BY NICK WILDER
Ever since moving to Chicago, I’ve heard Door County referred to as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. I grew up in Massachusetts and was never particularly enthusiastic about Cape Cod, too much sand and traffic. I always preferred the rocky coast of Maine. As a consequence we did not visit Door County until 2000. On our first visit we were immediately taken by the lake, the bluffs, the woods and the birds. Later we came to appreciate the theater, music and restaurants. Now we spend as much of the summer as we can in Door County and still return to Maine for a week to visit friends and family. Summer in Maine and Door County is hard to beat.
Here are some photos of my two favorite places at my favorite time of the year:
Our home is surrounded by cherry orchards. June in the cherry orchards means bees and blossoms.
In August, the crop is harvested.
No need to lock bikes.
Our favorite houseguests preparing the perfect summer meal.
Sailing on Green Bay is hard to top.
Mastering the art of unicycle riding.
Fourth of July on Bay Shore Road.
Gardening gloves stored at the community vegetable garden.
Enjoying a sunny day at Sister Bay beach.
Getting ready to launch the kayak.
The flowers are picture perfect.
Looking towards Peninsula Park.
Looking at the garden from a B&B in Five Islands, Maine.
Lobstering with the family dog.
Looking across Penobscot Bay at sunset.
Golf on Islesboro.
Dark Harbor lighthouse.
View of Rockport Harbor from our restaurant table.
Trail through the woods on MacMahan Island.
Lighthouse at the entrance of Rockport Harbor.