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Slip Away for a Fall Couples Weekend in Sturgeon Bay

Looking for the perfect couples weekend destination after a hectic summer? Sturgeon Bay, Door County’s beautiful fall season is a magical time full of bountiful harvests, charming festivals, and the sheer wonder of nature’s majesty. Whether you want the buzzing activity of our famous apple orchards or the serenity of exploring the colorful autumn wonders of countless hiking trails, now is the best time to plan that much needed break.

Kids are off to school, summer picnics are done, and leaves hinting at their fall colors are definite signs that the heat of August is yielding to the cool comforts of fall. Those perfect autumn days just beg for a getaway weekend. Sturgeon Bay, Door County offers a wealth of activities and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in unique ways you can’t get anywhere else in the Midwest.

Hiking and Biking Trails

Door County is crisscrossed with some of the most beautiful hiking and biking trails in Wisconsin. From the 46-mile Ahnapee State Trail that winds through Southern Door County along creeks and rivers and ends in Sturgeon Bay to the network of trails in Potawatomi State Park, you can hike, bike, and enjoy the breath-taking scenery to your heart’s content. Other hiking includes a fascinating series of trails at Crossroads at Big Creek where you’ll get to experience some of the diverse wildlife and beautiful flora at this incredible environmental center.

“Silent” Tours

Imagine gliding along the shore in a kayak while the full colors of nature are on display. Both on land and on the water, “silent” sports are quickly becoming the best way to experience the wonders of Door County. Sturgeon Bay has a variety of options that include bicycling, off-road bicycling, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Don’t have your own gear? Don’t worry! Sturgeon Bay has places to rent just the right gear for your adventure. Whether you’re an experienced paddler or biker, or just starting out, we’ve got just the experience you’re looking for.

Motorized Tours

Do you need to move a little faster through life? Imagine gliding through the colorful forest of Potawatomi State Park on a two-wheeled Segway. Or—picture yourself on an open-air trolley for a wine tasting tour—or even a ghost tour. How about cruising the waters on an actual Chicago fireboat? Sturgeon Bay, Door County is full of exciting options to relax and experience some of the natural and man-made wonders of our area. Some tours follow schedules while others may be booked independently. Be sure to check out your tour provider in advance!

Farmers Markets

Nothing reflects the bounty of fall like a local Farmers Market. Sturgeon Bay, Door County has one of the busiest and best in Northeast Wisconsin. From local produce and foods to artisan craftsmanship, our weekly Farmers Market is in the heart of downtown Sturgeon Bay, just in front of City Hall. The bounty you’ll find is perfect for enjoying right away or taking home to use in your own culinary delights. Sturgeon Bay’s Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 8:00 am until Noon in Market Square at the corner of Michigan Street and 4th Avenue.

Festivals and Fun

Even with so much to do in nature, Sturgeon Bay, Door County is alive with activities throughout the autumn season. Put the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s Harvest Festival and Street Art Auction on your “Must-Do” list! We pack a weekend of activity into one incredible day. Sturgeon Bay’s Third Avenue Shopping District pull out all the stops for this day full of shopping, food, live music, an antique car show, and even an exciting live art auction!

More community events are scheduled throughout the season from theater productions to live music performances. For more details on events in Sturgeon Bay, we recommend checking our Community Calendar!

With so many options and fun things to do, it’s no wonder that fall in Sturgeon Bay, Door County is so popular. After a busy day in the fresh air, our restaurants and cafés are perfect for nearly any craving. We encourage you to book your stay as soon as possible, as rooms fill up quickly! With options including romantic bed & breakfasts to pampering hotels and resorts, you may even find some special packages. If you want help or insight into planning your trip, don’t hesitate to email us your questions or simply give us a call at (800) 301-6695. We look forward to seeing you soon!