Great views, creative dishes, regional experts, healthy options — whatever your heart desires for the perfect romantic dinner, you’ll find it this winter in Door County, Wisconsin. In fact, there are endless couples getaways in Door County to explore this season, once you’ve had a taste of how warm and welcoming the peninsula can be. Make this Valentine’s Day your most memorable one yet with a romantic meal at one of these distinct locales.
Cedar Crossing Restaurant
Enjoy the best of local ingredients in a cozy dining room that’s only blocks from the waterfront in Sturgeon Bay at Cedar Crossing Restaurant. Whether it’s a cocktail flavored with Door County cherries or the latest in a rotation of fresh seafood offerings, you’ll see why the locals love it here.
For nearly 140 years, this historic building has served the area; it was once a tailor shop, an apothecary, and then a doctor’s office. Now it’s the perfect place to relax for dinner after visiting the nearby boutiques and galleries, with an adjoining historic hotel made for a romantic winter getaway (no kids allowed).
The Fireside Restaurant
Chef Schar’s pairing of comfort food with creative interpretations at The Fireside Restaurant will have you swooning; it’s the perfect taste of Midwest warmth flavored with Southwest boldness. Imagine a new take on the classics, like the local Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned.
The Fireside is open weekends in Egg Harbor, just across from the Main Street Market, but keep an eye out for one of their special holiday events or pop-up dinners.
Set the scene for a romantic evening with stunning views of the Green Bay, no matter where you’re seated. Located on a bluff at the north end of the Landmark Resort, the Carrington is in the heart of Door County—the perfect setting to reconnect.
Order your favorite cocktail to watch the sunset, then settle in for a dinner of award-winning cuisine. The Carrington ensures you’ll come for the view and stay for the food.
You’re in good hands at Barringer’s, the Fish Creek supper club and steakhouse experience led by renowned local chef JR Schoenfeld. The historic dining room is home to great pairings, including recommendations by an in-house Certified Sommelier to enhance your meal.
While Barringer’s specializes in select cuts of steak and fresh seafood, even just a seasonal cocktail will make your visit an exclusive memory. It’s no wonder you’ll find Schoenfeld’s influence in numerous restaurants (and food trucks) in Door County.
With all the qualities of excellent upscale dining except the prices, Alexander’s is a real find in Fish Creek. Their expansive menu includes a wide range of entrees, including steaks, fresh seafood, Italian dishes and nightly specials, plus homemade desserts and blended ice cream drinks.
Owners Bruce and Jill Alexander have served their neighbors not only with food but with support for local charities for over 25 years. See why Alexander’s is a neighborhood favorite by reserving your table now—or stay for the weekend and attend their Champagne Sunday Brunch.
Thyme Restaurant & Catering
This Sister Bay specialty offers a modern atmosphere where diners are encouraged to “let food celebrate life.” Explore a deliciously diverse, farm-to-table menu at Thyme Restaurant & Catering that includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes along with wine, beer, and wine-based cocktails.
The success of Thyme catering led to Thyme Restaurant, where casual dining feels fresh and new. Don’t let the outdoor patio fool you—they’re open all winter to serve classic fare along with new creations.
Once you get a taste of romance in Door County, you’ll want to come back for seconds. Make reservations now to spend Valentine’s Day on the peninsula and save room to sample all the fine dining options in Door County that remain open this winter.
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