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In the winter season in Door County, days are shorter, which means time spent outside is inevitably restricted. Yet, the time you do manage to get outdoors is rewarding in a whole new way, making it a completely different experience than time in nature during the warmer seasons. The winter wonderland has a lot to offer, from stunning natural ice structures to quiet forests that look to be straight out of a snow globe.
Listen to what locals have to say about spending the “quiet season” in Door County.
Once the sun sets over the ice-laden bay, you can look forward to a variety of indoor activities suited to fit the festive spirit and bring friends and family together. Good food and drinks abound, as well as theater, art galleries and ways to test your skills and grow your knowledge.
Take advantage of the daylight while you can and hike, bike, ski, sled or snowmobile your way outside! No matter the snow conditions, you will have plenty of ways to keep busy when the sun is out. Check out our article on activities for every snow type to get inspired to spend your daylight outside.
If you prefer to avoid the cold and snow, there are shops, boutiques and art galleries waiting to be discovered. You’ll enjoy the absence of crowds and traffic as you move from town to village. See our full list of shops here and art galleries open in winter here.
Sometimes you just want to sit back, relax and let yourself be entertained. The various venues of Door County are somewhat seasonal, but a handful thrive in the winter. Be sure to check the schedule at Third Avenue Playhouse, Door Community Auditorium and more. And for a mobile experience, take a tour on one of the famed Door County Trolleys.
Eating tasty food is easy, but preparing it yourself is a whole other story. Up your cooking skills this winter by taking a cooking class with Flour Pot in Sturgeon Bay and learn how to make the delicious goodies everyone loves for dessert. If you’re less of a chef and more of an artist, head over to the Hands On Art Studio to create your own masterpiece. You can paint, weld, do glasswork or put pottery in the kiln. Or create your own craft project at Clink! Craft Studio in Ephraim where customers can create their own custom projects using the self-guided crafting kits. There’s no shortage of ways to be creative at this family-friendly destination.
Nothing gets your pulse racing more than a little bit of friendly competition. Find a bowling ball that suits you at the Sister Bay Bowl and you may get a lucky strike to one-up your friends or family! Darts and pool games are also a popular sight in the many taverns that are warm and ready to help you socialize.
After all the fun, you are bound to have worked up a hearty appetite. Head over to one of the many classic supper clubs to feel the warm embrace of nostalgia and an Old Fashioned or go with a classic cheeseburger or chili at the local bar or tavern. Before you head home, wake up to the promise of delectable brunch food and warm coffee.
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