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Door County Getaway: Carlsville
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
Carlsville has more going on than you might expect. The area lies just north of Sturgeon Bay and south of Egg Harbor. Businesses and attractions here may use a Sturgeon Bay mailing address, but they are in Carlsville, really.
What's to do? Carlsville invites vacationers to come "dine, shop and play." But what's really unique is the opportunity to see so many things actually made in such a small area. For example, a coffee roaster, winery, dairy farm and candle factory are based in Carlsville. The products are marketed nationally, but you can get behind the scenes to see production right here in Carlsville. Read on to learn more about what you can buy in the retail stores attached to factories.
A good time to get acquainted with Carlsville is coming up soon: the ninth annual Carlsville Day takes place on Saturday, July 31. The local businesses host a variety of activities including a parade at 10 a.m., cherry pie eating contest at 1 p.m., cherry pit spit at 1:30 p.m. and live music at the Roadhouse of Carlsville from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
People can also enjoy a craft fair at the Harbour Village & Carlsville Marketplace, petting zoo at Schopf's Dairy View Country Store and panning for gold at the Carlsville Marketplace. "Carlsville Day is a lot of fun," said Verna Kreutz, owner of Pet Expressions, Carlsville and Ephraim, and coordinator of the day's activities.
What to buy: Visit Door County Coffee & Tea, where more than 100 flavored and non-flavored coffee varieties are made, and many are sold. From the retail space, you can peak into the 17,000 square foot production area. It has three roasters of various sizes, a grinder able to handle 900 pounds of beans an hour, packaging and labeling machines and a warehouse and dock area. The public space also includes the Door County Coffee Café (which seats 30) and a store, featuring the coffee in various size packages, home décor, gourmet foods and more.
Candleworks promotes Door County's "largest selection of scented candles and accessories." The vast fragrances are available in four categories: fresh, spicy, earthy and fruity. Scents called spring breeze and another called summer rain are popular this time of year. But the Door County Christmas is also a favorite. You can see where the candles are made. And if the staff is not making them during your visit, check out the video, which informs you of the process.
Nearby is the Door Peninsula Winery, where you can take a tour of the operations. The winery is known for its fruit and sweet/semi-sweet wines. Sample the wines in the tasting room, and shop the retail area to pick out a bottle such as the appealing blackberry merlot.
Nearby is Schopf's Dairy View Country Store, where the Schopf family makes and sells ice cream and fudge. The butter pecan is the house favorite. You can also see exhibits including cows in the milking room. Come back to meander through the corn maze.
And don't forget to buy something for your pet in Carlsville. Pet Expressions specializes in carrying items picturing vast dog breeds. In fact, nearly 100 breeds, recognized by the American Kennel Club, are represented in merchandise here. Some of the breeds shown are obscure, and the collectibles may be difficult to find elsewhere. Oh, and there are things for cats, too, including handmade fabric toys stuffed with catnip. Your cat will love them.
Where to eat: Check out the Roadhouse Neighborhood Tavern, where charbroiled steaks, burgers, broasted chicken and more are served. The Door County Coffee's Café is a wonderful place for breakfast and lunch. Also in Carlsville is the Bistro 42, a restaurant and wine bar at the Door Peninsula Winery. Stoffel's Orchard & Farm Market has fresh fruits and vegetables in season.
Where to stay: The Harbour Village Camping Resort & Waterpark touts "the largest waterpark in Door County." There are many places to stay in nearby Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay. Check them all out at www.doorcountynavigator.com
To learn more: Carlsville is located seven miles north of Sturgeon Bay on Hwy. 42. Learn more online at
Door County House and Garden Walk Set for July 27
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
Five homes and gardens will be open to the public during the 50th annual Door County House and Garden Walk on Tuesday, July 27.
The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is sponsored by the Door County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the hospital's new inpatient services and Emergency Department addition.
Included on the tour is the new home of Celeste Wegman, an interior designer, and her husband, Richard Wegman. The captivating 3,000 square foot Carolina low country style home sits on 10 acres in Ellison Bay.
Inside, there is a lot of architectural and interior design to absorb. The architectural elements of crown moldings, wall paneling, door trim and fireplace surround were designed by Celeste. Throughout the home are 10-foot-high ceilings and oak flooring with a walnut stain. Another unifying element is white Italian Carrara marble on the kitchen island, countertops, the fireplace surround and bathroom vanities. The simply elegant décor includes English and French antique furnishings and family heirlooms.
Also on this year's walk is the Egg Harbor shoreline home of Neil and Sharon DuJardin. A log cabin, which previously stood on the land, was razed to make way for the new home in 2000. And the fireplace from the log cabin was preserved as an outdoor focal point in the backyard.
Also, prior to the build of the home a 1998 tornado ripped a path through the DuJardins' land, destroying the wooded property. The couple planted many trees, flower gardens and rock walls themselves to complement their home, which is decorated in traditional style.
The Scandinavian-style home of the late Gerhard Miller, painter, is on the tour as well. The wood exterior and interior of the Sturgeon home is embellished by rosemaling by Miller, his daughter, Margaret Miller-Utzinger, and Miller's first wife, Edna Knutson-Miller.
Also, an 1895 Victorian home, overlooking the water in Sturgeon Bay, presents an eclectic decorating style highlighted by a vast art collection. Homeowners Moody and Sarena Tidwell travel often to Africa, and display their treasures from there as well as from Japan and other areas.
Finally, a rural Sturgeon Bay home on 20 acres, effectively integrates living spaces for two generations of family members-Al and Lisa Kiessel as well as Al's mother, Norma. A compelling focal point is the stone wall from an old barn on the land. The couple uses it as a kind of outdoor room, outfitting the interior of the walls with tables and chairs.
The walk cost is $25 with tickets available at the Door County Visitor Bureau, information centers, area banks and some retailers. Tickets are also sold at the homes on walk day. Call 920-746-1071 or e-mail email@example.com to learn more.
A Special Place:
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
What's it about: The Cookery serves lunch and dinner daily, and brunch is available Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant reopened last year with a new look after a devastating fire in 2008. The Cookery now has two levels, and perched above is a wine bar. Here customers can order appetizers and small plates such as roasted vegetable quesadilla or bison sliders and sample wines.
One of the favorites on the lunch menu is Door County cherry and apple salad and the turkey, cream cheese and cherry chutney sandwich. Dinner options include broiled whitefish with house-made pesto, Otto's grilled pork chop, grilled rib eye with balsamic caper vinaigrette and seasonal vegetable kabob.
Why it's special: The Skare family has owned the Cookery for more than 30 years. They use many local sources for produce and meat. The food is prepared fresh in the restaurant. As Courtney Holdmann Skare puts it, "The philosophy of the Cookery has always been to provide good tasting food that's prepared in our restaurant and incorporates local ingredients." And the new restaurant-actually a green building-is a great place to hang out. You'll enjoy a great view of Green Bay waters from the wine bar as well as from an outdoor seat. The hardwood flooring is reclaimed from Wisconsin barn beams, and even the host stand is made from recycled sunflower seeds. The interior has a lovely color palette of blues, abundant daylighting wood ceiling beams and paintings by Door County artists Margaret Lockwood and Liz Maltman and glass in the railings by Popelka Trenchard Glass.
Quick facts: The Cookery, 4135 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek, 920-868-3634, www.thecookeryfishcreek.com.