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Green Bay, Wisconsin’s oldest settlement, is a port city situated on the Bay of Green Bay. The very first residents were successful entrepreneurs. The area was visited in 1634 by Jean Nicolet, a French explorer who named it La Baye Verte or “The Green Bay” because of the greenish color of the water. By 1655 a fur-trading post had been established as had paper production manufacturing, and a thriving shipping industry. Green Bay became the gateway to a trade route that connected the Fox, Wisconsin, and Mississippi rivers. From pelts for European milliners to the invention of splinter-free toilet paper in the early 1900s, Green Bay area settlers strategically used the waterways to increase growth and prosperity. With a wealth of natural resources, Green Bay became a major shipping center. The city’s legacy employers remain in the paper and shipping industries.
In addition to being known for its industry and agriculture, Green Bay is the smallest city to host a National Football League (NFL) team. Founded in 1919, the 13-time National Champion Green Bay Packers are the only NFL team to be owned by its fans. Anthems of green and gold ring proud, but the song of the city harmonizes the whole spectrum. Guests can experience the many colors of the city, from red-flowing wineries to shades of local cultivators in markets filled with man- and nature-made goods. This city with the greenish-colored bay is home to craft breweries, boutiques, fresh sea fare, and a contagious spirit and personality.
Riverboat docks at Sturgeon Bay, located midway along the 90-mile Door Peninsula in Door County, Wisconsin. Named for the long, fish-shaped bay it borders, Sturgeon Bay was settled in 1850 when the first house was built along the waterfront. The town developed quickly after that and, later in the 19th century became a center of stone quarrying, with five quarries shipping limestone to ports throughout the region. In the 1880s, a new canal safely linked Sturgeon Bay to Lake Michigan, attracting thousands of ships and making Sturgeon Bay a center of maritime traffic and shipbuilding.
Today Sturgeon Bay is a fisherman’s mecca, with some of the best bass fishing in the world. In addition to fishing, outdoor pursuits include kayaking, canoeing, biking around town or off-road on trails in Potawatomi State Park, or strolling the sand dunes at Whitefish Dunes State Park. The area also offers a 1.2-mile “Bridge Walk” across two of the three local bridges. Visitors can tour a restored tug or stop at the U.S. Coast Guard Canal Station lighthouses for views of the canal. To learn more about local history, its best to experience Heritage Village at Big Creek or the Door County Maritime Museum. To stimulate your brain’s right side, a casual stroll down historic 3rd Avenue is enlightening. Here you can visit art galleries, specialty gift shops and boutiques, and pause to soak in the scene with a snack and beverage at a local restaurant, café, brewery, distillery or winery.