We had already covered a good part of the Door County peninsula on our way to and from our different hikes, so our last day was spent filling in any gaps and sightseeing in the villages along the way.
We drove south from Peninsula State Park on 42 to Egg Harbor, then took county roads G and B along the coast toward Sturgeon Bay. We saw some nice big old houses along the coast. Then we cut across the peninsula on T and drove up the Lake Michigan side. We went all the way up the coast to county road Q, stopping at the Cana Island lighthouse. We didn’t go out to the island but watched the tractor pull people across the straight in a wagon.
Then we crossed back over to the bayside at Ephraim and walked around a bit, then stopped for gas, then onto Sister Bay.
All told we put 257 miles on around Door County, between our day of touring and our hikes. We can see why it’s called the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” It does have a kind of New England feel to it, mixed with some midwestern farm. I will say the villages look more cute and beguiling as you drive through them than they do when you actually start walking around. Then again we’ve never been big on twee gift shops or pricey art galleries and this just reinforced that those aren’t our thing! We like our wilderness a little more rough and well, wild.