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By DCT Staff / Thursday, May 9, 2013 07:30 am
Fish Creek, WI
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Welcome to Fish Creek, a place with unique character and charm, in the heart of the northern Door County peninsula. This walkable, year-round community offers the finest dining, shopping, arts and theatre, activities and accommodations. Stay in a cozy cottage, sleep in at a bed and breakfast, relax at a classy resort, camp out under the stars, or make yourself at home at a locally-owned inn or motel. The celebrated heritage of Fish Creek's humble beginnings and rich history is visible all around! Stroll tree-lined streets and view historical architecture, explore the natural wonders of the county and the Lake Michigan coastline, and relax in the serene beauty of this unforgettable town.

Rolling fields, rock-lined shores and peaceful forests offer an outstanding backdrop for the myriad activities available in Fish Creek. Enjoy the wilderness of Peninsula State Park's hiking and biking trails (moped and bike rentals are available), take a Segway tour of the park, or rent a sailboat, canoe, paddleboat, or kayak and hit the water! Several businesses offer kayak and boat tours of the area's bluffs and beaches, nearby islands and breathtakng shorelines, as well as historic shipwrecks and lighthouses. Book a fishing charter and fish for walleye, bass and perch in the waters surrounding Fish Creek, or cruise Lake Michigan for steelhead, brown trout and “King” salmon. A breezy day is perfect for taking the kids out to fly kites, and if you want to fly a bit higher, head out to Gibraltar Airport and get a bird's eye view in a scenic airplane tour. 

Regardless of weather, arts activities abound. Take in the current exhibit at the Guenzel Gallery at the Peninsula School of Art and sign up for one of over 200 interactive five day workshops or drop in on a free Family Art Day! With dozens of galleries in Fish Creek, glimpse everything from traditional Door County artwork to fine home furnishings. Puruse custom-designed jewelry, contemporary fiber arts, functional and fabulous pottery, unique sculpture, quality leather moccasins and handmade clothing, and meet artists from Door County and beyond who have been inspired to create here.

Get inspired to create in Door County too! Stop in the Hands On Art Studio on Peninsula Players Road, to glaze your own ceramic pieces, paint wood, metal, and glass pieces, design a t-shirt, or create a mosaic. Let the knowledgeable staf help you design and arc-weld metals, show you how to cut, grind, and layer glass to melt into a solid piece of art, or give you instruction in wheel-throwing and hand-building pottery. Kids' art camp programs and Adult Nights on Friday evenings offer unique social events to keep you creating.

One of Fish Creek's best known historical sites is the Noble House Museum. Built by one of Fish Creek's founding fathers, the Noble House stands on the prominent corner of the main street. Renovated and restored to its original glory, docent led tours of the Noble House are like stepping back in time. Exhibits change to showcase collections. Previous exhibits have included Victorian Wedding, Christmas at Noble Square, and most recently The Country Doctor. Learn more about Fish Creek history by participating in guided walking tours starting at the Old Town Hall and ending at the Historic Center behind the Noble House Museum. Relax in the shady Noble House Square on Tuesdays in summer at 2:30pm for free Concerts in the Park.


Fish Creek offers some of the county's best-loved entertainment. Bring the whole family to enjoy original, heartwarming musical comedies under the stars from American Folklore Theatre at their Peninsula State Park Amphitheatre. The 2013 summer line up includes the world premier of  Windjammers, inspired by tales and tunes of 19th century Great Lakes sailors. Fish Creek is also home to America's oldest professional resident theatre, Peninsula Players. Audiences are invited to relax in the beer garden and watch the sunset prior to performances. August 6-24, 2013 marks the 61st season of the Peninsula Music Festival, held at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA). Open year-round and offering a variety of music and theatre productions, and educational lectures and events, the DCA is a 750-seat performing arts center that brings big name entertainment as well as local and regional talent to the stage. For another blast from the past, take in a summer blockbuster at the one of Wisconsin's oldest continuously operated drive in theatres.

The seasons in Door County are ever-changing and engaging, and winter is no exception. The magical serenity of winter in Fish Creek inspires romantic getaways and pampering weekends, and of course – lots of fun! Ski and snowshoe through snow-blanketed Peninsula Park, take the kids sledding, hit the snowmobile trails, or slow it down on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. In February, attend the Fish Creek Winter Festival and play wacky winter-themed carnival games, watch the winter parade, or compete in the Chili Cook-Off. Winter here also means progressive dinner tours, fireside seating, hearty meals, and great holiday shopping.

From quaint boutiques to shops you could enjoy being lost in for hours, Fish Creek has it all. Find unique kids toys, kites, games and books, luxurious bath and body care, beach gear and swimwear, trendy and unique ladies fashion, casual to serious outdoor sportswear, and the most hats you've ever seen in one building. Specialty shops offer everything from handcrafted clothing and jewelry, to designer leathers, to handmade baskets, hand-painted shoes, and unique kitchen items. Browse lawn ornaments and artful garden accessories, beads, seasonal gifts, treasures and imports from around the world, and even hardware and live bait and fishing tackle.


However you spend your days and nights, you'll want to indulge in the local dining scene. Experience contemporary and American cuisines, fine dining and supper club fare, all day breakfast, authentic Door County fish boils, Italian offerings, exceptional savory and dessert crepes, and lots of dishes featuring local ingredients. Enjoy fresh air with outdoor dining, warm up around a fire pit, or listen to live music while you eat. Taste burgers made with local beef, specialty sandwiches, cocktails and wines. Wake up at a local coffee shop, and get more than just desserts with pie at home-style bakeries, candy and chocolates at a real confectionary, and frozen custard. Stop by the local grocery or an indoor farm market and take the bounty of Door County's seasonal harvest, preserves and pies, wines and specialty olive oils, and much more home with you so you can enjoy Door County and remember Fish Creek, wherever you call home.

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