Door County - Lookin' Good!
New Go Karts at Egg Harbor Fun Park
Foggy Day on the Water
Cooper's Corner (the old C&C)
Life on the Beach
Gomy's Goodies (Egg Harbor) Rocky Road Fudge
Summer is upon us! This is a magical time in Door County - so come on up!
Why We're Different
Our reviews that we write are different than any other reviews you can find. Our staff writes our own reviews, and we try to be as accurate as possible and detail our experience, whether we are reviewing an inn, a restaurant, shop, activity or real estate office, we tell you like it is so that when you get there, it's just like we said! We try to find great places so that we can bring you this information, so that you can literally, "Be in the know before you go!" And now with the mobility of Twitter and Facebook, you will also "Be in the know when you get there!"
So be sure to read our reviews and watch our videos while making your Door County plans. We have met with the managers/owners of a ton of lodging establishment, dined secretly in restaurants, and reviewed activities so that we can bring you accurate reviews from the professionals at DoorCountyNavigator.com. People keep telling us that they will not go anywhere we don't review because we have been so accurate! We'll keep it up!
Here's your June issue of Navigator News(tm), our monthly publication, now in its third year already!
NEW: We continue this month with our new lead feature content, taking a look each month at a different Door County town, featured in our Door County Getaway town or village profiles. If you don't see your favorite town, just wait, or check our "archived" copies of Navigator News(tm). We'll get to it some time in 2010. You'll continue to learn a lot more about Door County through the new Door County Getaway. Enjoy!
Through Navigator News(tm) you'll keep seeing unique things in Door County - so please tell your friends to subscribe too!
"Door County Happenings"
, our weekly podcasts talking about what's happening in Door County right now, continues to grow in popularity. So listen in and hear about openings, closings, new info and more! It's a cool and easy way to learn lots more about Door County. Let us know what you think. There are 20 podcasts up as of this newsletter - listen to them all and discover a lot and be an insider on Door County happenings!
All the Newsletters are "archived" and available anytime through our website, DoorCountyNavigator.com. So you can go and read all of our back-issues if you'd like!
- The June Giveaway is already running . . . have you entered yet? A wonderful 2-night stay in Egg Harbor, at the charming Lull-Abi Inn. And the May Winner is posted!
- "Social Media" is hot! You can now follow DoorCountyNavigator.com on Twitter! Yes! Look for DoorCountyInfo or click right here and follow our Twitter posts (they also feed to our BLOG). You can even have Twitter alerts delivered to your mobile phone - so when you are in Door County you might get some important info! Follow us on Twitter!
- And join our Door County fan page on Facebook!
- Visit our BLOG for special April Discounts only for DoorCountyNavigator.com users!
Visit Our Sponsors - Please!
And please visit our Sponsors' websites! They make the Navigator News(tm) possible! And they are some of the best places to stay in Door County - click on their images and see what they have to offer - you will like what you find! Thanks!
Door County Getaway:
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
Baileys Harbor feels like an old coastal town, but it has all you want today, too.
Plan a visit here, whether you are a lover of nature, water sports, art, history or shopping. Here are some Baileys Harbor highlights.
What's to do? There are a lot of ways to celebrate Independence Day, and Baileys Harbor tosses them all together in a full day of activities. First of all, the celebration on July 4 extends from a parade (with the theme this year of "friends and neighbors") through town at 10 a.m. to fireworks over the Lake Michigan beginning at dusk. In-between you can attend the outdoor art show; enjoy food and drinks, live entertainment and inflatable toys for the kids.
Baileys Harbor is also the host of the Sept. 18 Autumnfest. The event features an antique car show, arts and crafts, entertainment and food and drink.
On any day, take a walk to the town square, and check out the marina, 8132 Hwy.57. It opened in spring 2000. It has four lighted ramps and full marina service. It's also a town focal point, especially on the Fourth of July when bands play here. Across from the marina is the town hall. It houses the library and more.
Actually, one of the most popular things to do in Baileys Harbor is to travel to the Cana Island Lighthouse, located about six miles from the town. Find the lighthouse by driving north on Hwy. 57 to Cty. Rd. Q. Turn right on Q, and proceed to Cana Island Drive. Turn right, park on the mainland and walk the 500-foot rock walkway to the island.
Another site to see while in Baileys Harbor is Boynton Chapel on the grounds of Bjorklunden, a 405-acre estate where Lawrence University, Appleton, offers educational programs The chapel, with a 15th century Norwegian style look, was crafted and painted with interior frescoes by Winifred and Donald Boynton from 1930 through 1947. Tours are offered in the summer by university students.
Nearby is the Ridges Sanctuary, a natural preserve and home to 25 native orchids and rare plants. You can hike trails within this 1,300-acre property. Inside the sanctuary are the circa 1869 Range Lights structures, which guided ships safely into shallow waters of Baileys Harbor.
The lakeside location entices people to get on the water, of course. Charter fishing is popular here, and so are other water sports such as swimming and windsurfing. Meanwhile, bikers rave about rides on Cty. Rd. Q, and golfers enjoy playing a round or two at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course.
What to buy: But if your style of workout is a shopping excursion, then head to town, where clothing, furniture, antiques, books and art stores abound on Hwy. 57. Nathan Nichols & Company is a home furnishings and accessories store featuring elegant lines including Baker and Milling Road. Nearby is What Next, where Naot shoes and clothing designed and made in Door County are displayed. You may also see the staff making the clothes in this location. Novel Ideas is a family-owned bookstore, where a variety of books are sold and author visits and kids' activities often take place.
Where to eat: Harbor Fish Market and Grille is open year-round with a room overlooking the lake. Come for breakfast, and enjoy the cherry-stuffed French toast (that's right; they make it, too). And the owners tout fresh seafood and meats "from all over and a wine list that is one of the finest in Midwest." Sit on the deck (or inside) at the Espresso Lane Coffee Café and enjoy a homemade cinnamon roll and coffee, or head to the Yum Yum Tree to choose from one of 24 homemade ice cream flavors; deli sandwiches are also available. Also, try Weisgerbers Cornerstone Pub. Take a short drive to PC Junction and Top Deck Restaurant & Bar.
Historical highlights: Baileys Harbor gets its name from Captain Justice Bailey, who sought shelter here from a storm in 1848 on Lake Michigan. He was in charge of one of 12 vessels owned by Alanson Sweet, a Milwaukee industrialist, who had extensive businesses in shipping stone and lumber to Detroit, according to the Baileys Harbor Community Association.
Where to stay: Choices abound: Gordon Lodge Resort, Journey's End Motel & Cabins, the Rushes, Baileys Harbor Ridges Resort, Baileys Harbor Yacht Club Resort, Kangaroo Lake Resort. Also consider inns: Beachfront Inn, Blacksmith Inn on the Shore, the Inn at Windmill Farm, New Yardley Inn, Orphan Annie's Schoolhouse Inn, Garden Inn/Motel, Cedar Beach Inn. Other options include: Bella Villa, Gustave's Getaway, East Shorewood Cottages, Carraig Mor Cottage, Olson Cottages, Baileys Harbor Lakeview Suite and Beantown Campground. Check out these places and others at www.doorcountynavigator.com.
To learn more: www.baileysharbor.com, call 920-839-2366 or stop by the town information center, 2392 Cty. Rd. F.
Midsummer's Music Festival Begins Concert Schedule
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
Midsummer's Music Festival does not just play chamber music in one place in Door County. The musicians perform in a variety of venues that have good acoustics and a good vibe.
"We have turned a lot of spaces into concert halls," said Jim Berkenstock, Midsummer's artistic director. On this year's concert schedule are iconic Door County places like The Frances Hardy Center for the Arts as well as people's homes and even Rock Island.
Midsummer's performers are musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago and ProArte Quartet. The Midsummer's Music Festival continues through July 11 with these programs and intriguing venues:
Gallery Fantasies program: Charles Villiers Standford's Horn and String Quartet, Britten's Phantasy, Joseph Rheinberger's Nonet in E-flat Major.
Dates, times, venues: 7:30 p.m. June 18, The Francis Hardy Center for the Arts, Ephraim; 7:30 p.m. June 19, The Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek; 7 p.m. June 20, Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor.
Intense Memories program: Beethoven's Serenade in D Major, Dvorak's Quintet in E-flat Major.
Dates, times, venues: 7:30 p.m. June 22, Witt residence, Egg Harbor; 7:30 p.m. June 23, Schaulis residence, Gills Rock; 7:30 p.m. June 24, Stella Maris Catholic Parish, Sister Bay.
Radiance and Rapture program: Haydn's Trio in G Major, Beethoven's Quintet in E-flat Major, Chausson's Concerto in D Major.
Dates, times, venues: 7:30 p.m. June 25, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, Ephraim; 7:30 p.m. June 26, Ephraim Moravian Church, Ephraim; 2 p.m. June 27, The Clearing, Ellison Bay.
Echoes of the Past program: Sibelius' "En Saga," Thierot's Octet, Mendelssohn's String Octet.
Dates, times, venues: 4 p.m. July 1, Rock Island Boat House, Rock Island; 7:30 p.m. July 2, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek; 7:30 p.m. July 8, Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor; 7:30 p.m. July 9, The Frances Hardy Center for the Arts, Ephraim.
Romantic Revelations program: Cesar Cui's Five Pieces, Zdenik's Fibich's Quintet in D Major, Cesar Franck's Quintet in F Minor.
Dates, times, venues: 7:30 p.m. June 30, Hon residence, Egg Harbor; 7:30 p.m. July 7, Shepherd of the Bay, Ellison Bay; 7:30 p.m. July 10, Hellmich residence, Carlsville; 2 p.m. July 11, The Clearing, Ellison Bay.
This is Midsummer's Music Festival's 20th anniversary season. Most concerts cost $25, but those at the residences are $50, and the Rock Island ticket is $85.
More information is online at www.midsummersmusic.com or call 920-854-7088.
A Special Place:
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
What's it about: Earth Works sells handcrafted furnishings, signs and bears. Greg Noldin, the wood craftsman, works in a woodshop next to the Earth Works gallery. He has all sizes of chain saws in there, which are used to craft his tall black bears. He also fashions tables and benches for the outdoors and indoors. He uses a variety of species including Door County woods of birch, white pine, cedar and hickory. He also works with walnut and red cedar. You may find the craftsman using a router to carve words in signs at Door County fairs or outside Bay Trading Company, Egg Harbor. Signs may say "Welcome" or "We're not home, but the dog is" or "Merry Christmas. A lot of people choose a sign for their vacation home or campsite. "There are a lot of signs up here. Everyone seems to name their house," said Greg.
Why it's special: The furniture is reasonably priced and unusual. There is usually a mix of woods in each piece. For example, one side table showed a black walnut top and a top of a pine tree from Washington Island as the legs. In addition to tables and benches, Greg makes picnic tables, folding benches (easy for taking home in the car) and swings. The big black bears are available in variety of poses from those that stand to others that dance or crawl out of a log. Greg aims to make them realistic-looking and not cartoon characters. The signs are the most popular, and the lettering is well done. They make great house gifts or souvenirs. They also sell ornaments made from birch bark, business card holders and candle holders here.
Quick facts: Earth Works, 4100 Hwy. 42/57, Sturgeon Bay, 920-746-0728.