Sturgeon Bay is the county seat of Door County and also the county’s only city, boasting a population of nearly 10,000 people. It was during the decade of the 1850s that the first permanent residents arrived in the area that would eventually become Sturgeon Bay. The place would take the name from the huge sturgeon fish that once populated the waters of the bay. The Sturgeon Bay area boasts the largest canal in the state, connecting the waters of Sturgeon Bay with Lake Michigan. It has both a rich shipbuilding and cherry growing heritage. Tourism has been a part of the city’s economy for many years and has grown significantly in recent years thanks to its beautiful natural harbor, quaint historic downtown and excellent and diverse boating and fishing opportunities. Potawatomi State Park is situated on the shores of Green Bay north of the city.
From quaint bed and breakfast inns with picturesque porches to elegant resorts with the latest in amenities, Sturgeon Bay offers the widest selection of rooms and other accommodations with year-round service on the peninsula. Retreat to a secluded wooded hideaway or enjoy spectacular sunsets from a waterfront suite. Our combination of gracious hospitality and small town charm will make your getaway memorable. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Along with stunning sunsets, sweet cherry pie and hearty fish boils, Door County is known for its great shopping. Gifts for all occasions can be found in our unique shopping districts. You'll find something for everyone on your list during a truly distinctive shopping experience. With the diverse local merchants in Sturgeon Bay, every store is a unique shopping destination. Visitors find locally-made crafts, pottery, quilts and artwork along with specialty foods, casual resort clothing, delectable fudge and just about everything in between.
Door County has long been known for its cherries and fruit wines. In recent years, new wineries and vineyards have joined the traditional favorites and the county's wine list has expanded to include the fruit of the grape vine. Admire picturesque lighthouses, fascinating galleries, entertaining theater shows and the distinct historic waterfront. Stop by our scenic city, county and state parks to enjoy pristine trails for hiking, biking, skiing or snowmobiling. Ready to catch the big one? Every season in Sturgeon Bay offers great fishing opportunities. Our fishing charters are run by experienced, friendly people who know the waters of Sturgeon Bay. Give them a call! Whenever your travels lead you to Sturgeon Bay you will find something happening in the area.
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