Top Ten Reasons to Live in Door County, Wisconsin

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Top Ten Reasons to Live in Door County, Wisconsin


Why live in Door County WI


Whether you are a seasonal or full-time resident of Door County, you are well familiar with the charms of this Peninsula surrounded by over 300 miles of shore, dotted with lighthouses.  But as to WHY people choose to live in Door County, Wisconsin:  we've compiled a listing of the top 10 reasons you should consider a move to Door County, Wisconsin.  As a long-time resident of northern Door County, I LOVE this community and want to share our insights about northern Door County, specifically.  Door County provides a wealth of year-round, family-friendly attractions and features that make it one of the best places you could raise children and find a home for yourself and your loved ones.  Read on!



2020 is actually going to be a GOOD year to become a Door County homeowner, because demand will be down, along with historically low interest rates.  So if you weren't able to find the perfect property in 2018 or 2019 because of high demand, 2020 is a great time to tour with us.  We predict good deals on single family inland homes, and potentially some good deals to be had on our luxury condominiums, also.  If you've dreamed of owning a Door County property, we have exceptional real estate options for you to research (as well as review the entire Door County MLS) at  I can help you find the home that best matches your needs and your budget.


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"Nothern Door County" is typically classified as properties from Egg Harbor and north on the Green Bay side, and from Jacksonport to Northport on the Lake Michigan side, and all towns and villages in between:  Fish Creek, Gibraltar, Baileys Harbor, Sister Bay, Ellison Bay, Gills Rock, North Bay, Rowleys Bay, Newport, Appleport, Mud Bay, Kangaroo Lake, Europe Lake, Clark Lake and all places in between.




No matter where you travel in Door County, you are never more than five minutes from Lake Michigan, Green Bay or an inland lake.  As such, you will be driving through pastoral fields or past miles of our iconic cherry orchards, when suddenly you will be treated to stunning water views (all for free)!


Door County Cherry Blossoms in Season




Door County is home to TWO state parks (and Newport State Park has dark-sky certification, perfect for star-gazing), major County Parks like Door Bluff Park, Ellison Bay Bluff Park and Whitefish Dunes) plus dozens of public shore access points, like the popular Sister Bay Beach and lesser-known places like Porcupine Bay and Portes des Mortes Park.  There is always a new place to explore and enjoy (while the State Parks do require park stickers, County and Town/Village parks are generally free).




From dozens of festivals, to the beauty of The Ridges Sanctuary, to picking cherrries and apples, to sledding on Hill 17 or fat-tire biking along the shore --- there is SO much to do year-round in northern Door County.   Sister Bay even hosts a New Year's Eve "Cherry Drop" that rivals the ball in Times Square in terms of fun and entertainment!


Sitting on the Dock in Door County




Door County is a silent sports haven for year-round events, with many public golf courses, bike trails and dozens of specific events held annually, from kayaking to a half marathon.  You'll join hundreds of people and make new friends with common interests, from fishing tournaments to even "pickle ball".




Door County has become a premier destination for purveyors of wine, spirits and even beer.  Door County Brewing Company in Baileys Harbor was jointed by One Barrel Brewing (and Hatch Distillery) in Egg Harbor,  Ellison Bay boasts gluten-free Island Orchard (hard) Cider, and the peninsula is dotted by wineries, from Door Peninsula Winery, to Simon Creek, to Red Oak, to Parallel 44.  And if you want to try them all (responsibly) the Door County Trolley Company will be happy to chauffeur your tour!




From casual to REALLY fine dining, you'll be able to satisfy all cravings in northern Door County.  Each town and village boasts some incredible dining experiences, from Good Eggs in Ephraim (breakfast) to Roots Inn and Kitchen in Sister Bay (lunch) to Wickman House or the Shoreline (Liberty Grove) for dinner---northern Door County has it all.  From farm markets to organic farms to pick-your-own cherries and raspberries and some of the finest homemade jams, smoked and fresh fish, homemade candies and homemade granola and coffee in the COUNTRY (yes, it's true)--you'll find a new favorite taste every day in northern Door County.


Fish Creek Market Sandwiches





Northern Door County boasts the US's oldest outdoor theater (the Peninsula Players) but great theater (try Northern Sky Theater, also) is only one of the many, many silent or performing arts offered in northern Door County.  From the Plein Air painting festival held annually which brings hundreds of artists to the Door, to the Peninsula Music Festival, to all of the many wonderful private galleries offering everything from pottery to clothing to fine art--you could spend weeks enjoying all of the art and culture Northern Door has to offer.  We also offer one of the few remaining "drive in" movie theaters left in the US--the popular Skyway Drive In (a/k/a "the Outdoor").




Free for the taking every clear night from many different vantage points!  Some of our favorites spots are the Sister Bay Marina, Ellison Bay Bluff Park, the old Gills Rock Ferry dock (by the Shoreline Restaurant), Wills Park, Peninsula State Park, Fred & Fuzzy's and SO many other vantage points (like all of downtown Ephraim!).


Yacht Harbor Shores Sunset in Winter


You'll also enjoy the sunrise over Europe Lake or in Baileys Harbor, as well as the harvest moon rising over the water (so spectacular!).


Egg Harbor Sunset Over Green Bay

Door County Sunsets are Free





There is a lot of pride of community in northern Door County.  From our volunteer fire departments (thank you!) to the wonderful generosity of our churches and charities, we all know how to "step it up" in times of emergency or crisis.  


There are SO many good reasons to become a year-round or seasonal resident of Door County....find out more by contacting me today.  LET ME HELP YOU FIND YOUR DOOR COUNTY HOME!  Search online today at or call me or send an email to  Let me know what you're searching for and we'll find it together.


If you are a buyer, it is important to have the assistance of an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) represent your interests during a sale.  I am an ABR under the National Association of Realtors.  If you would like to learn more or to schedule a showing, please contact me today at 920-421-0038.   


Best wishes,


MaryKay Shumway, Broker, ABR/CRS, Realtor®


    Local – Living – Lifestyle


The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc.

Mobile 920-421-0038  Office 920-854-2353


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Top Ten Reasons to Live in Door County, Wisconsin



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 Thank you for reading!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and enjoys working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, mother of two and a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  She represents listings throughout the Door County Peninsula and also represents many Buyers that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.

MaryKay Shumway has a consistent multi-million dollar producer for over thirteen years.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, MaryKay is also a mother of two and active in the Door County community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2016, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2015, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and Vice President of the Door County Board of Realtors  and as a member of its Advocacy Committee.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.


Contact MaryKay.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Call, text or e-mail me today."


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Barbara Todaro
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Hi MaryKay Shumway ten good reasons to live in Door County WI.... and the only agent to call for guidance there is MaryKay Shumway....

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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Loved this post and it has been ages since we connected MaryKay, Endre

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