Planning a Dog-Friendly Door County Vacation

By Mel Grau
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Bringing Patches on your next Wisconsin vacation? You’ll find more to explore in Door County than dog parks and specialty stores.

Bring your pup to the theater, wag tails at a winery, paddle a kayak or lap up frozen custard. Door County’s restaurants and hotels believe in puppy love, too, offering special treats for your canine companions.

We rounded up the best places for you and your dog to stay, eat and play.

Where to Stay

Country House Resort – Sister Bay

Dogs are welcomed with goody bags that include an all-natural treat, dog towels and a list of local canine hot spots. You and your pampered pup will love the surrounding green space that includes nature trails along a private shoreline.

Call the resort to make a reservation.

Holiday Music Motel – Sturgeon Bay

The Holiday Music Motel is an excellent value with its 1950s retro decor, affordable price and central location.

Pet lovers don’t have to miss out! Dog-friendly rooms are available, and your dog will have plenty to do in the area, like visit the Door County Dog Store down the street. 

Where to Eat

Waterfront Mary's – Sturgeon Bay

Fish boils are a Door County tradition, and dogs are welcome to witness the festivities at Waterfront Mary’s. Relax by the lake, listen to live music and simply bask in the laid-back atmosphere.

Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard – Fish Creek

Both you and your dog can try some classic Wisconsin frozen custard. Dogs get their own free cone, while humans have the hard choice of picking a flavor at this quaint, Scandinavian-inspired custard store.

Harbor Fish Market and Grille – Baileys Harbor

Dogs have their own menu at Harbor Fish Market and Grille!

Specialties include Bentley's Hot Diggity Dog (hot dog with kibble) and Stately's Meaty Scramble (scrambled eggs with ham and kibble). Humans will love the lobster boil special (no kibble). 

What to do

On the Water

Door County Kayak Tours – Fish Creek

Rethink “doggy paddling” at Door County Kayak Tours. On calm days, dogs are welcome to join these incredible kayak journeys that explore ancient caves, sand dunes and shipwrecks.

Wineries & Orchards

Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery Jacksonport

Free tours are offered daily, though dogs are only allowed outside. Visit on Sundays to enjoy the live music played on the deck while you sip estate wines.

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery – Fish Creek

This family-friendly winery, cider mill and farm market offers complimentary tastings and guided tours. Dogs are welcome throughout the grounds, especially during apple and cherry picking.


Northern Sky Theatre – Fish Creek

All original musical shows are performed at this outdoor forest theater. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the performances and stay after for a group bonfire. 

Skyway Drive-In TheatreFish Creek

In the mood to unwind after a long day of doggy bonding? Finish the night at watching a movie with your pet pal at one of the last drive-in movie theatres in the state.


Heading to Door County? Check out these scenic wonders, top tranquil escapes and cheap rental cottages! And check out our top pet-friendly trip ideas!

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