021
No transfer 1,299
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,449
Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2021
No transfer 1,399
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,549
Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2021
No transfer 1,399
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,549
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
No transfer 1,279
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,429
Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
No transfer 1,279
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,429

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle
Details
Accommodation Details
Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Roundtrip airport transfer
Details
Accommodation Details
Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2021
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,799
Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2021
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,799
Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2021
No transfer 1,749
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,899
Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2021
No transfer 1,749
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,899
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
No transfer 1,619
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,769
Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
No transfer 1,619
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,769

At a Glance

Discover Wisconsin’s famed Door County, a peninsula home to five state parks, 10 lighthouses and 300 miles of scenic Lake Michigan shoreline. Savor fresh lake breezes and be inspired by the steep bluffs and sandy beaches on either side of the peninsula. Learn about Door County history, art, geology and culture from local experts like an award-winning taxidermist, a watercolor artist, a lighthouse docent, naturalists and orchard owners. Visit state parks and fascinating museums that showcase the area’s rich maritime roots and unique history, and enjoy an authentic Door County fish boil with a resident storyteller.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile, rocky terrain on field trips; climbing stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go inside and learn about the keepers of the beautifully restored Eagle Bluff Lighthouse.
  • Enjoy an excursion to Washington Island with lunch at a lavender farm.
  • Uncover the unique climate and geologic history of the peninsula by examining the Niagara Escarpment and hunting for fossils with a local naturalist.

General Notes

Airport transfer at added cost.
Featured Expert
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Ed Fenendael
A native of Wisconsin, Ed began his art career over 30 years ago. He works in several media, but his main focus is watercolor and watercolor/ink. Ed's paintings can be found in Washington D.C., at Atelier Galerie in Giverny, France; at Morning Mist Studio (his private gallery) in Door County, in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the world; and the Miller Art Museum's permanent collection. He has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University. He teaches watercolor and offers workshops in the United States and abroad.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Ed Fenendael View biography
A native of Wisconsin, Ed began his art career over 30 years ago. He works in several media, but his main focus is watercolor and watercolor/ink. Ed's paintings can be found in Washington D.C., at Atelier Galerie in Giverny, France; at Morning Mist Studio (his private gallery) in Door County, in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the world; and the Miller Art Museum's permanent collection. He has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University. He teaches watercolor and offers workshops in the United States and abroad.
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Terrie Cooper View biography
After 15 years of working in nature centers throughout the state, Terrie Cooper returned to her home in Ellison Bay to work as associate director of the Door County Land Trust. With a master's in environmental education and natural resources management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a bachelor’s in secondary education, biology and conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she is a naturalist and educator.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Door County Visitors Guide
by Door County Chamber of Commerce
Published annually, this visitors guide is your key to everything happening in Door County. Order online at www.doorcounty.com or call toll-free 1-800-527-3529. You'll find recommendations for restaurants and activities throughout the peninsula.
On the Road to Death's Door
by M. J. Williams
Emily and Stan Remington's maiden voyage in their newly inherited RV takes a lethal turn when a body fall off the top of their vehicle. The retired couple find themselves at the center of a murder investigation involving a politician, a corporate executive, and a hippie priest. The rookie RVers inevitably butt heads with the local sheriff as their investigation takes them from a backwoods cabin in Wisconsin's scenic Door County to the Bishop's Chancery in Madison to an abandoned island in the infamous Death's Door Straits.
My Kind of County: Door County, Wisconsin
by John Fraser Hart
The shores of Door County, Wisconsin have long served as an idyllic retreat for Midwestern families. The region's scenic beauty is augmented by a rich history that reflects the classic American experience and John Fraser Hart now pays homage to the "Cape Cod of the Midwest" in this engaging chronicle. A renowned scholar and a summer home owner in Door County for over fifty years, Hart possesses intimate knowledge of the physical geography and cultural history of the region. With his incisive geographer's eye, he charts the gorgeously sprawling landscape that draws more than two million visitors annually, including the limestone bluffs along Green Bay that loom as high as 200 feet. He also explores Door County's agricultural heritage -- including the famous cherry orchards -- was well as the difference between the Green Bay and Lake Michigan sides of the peninsula, and the quiet interior region. The book then turns to the cultural aspects of the region, examining diverse topics such as the history of the first ethnic European settlers, the tourist economy, and the settlements' primarily Belgian architecture. Detailed maps and vibrant photographs complement Hart's engaging prose, making "My Kind of County" the perfect gift for day trippers, summer residents, and geographers alike.
Door County Tales
by Gayle Soucek
Befitting its role as Wisconsin's thumb, Door County has its own unique pulse. It is the idyllic paradise "north of the tension line," that sends many unsuspecting tourists spiraling into an addiction that lands them in a summer home. It is also the "Door of the Dead," which some historians blame for more shipwrecks than any other body of fresh water in the world. The variety of nature's splendors and terrors is matched by the cast of characters that has risen up among them. In "Door County Tales," these characters are given free rein, which seems only proper in a place where one might walk out of a restaurant and see goats grazing on the roof.
Guarding Door County: Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations
by Stacy Thomas
Jutting out of Wisconsin into the blue waters of Lake Michigan, the scenic peninsula of Door County is endowed with the longest coastline of any county in the nation. Since the mid-1800s, the region has boasted a strong maritime industry, dependent on the constant vigilance and efforts of U.S. Coast Guard units. The county has been home to as many as 12 historic light stations, as well as three life-saving stations. Beginning with Pottawatomie Light in 1837 and Sturgeon Bay Canal Life-Saving Station in 1886, keepers and surfmen survived both boredom and peril to ensure safe navigation and commerce, while rescuing those in distress. Through archival photographs, stories of shipwrecks, rescues, service, and pride spring to life. Rare rescue images of the Otter, a schooner which wrecked in 1895, are especially noteworthy.





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