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The trees are budding. The daffodils are popping. The tulips are teasing us. The “closed for the season” signs are coming down. And life in Door County is waking up! As shop owners and restaurant staff gear up for the busy tourist season ahead, there are so many reasons to visit the Door Peninsula in the spring.

1. AVAILABLE AND AFFORDABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

As of this writing, it’s still possible to book a stay in May at some of our gorgeous Door County vacation rentals. Imagine mom’s reaction when you surprise her with a Springtime in Door County getaway for Mother’s Day! Birthdays, girls weekends, early season golfing, or whatever the reason, keep the early season in mind for making the most of what Door County has to offer. “Off season” often means a better selection (and better prices) when it comes to where you will stay. Remember that when you’re looking for an escape after Labor Day, too.

All of our Door County vacation rentals have been selected based on their location, quality and owner commitment to providing the best guest experience in the business! You’ll find them in Ephraim, Sister Bay, Ellison Bay, Sand Bay and Rowleys Bay.

2. SPRING BLOOMS

The quaint villages of Door County are bursting with color by mid April. Thousands of bright daffodils line the highways and sidewalks. Tulips and hyacinths and forsythias dress up yards and storefronts. Crab apple trees add a pop of pink. And a must see in May — the Door County Cherry Blossoms! They are the perfect photo op for your family pictures or social media posts. Catch them in bloom before it’s too late!

Daffodils in bloom in Ephraim, WI. April 2024.

3. DINING OUT WITHOUT THE WAIT

Get a reservation at a top notch restaurant in a coveted time slot. Many of our favorite restaurants are open year round or at least ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Chives of Baileys Harbor. Alexander’s. Lure. Chop. Barringers. Della Porta DC. Just to name a few! At last check, prime seating is still available the night before Mother’s Day. Don’t expect to always get that lucky in the middle of summer.

4. ENJOY INDOOR ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy some of the indoor attractions: galleries, wineries, breweries and shops without feeling guilty about not being outside. You know that feeling! But it’ll be a bit before beach season. During Springtime in Door County, the weather is always good for shopping! (Or wine-ing.) Twelve Eleven Wine & Provisions is one of our favorites.

5. PEACE AND QUIET

The county will be jam-packed with tourists before you know it. In the spring, you can enjoy most of what Door County has to offer, without the crowds. You can drive from one village to the next without traffic backing up. And find a parking spot! You can hike the many park trails, as if you own them. You can shop without the crowds and find a table at your favorite restaurant. It’s a great time to visit. To chat with the locals, or no one. Explore new-to-you places. Take a walk. Breathe in the spring air. And relax.

And don’t forget, if you’re looking for that perfect getaway, Northern Door Vacations has nine amazing rental properties to choose from. Book your Door County stay today!

Rae