On the east side of Wisconsin at the tip of Door county there is an Island called Washington Island. It is an actual Island that is part of the state of Wisconsin and you can take a vacation there. The Island offers much to do for the person who is on a holiday.
An Island vacation is a very different kind of vacation. Most people think of an Island vacation as some place warm with ocean breezes. Washington Island is a different type of Island vacation since it is surrounded by fresh water and a cooler environment then a tropical Island.
Washington Island has plenty of history to discover for the history buff. The Island was first settled in 1865 by Icelandic and Scandinavian immigrants. Before then it was home to Native Americans. To get to the Island many people go through what is known as Deaths Door. There are many shipwrecks located around the Island because of this there are many ghost stories associated with the Island. Today Deaths Door is safe because of modern navigation but before that it was crossed by row boats that were often unsafe when a storm would hit.
At Washington Island a visitor can find many fun activities to participate in. There are plenty of Hotels, motels and Cottages to stay at and you can even camp on the Island. There are also plenty of good places to eat and enjoy a fine dining experience. You can enjoy the Island in the atmosphere you are comfortable in.
Tourism is the main industry at Washington Island as the area is cool in the summer and the scenery is beautiful. Fishing, boating and swimming are good activities for tourists who come to the Island.
Getting to the Island is an adventure. In the summer five ferries cross from the Detroit harbor Dock to Washington Island. They make the journey about 25 times a day in the summer. In the winter the ferry may only go once a day. The journey is usually calm but if there is a strong wind the lake can get rough enough for a person to get seasick. The trip to the Island takes about 35 minutes.
Washington Island is 7 miles from the mainland of Wisconsin Door County. Some say at one time it was part of the mainland but today it is part of a group 20 Islands. All of the Islands have interesting histories.
Washington Island is a great vacation destination. If you would like to know more you can go to http://www.washingtonisland.com/visitors-guide/island.