Door County, WI
Peninsula State Park in Door County offers enough winter adventure to please a whole car full of people suffering from cabin fever. You can cross-country ski across 16 miles of groomed trails (there’s even a warming house), go snowshoeing or winter hiking, or try your luck at some ice fishing. The park also has 17 miles of scenic snowmobile trails and, for an activity everyone can enjoy, some serious sledding and snow tubing over at the park’s golf course. The February Fish Creek Winter Festival (February 5–7, 2016) has been attracting visitors from across the region for almost 30 years. The event never fails to entertain crowds, with ice sculpture carving, winter games, live music, fireworks and more. But you can also browse Door County’s many adorable shops and art galleries year-round. Stop by the family-owned Door County Coffee & Tea (5733 Highway 42, Sturgeon Bay) for a homemade lunch and a warm mug of gourmet coffee, loose leaf tea, chai or cocoa. For something a bit stronger, Door County Distillery (5806 WI-42, Sturgeon Bay) offers small-batch vodka, gin and brandy. Stop by in winter on Saturdays from 10am–5pm or try a tasting at Door Peninsula Winery’s wine bar next door. For dinner, The Cookery focuses on local suppliers, so produce, cheese, meat and other ingredients (including kombucha), appear in dishes like smoked whitefish spread, burrata with cherry salsa and broiled whitefish with pesto. The cuisine makes it one of the fancier spots in town, but the vibe is casual.