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So you’ve wrangled the time off for a long weekend getaway in Door County with your honey. Great - now what do you do when beaches, sailboats, and basking in the sun aren’t options?
First thing’s first - find a place to stay. Many Door County hotels and B&Bs offer romantic packages and enhancements, and you can browse the list here. Or you can comb through a wide selection of packages designed for you in our Nature of Romance promotion that runs through March.
10 am: Get centered
Start the weekend by taking your mind off the grind with a couple’s massage at a relaxing Door County spa. Step back, rejuvenate, and re-center yourself. Choose from four relaxing spas just a short drive away no matter what community you decide to lay your head in.
2 pm: Find your trail
Door County is awash in natural beauty, and the five state parks or 19 County Parks dotting the shoreline offer ample opportunity to explore the solitude and splendor of Mother Nature. Whether you stay at the tip of the peninsula or the heart of Sturgeon Bay, you’re never more than a few minutes from a trailhead.
6 pm: Art, beverages, and music
Test your creative juices together with do-it-yourself art projects, take a cooking class, or check the events calendar for gallery openings. There are more than 100 galleries in Door County, many of which are open throughout the winter.
8 am: Perk up
You may love a Starbucks, but Door County is proud of its selection of cozy, locally-owned independent coffee shops. You’ll find a great cup of coffee, and some great local conversation from folks eager to share their favorite spots. Ask your innkeeper for the nearest cup, as nearly every town has its own.
10 am: Drink up the local beverage scene
Door County is home to seven wineries, two breweries, one cider mill, and a distillery as well. A winter visit is a great opportunity to sample hand-crafted beer, wine, and spirits, and meet the locals making them.
Stop in for a tasting of your choosing, or join a tour and leave the planning to the experts.
7 pm: Taste the best of the Door
As much as we love a Door County supper club, the peninsula’s dining scene offers several intimate fine dining restaurants
9 am: Get stuffed
Whether it’s breakfast under a grass roof or irresistible cherry-stuffed french toast, you’ll be able to find exactly the breakfast you’re looking for to fuel a final day of discovery. Ask you’re innkeeper for their favorite dish and be on your way!
11 am: Lighthouse photo ops
Lighthouses have been central to the identity of Door County for more than 150 years and these architectural and historic gems continue to capture imaginations today. Though guided tours of the 11 lighthouses of the peninsula aren’t available in winter, a visit to the grounds of Cana Island, Eagle Bluff, or the Baileys Harbor Range Lights will provide a backdrop for amazing photographs to share.
2 pm: One last stop
It’s time to head home, but one of the Midwest’s most-photographed spots awaits you on your way back to reality. Cave Point County Park is jaw-dropping in summer, awe-inspiring in its winter freeze. Located on the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula, the caves beneath the water and stunning rock formations have been formed over thousands of years by waves pounding against the limestone bluffs. In summer the waves make a thunderous clap, and in winter form picturesque ice formations on the shore.
If you have an extremely early getaway, a visit here at sunrise is spectacular.
Just north of Cave Point is Whitefish Dunes State Park, another wonderful spot for a final couple’s hike or stroll along the shoreline.
If you need more ideas, we’ve come nowhere close to an exhaustive itinerary here. Keep an eye out for candlelight skis at state parks, guided nature hikes, music and theatre performances, and much more. Check out these tips for a romantic winter getaway and find more getaway ideas in our Winter Guide.
View the full February 2017 Newsletter here.
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