GILLS ROCK, WISCONSIN
This authentic fishing village lies at the northernmost tip of the peninsula — known as the ‘top of the thumb.’ Island ferries, weathered fishing sheds , and an old fishing boat that sits on dry land reflect its historic maritime heritage. Go fishing!
A fine restaurant with panoramic views, a few souvenir shops, and cottages occupy old buildings along the village’s only street and waterfront. Scandinavian imports, nautical items, jewelry, locally made jams, jellies, and pies can be found here.
Watch the incredible sunsets over Porte des Mortes (Death’s Door), go fishing, take a scenic boat ride, or take a drive on the county’s famous ‘winding’ road.
Points Of Interest
Door County Maritime Museum
There are exhibits on shipwrecks, lifesaving techniques, and the Ted Berch model collection — twenty Great Lakes vessels, including one of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. Tour a 1930s tug boat and watch a film of its last fishing trip.
4th of July Celebration
This fun event begins at 5 o’clock with local food and live music. There is a Boat Regatta that is followed by an exciting display of fireworks.
Newport State Park
Wisconsin’s only formally designated wilderness park — 2,373 acres of forests, wetlands, and meadows. Fern Trail has interpretative panels to guide visitors through the forest. There are miles of hiking and off-road biking trails, cross-country skiing paths, beaches, and campgrounds.
This ferry carries passengers to Washington Island through the island-studded strait of ‘Port des Mortes’. The captain narrates historical facts during the seven mile journey. Views include the Pilot and Plum lighthouses.
Gills Rock Art Fest
15 artists display their latest works, with many giving demos, at 22nd Gills Rock Art Fest, 10am- 5 pm on the grounds of Gills Rock Coffee. Many different media, including pastel, collage, assemblage, watercolor, oil, jewelry, mosaics, encaustic painting, and clay. (Sept. 3-4)