Since 1961, three generations of Renard family members have handcrafted, aged, and cured small batches of gourmet cheeses and curated a lineup of locally made products, such as jams and meats. The cheese makers captivate local taste buds with samplings such as brick, colby, and two-year aged white cheddar, as well as with house-specialty cheese curds—hunks of cheddar so fresh they squeak. In a shop structured to resemble a wooden cheese box, friendly staffers point the way to Door County–area products that complement the rich dairy, from wine stomped from apples, cherries, and blackberries to syrup milked from a maple cow.
The hum of a smoothly running engine, the whisper of newly tinted windows rolling up, and the swish of industrious windshield wipers. The ASE-certified technicians at Specialty Auto Sales & Service create this symphony of sounds as they repair and replace vehicular components ranging from troubled engines to phlegmy exhaust pipes. They can also trick out autos with custom work such as tinted windows or high-intensity discharge headlights. In addition to repairs, installations, and basic maintenance services, the center matches drivers with used cars. Its shifting inventory ranges from Fords and Pontiacs to Chevrolets and Saturns, originally developed to zoom around the planet’s racetrack of rings.
Salmon fishing and lakefront condo lodging on Lake Michigan 3 Large boats and experienced captains make fishing exciting and productive. The top port for salmon and steelhead in Wisconsin. Located just 10 minutes south of Door County, charter fishing in the town of Algoma since 1977. Trophy fishing packages available.
While fermenting and aging, Von Stiehl Winery's 25 wines reside in underground limestone caverns that date back to the Civil War era. Brothers Aric and Brad Schmiling build on experience as a chemist and theater engineer to maintain the winery and stock its online store with French- and American-style blends such as a gold medal-winning cabernet sauvignon, brandy-fortified cherry wine, and merlot aged in French oak, all of which woo palates more gently than Cyrano de Bergerac in a pillow fight. Visits to the storied winery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, allow guests to soak in bold Austrian and Italian architecture as they pass through fermentation quarters and a production facility. Seasonal events range from tastings and food pairings to live music and grape-stomping competitions. In warmer weather, sprawling grass lawns grant panoramic views of Lake Michigan.