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Category: Winter

  • 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 […]

  • Len Villano

    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 […]

  • Len Villano

    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 […]

  • Winter on Washington Island

    Join me, if you will, on a winter’s day on Washington Island. It happens to be a Tuesday morning in mid-January. It is early, barely daylight, and the town’s plow just made its first pass on Main Road. Snow wasn’t heavy last night, only three or four inches, but the island plows will clear the […]

  • Looking for the Shush

    When the cool winds start to blow and thick sweaters are donned following a season in storage, some Door County dwellers start planning their journey south. But other local residents turn their heads to the wind with growing enthusiasm for the winter months ahead. Their names are Buddy, Mushka, Spirit, Juno and Magic, to name […]

  • A Legend of Winter: Greg “Fuzzy” Sunstrom

    There’s a common assumption that life in Door County grinds to a halt between the months of November and March. People that have never spent an entire winter in the county, much less visited in the “off-season,” tend to let their brains follow the easy path to this conclusion, believing that there simply can’t be […]

  • Kites Over the Bay

    After the holidays wind down and spring begins to feel like it will never come around, Fish Creek will have a much-needed break from the winter doldrums. For two days over the Winter Fest weekend in February, spectators will be treated to a skyline full of spectacular color, artistry and drama, also known as Kites […]

  • Winter’s Harvest: Pure maple syrup

    A steaming hot stack of pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup is one of the best breakfasts to enjoy on a cold Door County winter’s morning. Locally produced at a variety of “Sugar Bushes,” the proper name for a maple syrup farm, Pure Door County Maple Syrup is one of the unique treats found on […]

  • The White Sand Beach: Door County Ice Fishing

    Bring up ice fishing to just about anybody and the last image to come to mind would be guys in t-shirts tossing around footballs, clubbing golf balls, or the notion of any comparison to summer days going to the beach. But that’s exactly what one group of Sister Bay friends calls what to most is […]

  • Door County’s Old Ski Hills: Warm Memories of Cold Winter Fun

    Many Door County locals experience a wave of nostalgia every time they drive past Little Sweden on Highway 42 between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek. A quick glance in the direction of those rolling hills brings back fond memories of a crackling fireplace, knit caps, seeing your breath in the cold air, lace-up boots and […]