You’ve done it again! We asked you to tell us your favorite places in Door County. The best of the best.

And that’s a very hard thing to do.

But you came through. (OK, full disclosure: We knew you would.)

After tallying the results, we learned a few things and saw a few newcomers on the “Best of” list. And we were happy to see the places that retained their crowns.

Voting for the very best of Door County is a big challenge.

It was brought to mind the other day, when I was at Peninsula State Park and ran into a couple feeding birds at the nature center. They hailed from Germany and were visiting Door County on vacation.

After chatting a while, I wanted to give them some “insider’s” tips on places to try and things to do.

But I was tongue tied. On one hand, I was prepared to launch into an epic speech, detailing all the prime places and activities I know and love. On the other hand...I didn’t even know where to start.

Realizing they only had a day or two to cover it, I pointed them in the direction of a few epic Door County highlights and a couple fun lesser-known joints.

That’s when I truly realized what a tough job it is to select a “favorite” in every category. To declare something to be the absolute best.

The truth is, we have a lot of great businesses and fabulous finds in Door County. So, being recognized as the Best of Door County is a real accomplishment. We congratulate this year’s winners and runners- up!

OK! The voting is behind us. Now, comes the next part of the challenge for our readers: Take this handy guide, go out and try it all. Try the winners and the runner ups—honestly, in many cases, the margins between the winners and the runner ups were very slim. Eat, shop, play and visit your way through this year’s contest.

The second part of the challenge is this—branch out and try completely new places and activities. There’s a lot waiting to be discovered and recognized. You might find a new favorite!

We’ll see you again in 2019. And we can’t wait to learn what you discover in the months to come!

♦  BEST ANTIQUE SHOP

WINNER: Olde Orchard

Honorable mention: Bayside Bargains, Antiques on Third, Bargains Unlimited, Chelsea Antiques

♦  BEST BAKERY

WINNER: Scaturo’s Baking Co & Café

Honorable mention: Sunflour Artisan Bakery, Pink Bakery, Door County Bakery

♦  BEST BLOODY MARY

WINNER: Kitty O’Reilly’s

Honorable mention: Peninsula Pub, Bayside Tavern

♦  BEST BREAKFAST

WINNER: Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

Honorable mention: White Gull Inn, Scaturo’s

♦  BEST BURGER

WINNER: Peninsula Pub

Honorable mention: Door County Fire Co, Greystone, Bay Side Tavern in Fish Creek

♦  BEST CHERRY PIE

WINNER: Schartner’s Farm Market

Honorable mention: Seaquist’s Farm Market, Wood Orchard Market

♦  BEST CHILI

WINNER: Bayside Tavern

Honorable mention: Fatzo’s Subs & Pizza, Casey’s BBQ & Smoke House

♦  BEST DELI

WINNER: Fatzo’s

Honorable mention: Econo Foods, Main Street Market

♦  BEST FESTIVAL

WINNER: Sister Bay Fall Fest

Honorable mention: Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch, Sturgeon Bay Harvest Festival

♦  BEST FIREWORKS DISPLAY

WINNER: Egg Harbor

Honorable mention: Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor

♦  BEST FISH BOIL

WINNER: White Gull Inn

Honorable mention: Pelletier’s Restaurant & Fish Boil, Old Post Office Restaurant

♦  BEST FISH FRY

WINNER: Sister Bay Bowl

Honorable mention: Richard’s Pub & Grill, Peninsula Pub

♦  BEST GALLERY

WINNER: Turtle Ridge Gallery

Honorable mention: Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Blue Dolphin House

♦  BEST GOLF COURSE

WINNER: Peninisula State Park Golf Course

Honorable mention: Cherry Hills, Horseshoe Bay Golf Course, Idelwild Golf Course

♦  BEST GROCERY STORE

WINNER: Main St Market

Honorable mention: Econo Foods, Piggly Wiggly

♦  BEST HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE BUSINESS

WINNER: Al Johnson’s

Honorable mention: Walmart, Door County Coffee and Tea

♦  BEST JEWELRY STORE

WINNER: T Simon Jewelers

Honorable mention: J Jeffrey Taylor, Samara

♦  BEST LOCAL PERFORMER

WINNER: Katie Dahl

Honorable mention: Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns, Dirty Deuce

♦  BEST LODGING FOR COUPLES

WINNER: Landmark Resort

Honorable mention: Stone Harbor Resort, Ashbrooke Suites, Blacksmith Inn White Gull Inn

♦  BEST LODGING FOR FAMILIES

WINNER: Landmark Resort

Honorable mention: Bridgeport Resort, Stone Harbor Resort

♦  BEST LUNCH MENU

WINNER: Fatzo’s

Honorable mention: Bluefront Cafe, Grasse’s Grill

♦  BEST MARGARITA

WINNER: Old Mexico

Honorable mention: JJ’s LaPuerta, Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar & Grill

♦  BEST OLD FASHIONED

WINNER: Nightingale Supper Club

Honorable mention: Log Den, Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Sister Bay Bowl, Alexander’s

♦  BEST OUTDOOR COMMUNITY CONCERT

WINNER: Harmony by the Bay -Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center

Honorable mention: Egg Harbor Concert in the Park, Sister Bay Concerts in the Park

♦  BEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

WINNER: Peninsula Players

Honorable mention: Door Community Auditorium, Northern Sky Theater

♦  BEST PET FRIENDLY BUSINESS

WINNER: Door County Dog Store/Stove Dog Bakery

Honorable mention: Dancing Bear, Waterfront Mary’s, Julie’s Park Café

♦  BEST PIZZA

WINNER: Wild Tomato

Honorable mention: Sonny’s Pizzeria, Fatzo’s Subs & Pizza

♦  BEST RESTAURANT

WINNER: Donny’s Glidden Lodge

Honorable mention: Alexander’s, Fatzo’s Subs & Pizza

♦  BEST SANDWICH

WINNER: Fatzo’s Subs & Pizza

Honorable mention: Bluefront Café, Carrington Pub and Grill

♦  BEST SPORTS SHOP

WINNER: Bay Shore Outfitters

Honorable mention: Nor Door Sport and Cyclery, Dunham’s

♦  BEST STEAK

WINNER: Donny’s Glidden Lodge

Honorable mention: Nightingale Supper Club, Alexander’s, Chop

♦  BEST SUPPER CLUB

WINNER: Donny’s Glidden Lodge

Honorable mention: Nightingale Supper Club, Alexander’s

♦  BEST TOUR OR CHARTER

WINNER: Door County Trolley/Ghost & Wine Tour

Honorable mention: Chicago Fireboat, Sail Door County, Wacky Walleye Guide Service

♦  BEST VEGETARIAN MENU

WINNER: Get Real Café

Honorable mention: Bluefront Café, Chives

♦  BEST WEDDING VENUE

WINNER: Stone Harbor Resort

Honorable mention: Gordon Lodge, Landmark Resort

♦  BEST WINERY

WINNER: Stone’s Throw Winery

Honorable mention: Door Peninsula Winery, Simon Creek Winery

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