Which Door County Restaurants are Open in Winter?

Your Winter Dining Guide from Open Hearth Lodge

Door County summers are full of natural beauty, bustling towns, shopping and dining, golfing, swimming, boating and more. Based on this list of activities, you can’t fault someone for jumping to the conclusion that there can’t be much to do in Door County in winter. With a natural landscape that lends itself to unpredictable weather, everyone packs up and heads south, making the county a ghost town for the winter, right?

Wrong! For years, Door County as a winter destination has been a well-kept secret, but the secret is getting out. In addition to our thriving local scene, more and more visitors are joining us in the winter months, and our local establishments are taking notice and adjusting their open hours accordingly. 

Open Hearth Lodge is the perfect home base for all your winter Door County activities, and you can take full advantage of what Door County offers in winter and save money in winter with one of our packages


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Hearts Ablaze Romance Package

Warm up winter with someone special. Relax, Renew…Travel through the natural beauty of Door County, enjoy a romantic meal, spend time together.

2 Night Stay – Nov-April

Lodge Room – $320 Weekends (Fri/Sat nights), $285 Weekdays (Sun-Thur nights)

Whirlpool/Premium Room – $360 Weekends, $325 Weekdays

1 Bedroom Suite – $410 Weekends, $375 Weekdays


  • Lautenbach Orchard & Winery Basket (Wine & Local Snacks)
  • 2 Open Hearth Lodge Mugs w/ Hot Chocolate
  • 1-lb Julies Granola
  • $50 Door County Gift Certificate


For those with an interest in exploring the wonders of Door County winter, we’ve put together this handy guide of great restaurants, coffee shops, bars and more that have plentiful open hours all winter long.


Sister Bay Restaurants Open In Winter

There is a plethora of great year-round restaurants, bars, and coffee shops right in our neighborhood. Sister Bay has proven to be Door County’s hot spot, and that continues even in the cold months. Most of these places are close enough to Open Hearth Lodge that you may even choose to walk and enjoy the crisp winter air before returning to your cozy suite at the Lodge. 

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Ephraim Restaurants Open In Winter

The picturesque village of Ephraim makes for a romantic winter evening with a beautiful view of Peninsula State Park beyond the iced-over harbor dotted with ice fishing shanties. You can’t go wrong with dinner at any of these establishments, and you’ll be back to warm and cozy Open Hearth Lodge within 10 minutes. 

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Ellison Bay Restaurants Open In Winter

A little off the beaten path of Door County and further up Hwy 42 is the sleepy town of Ellison Bay. With exciting new offerings and old favorites, casual and high-end, Ellison Bay does not disappoint, even in winter. Just over 10 minutes from Open Hearth Lodge. 

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Fish Creek Restaurants Open In Winter

Perhaps Sister Bay’s closest rival for the title of busiest place in Door County in summer, much of Fish Creek lays low for the winter. These great spots bucked the trend and are available for your winter enjoyment this year. Fifteen minutes south on Hwy 42 and you’re in the heart of Fish Creek.

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Baileys Harbor Restaurants Open In winter

Everyone knows the Lake Michigan side of the county really feels the effects of Door County winter, but that doesn’t stop Baileys Harbor from continuing to be the county’s quirky new hot spot. Easy to get to by taking Country Lane past Open Hearth’s backyard and then hopping on Hwy 57 South, Baileys Harbor has several unique establishments only 15 minutes from our door. 

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