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Planning Ahead

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Door County has had a record-setting summer season in 2021! Fall has proven exceptional as well, with mild temperatures and plentiful sunshine encouraging everyone to get outside and see the breathtaking fall colors. With the holiday season right around the corner, we see plenty of signs that we’ll have more visitors than ever spending their time enjoying the Door County off-season this year!

We’re thrilled with the boom of tourism on our Peninsula. As Door County has grown, we’ve seen more one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, breweries, wineries and cafes appear, adding to a community of business owners that are committed to this land and its potential. We want to see Door County bring more joy to more people, while maintaining its ecology and protecting what makes it so special. This is our happy place.

With that said, we’re dedicating this issue of Up at the Lodge to helping you plan your off-season trip to Door County. There is much excitement to experience in the coming months, and we hope to encourage your to partake in the wonders of Door County during the holiday season and into the winter. Read on!

Halloween in Door County - Open Hearth Lodge

October and November

Halloween is only days away, and Door County continues to offer up as much (or as little) spookiness as your clan is interested in. The Press Gazette has a roundup:

Halloween in Door County 2021: Your guide to trick-or-treating, parties, pumpkins and more

Don’t forget, the minute Halloween is over, the holiday season begins. We’ve all hear the warnings for this year: you better shop early. Plan your Door County holiday shopping trip now! With all the great shopping in Sister Bay, it just makes sense to stay with us!

Get Shopping! Door County Boutiques

Places to Shop in Sister Bay

Experience the Magic of Door County’s Holiday Shops

Holidays in Door County - Open Hearth Lodge

December and New Year’s Eve

The Christmas season in Door County is unforgettable, and our hometown of Sister Bay has become the best spot in Door County to celebrate the season. Events include the returning Capture the Spirit and New Year’s Eve Cherry Drop, and the newly-added Christkindlmarkt, adding even more European flair and fun to our town. 

Capture the Spirit

Door County’s 1st-ever European-style Christmas market!

New Year’s Eve Celebration and the fm 106.9 The Lodge Cherry Drop

Winter Lodging in Door County - Open Hearth Lodge


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Door County is spectacular in winter. Crisp air and quiet nights create the perfect mood reflect on the passing year, and start the new one out right. But don’t take our word for it: 

Winter Wonderland in Door County, WI

34 Things We Love About Winter in Door County

Great Hiking in Door County - Open Hearth Lodge

One More Thing: Door County Land Trust

It’s been a great fall so far, but it’s not over yet. The Door County Land Trust’s 14 public preserves offer some great fall and winter outdoor hiking, birding, and wildlife watching. This video provides a beautiful overview of these important preserves. 

Lesser Known Door County – Door County Land Trust

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