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Having a Winter Adventure in Door County

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com

Sunset on the Clearing Beach by Bill BishoffSunset on the Clearing Beach
by Bill Bishoff
In this edition of From the Lake to the Bay, we share ideas for enjoying winter in Door County –even without a lot of snow. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy! Here's Having a Winter Adventure in Door County!

 

Having a Winter Adventure in Door County

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com

You're not much of a snow bunny and, even if you are, the snow has been sparse in Door County this year.

So, is there any other reason to take a winter trip to Door County? Actually, at least five reasons immediately come to mind. Here they are:

  1. Hotels and inns are offering wonderful packages and discounts. They are saving you money, giving you opportunity to extend stays and throwing in extras like dinners and activities.

    open-hearth-lodge-signFor example, when guests stay for two nights at $79 a night at the Open Hearth Lodge, Sister Bay, through April, they get a third night free. Meanwhile, in Sturgeon Bay, Stone Harbor Resort is promoting a Door County Arts and Heritage Package. With a two-night stay, guests receive a $50 restaurant/pub gift card, a 30-minute horse-drawn carriage ride, passes for two to the Maritime Museum and passes for two to the Door County Winery. Learn of many more packages at fine hotels, resorts and inns on the lodging pages of DoorCountyNavigator.com.
  2. This is a great time to immerse yourself in a course, such as those offered by The Clearing, Ellison Bay, and the Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek. Check out availability for sessions running now through the early spring such as Beadmaking from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 with Gary Chaudoir and a program on the Niagara Escarpment with Roger Kuhns from 9 to 3:30 pm. Thursday, Feb. 23. Peninsula School of Art is offering a program for kids, "Clay Creations: Tiles, Birds & Mugs" with Jeanne Aurelius on March 3, 10 and 17.
  3. Take in the art of the winter season. Drive down Bay Shore Drive, and check out the ice shoves that run along the Green Bay shoreline. Also, walk through downtown Sturgeon Bay and see the ice sculptures created by artists on Feb. 18. Weather permitting, the sculptures will be around for a little. Hike through the woods, and take some serene winter photographs.
  4. Go shopping and pick up some bargains on products and services. Not all boutiques, stores and galleries are open this time of year in Door County. But the ones that are have generous mark-downs now.

    Door County Interiors & Design, a mega furnishings store and interior design resource has been promoting 25 percent off accessories and is offering discounts on many of the furniture on its showroom floor.
  5. diners-at-the-inn-at-cedar-crossing-restaurantGet your favorite table at a Door County restaurant. The Inn at Cedar Crossing Restaurant (adjacent to a wonderful inn with a Nature of Romance Gift Basket package through April and extended stay discounts) is a hot Sturgeon Bay spot any time of the year. But during the winter you can get a table near the fireplace or near the huge Third Avenue-facing windows.

    In Sister Bay, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant will be packed with diners in the middle of July or August, to be sure. But come now, and enjoy Swedish pancakes and accompaniments (they serve them for lunch and dinner, too) at a table with no waiting. Oh, and the parking is so much easier in Door County this time of year!