by Jen Rogers and Cambria Mueller, Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB)
Summer weather is finally upon us, which means we’re looking for adventures. With free time being limited, however, sometimes it’s good to have a plan of attack to make the most of it. Door County’s Trip Planner to the rescue! Create an account at doorcounty.com; then build an itinerary with different adventures, locations and food every day. Choose countywide options or focus on a specific community, where you can choose from dining, activities, shopping and events options. If you’re exploring with a group, everyone can see the same itinerary. Simply email or text the link to share it, and start enjoying your customized, personal Door County experience!
Visitor-information staff members also use the online trip-planner tool on tablets at our welcome center to assist visitors with planning their itineraries and can share those plans with the visitor’s device effortlessly. Want to learn more about the trip planner before your guests arrive? Stop into our welcome center, where our staff members can give you a quick walkthrough.
Many Door County employers rely on J-1 Visa students to fill positions each year. The J-1 Visa Summer Work Travel Program is a cultural-exchange opportunity in which students gain new skills, improve their English, share their culture and explore ours. In June, DCVB held two Social Security sign-up days in Ephraim in partnership with the regional Social Security Administration office, which allowed employers to avoid lines and save time. We signed up 266 students – from Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Romania, Taiwan and Turkey, among other countries – during the events. If each student had needed to be driven to Green Bay from Ephraim to apply for a Social Security card in Green Bay, our employers would have had to have driven 39,900 miles!
It’s hard to think about winter right now, but our publication department is working to distribute our winter guide – a supplement to DCVB’s Official Visitor Guide – during Labor Day weekend. It’s a great tool for visitors, providing maps, winter activities, winter hours for area businesses and events from November through March. In August, planning will begin for the Official Visitor Guide. To learn about advertising in it, contact Yvonne Torres at [email protected] or 920.818.1139.
The peninsula had a tremendous media hit in the summer 2019 issue of Coastal Living: it’s featured in a 12-page article titled “Land of Enchantment” by Peter Richmond, who was here gathering information last summer. The magazine is on newsstands now through mid-August, so be sure to check it out!
If you’d like to learn about becoming a business member of the Door County Visitor Bureau, contact Yvonne Torres at [email protected] or 920.818.1139, or visit doorcounty.com/membership.