Ask around any Door County destination, and no one is surprised that the county has been named a “Top Retirement Destination” by Where to Retire Magazine.
Kerri and Jim D’Monte of Illinois are not yet retired, but they have a vacation home in Door County, and can see why retirees would flock here.
“There’s a really good sense of community here,” Kerri said, “where even if you come here only part time, you still feel pretty welcome.”
Patty and David Scott of Minnesota also visit Door County on a yearly basis.
“I could see wanting to retire here,” Patty told Local 5. “It would suit me, I think there’s enough to do, so maybe one day.”
“You can always dream,” David added.
While some draw comparisons to locations on the East Coast, Egg Harbor Village Administrator Ryan Heise says that Door County is a unique destination.
“People refer to Door County as the Cape Cod of the midwest,” Heise said, “but it’s not, it’s Door County, and it’s in the Midwest, and it’s unique unto itself, and it has a lot to offer for everyone.”
David Scott agrees, “We always talk about how it’s all mom and pop stuff here, there’s no corporate, Starbucks type influences, it’s like you’re getting back to your roots.”