Baileys Harbor Yacht Club Resort

Baileys Harbor Yacht Club Resort     8151 Ridges Road Baileys Harbor, Door County WI    Reservations: 800-927-2492

Welcome to Door County

Door County Performing Arts

Door County plays host to a healthy number of theaters, companies, troupes, and live performance venues.  Here are a few county mainstays:

The Peninsula Players are “America’s oldest resident summer theater” and they offer a truly unique experience. The professional production and talented cast are showcased in a beautiful setting. Open from June through October, check ahead to reserve tickets for a show during your vacation. The theater is situated on 16 acres of woods and gardens.  Before the curtain call, enjoy the Beer Garden picnic area and get a beer or a glass of wine from Luna Bar. Didn’t bring your own picnic?  The Canteen is serving up artisanal cheese, hot coffee, cold sodas, and snacks alongside the souvenirs. The fun doesn’t end at Intermission; head back out to the Beer Garden for their famous nightly bonfire!

The Door County Auditorium in Fish Creek is open year-round, and hosts both national and local entertainment. The Main Stage series features concerts and theatrical productions. Don’t miss the 62nd Symphony Season of the Peninsula Music Festival throughout August. In September and October, come back for the American Folklore Theatre’s Fall Season. The Fireside Coffeehouse Series offers an intimate, unique concert experience. Door County Auditorium has a lot more to offer, including a free lecture series, The Link Gallery exhibit space, and more recently, free movies. Be sure to find out what is waiting for you at the DCA!

If you missed  the American Folklore Theatre shows at the DCA and Ephraim’s Village Hall, catch their Summer Season in Peninsula State Park amphitheater. This open-air amphitheater is an incredible backdrop for these hilarious shows. AFT is a professional troupe that puts on original, musical comedies. All Summer shows are appropriate for all ages and they run about 90 minutes long.  It’s okay if you didn’t plan ahead; half of the tickets to any summer show are on sale at the box office, one hour before the show. You may bring snacks in with you, or you can purchase them at the Concession Booth. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in or around the amphitheater. Seats are wooden benches, so you may want to bring a comfy pillow.  Either way, the show will have you laughing in no time!

If hilarious isn’t what you are looking for tonight, consider something from the concert series at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center.  Birch Creek is a summer music school by day and home to a wonderful concert series at night, where gifted students and their performer/educators play together.  The season spans four separate sessions that focus on symphony, percussion and steelpan, and big band jazz. Catch a concert in the 100-year-old, renovated Dutton Concert Barn at the school, or at one of their engagements throughout Door County. Talented musicians and a beautiful setting ensure a wonderful evening.

Beaches and Picnics

Beach Picnic

The Door County peninsula is carpeted with state parks, nature preserves, and over 300 miles of coastline that create unlimited opportunities for beach picnics. There are public beaches along both the lake side and bay side. After a day of sightseeing, my family needs a relaxing break at the beach!  We pack a cooler of sodas and make some sandwiches in our suite.  Add some delicious goodies from Koepsel’s Farm Market, and we are off to explore the nearby parks.

Toft Point Nature Preserve is an easy walk or bike ride from our room, as it shares the peninsula with Baileys Harbor Yacht Club Resort. This is also an incredible place to watch the sunrise. Flat, rocky coast line with lush woods on one side and stunning water views on the other. Really nice and secluded place for a picnic, picture taking, bird watching, and just enjoying nature.  The view of Cana Island from here is not to be missed! Become a Friend of Toft Point!

Whitefish Dunes

Whitefish Dunes State Park is home to “the largest and most significant Great Lakes dunescape in Wiscosin.” Come enjoy the vast white sand beach, tall native grasses, and blue water with crashing waves. Check trail conditions, events, learn more about the park and how you can volunteer by visiting the Friends of Whitefish Dunes.

From Hwy 57, follow County WD (Clarks Lake Road) east to the Greeting Center at the entrance of the Park. Whitefish Dunes is open year-round, generally from 6 AM to 8 PM. Changing stalls and bathrooms are family friendly. You will need a Wisconsin State Vehicle Admission sticker to park.

Nicolet Bay Beach in Peninsula State Park is another favorite of ours. We really like to mountain bike the trails here. The beach has volleyball nets (bring a ball!), picnic areas, a playground and a convenient camp store. The park is open year-round, and in the Summer there is also a snack bar and recreational rental concession.  Plenty of tables to have picnic and enjoy some people watching. On the way by, stop at the park’s White Cedar Nature Center for fun, free activities and events. Help support this wonderful park.

Nicolet BeachPeninsula State Park’s main entrance is off of Hwy 42 in Fish Creek. The park is open year-round, generally from 6 AM to 11 PM. The bathrooms and available services are particularly family friendly here. You will need a Wisconsin State Vehicle Admission sticker to park.

Visit our front desk and let us help you to plan your ideal beach picnic!





Fishing in Door County

fishing01Fishing season in Lake Michigan is year-round, as long as you don’t mind a little ice!  From January through March, try your hand at ice fishing. Rent your own ice house or book a guide from Lakeshore Adventures in Baileys Harbor.  Hurry back to our lobby and tell your fish tales with a warm drink by the fire.

After the ice melts, the fishing in Door County moves onto boats. If you bring your own boat, check into the floating boat docks available at Baileys Harbor Yacht Club Marina, right next to the Resort. For more information about the Marina’s boat slip rentals, please contact the Front Desk at (920) 839-2336 or submit your questions on our Reservations page. If you don’t bring your own boat, you can charter one by the hour or by the day. Local guides are a great way to learn fishing techniques and seasonal patterns on the lake. If you like your boat captain to come with a PhD in Zoology, give Lynn’s Charter Fishing a call!

No matter the season, don’t forget to check the Wisconsin DNR weekly fishing report before you head out.  Learn the fishing regulations and buy licenses.

Grab a guide and some tackle:

JJ’s Guide Service
Shack Rentals and Guides

Hooked Up Sport Fishing Charters

Wacky Walleye Guide Service

Nan & Jerry’s Bait & Tackle
4084 Main St. (Hwy 42), Fish Creek

Howie’s Tackle
1309 Green Bay Road, Sturgeon Bay