In a similar way, there was a time when folks heading up to Door County would not only pass through Sturgeon Bay (see our Sturgeon Bay Town Series piece), but would also zip through Egg Harbor to get to points further north. Not any more! Over the last 15 years or so, Egg Harbor has also become a destination and for lots of reasons.
This is a quaint, little town with a lot to offer in terms of a large selection of places to stay, from B&Bs to resorts, some of our favorite restaurants, and a variety of shops including books shops, a Christmas shop, home accents and small furniture pieces, antiques, art work, teddy bears, fudge and more! And the best grocery store in Door County is right here too.
With a permanent population of about 250, it’s a small community in the off-season, but a now popular destination for those seeking out Door County charm year round. It is called Egg Harbor because of an egg fight that took place in June 1825 among a group of traders coming ashore in small boats! Yes history suggests that this actually happened, and the shore was littered with egg shells, and so, the morning following, it was called Egg Harbor!
What You Can Do In Egg Harbor
Egg Harbor has some of the best places to watch sunsets, dine, stay, eat doughnuts, and have a nice drink with your friends. And there are some wonderful shops, from antiques to stickers from kids, from Christmas to clothing, from eclectic to just about anything!
Starting at the south end of Egg Harbor , you will find several antique “malls,” buildings that house any number of booths with antiques, collectibles, architectural pieces from fireplace mantels to stone accents and more. You can find things like original tickets to the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, to mission furniture, Thomas Edison scrolls for his photograph invention, antique jewelry, collectible Christmas ornaments from the 1950’s and before, old toys, depression glass, lamps, and just about everything imaginable!
These shops are fun, packed, and offer you a selection like no other place in Door County ! And they are easy to get to, easy to find, and easy to find something there to spend your money on!
The Bay Trading Company
7376 Hwy 42 Egg Harbor (South of Downtown)
Olde Orchard Antique Mall (our favorite)
7381 Hwy 42 Egg Harbor (about 1 mi South of Downtown)
Peninsula Antique Center
7150 Hwy 42 Egg Harbor (South of Downtown)
And speaking of antiques, you will find even more on your way into downtown Egg Harbor and in downtown Egg Harbor itself. Again, south of the malls, you will find a wonderful B&B that also houses an antique shop filled with primitives. Look for a barn on the east side of the road, with a silo. Look for the Cornerstone Suites signs and:
6960 Hwy 42 Egg Harbor
In downtown Egg Harbor, you will find CJ’s Antiques, The Perfect Touch and Shades of the Past. For antiques, it’s hard to beat Egg Harbor!
Main Street in Egg Harbor offers you what we think is the finest grocery store north of Sturgeon Bay, the Main Street Market. Sturgeon Bay has the super-stores, like Pick-n-Save, but Main Street Market is a beautiful, comprehensive shop run by wonderful people. You can find a huge selection of your favorites, and home made deli offerings like German potato salad, cole slaws and more. And they have a very large selection of imported and domestic beers, wines, and spirits. You can even rent DVDs here! This is our favorite grocery store in Door County! Don’t miss it. And on the way in, you can pick up the local free Resorter Reporter, real estate guide and other free local publications that might help you find some interesting things to do while you’re here!
The Main Street Shops are housed in two buildings great for rainy day shopping and offer a very nice bookstore, card and sticker shop, t-shirt and sweatshirt shop (Harbor Wear one of the best!), candy shop, Christmas shop, unique clothing shops for men and women, and even a stained glass shop. There’s plenty right here!
There is Double Delites on Main Street serving up authentic gelato ice cream and gourmet popcorn and other treats, and Gomy's Goodies across the road serving some of the best fudge you will ever eat - all homemade! Ice cream too. They also have a cute shop attached to the fudge store with Life is Good(tm) clothing and lots more.
Behind the back nearby, you will find Door County Nature Works, a unique shop filled with wonderful home accents, some furniture, and accessories. And the greatest shop in Egg Harbor , the Cupola House, is right nearby! This historic building, built in 1871 by Levi Thorp, houses wonderful antiques, estate jewelry, original artwork and prints, and an eclectic selection of everything from Beanies to home accents. Say Hi to Gloria who owns and runs this magnificent shop! We have purchased many things here, and have loved every one! Don’t miss this shop!
And check out Harbor View Park a terrific little park where you can hear concerts in the park on Thursdays in the summers. Check our Calendar of Events for dates!
And check out Harbor View Park a terrific little park where you can hear concerts in the park on Thursdays in the summers, and see the spectacular new marina just below. Check our Calendar of Events for dates!
So from sidewalk sales, to festivals, to fun in the park find it here in Egg Harbor!
Where Can You Stay in Egg Harbor?
Wow there is a huge selection of magnificent places to stay to meet every budget and every desire, from resorts to lodges to B&Bs!
We have personally reviewed many places in Egg Harbor for you. You will find just about anything you could be looking for in Egg Harbor. Here are some of the places in Egg Harbor that we have toured, reviewed, and met with the owners or managers. So click the links below and read our reviews!
Cornerstone Suites - Video!
Find Real Estate
Coldwell Banker - The Real Estate Group Inc.
Check out any of these places and you’ll be happy! Tell them, please, that you found them on DoorCountyNavigator.com!
What Can You Do in Egg Harbor?
Egg Harbor offers some of the best golf and other activities too. If you are into golfing, some of the best courses are right here in Egg Harbor. Alpine Golf Course and The Orchards are top notch!
Alpine Golf Course, which we love, now offers 36 holes, and hosts one of the most spectacular views of any hole in door County, the Blue Nine. From that tee, you are in paradise (until you hit the ball tough hole to play!). The Orchards is supposed to be a championship course - we have heard lots of good things about it, but have not yet played it.
Putting the clubs down, if you are into music, then Egg Harbor is the home of one of the greatest music values and experiences in Door County: The Birch Creek Music Performance Center. A unique blend of school and performing arts shop, Birch Creek gathers young students from throughout the Midwest (mostly) and offers them an opportunity to learn with the masters.
And, from about the third week in June through August, they offer performances several times a week in the old barn which is on the grounds. Prior to the start of a performance, stroll the grounds, have a cup of coffee, listen to a warm up group in the outdoor gazebo and enjoy! An experience that you must not miss! From swing, to Caribbean steel drums to classical check out Birch Creek!
Dining and Bars
From quick sandwiches at the Cupola Deli to full dinners at Casey’s, Trio, The Hoff at Alpine Resort, THe Rusty Tractor - you can find it all in Egg Harbor. We have reviewed many of the restaurants in Egg Harbor, so click on the links below to check them out.
Casey's BBQ & Smokehouse
And when you are into the evening sunset hours, catch a hand-crafted beer at Shipwrecked on their outdoor patio in the center of town. Then, head down to the Egg HHarbor Marina to watch a glorious sunset!
Egg Harbor is a convenient spot as your base to see all of Door County. Only 6 miles from Fish Creek, you can easily head south to see all of what Sturgeon Bay also has to offer. Come on up to Door County, and come on up to Egg Harbor for a great Door County experience!