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Pitstops: Six Places to Check Out on the Way In to Door County

By JENNIFER MUCH

The winding roads leading to Door County are speckled with gems that are off the beaten path but definitely worth a visit. Here are a few treasures to hunt for on the way in or out of Door County.

Wequiock Falls and the Jean Nicolet Statue

3426 Bay Settlement Road, Green Bay

The highlight of this county park – carved out of the Niagara Escarpment rocks just off the four-lane highway – is the tranquil waterfall that gives it its name. Visitors can walk down a stairway and over rock-scattered, shallow waters to get up close to the falls. The park is also home to the Jean Nicolet statue, which commemorates the French explorer who was the first known European to discover what is now Wisconsin and Lake Michigan. 

Chaudoir’s Dock. Photo by Jenn Much.

Chaudoir’s Dock County Park 

10865 Cty N, Union 

Here you’ll find a 100-foot day dock along 625 feet of shoreline and five acres of wooded land. The area began as a working dock built by the Chaudoir brothers, Eli and Julius, who immigrated from Belgium in 1856. Eventually, many ships made stops to bring grain for lumberjacks’ horses, and in turn, local farmers exported their produce. The park has three boat-launch lanes, a picnic area with grills, on-site restrooms, a bait shop and a bar and restaurant nearby. 

Dyckesville Bowl 

6426 Sturgeon Bay Road, Dyckesville/Luxemburg

This classic, old bowling alley features six cozy lanes, great bar food and – for the curd connoisseur – some of the best fried cheese in the area. 

Belgian Heritage Center 

1255 Cty DK, Brussels 

Discover the stories of the early settlements of Southern Door at the Belgian Heritage Center, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior. The former church is home to an extensive video and photo collection that peers into Belgian history and heritage that stretches to the residents who reside in the area today.

Renard’s Cheese. Photo by Jenn Much.

Renard’s Cheese 

2189 Cty DK, Sturgeon Bay 

Home to everything a true Wisconsinite loves, Renard’s is filled with savory cheeses, jams, wines, candies, olive oil and other Door County goods. Time it right, and your curds might still have that perfect squeak.

Deprey’s Frosty Tip. Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr.

Deprey’s Frosty Tip 

6390 Sturgeon Bay Road, Luxemburg

One of the must-stops for summer is a small-town walk-up in Luxemburg! Deprey’s Frosty Tip, opened in 1954, serves tasty hot dogs, burgers, chili and various combos that all deliver nostalgia with every bite. But best of all are the monstrous ice cream cones. They’re sticky, sweet and worth every dribble (but grab some extra napkins). 

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