It was a beautiful winter morning. A foot of new powder turned the snowshoe trails in Peninsula State Park, in Wisconsin’s Door County, 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.
No doubt there are hundreds of winter destinations out there to choose from. For a Midwest winter retreat that gives you plenty of opportunity to snowshoe amid a beautiful landscape but also immerses you in a wonderful Cape Cod like atmosphere, than you’ll want to keep in mind a winter getaway to Door County Wisconsin.
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.
Often called “The Cape Cod of the Midwest,” 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 winter travel destination. At about 18 miles wide at the widest point it narrows to less than 2 miles at the tip.
With it’s over 300 miles of scenic shoreline, almost a dozen historic lighthouses, and over 10,000 acres of state and county parks, Door County has much to offer in the way of its stunning natural beauty and four-season outdoor recreation. A lack of snow is usually not a problem with almost 50 inches of average snowfall, mid December into March, is prime winter recreation time.
When the hustle and bustle of a busy tourist season is behind, local residents wind down into a relaxed winter pace. A quiet calmness settles over the pristine countryside. The acres and acres of cherry and apple 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 snowshoe and cross-country ski trails. The county’s state parks tally up more than 50 miles of snowshoeing trails.
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