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Issue 5 May 2008
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Gals Have Fun On The Peninsula!
Craft Cottage & Artists
A Special Place: Inn at Cedar Crossing Restaurant
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Gals have fun on the Door Peninsula

By Donna Marie Pocius

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Girlfriends can fashion all kinds of getaways to the Door Peninsula.


For example, they can pursue a shopping excursion, a hiking trip or even a culinary-focused weekend.


Let's say you're the kind of gal who likes all the above.  Begin a long weekend on the Peninsula with your friends by heading to Fish Creek to shop.  Don't miss Bath, Body and Soul Essentials. Owner Bonnie Smith creates a spa-like atmosphere with soothing music and aromatherapy.  The place is filled with pampering products and brands at all price points: from Crabtree & Evelyn and Caswell-Massey to Ahava and Trillium Organics; the latter is locally made.Village Green Lodge banner


Nearby is Brilliant Stranger, a store which opened in the Whistling Swan Shops last year. The owner, an avid traveler herself, has an offbeat collection of journals, books, clothing, jewelry and more for sale.   


A great place to hike is Peninsula State Park, also in Fish Creek. On the Eagle Trail, you'll pass through a forest and climb alongside spectacular cliffs. This trail affords spectacular views and a decent workout to boot.


Perhaps the Peninsula's Maritime history inspires the gals.  The Cana Island Lighthouse is now open seven days a week in Baileys Harbor, so you can climb the 89-foot tower and take in the view at your convenience.


You'll no doubt work up an appetite, so consider taking a cooking class together at the Savory Spoon Cooking School, Ellison Bay. A vintage schoolhouse provides a charming atmosphere for classes which are offered on a variety of subjects in half-day or full-day formats.  Country House Resort bannerJanice Thomas, the owner and chef, offers up more than 60 tempting choices over the months of June through October. Choose from classes with titles like "Around the World Flavors,"  "Chic Vegetarian" and "Oh Chocolate."


While in Ellison Bay, don't miss shopping at some of the many unique galleries on the Door Peninsula.   The Linden Gallery, housed in a converted Lutheran Church, is filled to the brim with Asian antiques and art.  You'll feel like you are browsing a museum with an opportunity to buy the artifacts. The 6,000 square foot gallery on two levels includes pottery, blue and white Chinese porcelain, handwoven textiles, Buddhas, Tibetan rugs, decorative furniture and more.


Just down the street is Newport Gallery. Owners Carol Lango and Jan Jenkins carry antiques and traditional folk art.  Another girly place to go is Turtle Ridge Gallery and Studio, Ellison Bay.  Add a handbag by resident artist Mary Ellen Sisulak to your collection.  The Shallows Resort BannerShe also works with fiber.


Both her leather goods and fiber wares are inspired by nature and carry designs like trees, leaves, turtles and acorns.


"Women love to come up here and see what we have.  It is fun to find something different. They like the discovery of it," Sisulak says.

Craft Cottage connects with Amish and local artists

By Donna Marie Pocius

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Step back in time and enjoy seeing crafts and art by Amish and local artists in one place at the Craft Cottage, Jacksonsport. 


The shop carries a variety of Amish goods-most notable are the striking quilts of all sizes, colors and traditional Amish patterns.  The Craft Cottage represents work by about 10 Amish families: full/queen/king-size quilts, baskets, wall hangings, throw rugs, books, pot holders, spice mats and more.


Also making the place unique is its wide representation of local artists: watercolor paintings by Kari Anderson, Jacksonport; photography and paintings by Audrey Off, Sturgeon Bay; and woodcarvings and sand paintings by Pat and Ken Klitzman, Baileys Harbor. 


Craft Cottage sells brass pins, inspired by Bridgeport Waterfront Resort photographs of area lighthouses. Also available is pottery in lighthouse shapes and pie plates accented by cherries.  The latter come with a free Door County cherry pie recipe.


"I think the continuing and lasting appeal of our place is people know our things are handcrafted, and it provides them not only status, but with a nice vacation memory," says Joe Jarosh, who owns the shop with his wife, Sue.

A Special Place: The Inn at Cedar Crossing Restaurant

What it's about:  This is a lovely restaurant open to the public as well as B&B guests. The dining area has a high and original tin ceiling and a fireplace.  There are exposed brick walls and a large front-facing window affording a view of the horse carriages carrying passengers on charming Third Ave.


Why it's special: In addition to that wonderful atmosphere, the food and service are excellent. Coming for dinner? Try the Italian wedding soup, actually an entrée here-a big bowl filled with veal meatballs, vegetables, cheese tortellini and fresh spinach. Also tempting are squash-stuffed ravioli, and there are many seafood and sandwich choices.  You can pass on the dessert if you like, but the superb bakery will tempt you on the way out. Come back for breakfast and get the Door County cherry pancakes; they are as big as the plate.


Quick facts: The Inn at Cedar Crossing Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant, 336 Louisiana St., Sturgeon Bay,  920-743-4200.

Donna Marie Pocius