Summer is in full swing in Door County and Sister Bay is the hot spot for all the action. With new restaurants, shops and waterfront activities, visitors are not lacking for things to see, do, and enjoy up here.The warm spell has brought vacationers to Sister Bay for respite from the overpowering heat in big cities and small towns away from the lake, seeking cooler temps here. Many restaurants have added outdoor patios for dining and the shops are enticing visitors with summer sales. When we get past the 4th of July, people start thinking ahead to fall excursions to our beautiful area. I’ve even seen the first displays and ads for “back to school” supplies, so fall excursions may be front of mind soon. When autumn settles over Door County, the whole county transforms in perfect harmony with nature. October is the perfect month to discover the amazing scenery everywhere around the county. Autumn usually brings perfect weather for hiking, and it presents the best view of what our little piece of heaven can offer. For those who prefer to stay in and around Sister Bay, our top picks for hikes are located approximately 10 to 20 minutes away in Peninsula State Park or Newport State Park, which are usually ablaze with color throughout October. “Leaf Peeping” is at peak  during the second/third weeks. Apple picking is the ultimate fall activity here. This family activity is rooted in our traditions so don’t be surprised to see many families participating and sharing their pictures on social platforms. Near Sister Bay, head to Seaquist Farm Market to select apples (Sweet Tango apples are the best!) and take part in a number of other family-friendly fall activities there. Don’t forget that festivals occur nearly every weekend in October, with Sister Bay’ Fall Fest topping them all. Make plans now to spend a fall getaway at Birchwood Lodge. Reserve your suite online at www.birchwoodlodge.com, or, call us at 866-854-7195. Stay cool now, but plan ahead to see the best about Door County in the rich, vibrant colors of fall!