It’s something we do every year—our annual “Best Of” feature.

On one hand, it’s the easiest job we have. How can you go wrong picking out quality on this extraordinary peninsula?

But on the other, it’s the most difficult job. When we see who gets top billing every year, we applaud, but how can you pick just one?

We’re just happy to turn that job over to you, our readers, who come through every year.

As we do annually, we congratulate the winners, the runners-up and everyone who received votes.

Then we also encourage our readers to check these places out. If you haven’t tried that particular bowl of chili or taken that special scenic drive, put it on your Door County bucket list. If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you are missing.

And, stretch your horizons! We hope everyone can get out there and try new things, find new places and let us know what we might be missing. There’s a lot of Door County to discover, and new places are working hard to make their mark.

A good place to start is with our advertisers—all of them high quality businesses we love to support. Let them know you stopped in because you found them in our magazine.

And then vote! We’ll be back with this feature next year, looking forward to seeing what you come up with. We know you won’t let us down. Because, while we enjoy participating in the research ourselves, we’re still glad it’s you doing the hard work of picking the winners.

We just wouldn’t know where to start.

♦ BEST ANTIQUE SHOP

WINNER: Chelsea Antiques & Blue Willow Shop

Honorable mention: Door County Traders, Julie’s Upscale Resale of Door County, Koepsel’s Meadow Lane Antiques, Olde Orchard Antique Mall, Peninsula Antique Center

♦ BEST AUTO REPAIR SERVICE

WINNER: Phil Young Automotive

Honorable mention: Jim Olson Motors, Kevin’s Auto, Kiehnau’s Service, Sister Bay Auto, Weber Auto Repair

♦ BEST BREWERY

WINNER: Door County Brewing Company

Honorable mention: Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Starboard Brewing Company

♦ BEST BURGER

WINNER: Bayside Tavern

Honorable mention: Carrington Pub & Grill, Husby’s Food & Spirits, Peninsula Pub, Red Room, The Plate

♦ BEST CHERRY PIE

WINNER: Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

Honorable Mention: Bea’s Ho-made Products, Koepsel’s Farm Market, Schartner’s Farm Market, Sweetie Pies, White Gull Inn, Wood Orchard Market

♦ BEST CHILI

WINNER: Bayside Tavern

Honorable mention: AC Tap, Greystone Castle Bar, Husby’s Food & Spirits, Peninsula Pub

♦ BEST FESTIVAL

WINNER: Sister Bay Fall Fest

Honorable mention: Baileys Harbor 4th of July Celebration, Fyr Bal, Pumpkin Patch Festival, Steel Bridge Songfest

♦ BEST FIREWORKS DISPLAY

WINNER: Egg Harbor

Honorable mention: Baileys Harbor, Fish Creek, Gills Rock, Sturgeon Bay

♦ BEST FISH BOIL

WINNER: White Gull Inn

Honorable mention: Old Post Office Restaurant, Pelletiers Restaurant & Fish Boil, Scaturo’s Baking Co. & Café, The Viking Grill and Lounge

♦ BEST FISH FRY

WINNER: TIE BETWEEN Carrington Pub & Grill and Sister Bay Bowl

Honorable mention: Baileys Harbor Cornerston Pub, Bayside Tavern, Nightengale Supper Club, Peninsula Pub, The Shoreline Restaurant

♦ BEST GOLF COURSE

WINNER: Peninsula State Park

Honorable mention: Alpine Golf Course, Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, Maxwelton Braes Golf Course, The Orchards at Egg Harbor, Stonehedge Golf

♦ BEST GROCERY STORE

WINNER: Main Street Market-Egg Harbor

Honorable mention: Pick-n-Save, PIggly Wiggly, Tadych’s Econo Foods, The Pioneer Store

♦ BEST HOME ACCESSORIES

WINNER: Door County Nature Works

Honorable mention: Bliss, Blue Dolphin, City Farmer, Maxwell’s House

♦ BEST LODGING FOR COUPLES

WINNER: Landmark Resort

Honorable mention: Ashbrooke Suites, Bay Breeze Resort, Blacksmith Inn, Egg Harbor Lodge, Stone Harbor, Whitelace Inn

♦ BEST LODGING FOR FAMILIES

WINNER: Landmark Resort

Honorable mention: Bay Breeze Resort, Bridgeport Waterfront Resort, High Point Inn, Scandinavian Lodge

♦ BEST LUNCH MENU

WINNER: Carrington Pub & Grill

Honorable mention: Bayside Tavern, Bluefront Café, Chef’s Hat, Door County Creamery, Grasse’s Grill, Husby’s Food & Spirits

♦ BEST OLD FASHIONED

WINNER: Sister Bay Bowl

Honorable mention: Alexander’s of Door County, Carrington Pub & Grill, Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Greystone Castle Bar, Nightengale Supper Club

♦ BEST OPEN MIC

WINNER: Peninsula Pub

Honorable mention: Brick Lot, Carrington Pub & Grill, Waterfront Mary’s Bar & Grill

♦ BEST OUTDOOR CONCERT

WINNER: Peg Egan PAC

Honorable mention: Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Egg Harbor Concerts in the Park, Harmony by the Bay, Sister Bay Concerts and Movies at Waterfront Park

♦PET FRIENDLY BUSINESS

WINNER: Julie’s Park Café and Motel

Honorable mention: Beachfront Inn, Door County Dog Store-Stove Dog Bakery, Harbor Fish Market

♦ BEST PIZZA

WINNER: Wild Tomato

Honorable mention: Husby’s Food & Spirits, Institute Saloon, Joe Jo’s Pizza and Gelato, Papa Murphy’s, Sister Bay Bowl, Sonny’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria

♦PLACE TO BIRD WATCH

WINNER: The Ridges Sanctuary

Honorable mention: Peninsula State Park, Newport State Park

♦ BEST PLACE TO LAUNCH A BOAT

WINNER: Sister Bay Marina

Honorable mention: Bailey’s Harbor Town Marina, Ephraim Firehouse Launch, Olde Stone Quarry County Park

♦RESTAURANT

WINNER: Carrington Pub & Grill

Honorable mention: Alexander’s of Door County, Chop, Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Sister Bay Bowl, Waterfront Restaurant, Wickman House

♦ BEST SANDWICH

WINNER: Carrington Pub & Grill

Honorable mention: Blue Horse Café, Chef’s Hat, Door County Creamery, Grasse’s Grill, Kitty O’Reilly’s, Peninsula Pub, Sub Express

♦ BEST SCENIC DRIVE

WINNER: Peninsula State Park

Honorable mention: Bayshore Drive from Sturgeon Bay to Egg Harbor, Glidden Drive, Highway 42-Gills Rock to Northport, the entire Door County Coastal Byway

♦ BEST SPORTS BAR

WINNER: Husby’s Food & Spirits

Honorable mention: Bayside Tavern, Door County Fire Company, Peninsula Pub

♦ BEST SPORTS SHOP

WINNER: Bay Shore Outfitters

Honorable mention: Dunham’s Sports, Ecology Sport, Nan & Jerry’s, Nor Door Sport & Cyclery

♦ BEST STEAK

WINNER: Chop

Honorable mention: Alexander’s of Door County, Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Nightingale Supper Club, Sister Bay Bowl

♦ BEST SUPPER CLUB

WINNER: Nightingale Supper Club

Honorable mention: English Inn, Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Greenwood Supper Club, Mill Supper Club, Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, Sister Bay Bowl

♦ BEST TOUR OR CHARTER

WINNER: Door County Trolley

Honorable mention: Fish Creek Scenic Tours, Sail Door County, Silver Strike Charter Fishing

♦ BEST VEGETARIAN MENU

WINNER: Get Real Café

Honorable mention: Bluefront Café, Grasse’s Grill, Julie’s Park Cafe, The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar

♦ BEST WEDDING VENUE

WINNER: Landmark Resort

Honorable mention: Gordon Lodge, Stone Harbor, Woodwalk Gallery

♦WOMEN’S APPAREL

WINNER: On Deck Clothing Company

Honorable mention: Ecology Sports, Patricia Shoppe, Spot, Wilkins & Olander

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