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Travel Door County Euro-style
By Donna Marie Pocius
Fall is a great time to visit Europe, to be sure. But if traveling abroad is not possible this year, visit European-inspired places in Door County instead.
Right here on Wisconsin's Peninsula, travelers can discover shops carrying European-made gifts. Also, stay at a resort with Scandinavian-style.
A time-honored Peninsula place for Scandinavian apparel is Hjertehjem clothing, 8064 Hwy. 57, Baileys Harbor. Mary Ann Johnson, the store's owner for about 40 years, travels to Scandinavia to personally select the items-sweaters, coats, clogs, toys and home accents.
When asked why people should think about a Scandinavian gift, Johnson speaks to the Peninsula's deep heritage. "Door County was originally settled by the Scandinavians, Germans and Irish," she says.
Continue shopping (while not worrying about the foreign currency exchange rate) at European Gifts, Main Street Shops, Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor, and at 9341 Spring Rd., Fish Creek. Check out the display of hand-carved boxes from Poland. Many come engraved with designs and are available in various sizes and colors. They can hold paper clips, jewelry and other treasures.
You can also visit England, in a way, as you shop at Made in Britain, Ltd., located in the Main Street Shops, Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor. Home accents, skin care and gourmet snacks are available. As to the latter, the owner generously shares samples of dipping sauces. And they are to-die-for--a perfect treat to bring back to the room.
Speaking of the hotel room, check in at one with Euro-style. Try the Scandinavian Lodge, 264 Hwy. 57, Sister Bay. Here, you'll find conveniences such as an indoor pool as well as décor true to the hotel's name.
Included in the lobby are large wooden trolls. Each room's entryway is adorned with bright scrollwork, and some interiors continue a Swedish or Norwegian look.
By the way, there are vintage wooden trolls greeting people at Trollhaugen Lodge, 10176 Hwy. 42, Ephraim. The outdoor trolls have been called one of the most photographed subjects in Door County.
Trollhaugen Lodge offers three different styles of accommodations: a bed and breakfast inn, log cabin or motel. The word "trollhaugen" is Norwegian and means trolls on a hill.
Also honoring Scandinavian heritage is Little Sweden Resort, 8984 Hwy. 42, Fish
Creek. Exteriors of buildings in a Swedish village, located on this resort campus, are painted in bright colors. Rosemaling, natural woodwork and "valkommem" greet people in the recreation center.
The resort is owned by Clemens and Kay Hedeen. Like many other Door County business owners, Clemens' European roots grow deep in Door County. His grandfather, a Swedish Baptist minister, used to drive to the Peninsula from Chicago in a Ford Model T. When he died, he left property to Clemens's father, who moved the family to Sister Bay in the early 1950s.
"The Swedes are really into utilizing and enjoying nature, so that's what we want to do," Clemens says.
Kathy Glasnap Gallery:
Paintings, Prints, Cards
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to Door CountyNavigator.com
Kathy Glasnap loves painting winter scenes, but she is careful about not getting too buried in that kind of work. That's because she listens to people who visit her gallery.
"Sometimes people say it is too much snow. So, I am doing more summer and fall paintings," Glasnap says.
Kathy Glasnap Gallery, open through October at 8873 Cty. Rd. A, Fish Creek, carries paintings, prints and cards. Glasnap is a self-taught watercolor artist, who works from her studio also on the grounds here.
She is renowned for painting the peninsula's iconic lighthouses and other buildings such as churches and barns. Her art depicts Door County natural landmarks like Cave Point, landscapes and rural vistas, too. Many paintings include "Fred," the artist's name for a cardinal.
"I started putting Fred in some of my winter pieces (in 1989). I just thought that little bit of red was nice," Glasnap says.
She also designs holiday cards and notecards for national greeting card companies--National Wildlife Federation and Pumpernickel Press.
Getting to know people is the "best part" of running her own gallery, according to Glasnap, who used to sell her work at art shows throughout the country.
"The whole thing is talking to people. You kind of watch and see what they are looking at and what they like. And you hear their stories-who dated in high school and went separate ways and then got back together. They are so many neat stories," she says.
A Special Place: Peninsula State Park
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
What's it about: With 3,776 acres, Peninsula State Park gives people lots to do. You can hike, bike, golf, swim, boat and even see a play; American Folklore Theatre performs on a stage in the park. The staff is committed to teaching others about nature and coordinates a year-round educational program. The park was also recently certified as a Travel Green Wisconsin destination. Its commitment to removal of invasive species, a controlled deer hunt, recycling, energy conservation and much more were among practices recognized by the state.
Why it's special: This is a spectacular place on earth with breathtaking views from many spots. One of the best ways to get a feel for the park is on your own power. Hike a trail. Try the Eagle trail, which is designated by the park as a difficult trail.
It takes you through woods, down a bluff, along the iconic shoreline and then back up a hill. A crew rebuilt parts of the trail, because of erosion, a few years ago.
Quick facts: Learn more at www.wiparks.net, call 920-868-3258, or visit the park at 9462 Shore Rd., Fish Creek.