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Winter in Door County
The cold never bothered us anyway! Winter in Door County is something special
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Door County is known for its shoreline views, park scenes and small-town charm…and none of that goes away when the snow flies. Our shoreline views open up after the leaves fall and you can see more of the beautiful rock formations and water views. Our park scenes become white crystalized beauties to behold and our small-town charm gets all cozy and decked out for the holidays.

Some of our favorite summertime activities are even better when Door County is covered in snow and some of the crowds head south, plus with an average of 90 inches of snowfall per year, we add activities like cross-country skiing, ice fishing, fat tire biking, and snowmobiling!

We SNOW you don’t want to miss these outdoor activities

Everyone thinks of beaches when they’re grabbing sunscreen and a beach towel, but they’re just as beautiful (even though the water might not be as inviting) when you’re grabbing a parka and pair of gloves. Just on the other side of the peninsula from Sturgeon Bay is Whitefish Dunes State Natural Area that features beautiful views of Lake Michigan and a nature area full of exploring. It’s perfect for a sunny snowy hike.

Kids of all ages can head up to Peninsula State Park for some fun in the snow as the park’s golf course fairway doubles as a sledding hill in the winter. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are also available at the park.

Sparkling snow makes our historic lighthouses light up in the winter sun! Visitors can go hiking or snowshoeing at Cana Island and The Ridges Sanctuary to see the lighthouse and historic sites up close and sparkling with snow.

Head inside to warm up

When it’s time to head inside to warm up, we have some amazing options for enjoying local food, wine, beer and…obliviously cheese!

Stone Harbor in Sturgeon serves up Sunday brunch with specialties like grilled hazelnut French toast and mimosa flights! Head in to Renard’s Cheese in Sturgeon Bay to stock up on all of your favorite varieties, plus some extra holiday gift options! If you want to see how your favorite flavors are made, Renard’s offers a free 30-minute cheese and wine tour given daily and year round.

The arts stay red hot even when it’s ice cold outside

From the southern start of Door County all the way to the northern tip, we have artists, entertainment and events that don’t stop even when it gets cold out. The Third Avenue Playhouse performs year-round, and the Barbara & Spencer Gould Theater in Fish Creek will have a special “Home for the Holiday’s” concert between Christmas and New Year’s. Many of our local bars and restaurants have live music throughout the cold-weather months, and don’t forget to check out the events calendar at the Door Community Auditorium for upcoming shows.

With more than a dozen events scheduled around the holidays, Door County is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

Some of our favorite events are the Merry-Time Festival of Trees at the Door County Maritime Museum in November, and Christmas by the Bay and the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl, which kick off the holiday season Nov. 22-24. For a full list of holiday events around Door County, click here.

And after all of your time enjoying the cold outdoors and the cozy restaurants, come back to the Bay Shore Inn to relax where we have an indoor fireplace, an inviting indoor hot tub and outdoor firepits if you want to bundle up and enjoy the cool night air in front of a roaring bonfire. Give us a call at 1-800-556-4551 and make your reservation today.