Door County is a popular spot for tourists throughout the year, but there is another destination that shares both the amenities and vicinity as the picturesque peninsula. 

Kewaunee County, Door County's neighbor to the south, may be more widely known for its charter fishing expeditions, but the area offers visitors the sandy beaches, antiquing and relaxing adventures they crave without breaking the bank.

Vacationing in a less tourist driven destination also allows for guests to feel right at home. 

ALGOMA, WIS. -- Kewaunee County sits on 28 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. according to tourism coordinator Jennifer Schneider. That lake exposure means that charter fishing is big in the county.  BOB KUHN

"You can vacation like a local here," Jennifer Schneider, tourism coordinator and public information officer for Kewaunee County, said. "That's what's unique about Kewaunee County. You're not vacationing like a tourist, you're living like a local. You can enjoy everything without feeling like you're going to leave with an empty wallet."  

Between Kewaunee County's two biggest cities, Algoma and Kewaunee, as well as the village of Luxemburg, there is a lot to experience, Schneider added. 

People can enjoy everything from wine tasting to charter fishing without worrying about a big commute in between.

ALGOMA, WIS. -- Chef Chris Wiltfang's Skaliwag's serves delectable fare from hearty steaks to southern style pastas and even crab cakes as seen above. Wiltfang owns Skaliwags and Algoma Burger Company in Algoma and Uncorked in Kewaunee. His three restaurants "are an absolute hit" said Kewaunee County tourism coordinator Jennifer Schneider.  Skaliwags

One of the great things about Algoma, for instance, is that visitors can park their car and don't necessarily have to drive again during their visit, according to von Stiehl Winery co-owner Brad Schmiling. 

"You get a peacefulness that you lose if you are constantly turning your key and dealing with traffic," Schmiling said. "It's a different feel. People slow down, they're looking around a bit more and they actually visit." 

Von Stiehl, at 50, is the oldest winery in Wisconsin. There are tours given daily for just $4 and tastings are available every day as well for no charge -- with the exception of vintage. 

For history buffs there are tours at the Kewaunee County Jail Museum and starting in May Tug Ludington tugboat in Kewaunee. Or visitors can take themselves on a self guided exterior tour of historic homes in Kewaunee's Marquette Historic District. 

KEWAUNEE, WIS -- Because of the Kewaunee harbor revitalization project the Tug won't be back until May 2018. The Tug Ludington is a WWII era tugboat available for tours in Kewaunee. It was constructed in 1943 and originally christened "Major Wilbur Fr. Browder" before being renamed in 1947.  Tug Ludington

But doing all of those tours is bound to make a traveler hungry and Wisconsin comfort food connoisseurs will be happy to know that they can make a day of noshing around Kewaunee County.

People can do a day trip of just visiting the various cheese or meat shops and touring the three local wineries, Schneider said.

"Plus we have hometown customer service," she added. "You're greeted with a smile, you won't be rushed and you'll get to experience things you don't normally experience."

Like the world's tallest grandfather clock, for example, which resides in downtown Kewaunee. Or the lighthouses situated in Kewaunee and Algoma.

Visitors cannot tour the inside of the lighthouses, but are welcome to explore outside.  

While the lighthouses bring light and color to the shoreline, there is plenty of color to be seen in downtown Algoma where visitors can find 10 specially painted murals adorning the sides of several area businesses. 

Painted in 2007, the murals were done by 100 "walldogs" (or mural painters) and the depicted advertisements represent various aspects of Algoma from a net company to a feed store and Ahnapee Brewery.  

ALGOMA, WIS. -- County tourism coordinator Jennifer Schneider said Kewaunee County is "a destination where you can do just about anything". Visitors can even see some one-of-a-kind murals in Algoma that were painted in 2007 by 100 mural painters or "walldogs".  Visit Kewaunee County

Schneider said it's easy to do a self-guided walking tour of the murals while also stopping by the various boutiques, shops and art spaces in downtown Algoma. 

More adventurous tourists aren't left out of the mix by any means in this foodie and artsy neck of the woods. There are hiking trails, water sports and even an ATV park.

"Riverview ATV Park (in Kewaunee) is perfect for those with a need for speed," Schneider said.

The park has 20 miles of trails and is currently the only public trail for ATVs and UTVs in Northeastern Wisconsin, according to the Kewaunee County Website.

Come winter Winter Park offers snowy recreational activities including a six lane tubing hill featuring a 70 foot vertical drop along with runs for skiers and snowboarders as well -- a few with even a 160 foot vertical drop, according to a release from last season's opening. 

ALGOMA, WIS. -- The beaches in Kewaunee County are "absolutely phenomenal" said tourism coordinator Jennifer Schneider. Schneider said visitors don't have to worry about finding room to lay out and relax on the beach. "They have all of the amenities without being packed into a place," she said. "You aren't bumping elbows with people. You can unwind, relax and have your space."  Visit Kewaunee County

Winter Park also includes a beginner's ski hill, which opened for the first time last season. 

In the off season Winter Park doubles as a disc golf course which is ranked at number eight in the state on rating sites, according to Schneider. 

Although visiting the wineries is high on Schneider's favorite list of touristy things to do in the area she said Kewaunee County is a place where people can find just about anything to do.

Especially if gorgeous lake views are a perk. 

"No matter where you are in the county you're only about 15 minutes away from a great lake," she added.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the price of the Tug Ludington tour.]