Door County, Wis.,

Andrea Gross | Sep 3, 2013, 9:57 a.m.


Autumn rivals summer as the perfect time to visit Door County.

But while cherries are a main attraction during the summer months, Door County has become as much an autumn destination as a summer one. In fact, both Trip Advisor and Travel + Leisure have named Door County as one of the country’s top fall foliage destinations.

As fall approaches, cherries are replaced by apples and pumpkins, both of which are rich in antioxidants and fiber. Therefore, folks can continue to enjoy guilt-free pie; they just have to choose a different filling.


Fish boils are a long-standing tradition in areas which, like Door County, have large Scandinavian populations.

We also indulge in another Door County culinary tradition, a rousing fish boil at Rowley’s Bay Resort. Potatoes, onions and locally caught whitefish are put in a large cauldron and cooked over an open fire until the fish reaches flakey perfection. Then the boilmaster—in our case, a gentleman with definite tendencies toward pyromania—douses the fire with kerosene. As he jumps back from the flames that flare 6-plus feet into the air, the fish oils overflow and leave behind an oil-free stew. Once again, healthy and delicious!

After dinner it’s off to the theater. Door County has an impressive program of theatrical and musical productions, and during our stay we see serious drama as well as lighthearted comedy. But it’s at the American Folklore Theater, sitting on cushioned seats under the stars, where we have the most fun. This is where we meet Heather, the giggling 7-year-old, and we’re reminded that, when it comes to health, laughter is the best medicine of all.


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