With its little hamlets, gorgeous scenery, vibrant arts scene, exceptional restaurants and shops, Door County is routinely mentioned in travel guides and “best of” lists around the nation.

Like...all of Door County.

So when everything we do and everything we have is considered to be The Best the nation has to offer, it may seem a little indulgent to pick the best of the best. Like skimming the cream off.

To take the analogy a little further, we simply have a lot of cream. It’s often daunting to pick the standouts. But every year, we ask our readers to do just that. It’s a tough task, a hard job...but someone’s gotta do it, right?

Again, this year, you responded, voting for your favorites around the county.

There are some trusted old friends on the list—business and places so firmly established in the echelons of greatness, it’s hard to unseat them.

There are a few newcomers, too. It’s nice to see folks are branching out and trying new things—and being happily surprised by the quality out there.

As always, we encourage you to check out all these places, whether you are a resident, a long-time annual visitor or a first-timer.

Wait—first timer? What took you so long? Well, never mind that, we are glad you are here. We think you are going to really love this place.

Make a few stops, check out these places, and explore new ones.

When you do, tell them Door County Magazine sent you!

Best Antique Shop

Winner: Olde Orchard Antique Mall

Honorable mention: Door County Traders, Blue Willow & Chelsea Antiques, Bayside Bargains, Bargains Unlimited, Julie’s Upscale Resale

Best bakery

Winner: Sunflour Artisan Bakery

Honorable mention: Pink Bakery, MacReady Artisan Bread Co, Scaturo’s Baking Co, Klaud’s Kitchen

Best Burger

Winner: Peninsula Pub

Honorable mention: Carrington Pub & Grill, Bayside Tavern, Husby’s Food & Spirits, Mink River Basin, Red Room

Best cherry pie

Winner: Schartner’s Farm Market

Honorable mention: Sweetie Pies, Seaquist’s Farm Market, Wood Orchard Market, White Gull Inn, Bea’s Ho-Made Products

Best chili

Winner: Bayside Tavern

Honorable mention: Peninsula Pub, Husby’s Food & Spirits, Brick Lot Pub & Grill, Carrington Pub & Grill, Czarnuszka Soup Bar

Best convenience mart

Winner: Main Street Market

Honorable mention: Baileys 57, JP Express, Pioneer Store, Bhirdo’s Shell, Jandu Marathon

Best cross country ski trail

Winner: Peninsula State Park

Honorable mention: Newport State Park, Crossroads at Big Creek, Whitefish Dunes State Park, Potowatomi State Park

Best deli

Winner: Main Street Market

Honorable mention: Fish Creek Market, Econo Foods, McEvoy’s Culinaria, DC Deli, Door County Creamery

Best festival

Winner: Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch

Honorable mention: Sister Bay Fall Fest, Ephraim Fyr Bal, Egg Harbor Alefest, Steel Bridge Songfest, Baileys Harbor 4th of July

Best fireworks display

Winner: Egg Harbor

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

Best fish boil

Winner: White Gull Inn

Honorable mention: Pelletier’s Restaurant & Fish Boil, Viking Grill & Lounge, Old Post Office Restaurant, Scaturo’s Baking Co, Rowley’s Bay Restaurant & Fish Boil

Best fish fry

Winner: Sister Bay Bowl

Honorable mention: Carrington Pub & Grill, Nightingale Supper Club, Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub, Peninsula Pub, Viking Grill & Lounge

Best Gallery

Winner: Edgewood Orchard Gallery

Honorable mention: Plum Bottom Gallery, Fine Line Designs, Frykman Studio Gallery, Woodwalk Gallery, Ellison Bay Pottery

Best Golf Course

Winner: Peninsula State Park Golf Course

Honorable mention: Orchards at Egg Harbor, Horseshoe Bay Golf Course, Alpine Golf Course, Idlewild Golf Course, Maxwelton Braes Golf Course

Best Grocery Store

Winner: Main Street Market

Honorable mention: Econo Foods, Piggly Wiggly, Pick N Save, Pioneer Store, Marchant’s Foods

Best Handicapped Accessible Business

Winner: Peninsula Pub

Honorable mention: Julie’s Park Café & Motel, Landmark Resort, Main Street Market, Wal-Mart

Best Local Musician or Singer

Winner: Katie Dahl

Honorable mention: Small Forest, Pat mAcdonald, Hope Reyes, Julian Hagen, Modern Day Drifters

Best Lodging for families

Winner: Landmark Resort

Honorable mention: Bridgeport Resort, Newport Resort, Scandinavian Lodge, Stone Harbor Resort, Door County Cabins @ PlumBottom

Best Margarita

Winner: JJ’s LaPuerta Old Mexico

Honorable mention: Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar & Grill, Mojo Rosas, Carrington Pub & Grill, Shoreline Restaurant

Best Outdoor Concert

Winner: Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series

Honorable mention: Harmony by the Bay, Sister Bay Concerts in the Park, Egg Harbor Concerts in the Park, Steel Bridge Songfest, Blues on the Bay

Best Pet Friendly Business

Winner: Door County Dog Store/Stove Dog Bakery

Honorable mention: Gills Rock Coffee, Dogma Diggs & Grooming Studio, Beachfront Inn, Buttercups Coffee, Gibraltar Grill

Best Pizza

Winner: Wild Tomato

Honorable mention: Sonny’s Pizzeria, Joe Jo’s Pizza & Gelato, Bayside Tavern, Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub, Carrington Pub & Grill

Best place to stargaze

Winner: Newport State Park

Honorable mention: Peninsula State Park, Cave Point, Egg Harbor, Landmark Resort, Crossroads at Big Creek

Best place to watch a packer game

Winner: Husby’s Food & Spirits

Honorable mention: Bayside Tavern, Mink River Basin, Stone Harbor Resort, Mojo Rosas, Carrington Pub & Grill

Best Restaurant

Winner: Carrington Pub & Grill

Honorable mention: Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Wickman House, Alexander’s of Door County, Shoreline Restaurant, Chop

Best Sandwich

Winner: Carrington Pub & Grill

Honorable mention: MacReady Artisan Bread Co, Fatzo’s Sub & Pizza, Door County Creamery, Blue Horse Café, Coyote Roadhouse

Best site for romantic dinner

Winner: Waterfront Restaurant

Honorable mention: Donny’s Glidden Lodge, English Inn, Wickman House, Carrington Pub & Grill, Chop

Best sport shop

Winner: Bay Shore Outfitters

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

Best place to view autumn colors

Winner: Peninsula State Park

Honorable mention: Landmark Resort, Potowatomi State Park, Ellison Bay , Hwy 42 Gills Rock to Northport, Door Bluff Park

Best Steak

Winner: Chop

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

Best Supper Club

Winner: Nightingale Supper Club

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

Best tour or charter

Winner: Door County Trolley

Honorable mention: Shoreline Charters, Ride the Fireboat, Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours, Sail Door County

Best Vegetarian Menu

Winner: Get Real Café

Honorable mention: Julie’s Park Café & Motel, Grasse’s Grill, Wild Tomato, Bluefront Café, Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Best Wedding Venue

Winner: Landmark Resort

Honorable mention: Gordon Lodge, Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, Stone Harbor Resort, Woodwalk Gallery, About Thyme Farm

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