It’s cold, it’s quiet, many businesses have closed, and you don’t even have your own skis – why should you come to Door County in the Winter? The reasons are countless – but here are 7 great reasons to brave the cold, reward yourself, and share it with family and friends…
The Comfort Food! These cold days and nights make hot soup, steaming cocoa, and warm comfort foods all the more enjoyable! Many restaurants offer comfort food specials in the colder months – check out our Open Doors Winter 2013-14 Blog to see who is serving all winter long, and download the NEW Door County Chefs App to see restaurant menus, get GPS directions, and use our click-to-call function so you can make reservations or check hours and specials before you decide where to eat!
2. The Snowy Outdoors! You don’t have your own skis you say? Door County offers several locations to rent or buy snowshoes or cross-country skis and can tell you where to use them, like Bayshore Outfitters with locations in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay, so you can get your snow on. Or hop a sleigh ride from Mayberry Carriages and experience a winter wonderland tour of Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery.
3. The Icy Outdoors! One of the most iconic, winter family activities, ice skating is still alive and well in Door County! The Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay offers a full-size outdoor ice rink for figure skating, hockey, and broomball, as well as a larger pleasure rink perfect for young kids lacing up skates for the first time and families enjoying a winter day outside. Once the ice is ready, check out the Rink Schedule and strap those skates on!
4. The Lodging Specials! While some lodgings close for the winter, others offer spectacular savings on rooms and other rentals, and offer packages to pamper and please. Check out Door County Lodging’s blogs about where to stay in Door County and where to get great deals with seasonal specials, packages, and last-minute room updates.
5. The Visual Arts! Door County’s arts community does not go dormant when the snow flies – in fact many artists choose to visit the Door Peninsula in the quiet season for the serenity and solitude offered here. From the aspiring to the established, artists come to create, to learn, and to gather together, at educational places like The Clearing Folk School and Peninsula School of Art.
6. The Live Music & Theater! Live music is the heartbeat of this county they say, and especially when it’s cold and dark, there is nothing like dancing to a band in a local pub, showing what you can do at one of many open mics, or catching a stunning performance at theaters like the Third Avenue Playhouse or the Door Community Auditorium. A great resource for upcoming live music and performance events, check out Peninsula Pulse newspaper!
7. The View! Door County can turn anyone into a photography enthusiast. With rolling hills and fields, snow frosted evergreens, frozen lakes, and lots of wildlife if you’re willing to wait for it, you’ll be Instagram-ing everything you see! Just don’t forget to share with us on Facebook with #DoorCountyView.