Most people who come to Door County know that there are five wonderful state parks on the peninsula. Most of them are open for camping, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing and, golfing, yes, even golfing. Did you know that Newport State Park has been designated as an official International Dark Sky Park? If not, then you’re for another wonderful park adventure when you visit Newport at night. According to the IDA website, “An IDA International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) is a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.”  Away from the activities and lights of nearby towns and villages, Newport State Park is a magnificent forest located at the northeastern part of Door County on Lake Michigan. Newport is known for extraordinary darkness and a perfect place to view natural sky wonders. It is the only park designated for dark sky conditions in Wisconsin, and best of all, it is only 10 minutes by car from Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay. If you are an amateur astronomer, Newport is the ideal place to set-up your equipment on a clear night, but you don’t need a telescope or binoculars to experience the magnificence of the Milky Way. If you have never seen the sky from a totally dark location, you’re in for breathtaking experience. Newport State Park is located at the northeast tip of the Door Peninsula at 475 Cty NP. Bring the family and plan to stay at Birchwood Lodge for your daytime fun.You can make a reservationby calling our toll-free number, 866-854-7195, or, on-line at www.birchwoodlodge.com. See you under the starry sky!