Aug 15, 2019
Summer might be the most exciting time to visit Fish Creek in Door County, but late summer and fall just might be the tastiest! With changing leaves comes a bounty of pick-your-own orchards featuring cherries, apples, pumpkins and specialty food items that we love!
We have a family-owned winery and market right here in Fish Creek that features complimentary wine and product tasting, along with an array of local cheese, bakery items, cherry preserves and gifts. Lautenbach’s Orchard also offers guided tours of their orchards, vineyards and winery until October.
Lautenbach’s is located on 100 acres of orchards and vineyards. Bill and Ruth Lautenbach purchased the property in 1955, and the business is currently owned and operated by their son, Bob Lautenbach, and his children. The winery was established in 1985 in a restored dairy barn and produces most of Lautenbach’s award-winning wines from fruits grown on the property.
Lautenbach’s offers guided walking tours of the winery that include a visit to the orchards, vineyards, production area and exclusive private tastings. You’ll also get a keepsake wine glass to commemorate your visit to the winery. More information on tours can be found on their website.
Lautenbach’s hosts an annual Fall Harvest Fest featuring featuring several Door County apple varieties, pumpkins and other fall treats, plus wine and specialty product tasting, free winery tours, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, an apple cider donut eating contest and an apple pie eating contest. This year’s festival is September 21, 2019.
If you’re looking to pick your own seasonal fruit, that's also the place to go! You can pick tart cherries at Lautenbach’s from mid-July through mid-August as long as supplies last. And apple picking starts September 21.
There are a bunch of other places to buy or pick cherries and apples in Door County. Check out this list to get you started.
If you’re coming up with family or a group of friends, think about booking a wagon ride to take you through a working orchard. Draft horses Bud, Barney, Bailey and Max are ready to make your fall weekend even more memorable!
Fish Creek has a weekly Farmer’s Market at the Settlement Shops on Wednesdays from 9:30am-1:30pm. You can find locally grown vegetables, artisan breads, herbs, flowers, plants, handmade items and stoneware. The market runs through early October, weather permitting.
White Cottage Red Door in Fish Creek brings Ray’s Cherry Hut -- a roadside staple in the area since 1950 -- back to life with a mix of artisan goods, specialty foods, bakery, wine, home décor and gifts. White Cottage Red Door serves complimentary mimosas daily starting at 11am, featuring Lautenbach’s Orchard cherry juice. They also have a cozy, rustic wine tasting bar with a variety of Door County wineries, including Von Stiehl, Parallel 44, Harbor Ridge, Simon Creek and Lautenbach’s.
Another great thing about visiting us during the fall are the gorgeous leaves! While you will enjoy spectacular fall color as you drive around Door County, get the best views of the changing trees from the vistas in Peninsula State Park or from a horse-drawn carriage ride. Tours can range from 10 minutes to longer rides with specially-planned destinations or routes.
Don’t forget about our hometown Halloween festival – Jack O’ Lantern Days! This year’s festival is October 25-27, 2019 and features a costume contest, town hall games, town-wide trick-or-treating, a costume parade and mask making.