In Wisconsin, produce is everything. While Wisconsin is known for its dairy production, Door County, where Fish Creek is located, also produces a ton of cherries and white fish for the neighboring area. During your visit to Fish Creek, be sure to check out the fantastic restaurants that serve sustainable and locally-grown ingredients. Then, head off for some entertainment with plays, museums, and of course outdoor activities.
1.White Gull Inn
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The White Gull Inn was established in 1896 by a retired professor who wanted to create an Inn for the thriving town of Fish Creek. There are seven houses and cottages that make up the inn. With spectacular restored rooms, guests can feel as if they are stepping back into the golden age of Fish Creek but with modern amenities. Most rooms have fireplaces and many have whirlpools in the private bathrooms. All room rates include coffee every morning and a full breakfast. All meals are offered in the dining area, though it is the Door County fish boil that is the real star of the inn.
4225 Main Street, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-3517
© Peninsula Players
The Peninsula Players have been entertaining the people of Fish Creek for over 80 years. Originally an outdoor stage, the stage and audience were covered in 1946 with a canvas top to allow for all summer weather. Today’s guests will be treated with the Players unique style of a resident company. This makes the Players a family, as they all work and live together on the property. Patrons can take in a beautiful sunset of Green Bay before the show. A canteen serves food, while the Luna Bar serves drinks in the Beer Garden.
4351 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-3287
3.Peninsula State Park
This enormous park sits on about 3,776 acres of land just outside of Green Bay. However, it still only the third largest park in the state. Visitors will be welcomed by 468 campsites across five campgrounds. All campgrounds have buildings with showers and flushable toilets. There are strict firewood guidelines, due to infestation concerns, so be sure to check with the campground when planning your trip. Along with camping, visitors to the park can find playgrounds, beaches, hiking trails, fishing, and hunting opportunities. Pets are welcome in the park but must be kept away from the beaches and picnic areas. There is also an 18-hole golf course in the park.
9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-3258
4.Edgewood Orchard Galleries
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In 1958, Irene Pamperin Haberland bought 80 acres to create the Edgewood Orchard. Today’s visitors look for more than fruit trees, as the Edgewood Orchard Gallery is one of the most renowned in the state. Over 150 artists’ works are displayed in the old fruit barn in the orchard. Guests are privileged to see tons of artwork, sculptures, and glasswork on display. Visitors can also take in the more practical art, such as woodwork furniture and jewelry. The artwork, furniture, and jewelry are all for sale, and you can check the website at any time to find pricing and whether or not the piece is still available.
4140 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-3579
5.Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
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Just 76 feet above Green Bay, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse stands proudly as a reminder of its role keeping sailors safe in poor weather. The lighthouse was manned by keepers from 1868 to 1929, and the current lighthouse has been preserved into a museum. Guests can take a guided tour through the lighthouse and surrounding buildings to get a few for what it was like to be a keeper and his family during those times. Today’s museum has some original furnishing from the period, allowing guests to get a feel for the house in its working days.
10249 Shore Road, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-421-3636
6.Historic Alexander Noble House
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Historic Alexander Noble House was built for one of the founding fathers (Alexander Noble) of Fish Creek in 1875. It was the first home in Fish Creek to be made from lathe and plaster, veering away from the traditional log cabin. Today’s guests can tour the oldest standing residence in town and its exhibits. Some of the permanent and expected exhibits include House in Mourning (looking at Victorian funerals held in the home), the Country Doctor (with items from Nobel’s granddaughter doctor), and Victorian Weddings. Guests will be able to tour all 10 rooms in the home with or without a docent.
4167 Highway 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-2091
© Wild Tomato
Wild Tomato Wood Fired Pizza and Grille is the full name of Wild Tomato. The company has two missions: to serve wood-oven pizzas at an affordable price with sustainable ingredients and to treat humans with deep respect. One spectacular night to plan around is the monthly Donation Creation, where the chefs create a unique pizza and some of the proceeds of the pizza go to a local charity. You can try something fun and feel good while doing it. Besides the donation creation pizza, you can build your pizza or try one of the specialty pizzas.
4023 State Highway 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-3095
© Alexander’s Restaurant
When you’re hungry for fine dining with elegant casual attire, check out Alexander’s Restaurant. Owned by the Alexander family, Alexander’s Restaurant features Sunday brunches that are well worth the stop. But the brunch isn’t the only reason for a visit. Fine dining for dinner is a must. Check out the baked brie, oysters Rockefeller, or wild escargot as a starter, and then move right into an entrée, like cherry barbecue salmon, cioppino, chicken asiago ravioli, roasted cherry duck, or something from the chophouse. Steaks and pork chops can be enhanced with toppings like garlic gorgonzola butter, shitake mushroom chardonnay sauce, or cognac cream sauce.
3667 Highway 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-3532
9.Julie’s Park Cafe and Motel
© Julie’s Park Café and Motel
Julie’s Park Café and Motel is more than just a restaurant. This business has expanded over the last twenty years to include a motel, cottages, and condos. The motel is located just at the entrance of Peninsula State Park, so activities are just steps away. When you’re ready to eat, head down to the café for breakfast or lunch. Breakfast is served all day, which is perfect for those lazy days when you want to sleep in. When you’re ready to head out, be sure to pick up a piece of Julie’s to take home, like the cherry barbeque sauce, housemade poppyseed dressing, or a pie.
4020 Highway 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-2999
10.The Cookery Restaurant and Wine Bar
© The Cookery Restaurant and Wine Bar
Established in 1977, The Cookery Restaurant and Wine Bar serves American food with a wine bar. All three meals are served daily at The Cookery, with breakfast served until noon. With most of the ingredients being locally sourced, you shouldn’t be surprised to find their famous whitefish chowder, cheery wood smoked bacon, or cherry pancakes on the menus. Dinner plates often feature perch, since it is one of the locally fished species in Fish Creek. Along with dinner, there is live music often featured and two lodging options for those who want a spectacular view of the bay.
4135 Main Street, Fish Creek, WI 54212, Phone: 920-868-3634
10 Best Things to Do in Fish Creek, WI
- White Gull Inn, Photo: White Gull Inn
- Peninsula Players, Photo: Peninsula Players
- Peninsula State Park, Photo: stevengaertner/stock.adobe.com
- Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Photo: Edgewood Orchard Galleries
- Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Photo: Ralf Broskvar/stock.adobe.com
- Historic Alexander Noble House, Photo: Gibraltar Historical Association
- Wild Tomato, Photo: Wild Tomato
- Alexander’s Restaurant, Photo: Alexander’s Restaurant
- Julie’s Park Cafe and Motel, Photo: Julie’s Park Café and Motel
- The Cookery Restaurant and Wine Bar, Photo: The Cookery Restaurant and Wine Bar
- Cover Photo: Laura/stock.adobe.com