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  • Finish the Year with Seed Spreading Hikes at Crossroads

    On Christmas Eve at 2 pm, Crossroads at Big Creek will offer an indoor program, a lecture called “Greeting Card Birds.” Those attending will learn a little about the natural history of the birds depicted on greeting cards, and find out which species, based on the frequency of its depiction on greeting cards, will be […]

  • SantaLand Diaries, Dirty Deuce & More Weekend Plans

    Christmas may start the weekend but the celebration doesn’t end that night. Enjoy the remaining cheer of the holiday season by taking in a show, visiting a gallery, or enjoying the unseasonably warm weather with a winter hike at Crossroads. Saturday, Dec. 26 Visit A Gallery Many of the Door Peninsula’s art galleries have winter […]

  • Explore Appel’s Bluff and Logan Creek on Ridges’ Hikes

    Winter officially begins Dec. 21, but so far you wouldn’t know it from the weather. Get out while the getting’s good, and enjoy the lingering mild temperatures and fall beauty of the Door Peninsula. Join a Ridges naturalist on Dec. 19 at 10 am for a guided hike through the open fields and hardwood forest […]

  • Walter Parks, Barn Dance, Baroque Tunes & More Weekend Plans

    On the weekend before Christmas, the Door Peninsula gave to me … a weekend of good music, traditions and holiday cheer!

  • OutDOORs with Coggin Heeringa: Winter Solstice Mythology

    I know, I know. It’s probably the El Niño. But the forecast has been for mild (very mild) weather. Of course, soon we will be experiencing Halcyon Days. Halcyon Days are a period of idyllic calm and tranquility near the Winter Solstice. The term shows up in poetry, once or twice in Shakespeare, and even […]

  • Night Hike, Mobsters in Milwaukee, Tree Lighting & More Weekend Plans

    This weekend, take a break from the stress of the holidays to enjoy a hike under the night sky, classic holiday tunes, an author presentation or folk music by Door County singer Katie Dahl.

  • Be A Ski-for-Free Volunteer

    Free volunteer training for this winter’s Ski-for-Free program will be held Dec. 8, 6 – 7 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek Environmental Preserve, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay. Hands-on volunteer training will be provided to teach volunteers how to assist new skiers who visit Crossroads to borrow skis and snowshoes for use on Crossroad’s […]

  • Hike to the Evergreen Forest at Crossroads

    Using the proceeds from the Crossroads Trail Run, a grant from the Raibrook Foundation, and gifts from the estate of Ray Stonecipher and the Door County Silent Sports Alliance, Crossroads at Big Creek is buying new waxless skis for the Ski for Free program. Once there’s enough snow to groom the trails, Crossroads will sponsor […]

  • Celebrate Christmas in the Village on Dec. 5

    The Ephraim Business Council invites you to celebrate the season at Christmas in the Village on Saturday, Dec. 5. Fun, festive family activities are planned throughout the day. New this year to Christmas in the Village is “Santa Land.” This professionally designed holiday set inside the Ephraim Village Hall will be a prime opportunity for […]

  • Christmas In the Village, Santa on the Tug, Harbor Holidays and More Weekend Plans

    A festive weekend on the peninsula is heading your way! From a holiday book sale to a holiday home tour (and two festivals), we’ve got you covered for the weekend ahead.

  • Celebrate the Holly Days in Egg Harbor, Nov. 27-28

    Egg Harbor’s Holly Days is a weekend full of old-fashioned holiday fun. The festival will be held the weekend of Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 and 28. The event, full of family fun, kicks off the official Christmas season with festive dazzling decorations and holiday activities for all ages. Start the weekend with Breakfast with Santa at […]

  • Eye On the Night Sky: Best Meteor Shower of the Year

    The Geminids Meteor Shower is considered to be the best meteor shower of the year, producing up to 120 meteors per hour at its apex. This year it should peak on the night of Dec. 13 and into the wee hours of the 14th, but “sky blazers” from this group of space debris can occur […]

  • Christmas by the Bay Set For Nov. 20-22

    Sturgeon Bay’s annual Christmas by the Bay celebration will take place Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 22 with a host of family friendly activities. The weekend begins with a tree lighting ceremony at the clock tower on Third Avenue from 6 – 8pm with live music by Josh Gregory, Hervy Hodges and Mike Raye. […]

  • A Comedy of Menace: Theater M Presents ‘Cabin Fever’

    “Cabin fever. You got it bad.” “How do you know.” “Hearing things…” “That’s how it starts.” “Then seeing things…” “Carries on like that for a while…” “Doing things…” “That’s how it stops.” “Better be careful.” “Things could happen.” Wisconsin is still early enough in the fall season that the phrase “cabin fever” has likely not […]

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    New Fest, New Fun

    The best of Door County’s festivals start with fun at heart. Fall Fest began as an end-of-season party for the locals. Fish Creek Winter Games earned its crowd not from tourist trappings, but from local oddities like the cherry pit spit and bike toss. And the county’s most popular parades – on New Year’s Day […]

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    A Day in the Life of a Snowstorm From the Seat of the Plow

    When the snow falls and most of us hunker down, the county’s snowplow drivers hit the road in the dark to clear our paths.

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    On the Ice

    Door County winter fun isn’t restricted to cozy living rooms, quiet cafés or dark movie theaters. Don’t get me wrong – cuddling up inside with a good book, sipping tea and knocking movies off my must-see list are great activities for the chilly season – but when temperatures drop, outdoor fun on the ice is […]

  • Welcome to Grilling Season!

    Watching meat sizzle on the grill can be a unique joy for a cook… grilling tool in one hand and beer in the other. So why relegate the grill to the summer months? Don’t put your grill into hibernation when the weather turns chilly. Instead, fire it up and let winter know that it can’t […]

  • The Bowling Season

    It’s an undeniable fact:  Door County winters are long, quiet, and cold. Most locals start to get busy in the spring, preparing for the summer tourist onslaught, then calm down a bit in the fall before settling in for a long winter. For some people in Door County, however, autumn leaves herald one of the […]

  • Takin’ the Plunge

    January 1, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club Plunge – an event in which hundreds of daredevils celebrate New Year’s Day by charging into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan at high noon. Founder J.R. Jarosh reflects here on the evolution and highlights of this (truly) mind-numbing spectacle. To learn […]