Door County Wisconsin is a Winter Treat
By Hazel Freeman
It was a beautiful winter morning. A foot of new, powdery snow, earlier in the week turned the snowshoe trail into a winter wonderland. Branches of evergreen trees had a generous layer of snow frosting. The solitude of the woods was as welcome as a warm blanket tucked around you on a cold night. The snowshoes strapped to our feet made it easy to shuffle across the top of the deep snow, no struggling, just a smooth relaxing rhythm. Shuffle, shuffle, breath the fresh air, shuffle, shuffle, see the birds flitting through the trees, shuffle, shuffle, see the snow sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight.
Here in southern Ohio we’re blessed with four beautiful seasons. But there are winters when we get almost no snow, and well, what good is winter if you don’t get any snow. If like us, you don’t fly south with the other migratory snowbirds, at the first sign of a flake or two, than you’re probably open for having some great winter fun. The catch is, you need snow.
There are hundreds of winter destinations out there to choose from. But if you want one that combines the gentler winter sports, such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or a sleigh ride, with a wonderful Cape Cod like atmosphere, than you’ll want to make plans for a winter getaway to Door County Wisconsin.
There’s no doubt the 75-mile Door Peninsula, with the bay of Green Bay lapping against one shore, and Lake Michigan, lapping against the other, makes for a wonderful three season travel destination. Selected by Money Magazine as “One of the top 10 vacation destinations in North America,” Door County has a lot going for it, especially in the warmer months. But winter is a special time there as well.
An easy forty-mile drive from Green Bay brings you to bustling Sturgeon Bay. Once you leave Sturgeon Bay and head out into the open countryside of the Door Peninsula you leave all traces of cookie cutter chain stores, fast food restaurants, and box stores behind. You’ll find only unique, independently owned, shops, cafes, art and craft galleries, restaurants and lodging that cater to their visitors no matter the season.
With the hustle and bustle of a busy tourist season behind them, the local residents settle in to a more relaxed winter pace. A quiet calmness settles over the quaint countryside. The acres and acres of cherry orchards and vineyards are at rest waiting for the warmth of Spring. The busy hiking and biking trails that wind through the many state and local parks, nature preserves and sanctuaries, are transformed into miles and miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. The quiet snow covered trails beckon you to explore their quiet solitude, and experience a one-on-one with nature, that leaves you serene and renewed. You can also enjoy the scenery of this winter wonderland from a cozy horse drawn sleigh or take a, warm and toasty, trolley tour.
For a higher level of excitement there are about 250 miles of maintained snowmobile trails to keep you busy. And for the die hard fisherman or woman you won’t want to miss a chance to wet your line with some ice fishing on the bay. There’s even a sledding hill or two if you want to get out there and rip it up with kids.
If your idea of a winter getaway is: savoring a hot cappuccino, eating Swedish pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast, shopping, gallery hopping, wine tasting, a spa day, experiencing a traditional Door County fish boil or just curling up next to the fire with a good book, than you’ll find Door County can accommodate all your wishes and then some.
I’ll be adding other articles about Door County’s unique attractions like the Hands-On-Art Studio, where you can give your creativity a mini vacation, and an EGG-stra special artist in Egg Harbor. For more information on all that Door County has to offer visit: www.doorcounty.com.