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WISCONSIN ROAD TRIP ADVENTURES: A WEEK IN DOOR COUNTY WITH LANDS' END HERITAGE TOUR

We recently road tripped to Wisconsin in partnership with Land's End to join in on the Land's End Heritage Tour. Our mission was to explore the beauty that the great state of Wisconsin has to offer. We grew up in and currently live in Minnesota–Wisconsin's neighbor to the west. Being from the midwest, we know how many great adventures this area has to offer, so we are always excited to head out and explore our neck of the woods. For this road trip, we made our way to Door County, which is a small peninsula bordered by Lake Michigan on the western side of Wisconsin. And wow, we were in awe at all the natural beauty in the region time and time again.
There is so much to see throughout Door County-a week was not even close to enough time to see it all! Throughout Door County there are five state parks, 19 county parks, orchards, wineries, breweries, lighthouses, lots of local art and adorable shops, an abundance of opportunities to get out on the water, delicious restaurants, and more. The weather wasn't the best during our visit…think 30 mph winds, misty rain, and temperatures hovering around 35-45F! We may not have been able to do some of the activities that we wanted to do like canoeing, ziplining, or a sunset boat ride, but even so, we still had a fantastic trip full of one adventure after another.
Lands' End provided us with clothes to wear throughout our journey and we stocked up on warm jackets, cozy sweaters, fleece, pants, shoes, slippers, and more. Thankfully, with our toasty new wardrobe, we were ready for the elements and adventures the week had in store for use!

HY-LAND COURT RV PARK AND LANDS' END AIRSTREAM

Our home for the week was at Hy-Land Court RV Park in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. The RV park was chalk full of amenities like cable, internet, electric, bathrooms with showers, laundry facilities, water and sewer hook ups, picnic tables, and fire rings. We stayed at site #12 and it had a few trees that would be great for shade on a sunny day. The park was brimming with fall colors in every direction and the location was perfect-we were a short drive from Ellison Bay, Sister Bay, Ephraim, Fish Creek and several other towns in the area. We were staying in the adorable Lands’ End Seagoing Duffle Airstream which was created to look like their iconic bright blue duffle bag. Inside, we had a bedroom with a super cozy double bed, table/couch area, a kitchen with fridge, sink, stove and microwave, heat/air conditioning, bathroom, and shower. And it came stocked with Lands’ End home goods and everything we could have ever needed for a week of camping! We enjoyed time at our campsite having bonfires, relaxing, reading, and playing games.

CAVE POINT COUNTY PARK
One of our favorite spots in Door County was Cave Point County Park. The park is located along the eastern side of the peninsula, and it’s surrounded on three sides by Whitetail Dunes State Park. We spent the better part of an hour at this park exploring the rocky coastline and watching the crashing waves ebb and flow. The caves at this park are all located underwater, but if the weather is nice, taking a kayak out and getting a glimpse though the crystal-clear water would certainly be a treat.

WHITETAIL DUNES STATE PARK
We didn’t have a ton of time to spend at Whitetail Dunes State Park, but we did manage to check out the exhibit in the ranger station and take a look at the beach. The white sands were shining in the sunlight and Lake Michigan looked as endless as the ocean. The park is home to almost 15 miles of trails, sand dunes, rocky coastline, a display of a Native American village site, and more.

PENINSULA STATE PARK
We always love exploring state parks, and Peninsula State Park was no exception. Throughout our week in Door County we stopped here several times for hiking, leaf peeping, and lighthouses. The park was filled with bright orange, yellow and red fall foliage during our visit, and we couldn’t get over how stunning it was! One of our favorite hiking trails was the 2.1 mile loop, Eagle Trail. The hike took us through thick wooded paths, along the shoreline, and next to towering, rocky bluffs. It was definitely a treat for the eyes, and a wonderful hike on a brisk autumn afternoon.

EAGLE BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE TOUR
Due to Door County’s peninsula position on Lake Superior, there are several lighthouses to guide ships around the rocky landscape. A few of them offer tours, and we were able to take a tour of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park. Our guide led us through the keeper’s house and told fascinating stories about the history of the property. We even got to peek at the light in the tower that is still in operation today. William Duclon was a lighthouse keeper at Eagle Bluff for 35 years, and he and his wife raised seven sons there. The sons all shared one bedroom, and they helped keep the place running in tip top shape. When the property was being renovated into the museum it is now, one of the sons paid the house a visit. He gave the docents insights as to what the house looked like when they lived there and told them stories about life at Eagle Bluff when he was a child. These stories were some of my favorites during the tour—we heard about how the light was kept running through the night, how the boys had to carry water up a giant staircase from Lake Michigan before the well was built, how the boys all had to pile into two beds to sleep, and so much more. It was a fun tour at an interesting historic site!