Planning a Winter trip to Door County can be challenging. What is there to do in the “off season”? What is open for business? What if there is no snow? For the Arctic Adventurers and the shopping warriors, Door County offers plenty to experience during the quieter, colder months of the year.

For those who care to stay warm and toasty indoors, there’s always world class shopping in Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, and Sister Bay! The winter months are the best to find spectacular deals on the previous years merchandise, or be the first on the block to sport a new trend. Hands On Art Studio, on Peninsula Players road, offers hours of arts and crafts fun for all skill levels and interests. Perfect for bringing color to a dreary day!

A unique experience can be had during the winter months at Peninsula State Park, located between Fish Creek and Ephraim on highway 42. The White Cedar Nature Center, located in Peninsula State Park, offers hikes, story telling, and educational programs throughout the winter months. The upcoming events calendar can be found here: . In addition to participating in the programs and hikes, visitors to the White Cedar Nature Center have the opportunity to join the “Chickadee Club”. The Chickadee birds that live in the woods surrounding the nature center are curious enough to land near and on those feeding them! The thrill of nature in the palm of your hand!

The numerous County and State Parks are a haven for rare plant and animal life. Winter brings illusive creature out into the fields and beaches. Snowy Owls have returned again to the Door Peninsula, and Bald Eagles can often be seen fishing along the bluffs. Fisher and Pine Martin tracks can be seen along the snowy trails at the Ridges Sanctuary in Bailey’s Harbor. The ice formations at Cave Point can’t be missed, just beware it’s slippery by the edge!

The Waterbury Inn in Ephraim, WI is centrally located to shopping and ecologically unique State and County Parks. Call today to see what vacation packages are current!