A weekend November getaway may be just what you need to recharge your batteries after a busy autumn and to help you de-stress before the holidays.
Here are eight reasons why Door County actually makes a great place to visit now.
1. Get to know the locals. This is a time when you can get a sense of the true Door County culture as you are more likely to meet members of families,
who started businesses up here decades ago. At this time of year, the owners are usually the ones running the cash registers and serving you, as the college students (employees during the summer) are back to school.
2. Experience no bugs on the hiking trails. And the views are still pretty. A few colorful leaves remain on trees, and the sky is so blue on some November days. State Parks—Newport, Peninsula, Potawatomi and White Fish Dunes are open (check with parks for details and hours).
3. No waiting for a table at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, Sister Bay. The goats may not be on the roof, but as we have written before the true joy of this place is the Swedish food and Norwegian décor inside as well as the gracious staff who serve up Swedish pancakes, meatballs and other fine fare year-round.
4. Seize an opportunity to try something new. Perhaps your favorite restaurant is closed this time of year (like Trio Restaurant in Egg Harbor). Why not try a new place like John Martin’s on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay? They serve wonderful American and Italian dishes and the place has an urban contemporary sports bar vibe.
5. Warm yourself in front of the cozy fireplaces. Many hotels and inns in Door County are generously outfitted with woodburning and gas fireplaces. This is the time to fire them up. Here’s Open Hearth Lodge
to the right.
6. The roads are clear, and parking is easy. It’s so easy to get around Door County in November. Take the highways and truly move—even through the coastal towns. When you get to your destination, you’ll find a place to park without a problem.
7. Sales and bargains abound. Boutiques, galleries and shops have wonderful sales this time of year. For example, City Farmer, Ephraim, a mega home and garden store in a cool old dairy barn in Ephraim is now promoting 40 percent nearly all store merchandise.
8. Value, value, value. Need we say more? Hotels and inns have creatively put together some attractive deals and packages that are truly too difficult to pass up. You can save money on the room rate, or take advantage of a package that gives you an opportunity to get a special price as well as deals on meals and activities.
For example, check out the winter special at Scandinavian Lodge
, Sister Bay, the Winter Magic offer at Eagle Harbor Inn, Ephraim or the many Door County Deals and Specials at AppleCreek Resort, Fish Creek. Visit DoorCountyNavigator.com to learn more about these offers and many others going on now.