Experience the Nature of Romance with a trip to Door County. Take advantage of the quiet and cozy atmosphere with vacation packages that’ll make your trip even more memorable. With special room rates, gift cards, romantic extras, and more, there’s plenty of reasons to visit Door County this season.
Nothing defines the city of Sturgeon Bay more than the shipyards that have been the county’s largest employers for nearly a century. Those shipyards put the city on the international map, building lakers that moved goods throughout the country, yachts that met the specification of the most discerning buyers from around the globe, and warships that helped defeat the Nazis in World War II. In this video you’ll learn how Sturgeon Bay became known as one of the best shipbuilding cities in the world and how the industry grew to define the city.
Must-Do Winter Activities
The trails of Door County offer an entirely different experience come winter. Blankets of white set the track for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling. Lace up, buckle in, and enjoy a landscape transformed.
Reconnect to your special someone in Door County’s winter wonderland. Take a horse-drawn sleigh-ride, enjoy a date night at an acclaimed restaurant, or go sampling along the Door County Wine Trail. Explore our Nature of Romance Packages or find even more romantic ideas that will keep you inspired this winter.
Check Off Your List
Door County’s scores of unique stores and boutiques offer you a chance to find something truly special for the ones on your holiday gift list. Whether you’re on the hunt for art, clothing, jewelry, or locally produced food and beverages, you’ll be able to check many boxes off your list in November and December.
Enjoy the Silence
Sometimes the beauty of Door County is best revealed in the subtle sounds of winter. It’s in the beauty of a winter sunrise over the icy lakeshore, or the flapping of the hearty winter bird flock as it leaves the bows above at The Ridges Sanctuary. Or it’s found in other ways, like the rejuvenation of a yoga or spa retreat, where you can escape the sounds of stresses of the everyday grind.
Local Perspective: Fuzzy Sunstrom Knows No Off-Season
Greg “Fuzzy” Sunstrom never sits still for long.
The Fuzzy in Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar and Grill in Sister Bay can be found welcoming diners almost every day of the summer at the popular restaurant. He’ll dart from host stand to table, to bar, to the kitchen, always at a rapid pace that’s enough to make your eyes tired as you enjoy the sunset from this absurdly beautiful location.
You’d think a man of constant motion would take it easy when the restaurant closes down in October, but that’s just not his way.
“I’m a carpenter by trade, and we have 30 buildings on this property,” says the Sister Bay lifer, who grew up just two doors down from Husby’s Food and Spirits in the center of town. The Grill is just the most visible part of the Inn at Little Sister, a classic waterfront resort. “I’m never caught up. I always have work.”
Fuzzy is a hard-core cross-country skiing enthusiast who has volunteered to groom ski trails in Peninsula State Park for years. That means that when the snow falls, he heads to the park to spend anywhere from 45 minutes to four hours grooming trails for classic and skate skiing.
“Early morning or night is the best so the trail you groom has time to set up,” he says. “When it’s all ice, you go out earlier because you want to be able to watch. You don’t want grooves to get too deep and cut into the dirt.”
The park has about 12 miles of trails, with all the grooming done by volunteers. He has skied in the famous Birkebeiner Cross-country Ski Race in Cable Wisconsin 22 times, and he’s famous for doing it in blue jeans. He has even been written up in a Swedish blog as one of the top characters in the 2010 Vasaloppet ski race, but by mid-January, he had only been able to hit the trails twice thanks to up and down trail conditions.
Off the trail Fuzzy’s a guy who likes to bring people together, whether it’s at his restaurant in summer, or at a trailhead under a full moon in winter. At least once each ski season he’ll bring a couple of cast iron fire kettles, grills, and tables out to a Peninsula State Park Trailhead.
“I invite the crew and friends to bring whatever they want to cook and drink, and we all hang out under the full moon,” he said.
If you get a well-groomed path to ski in Peninsula State Park this winter, odds are good you have Fuzzy to thank, but catching him to do so won’t be easy.