Winter in Door County is quiet. We fall into an easy routine of cooking projects, reading books, hanging out with friends and family, and tackling neglected house projects. But the rumor that the county shuts down during the cold months is far from true! We've compiled a list of some of our favorite winter activities should you visit our peninsula in the off-season.
Fish Creek Winter Fest (Saturday, February 3) is one of our favorite winter events. It's an all day affair, with games from minnow racing to a toilet seat toss. There's food, music, and fireworks to close out the day. Sunday morning hosts the Fruit Loop run - a 0.49 mile loop through downtown Fish Creek, complete with a bowl of Froot Loops at the finish.
The Door County Pond Hockey Tournament (Saturday, February 10) is another great outdoor winter event. Located on the ice at Kangaroo Lake, multiple hockey teams compete in a day long tournament.
From fat biking to snowshoeing, Door County has an endless amount of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors during the winter season. Bike, ski, snowmobile, and snowshoe rentals are available at various locations throughout the county. Explore the state park trail systems at Peninsula or Newport, or any Nature Conservancy lands scattered along the peninsula. The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor also offers guided nature hikes on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the winter.
The arts community stays active in Door County during the winter. The Door Community Auditorium hosts a fireside music series, in addition to lecturers and movies. The White Gull Inn holds monthly folk concerts, and the Door County Brewery often has music in their tap room on weekends.
Take a Class
Looking to brush up on a skill or learn a new one? The Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, The Clearing in Ellison Bay, and The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor all offer classes - from carnivore tracking to wine tasting to painting. Or if you're looking to sweat, you can drop in on a class at the Door County Y, Door County Fitness Studio, or Ironwood Yoga, to name a few. Classes range from heated yoga to HIIT and are all led by friendly, knowledgeable instructors.
Last but not least, our favorite thing to do! The off-season gives us an opportunity to enjoy the many restaurants that keep winter hours. From grabbing cup of coffee at the Ephraim Coffee Lab or Bearded Heart in Baileys Harbor, a healthy lunch at Cloud Nine Juice Bar & Cafe, to pizza at Wild Tomato or a cocktail and snack at the Wickman House bar, we promise you won't be driving around looking for 'Open' signs during a Door County winter.