Poll Results

Should we advertise our “hidden gem” areas in Door County or keep them a secret so they don't become overcrowded?

Yes, tell the world!

63

No, keep them A secret!

397

Listener Comments

Joe Biden selected No, keep them A secret!

I will need somewhere to hide after I screw the country into the ground.

Melissa Maedke selected No, keep them A secret!

Absolutely keep them quiet!! The people who live here year round need places AWAY from the out of town people, also to help keep our sanity. It’s not fair we have to fight them for places we we have grown up to enjoy as well as our parents, grandparents, great grandparents etc… and have it littered and mistreated or to be told “ you need to cater to us because we pay your salary, without us, you are nothing “ I feel we have no privacy or places for ourselves to relax and enjoy without the tourists destroying.

Shauna Simonar selected No, keep them A secret!

Just let us have something for ourselves.

Anonymous selected No, keep them A secret!

Cave Point used to be a gem. Now it is trashed. Serious conservation efforts need to be put in place ASAP.

Anonymous selected No, keep them A secret!

It's time to put aside the marketing mindset and get serious about the future.

Properties like the Ridges Sanctuary and the Door County Land Trust preserves were purchased first and foremost with preservation in mind. They are "Door County's last great places" specifically because so many of our natural gems have already been destroyed. If they too become inundated with tourists -- bringing with them the noise, garbage, invasive species and careless attitudes which have already wrecked so much of our natural beauty -- Door County will lose the one thing that makes our community unique.

Our conservation organizations have a responsibility to push back against the onslaught of overdevelopment and overtourism. Local residents and future generations are counting on you to take the long view when so many others are chasing the next dollar.

Ron Schweigert selected No, keep them A secret!

I've been reading and hearing a lot of comments this summer & fall about how crowded it's been. Rather than trying to pump it up even more by touting these hidden gems if Door County, I'd say let it be and let's take a breathe on more advertising like that.

Michelle P. selected No, keep them A secret!

You’re going to destroy the very thing that makes this place special!! There’s already too much building going on and lots of tourists. Let some of old Door County remain and stop exploiting every nook and cranny!!!

Jodi selected No, keep them A secret!

Please don’t advertise the local secrets. In truth, they are already being shared on social media platforms. These areas are generally not revenue generators and typically depend on philanthropy from locals to maintain the land or area. Our home needs to be attractive to us too. Thanks.

Anonymous selected No, keep them A secret!

There are so few places left in our beautiful county that are not overrun. I do know our economy relies on the tourist dollar but we are saturated and there are few places we locals can go without being crowded off the trails or not being able to even park to get to those places. Leave something for the year rounders please.

Lynne from Jacksonport selected No, keep them A secret!

The natural wonders of Door County are being trampled and destroyed by the ever growing mobs of tourists. Aside from a couple of hikes around the county this summer, we chose to stay home just to avoid the crowds. There are plenty of well known places where the tourists go now (and unfortunately, we can’t enjoy peacefully anymore until the off season). Please save the “hidden gems” for the locals to enjoy today and preserve them for future generations too!

Anonymous selected No, keep them A secret!

After Toft Point was featured in a Peninsula Pulse article on Saturday, on Sunday morning there were 56 people and over 30 cars parked in the small parking lot, along the drive, and on Ridges Rd. I was a docent there that Sunday so my knowledge is first hand. Keep the lesser known places unadvertised and let people find them on their own.

James Krumenacher selected No, keep them A secret!

Nice of you guys to ask. No secret places left in Door County anymore anyway. All my secret spots are already overrun. Real shame. Very thankful for the Land Trust. At least they are trying to preserve Door County. Can't say the same for Sister Bay.

Lynne Buchner selected No, keep them A secret!

Advertising will only lead to their destruction! I have recommended land trusts to many people as I work in hospitality but its only to the true nature lovers who enjoy the outdoors. Not to the people who have no appreciation for what the land trust is doing in trying to conserve what makes us special and unique

Anonymous selected Yes, tell the world!

I think it is too late. The word is already out.

Anonymous selected No, keep them A secret!

Door County has been oversold. It’s too crowded with people who are not appreciative nor respectful of nature’s balance and beauty.

Chris selected No, keep them A secret!

They’ll find them soon enough, let’s not create a mod.

Amanda Bruhy selected No, keep them A secret!

Its hard as a local to find a quiet spot to retreat to in the summer months. Yes, we cant avoid them all, but stop giving up all our secrets!

Judy Halverson selected Yes, tell the world!

As much as I would like to keep them "secret" and uncrowded, I know that the more people who can experience them will see the value in preserving nature as much as possible.


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