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Issue 15 March 2009
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Why Pick Door County?
Handmade Paper Boxes!
A Special Place: Pet Expressions!

Door County - Lookin' Good!    
Spring Sunset
Spring Sunset - Fish Creek
Trees and Snow 
Trees and Melting Snow
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Red Barn in Spring
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 Soon!  Mini-golf at Johnson's Park, Sister Bay
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Portabella panini at The Bistro at Liberty Square

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Why travel to Door County?
By Donna Marie Pocius
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There are many destinations competing for your travel dollars. So why should you travel to Door County?  And, if you have already been here, why must you come back?
There are many answers to these questions, to be sure. (By the way, BLOG your thoughts at  But reasons why you should travel to this northeast Wisconsin peninsula can probably be aligned under these three truths:

  1. Local flavor is alive here--as long as you openly seek and become sensitive to it.
  2. Privately owned businesses and attractions create one-of-a-kind experiences.
  3. Visitors are able to unplug in a diverse area (natural attractions, shopping, arts and more) convenient to their primary homes.
Finding local flavor
Gus Oloroso, of Chicago, has traveled to the Door Peninsula for decades.  When he is asked, "Why go to Door County?", he responds by recalling moments he shared with people: conversations he had, stories he heard, relationships that are kind of developing.
"If you take the time to get to know Door County, there is a kind of fabric that is below the surface.  There are people you come to know," he says, recalling times he had in the rustic Coyote Roadhouse, Baileys Harbor, for example.
The abundant art galleries keep him coming back, too.  With a natural curiosity, he is not shy about asking the artist questions. This interaction deepens his travel experience and is something he advises others to try, as well.
"Spend the time to talk to people-the artists, for example. Have them tell you a story. They are willing to tell you their stories," Oloroso says.
One-of-a-kind experiences
Indeed, they are.  Margaret Lockwood is an oil painter, who creates striking contemporary and atmospheric paintings. 
Lockwood chooses to run her own Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, as opposed to selling her paintings in other places.  In this way, she converses with
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"I get to meet the people who live with the paintings. So I like that. I do. I get to see people react to them," she says. Lockwood's stunning gallery and studio are in a repurposed dairy barn.
Another draw to Door County is its ability, somehow, to make visual and performing arts approachable.  It's a place where travelers may hear classical music (by the Peninsula Music Festival or at Birch Creek Music Performance Center) while wearing Dockers and flip flops.
"Many people who never will go to classical music concert will do so when they come to Door County--because it is more accessible, more affordable, more comfortable here," says Sharon Grutzmacher, executive director of the Peninsula Music Festival
"They have an opportunity to try something new in a less intimidating environment," continues Grutzmacher.
Unplug in nature, shops
For many others, immersion in a natural environment-such as one of Door County's state parks-is a rare opportunity and so different from urban and suburban areas surrounding their primary
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Peninsula State Park, the area's largest state park with 3,776 acres, offers visitors camping, hiking, swimming, biking, golfing and more outdoor experiences.  
"Visitors come in here smiling.  They know they are going to have a good time. It is something they are looking forward to," says Tom Blackwood, park superintendent at Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek.
The entrepreneurial spirit is part of the Peninsula's appeal, too.
"Businesses in Door County are privately owned, and there is a lot of open land and charm. So, there is something for everyone here," says Sue Ann Flittner, owner of
Tannenbaum Holiday Shop.

Paper Boxes Handmade on the Door Peninsula
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to

Nancy Akerly's love for beautiful handmade papers led her to create Liberty Grove Paper Arts.
She crafts decorative boxes using timeless bookbinding techniques and papers from Japan, Thailand, Italy, Nepal and Argentina.  It may be hard Scandinavian Lodge Bannerto choose just one, as the boxes come covered by papers in striking colors, patterns and textures.
The pretty paper boxes are available in two different sizes: 3 by 3 inches and 2 inches high or 4 by 3 inches and 2 inches high. Each has a removable lid. They are big enough for office supplies, stamps, jewelry or to hold a gift.
Akerly also fulfills custom orders for people who desire a larger box for DVDs or CDs. She recently served a customer, who ordered boxes for members of her wedding party.  The boxes may be purchased online at or at art fairs on the Door Peninsula including the YMCA's November Folk Art and Craft Fair and the Sister Bay Fall Festival.
Akerly plans to offer a class in making the boxes at the Clearing in Ellison Bay.
"Making the boxes is like meditation," says Akerly, also a teacher at Gibraltar School.  "It is so calming and soothing."

A Special Place: Pet Expressions
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to

What's it about: This is not the place to pick up a big bag of dog food or a box of kitty litter. Pet Expressions is a pet boutique and a place to find unique items that spoil your pet or show your love Bridgeport Waterfront Resort for animals.  For example, available here are Doggie Delights, all-natural treats made from a recipe created by the owner Verna Kreutz. So, do the dogs love them? "Oh, yeah. Usually, the comment we get is that, 'The dog won't go back to Milk Bone,'" Kreutz said.
Also sold are toys and apparel for dogs. Meanwhile, the best-selling cat toys are "catnip cookies" (actually stuffed fabric items). They are made by an East coast entrepreneurial company that grows organic catnip and stuffs it into the toys, which they sew. "People come in and buy 10 or 12 at a time," Kreutz said.
Why it's special: Pet Expressions specializes in carrying items featuring vast dog breeds; more than 80 breeds are pictured on things. So people can show their love by wearing a T-shirt picturing a keeshond, schipperke or westie, just to name a few of the pups on stuff. Pet Expressions also has socks, mugs, notecards, ornaments, jewelry, you name it. The Carlsville location is home to the Door County General Store, as well. So you don't have to have a pet to come here. It has clothing, home accessories, garden art, golf gifts, kids' toys, candy and more. All the employees have pets and can help you find the right toy or offer advice on a pet issue.
Quick Facts:  Pet Expressions/Door County General Store, open daily at 5781 Hwy. 42, Carlsville, 920-743-2228. In Ephraim, May through October, at 9922 Water Street, 920-854-5445.