It seems that the holiday rush sets in earlier and earlier every year, and this year is no exception. It’s hard to escape the onslaught of holiday advertising on social media and television and radio. “Get this! Buy now! Shop here for big discounts!” Makes a person tired of it all before Thanksgiving even arrives. Here’s our advice, take it a little slower this year. Gear up for the holiday season with some R & R at the Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay beforeyou ‘re swept up in the shopping, decorating, cooking, entertaining whirlwind. How? Take a trip to the countryside in beautiful Door County, so refreshing at this time of year. Hike the trails, some with candlelight events. Stroll the walkways along the shore and harbor area in Sister Bay. Be immersed in the scent of cedars and evergreens at The Ridges Sanctuary, or The Clearing. If you feel more energetic, take a snowshoe hike or cross country ski adventure (weather permitting) in Peninsula State Park. And best of all, indulge soothe your senses in the relaxing atmosphere at Birchwood Lodge. Most of our rooms and suites have two person Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, and all the essential amenities you’ll need. Our indoor swimming pool with attached steam sauna and whirlpool may be just the place for more relaxing moments. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to head up here alone or with friends and family. Restaurants will entice you with all your favorite holiday foods and treats. Want to “shop small”? Our charming stores and boutique shops just might have those unique, one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list. The Sister Bay business association invites you to “Capture The Spirit” with special activities in the festively decorated landscape in the waterfront park. There will be a Christmas bazaar in the Village Hall too! So, do something for yourself this year with a relaxing and joyful stay at Birchwood Lodge. Make reservations by calling our tollfree number, 866-854-7195, or reserve online at www.birchwoodlodge.com. Start a new holiday tradition for yourself and family with a trip to Door County—you’ll be thankful you did.