So Delicious So Door County
Join us in celebrating the bounty of Door County with culinary creations destined to tempt your taste buds, along with art, music, charming attractions, and a wide variety of accommodations guaranteed to suit every individual and budget. Declared a “Kingdom so delicious” in the late 1600s by Pierre-Esprit Radisson, the history of the area is grounded within its natural bounty. Simply stated, Door County is alive with color, cheer, and cherries — come discover what all the fuss is about! Start planning your next adventure today with our So Delicious lodging packages, take time to peruse the Culinary Guide to Door County, join us for Door County Restaurant Week (Sept. 13 – Sept. 20), and check the calendar of events. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the finer side of all things culinary and creative in a place like nowhere else.
An excerpt from National Geographic:
In the late 1600s, French explorer and fur trader, Pierre-Esprit Radisson, stumbled upon the natural bounty of Door County declaring it “a kingdom so delicious.” In his words, Door County and the surrounding areas were unique in that “whatever a man could desire was to be had in great plenty.” A little over 300 years later, in March 1969, William S. Ellis of National Geographic went on to quote Radisson’s words in the title for his article, “Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula: A Kingdom so Delicious.” Since his article hit the newsstands, Door County became one of America’s top culinary tourism destinations attracting approximately 2 million people per year.
As Ellis reported 45 years ago, the bay of Green Bay and surrounding Lake Michigan waters are a prime location to catch Trout, Perch, Northern Pike, and Coho Salmon solidifying Door County as a fisherman’s paradise. Furthermore, the cool, gentle breeze of Lake Michigan and Green Bay waters ward off early frost while ensuring proper pollination in spring. The effects of the surrounding waters combined with the natural alkaline soil and limestone deposits of Door County create ideal growing conditions for cherry, apple, and other fruit trees. Dating back to the 1800s, Cherries have become a facet of life in Door County that has continued to flourish with over 2,000 acres in existence today. Well aware of the natural bounty inherent in the area, Chef’s throughout Door County utilize these fresh, locally grown and harvested ingredients to craft their distinct dishes in a sustainable, environmentally friendly fashion.
“So Delicious So Door County” is your key to unlocking all the culinary secrets and hot spots located on the Door Peninsula. Grab a seat, sit back, relax and plan your journey through the endless world of all things epicurean that await you in breathtaking Door County.