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Winter is a Magical Time in Door County!

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Make your plans for an exciting, old-fashioned winter – in Door County Magic is in the air and plenty of places are open to stay, shop, dine!  Shake off the chill by a cozy fire with a great bottle of Door County wine, or a cup of Door County Coffee; cross country ski, snow tube, snowshoe, snowmobile, ice fish, hike, take in wine tastings and great food -  you can do it all against a gentle, serene backdrop in Door County – you know, there’s nothing like an Old-Fashioned Country Winter!!  

Our Open in Winter sections will guide you to what is open and when!  Check for our ”Open in Winter” logo  in each main section (Places to Stay, Food/Dining, Activities, Shopping) to see which places are awaiting your arrival this winter!

Terrific places to stay!  The best B&Bs and resorts are waiting for you as well as  some cozy year-round homes – all ready for your wintry trip to Door County.  So enjoy the crisp air, the snowy landscapes, the frozen waters and sparkling, icy sunsets.

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The magic of the holiday season and the winter festivals and events make for special memories – so make your memory-making plans now!  Ski, snuggle, relax!  The fire is on; the Door County peninsula is waiting for you!

Wonderful Winter!  In the winter, there is a pleasant, insulated, soft, beautiful quiet in Door County. When it snows in Door County, it is beauty that is difficult to find anywhere else – because there is nothing like a Frosty Old-Fashioned Country Winter! 

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Watch Mother Nature Paint!  The Landscape is a Painting!  It’s Currier & Ives and Norman Rockwell all rolled into one beautiful experience, all around you, everywhere you turn or look!  Door County's natural features, like the coastlines, bluffs, hills, fields, trees and water, take on a special, unique beauty in winter. But it is oh so quiet and oh so peaceful!  When snow blankets the peninsula, it acts like an insulating layer – a comforter – and all is soft and quiet and magnificent.  You can almost hear the snowflakes falling!

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Take a break from your chaos!  Get away from all the turmoil, hub-bub, crowds and work routines. Enjoy a part of our wonderful winter in Door County, and make it yours!  Watch our winter videos in the video gallery and enjoy!

Always call ahead!  If you are here during the week, you will see that many of the restaurants are closed.  Some are open Thursday - Sunday, some open just Friday – Sunday, others closed for the winter, and others open most of the time. Check our Open in Winter section for restaurants to make sure.  Or head to Main Street Market for all your fabulous grocery and spirits needs!  We just had our Thanksgiving turkey from there and all the trimmings!

We will navigate you through this, so sit back, enjoy a nice cup of Door County Coffee and browse our website – your relaxing begins right nowWith 100's of Trusted Reviews and videos, will lead you to your perfect wonderful winter trip!  We have done all the legwork, now you find the bestTrust us and find the best!

Everyone enjoys the “quiet season” – even the locals.  Having worked very hard throughout the peak season, they look forward to the winter season to renew their friendships with each other, relax, enjoy one another’s company, plan for the next season and talk to folks who are visiting!  So you will find the locals very relaxed, very calm, and very open to conversation.  This is very pleasant for both visitor and local – so really take the time to enjoy this!  It’s truly wonderful in a winter wonderland!

What can you do? 

Check our calendar of events for Dec/Jan/Feb/March and you will see some of the things going on!  Also click on the related article on the home page, “25 Things to Do in Door County This Winter”.  There really is enough to do or there is nothing to do – the choice is all yours.  Also, check each section and look for our “Open in Winter” material that will tell you who is open and when!

The towns are charming at Christmas time, the trolley rides a delight, Fish Creek Winter Festival from February 1 – 3 2019 has tons of activities for all ages – it makes winter fun!  The cherry pit-spitting contest is open to all takers – maybe you will get to wear the special jacket! 

Cross-Country ski trails are awesome in Peninsula State Park and Newport.  Snowmobile and stop at the Coyote Roadhouse (just off one of the trails) for some BBQ ribs and a drink. You can rent equipment at Bay Shore Outfitters and at Nor Door Sport & Cyclery.   Buy some fine wine and snuggle in front of your fireplace at one of the great inns, resorts, B&Bs or cabins.  Read our Trusted Reviews and find some great places to stay.

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And make your own art at Hands On Art Studio in Fish Creek - we love this place, and it is a great warm up activity on a cold winter's day!  Tell Cy we sent you in!

Enjoy a specialty of Door County: sunsets; and winter sunsets in Door County are just as spectacular, with a whole new look.  Make sure to take lots of pictures - you will have some suitable for framing, or your desktop on your computer or mobile device.

Sound like fun?  It is – come up to Door County this winter for a weekend or mid-week get-away!  Check out “25 Things to Do in Door County This Winter” for more information and lots more detail, like where to rent equipment, which inns are the coziest, and more!  Also check our Calendar of Events for details about activities month by month.  

Be sure to read our Trusted Reviews, which are professional and accurate reviews that are posted throughout our site – we did the legwork for you so that you can “Be in the know before you go . . . and when you get there!”  Have some snowy fun!

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Winter Things to Do