Cana Island Lighthouse
The Cana Island Lighthouse, built in 1869 and automated in 1944, is an active navigational aid. Thanks to painters and photographers, it also is Door County's most recognizable lighthouse and one of the peninsula's most identifiable landmarks. Located on a small island just off shore, the grounds can be reached by hiking across a causeway. The keepers' house, along with the oil house, is open from mid-May through mid-October.
Fluff your feather pillows, snuggle into the soft cotton sheets, revel in the warmth of your fireplace and recall you need not do a thing all day. But alas, the aroma of coffee and fresh baked muffins lures you to the lobby. Pad on down the stairs, load up a tray and treat your sweetie to breakfast in bed. Gaze out over the harbor as the morning sun glistens on the water. Watch the fishing boats pick their way through the ice to their docks across the harbor with the freshly caught whitefish you will enjoy for dinner. Pick up that book you have not found time to read. Strap on a pair of snowshoes to explore the rim of the harbor. Tromp into the Ridges Wildlife Sanctuary and revel in the sound of your snowshoes crunching the newly fallen snow. Return to the inn for a nap in front of the fire before treating yourself to a legendary Door County Fish Boil. The White Gull Inn in Fish Creek offers up this memorable dining experience on Friday nights in winter.
Repeat any or all of the above or drive to Fish Creek to rent some cross country skis at the entrance to Peninsula State Park and enjoy the groomed trails and the spectacular vistas. Smilen' Bobs Chili at the Bayside Tavern is lunch, then stroll the village and take advantage of winter sales in the adorable shops. Stone’s Throw Winery just happens to be on the way back to the inn! Stop for a wine tasting in their wonderful renovated stone barn. Another nap and tonight is fabulous dining at The Whistling Swan in Fish Creek.
250 miles of snowmobile trails await you for an all day adventure. Rent a machine and explore the peninsula from the inside out. Stop and lunch at one of the many strategically placed classic Wisconsin taverns along the trails. Warm up while you shoot a little pool and play some darts, then hit the trails again. Dinner at Chop is guaranteed to satisfy, with a cozy atmosphere and mouth watering fare, just a a 10 minute drive from the inn.
You may have caught a glimpse of Hill 17 as you zipped along the trails in Peninsula State Park yesterday. The 17th fairway of the golf course offers exhilarating sledding. Grab a couple of the inn’s sleds and hang onto your hat. A little lunch at the ever so popular watering hole, Husby’s in Sister Bay. Cross the street and bowl a few lines at the Sister Bay Bowl. Let the Spa at Sacred Ground massage away any kinks that might be left. Dining at Bier Zot in Sister Bay tonight with flights of craft beer and a savory cafe menu.
Day Five, Six, Seven …
More of all of the above plus candlelight skis in the state parks, ice skating, sleigh rides, music and entertainment at the Auditorium and TAP, the Fish Creek Winter Games in early February, a class at The Clearing or Peninsula School of Art and if you are here on New Year’s Day, add the Polar Bear Swim and Egg Harbor Parade to your list.