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3 Ways to Do a Couples’ Weekend


After a long year, the coming winter months will be the perfect time to take a getaway with your partner and find some much-needed reconnection time. 

Fall and winter are excellent times to visit Door County, thanks to thinner crowds, shorter wait times at restaurants and attractions, and quieter trails, parks, and lodgings.

There are countless ways to spend a few days or even a week up on the peninsula and Washington Island, but here are three popular trip styles for couples looking for quality time together in a beautiful place.

Adventure Retreat

If you and your partner are the adventurous types, plan a long weekend centered around bonding over epic views and adrenaline rushes in the great outdoors.

Start by booking a few nights at a cozy cabin, secluded cottage, or campground so you can enjoy the peace and quiet together. For an extra-rustic experience, try primitive camping at Rock Island or hike-in camping at Newport State Park.

Kayakers in front of the Niagara Escarpment in fall

During the days, you can explore nature and the region’s dozens of parks, hiking trails, biking routes, golf courses, and boating and kayaking opportunities. If you’re planning a snowy getaway, look into renting cross country skis or snowshoes and hitting the trails for an extra-magical outing. 

By night, cook up meals using local ingredients from a market, cook over the fire or coals, or enjoy a fine local beer or spirit around the campfire while you read, play games, or chat.

Foodie Escape

For those more inclined to focus on Door County's many storied foods and influential cuisines, a food- and drink-filled weekend should be your goal. Begin by browsing the area’s option for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, depending on when and how you want to explore the food scene.

You might also go on a food-based scavenger hunt to find these 10 must-try Door County dishes or, if you're looking for a structured activity, discover a new favorite dish in a cooking class. Both are great ways to get a sampling of local food, cuisine, and culture.

The 3-Day Culinary Tour is also a great starting place for planning your food tour.

Treat Yourself Weekend

Enjoy the finer things in life during a trip spent slowing down, focusing on yourselves, and embracing a little self-care. From massages and facials at the spa to the finest food and wine the region has to offer, there are dozens of ways to enjoy an all-about-you weekend.

First, find a cozy and romantic spot to stay at, such as a bed-and-breakfast, hotel or inn, resort, or a cottage or house. Then, pick your activities.

If you’re headed up here this fall or winter, consider checking out the arts and culture scene, museums and cultural sites, local shops/boutiques, and antique stores in addition to outdoor activities like hiking, boating, and sightseeing.

When night falls, hit up one of many fine dining spots and supper clubs for a special dinner or two. Close out the evening with a nightcap (or two) at a bar or winery.

If you’re looking to get away this year or next, there’s no shortage of trip styles and activities to help you relax and reconnect with your partner. If these three styles don’t grab you, check out all our trip itineraries or learn more about planning a Door County getaway.

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