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Issue 37January 2011
In This Issue
Eat! Stay! Explore!
Peninsula Music Festival
Door County Happenings


Door County - Lookin' Good!    
Ehh Harbor Winter
Egg Harbor Winter

Winter Horse Snack
Winter Meal! 

Winter Sun Down - Fish Creek
Winter Sundown - Fish Creek

Sun and Tree
Icy Shadows 

Water and Ice
Water and Ice

Visit Our Sponsors
Some of Our Favorite
Places to Stay In
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Happy New Year to all of our loyal fans!  We are entering our 4th year already of our Navigator News(tm) monthly e-newsletter, and our 12th year overall for!  We cannot do it without our trusted and loyal users - you!  Thank you!!


We are pleased to introduce a new Navigator News(tm) monthly feature in 2011:  Eat, Stay, Explore.


In each issue, we will offer information about three Door County sites:

1) a restaurant or food-related place (we think rather creatively, so don't be surprised to read about diners, coffee shops, bakeries and markets as well as restaurants)


2) a place to stay or rest (hotel, resort, inn, or campground) and


3) a destination to wander (nature-related, shopping-related, arty or event-focused. Again, there are no limits to our imagination, and there are vast places to explore around here). So hang on for a fun year!  And tell your friends to get in on the fun and subscribe - it's free!


 Missed our past Navigator News(tm) issues?  No problem - visit our archive: archived" copies of Navigator News(tm).  
"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! 
In The News! 
  1. The January Giveaway is already running . . . have you entered yet?  A wonderful 2-night stay in Egg Harbor at the Cornerstone Suites!  And our Nov/Dec Super Giveaway winner was announced!
  2.  "Social Media" is booming! You can now follow on Twitter!  Yes!  Look for DoorCountyInfo or click below and follow our Twitter posts.   Follow us on Twitter!
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Happy New Year to all!

Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . .

Dan Silvestri

Eat, Stay, Explore!

          By Donna Marie Pocius             
Special to



Eat: We can think of no better way to lead off our first "Eat, Stay, Explore" feature of the year than Fat Freddie's. Since August, Fred Rice has operated his business, Fat Freddie's Gourmet Hot Dogs, inside the Hole 'N One Convenience Store at 25 Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay.  Fat Freddie's offers Boar's Head brand hot dogs.


The hot dogs are offered "Chicago style" in a Mary Ann's brand poppyseed bun and (you know the drill, Chicagoans) topped by relish, mustard, onion, tomato, pickle spear, sport peppers and celery salt.  


If you prefer ketchup on your hot dog, try the "regular" hot dog. Also available are the chili cheese dog, Fred's homemade chili, home-cut fries and much more.  Fat Freddie's is open year-round (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. MondayBridgeport Waterfront Resort through Friday) and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday). There is space to sit down and eat inside, and Fred, who loves his work, is a true delight to be around. 


"Hot dogs are a guilty pleasure. I think it's a comfort thing. It reminds us of our youth. And they are quick and easy," Fred said. "People just like hot dogs."


Stay: We reviewed the Reynolds House, 111 South 7th Ave., about two years ago for and want to remind readers of this bed and breakfast as it is a wonderful place to spend a cozy winter night or two or three.


The inn is located on the corner of Michigan Street and 7th Avenue in a residential part of Sturgeon Bay.  It's walking distance to Sturgeon Bay shops, museums and galleries, yet situated in a quiet area.  You'll recognize it by its Victorian turn-of-the-century architecture with a wide front porch.


Once you go inside, you'll get a tour of the interior which has original architectural features such as lighting, leaded glass windows, oak trim and fret work. 


There are three guest rooms and a private suite. Each accommodation has a private bath, cable television, DVD/VCR.  Choose from the Granny Smith Guest Room (spacious and bright), the Cortland Guest Room (it has a Franklin stove), the Macintosh Guest Room (with whirlpool tub) and the Winesap Suite (on the upper level of the inn and offering three rooms for you to spread out).


Heather Hull, the innkeeper, is personable and intriguing and a great cook who has even won awards for her culinary skills. So, don't miss breakfast at the Reynolds House.


The inn is open year-round and packages are often available. More information is available at  


Explore: The 24th annual Fish Creek Winter Festival will take place Feb. 4 to 6 in Fish Creek, of course. Games will take place outdoors and under a heated tent. 


A human foosball game will make its debut this year. Eight teams consisting of six members each will face off on the ice rink off Clark Park. The idea is that rows of players,Parkwood Lodge 2010 banner attached to a pole along a cable, will be able to move together to send the ball into the goal.  Hmmm.


Also, food and beverages will be available during the Festival.  More information is posted at


Peninsula Music Festival Stages February Fest

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


The Peninsula Music Festival, which traditionally takes place during August each year, has announced two February chamber concerts, designed to "warm the musical soul in the middle of winter."


The Ehnes Trio will perform at 7. p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay.  The event will feature music by James Ehnes, violin; Robert DeMaine, cello; and Andrew Armstrong, piano.  The cost isEgg Harbor Lodge Banner $40 for a general admission ticket or $75 for a general admission ticket that includes a post concert part at Brew Coffeehouse.


Also, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, the Brahms & Schumann Soiree will perform.  This concert will be highlighted by music performed by David Bell, clarinet; Judith Jackson, piano; and Samantha George, narrator. Ticket price for general admission is $30. 


The Peninsula Music Festival is a nonprofit organization committed to the presentation of performances by aScandinavian Lodge Banner professional symphony orchestra and the enhancement of music appreciation and education in Door County.


More details on the upcoming February concerts are online at, or call 920-854-4060.


Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Are you turning into the weekly podcasts about Door County Happenings online at Don't miss out on information of the moment. You will learn a lot about what is happening across the County, and what is happening now!  Here are some recent posted Happenings:


Old Michigan Street bridge open to traffic-for now: The rehabbed Michigan Street steel bridge was reopened to traffic on Monday, Jan. 3.  It's still not totally done, butNewport Resort Banner winter time is not the time to paint the bridge. So, traffic has resumed until the bridge can be freshly painted in the spring and by Memorial Day according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokesperson.


Store closed: The Lang Store and Door County Candle Co. closed at the end of December.  The store sold calendars, cards, gifts and candles.


Learn to snowshoe: The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor offers weekly guided snowshoe hikes beginning at 1 p.m. on Fridays in January and February.  Each lesson, led by a naturalist, lasts about 90 minutes and is targeted to beginners and intermediate levels.


New home design center: A new Wausau Homes Design Center has opened in downtown Sturgeon Bay.  It features home design tools and displays that give home buyers the ability to customize and see a three-dimensional view of their future home.