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Issue 29May 2010
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Door County Getaway: Jacksonport
Showcase of Homes
A Special Place: Glas, the Green Coffeehouse

Door County - Lookin' Good!    
Time to Relax!

May Sunset Egg Harbor 
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Door County Getaway: Jacksonport

        By Donna Marie Pocius             
Special to


"Small and mighty" are words that come to mind in describing Jacksonport. It's an intimate town that sits on Lake Michigan in Door County.  And it's strong base from which to travel around Door County.  Here are some highlights of Jacksonport and the surrounding area.


What's to do? Jacksonport has staged some renowned Door County events including the annual Maifest. The 38th annual Maifest takes place this year on May 29 and 30 atScandinavian Lodge Banner Lakeside Park on Hwy. 57 and overlooking the lake, of course.  Arts and crafts exhibitors set up on the east as well as west side of the highway.  It's a great show for finding garden art, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, homemade soap and candles and much more. Food and drinks, a parade, fun run and horse pull are also part of the weekend event.


Jacksonsport also hosts Cherry Fest Aug. 7. This event attracts fine craftsman, and is a wonderful time to explore truly unique items for the home and garden as well as wearable art and more. Oh, and the desserts are all about Door County cherries. 


If you have children, Lakeside Park is a pretty place to visit with play areas on sandy surfaces. You can also check out some of the outdoor recreational parks conveniently located to Jacksonport. They include Plum Loco Animal Farm, where there are farm animals to see and a mini play farm.  At Kurtz Corral, people of all ages can ride horses.  


The kids will probably also enjoy The Farm, between Sturgeon Bay and Jacksonport on Hwy. 57. This is a family-owned business and a kind of outdoor museum.  Kids learn about rural life and history while interacting with (feeding, petting, holding) animals. 


As for natural attractions, you will not want to miss a visit to Cave Point Park, which is just south of Jacksonport.Newport Resort Banner  Park officials ask you to take note of the posted caution signs as you view this natural landmark: rock and water, rugged yet beautiful, peaceful but popular. 


Waves crash on the dolomite bedrock, which formed millions of years ago but changed shape as erosion took its toll. On a still day, the waves may not crash, but you'll hear clear lake water lapping about 50 feet below you.


Whitefish Dunes State Park entices with more than one mile of sand beach, two miles of rocky shore and more than 14 miles of hiking trails.   


What to buy: Shop here for antiques, crafts and more items. For instance, LaMere House Antiques tastefully displays furniture and home accessories such as art, pottery, and linens.  Featured are English, French and country furnishings of various periods.


"We try to get as much a mix as possible," said Ron Schultz, owner. "And because Door County is a destination for people from all over, they have different needs and wants."


Another place to shop is the Jacksonport Craft Cottage. The shop carries a variety of Amish goods. At the higher end of the product mix are striking handmade quilts of all sizes, colors and traditional Amish patterns.  A wide variety of items made by Wisconsin artists and Door County artists are also for sale here including paintings, lighthouse art, cherry accented pottery and more. This historic log building, 6275 Hwy. 57, is also the home of the Jacksonport Visitor Center.


Also on Tuesdays from mid June through October, you can head over to the Farmers Market (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in Lakeside Park. Here, local growers, artists and craftsmen sell their wares.


Where to eat:  J.J.'s LaPuerta of Jacksonport recently opened after a long tradition of serving Mexican and American food in Sister Bay. Also here are Mike's Port Pub & Grill and Square Rigger Galley.


Historical highlights:  The township of Jacksonport was organized in 1869, and some of the most important industries were fishing and lumbering.  But by 1890, agriculture also became key, and people in about 1900 started to vacation here.  Learn about Jacksonport history by touring (when open) the old root cellar at the Erskine rest area (across from Lakeside Park). 


Where to stay:  Overnight options abound and include Square Rigger Lodge, Sunrise Shore Condominiums, Innlet Motel, Clark Lake Waterfront Cottages and the Sandy Beach Lake House. The best way to learn about them and others near Jacksonport is on

To learn more: Call 920-823-2288 or go online at

Home Builders Sponsor May Showcase of Homes


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Craftsmanship, energy efficiency and eye-catching materials and finishes are among the highlights of this year's Showcase of Homes, which continues May 14, 15 and 16.


The event, sponsored by the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA),  features nine newly constructedEgg Harbor Lodge Banner and remodeled homes, located throughout Door County

Seven homes are new builds, and two are remodels.


"Whether you are looking to build, remodel or get up-to-date, the Showcase of Homes is a great way to meet area professionals and discover all the choices available in today's exciting home industry," said Adam Deuchert, president of the DCHBA and owner of A.J. Deuchert Construction.


The cost of $10 includes admission to all homes on the eighth annual tour. Hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at Lamperts, North Shore Bank, Associated Bank, Baylake Bank, Citizens Bank, Bank Mutual and at the homes on days of the event.


Builders presenting homes during the Showcase event are: A.J. Deuchert Construction, Forestville; Bay Lakes Builders & Development, Fish Creek; Countrywide Construction, Maplewood; DeLeers Construction, Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay; PortSide Builders, Sturgeon Bay; Tielens Construction, Dyckesville; and Van's Lumber & Custom Builders, Dyckesville and Egg Harbor.


The builders have constructed or remodeled homes in styles including traditional-craftsman, American classicParkwood Lodge Banner chalet, Dutch colonial and other looks. The event presents Wisconsin Energy Star Homes; one home is also LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  Some homes sit on the shoreline. Others are nestled on wooded lots, within residential villages or in-town locations overlooking Lake Michigan. 


Square footage of the Showcase homes also varies from a 1,332 square foot condominium to a 5,900 square foot Egg Harbor home. More information is available by calling 920-743-6303

    A Special Place: 

 Glas, the Green Coffeehouse


    By Donna Marie Pocius

    Special to


What's it about: Glas is a Gaelic word for "green" and reflects the owners' Irish heritage as well as the coffeehouse's commitment to being environmentally friendly. It shows that commitment through construction, furnishings, equipment and products. For example, theBridgeport Waterfront Resort interior floor is artistically embellished concrete by local artisan Dylan Lauger, of Lauger Concrete, who also shows his concrete wall hangings and coffee tables at Glas.  The coffeehouse recently installed on top of its building plants. In total, 500 two-foot by two-foot pallets of plants, grown over the winter, are on the roof.


Why it's special: In addition to this Glas's green commitment, this is fun place to have coffee, a specialty drink or a light meal. It has a wonderful and accessible location-near the new bridge in Sturgeon Bay (67 E. Maple St.). So you get the maritime view, as you take in the local art inside (and don't miss the natural products such as soaps and body polishes that are for sale).  You can choose from a latte, cappuccino, americano, mocha and much more or have a specialty drink. One of the specialty drinks is called the "Berry Good Day" and has espresso, blueberries, milk and ice blended with protein powder. Also sold are natural hot cocoa and fruit smoothies. The light entrees and sandwiches make this a lunch destination, too. The "best vegetarian sandwich" includes basil, spinach and mozzarella cheese. Get a discount during happy hour (Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and low-carbon-footprint bikers get 10% off.


To learn more: Glas, 67 E. Maple, Suite B, Sturgeon Bay, 920-743-5575.