Every year, Door County Magazine asks you, the reader, to do us a big favor: We want you to pick your favorites.

Honestly, it´s a very hard job. There are so many choices within each category, declaring a favorite Door County anything is a lot to ask.

But, thankfully, many readers have clear, strong opinions on their “don´t miss” places, experiences and things to try.

Your votes have been counted, and you´ve been heard. And we wholeheartedly agree with your picks.

This year´s list is full of outstanding places, experiences and things you gotta try. It´s a snapshot of the quality Door County has to offer. This peninsula is world class in every way. And our “Best Of” feature serves to prove that point.

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On a personal note, I know all about having a clear, strong opinion on my favorite Door County offerings. So much so, that sometimes I have missed other great experiences.

But, even this old dog could learn a few new tricks.

For instance, this past summer several out-of-town friends converged on Door County for a fun, whirlwind vacation. Of course, I took them to my favorite haunts. But while exploring the Door together, we discovered several new favorite places.

The end result? It expanded my peninsular horizons, and added to my Door County repertoire.

That´s why we present the “Best Of” feature every year. Things change. New places are discovered. And folks up here constantly work hard to improve their offerings.

Your favorite bowl of chili this season might meander down the road a bit to a new place next season (let me tell you, there are a lot of great bowls of chili to be had all over the county!)

Then again, maybe it won´t change. Some things are just that outstanding. Maybe you can´t improve upon a time-honored recipe.

Still, it doesn´t hurt to try new things, discover new places.

We hope you will participate in our yearly event again next year. Head out and experience Door County. Try things, compare.

Think of it as important research.

And we´ll look forward to what you discover in 2016.

--Heidi Hodges, Editor

BEST ANTIQUE SHOP

WINNER: Door County Traders

147 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, www.doorcountytraders.com

Honorable mention: Bayside Bargains, Chelsea Antiques & Blue Willow Shop, Julie´s Upscale Resale of Door County, Olde Orchard Antique Mall


BEST BLOODY MARY

WINNER: Kitty O´Reilly´s Irish Pub

59 E Oak St, Sturgeon Bay, www.kittyoreillys.com

Honorable mention: Bayside Tavern, Carrington Pub and Grill, Fred & Fuzzy´s, Husby´s Food & Spirits, Peninsula Pub


BEST BREAKFAST

WINNER:White Gull Inn

4225 Main St, Fish Creek, www.whitegullinn.com

Honorable mention: Al Johnson´s, Carrington Pub & Grill, Scaturo´s Baking Company & Café, Sandpiper, Village Café


BEST BURGER

WINNER: Peninsula Pub

7899 Cty Rd. A, Baileys Harbor, www.peninsulapub.com

Honorable mention: Bayside Tavern, Carrington Pub and Grill, Husby´s Food & Spirits, Red Room, Scaturo´s Baking Company & Café


BEST CHARTER OR CRUISE

WINNER: Door County Trolley

8030 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, www.doorcountytrolley.com

Honorable mention: Chicago Boat Tour, Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours, Shoreline Charters


BEST CHERRY PIE

WINNER: Sweetie Pies

At the Settlement Shops, Fish Creek, www.doorcountypies.com

Honorable mention: Bea´s Ho-made Products, Orchard Country Winery & Market, Scaturo´s Baking Company & Café, Schartner´s Farm Market, Seaquist´s Orchard Farm Market, Wood Orchard Market


BEST CHILI

WINNER: Bayside Tavern

4160 Main St, Fish Creek, baysidetavern.com

Honorable mention: Casey´s BBQ & Smokehouse, Carrington Bar and Grill, Peninsula Pub, Scaturo´s Baking Company & Café, The Edge of Town


BEST DOOR COUNTY SOUVENIR

WINNER: Cherries!

Honorable mention: Anything with cherries in it or on it, Door County Apparel, Door County Art, Renard´s Cheese, Something from a farm market


BEST GALLERY

WINNER: Edgewood Orchard Gallery

4140 Peninsula Players Rd, Fish Creek, www.edgewoodorchard.com

Honorable mention: Bay Art Gallery at Sister Bay Trading Company, Cottage Row Gallery, Fine Line Designs Gallery, Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery, Woodwalk Gallery


BEST GOLF COURSE

WINNER: Peninsula State Park Golf Course

9890 Shore Rd, Ephraim, www.peninsulagolf.org

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


BEST FESTIVAL

WINNER: Pumpkin Patch Festival

Village of Egg Harbor, www.eggharbordoorcounty.org

Honorable mention: Belgian Days, Fall Fest, Egg Harbor Ale Fest, Fyr Bal, Steel Bridge Songfest, Baileys Harbor Brew Fest


BEST FIREWORKS

WINNER: Egg Harbor 3rd of July

Village of Egg Harbor, www.eggharbordoorcounty.org

Honorable mention: Baileys Harbor 4th of July, Fish Creek, Gills Rock 4th of July, Sunset Park-Sturgeon Bay 4th of July


BEST FISH BOIL

WINNER: White Gull Inn

4225 Main St, Fish Creek,

www.whitegullinn.com

Honorable mention: Old Post Office, Pelletier´s Restaurant, The Viking Grill


BEST FISH FRY

WINNER: Sister Bay Bowl

10640 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, www.sisterbaybowl.com

Honorable mention: Bayside Tavern, Carrington Pub & Grill, Birmingham´s, The Orchards, Peninsula Pub, Woldt´s


BEST GROCERY STORE

WINNER: Main Street Market-Egg Harbor

7770 State Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, doorcountygrocery.com

Honorable mention: Fish Creek Market, Marchant´s Food, Piggly Wiggly, Pick-n-save, Tadyche´s Econo Foods


BEST HIKE / BIKE TRAIL

WINNER: Peninsula State Park

Fish Creek, dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula

Honorable mention: Ahnapee Trail, Cave Point County Park, Potawatomi State Park, Ridges Sanctuary, Whitefish Dunes State Park


BEST LODGING FOR COUPLES

WINNER: Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Dr, Egg Harbor, www.thelandmarkresort.com

Honorable mention: Ashbrooke Suites, Blacksmith Bed & Breakfast, Country House, Stone Harbor Resort, White Lace Inn


BEST LODGING FOR FAMILIES

WINNER: Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Dr, Egg Harbor, www.thelandmarkresort.com

Honorable mention: Bridgeport Resort, Highpoint Inn, Newport Resort, Scandinavian Lodge, Waterbury Inn


BEST MEAL DEAL

WINNER: Carrington Pub & Grill

4929 Landmark Dr, Egg Harbor, www.thelandmarkresort.com

Honorable mention: Culver´s, Old Mexico, Scaturo´s Baking Company & Café


BEST OUTDOOR CONCERT

WINNER: Peg Egan Center

7840 Church St, Egg Harbor, www.villageofeggharbor.org

Honorable mention: Birch Creek, Egg Harbor Concerts in the Park, Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay Concerts in the Park


BEST PET FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS

WINNER: Beachfront Inn

8040 State Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor, www.beachfrontinn.net

Honorable mention: Julies Park Motel, Snug Harbor, Gustave´s Getaway


BEST PUB

WINNER: Bayside Tavern

4160 Main St, Fish Creek, baysidetavern.com

Honorable mention: Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub, Coyote Road House, Husby´s Food & Spirits, Kitty O´Reilly´s Irish Pub, Mike´s Port Pub, Peninsula Pub, Poh´s Corner Pub, Shipwrecked


BEST PIZZA

WINNER: Wild Tomato

4023 State Hwy 42, Fish Creek, wildtomatopizza.com

Honorable mention: Jo Joe´s Pizza and Gelato, Mojo Rosa´s, Scaturo´s Baking Co. & Café, Sonny´s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria, Villaggios


BEST PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH

WINNER: Fish Creek

visitfishcreek.com

Honorable mention: Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Sister Bay, Sturgeon Bay´s

Third Avenue


BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SUNSET

WINNER: Egg Harbor

www.eggharbordoorcounty.org

Honorable mention: Ephraim shoreline, Fred & Fuzzy´s, George Pinney Quarry Park, Landmark Resort, Murphy Park-Horseshoe Bay, Waterfront Park - Sister Bay, Sunset Park - Fish Creek


BEST RESTAURANT

WINNER: Donny´s Glidden Lodge

4670 Glidden Dr, Sturgeon Bay, donnysgliddenlodge.com

Honorable mention: Alexander´s, Carrington Pub & Grill, Chop, The Cookery, Harbor Fish Market & Grille, Scaturo´s Baking Co. & Café, Waterfront Restaurant


BEST RESTAURANT FOR CHILDREN

WINNER: PC Junction

7898 Cty Rd A, Baileys Harbor, www.pcjunctiondoorcounty.com

Honorable mention: Al Johnson´s, Julie´s Park Café, Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Sonny´s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria, Wilson´s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor


BEST SANDWICH

WINNER: Carrington Pub & Grill

4929 Landmark Dr, Egg Harbor, www.thelandmarkresort.com

Honorable mention: Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub, Bluefront Café, Chef´s Hat, Door County Creamery, Peninsula Pub, Scaturo´s Baking Company & Café


BEST SPORTS SHOP

WINNER: Bay Shore Outfitters

27 South Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay & 2457 S Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, www.kayakdoorcounty.com

Honorable mention: Dunham´s-Sturgeon Bay, Ecology Sports, Nor Door Sport & Cyclery


BEST STAGE

WINNER: Peninsula Players

4351 Peninsula Players Rd, Fish Creek, www.peninsulaplayers.com

Honorable mention: Door Community Auditorium, Northern Lights Theater, Third Avenue Playhouse


BEST STEAK

WINNER: Donny´s Glidden Lodge

4670 Glidden Dr, Sturgeon Bay, donnysgliddenlodge.com

Honorable mention: Alexander´s, Carrington Pub & Grill, Chop, Harbor Fish Market & Grille, Nightingale Restaurant & Lounge, Waterfront Restaurant


BEST VEGETARIAN MENU

WINNER: Get Real Café

116 S Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, www.time2getrealcafe.com

Honorable mention: Bluefront Café, Julie´s Park Café


BEST WEDDING VENUE

WINNER: Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Dr, Egg Harbor, www.thelandmarkresort.com

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


BEST WINERY

WINNER: Door Peninsula Winery

5806 State Hwy 42, Carlsville, www.dcwine.com

Honorable mention: Door 44 Winery, Harbor Ridge, Orchard Country Winery, Simon Creek, Stone´s Throw Winery