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Issue 38February 2011
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Eat! Stay! Explore!
Glas Coffee & Music!
Door County Happenings


Door County - Lookin' Good!    
Ice Fisherman
Winter Fisherman
Turkeys in Winter 
Winter Turkeys

Fish Creek Snow 
Fish Creek

 Gallery in Snow
Winter Gallery

Snowy Road 
Snowy Road

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In this issue we continue with our new feature:  Eat, Stay, Explore.  We have received extremely positive feedback from our subscribers - thanks!


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!


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  1. The February Giveaway is already running . . . have you entered yet?  A wonderful 2-night stay in Sturgeon Bay at the beautiful Bridgeport Waterfront Resort.  And our January winner was announced!
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Eat, Stay, Explore!

 (part two of a 12-part series)

          By Donna Marie Pocius             
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The goats are not on top of the grassy roof at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay. But that means it's a good time to come inside and eat here and truly sink in the interior highlights.


The restaurant is housed in a Norwegian log building. It was hauled to Door County by Europeans who assembled it here and also did intricate handcarving on wood pillars in the entryway.  


Also, when inside, don't miss the colorful Norwegian rosemaling on the butik (adjacent gift shop) doors andEgg Harbor Lodge Banner throughout the restaurant.  Rosemaling, a folk art, is a Norwegian word meaning rose painting. 


Al Johnson's specializes in Swedish fare, local fish, "and we grind our own meat, cut our own steaks," says Rolf Johnson, who oversees operations and cooks at the restaurant. The famed Swedish pancakes are made based on a recipe from his grandmother.  They pair well with Swedish meatballs and lingenberries.


Weekday specials are now available. The $6.25 breakfast specials, available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. are: corned beef hash, Monday; breakfast burrito, Tuesday; biscuits and gravy, Wednesday; potato pancakes, Thursday; and haystack, Friday. 


The weeknight dinner specials, available for $10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. are: Swedish potato sausage platter, Monday; all-you-can-eat pasta with Caesar salad and garlic bread, Tuesday; burger and beer, Wednesday; roast pork, Thursday; and perch basket, Friday.



The Landmark Resort, Egg Harbor, is ideally located in Door County-just minutes from arts, shopping, sports attractions and other activities. And if you're planning a wedding for later this year or a meeting or special event, you may want to check out the Landmark.  There are abundant overnight accommodations for your guests, on premises restaurants, plenty of parking and lots to do. A major remodeling recently took place, and this mega resort now has a new look, too.


The Landmark sits on 42 wooded and bluff-top acres. It has 294 one, two and three bedroom suites/condominiums with outstanding water and wood views.


The guest suites are situated in four different buildings named Flagship, Harbor, Charthouse and Navigator.  You can choose form one, two and three bedroom suites. Each has at least one private bathroom. Some of the two and three bedroom suites have two bathrooms each.


Also, all accommodations have a fully equipped kitchen. There's a dining area, private patio or deck and at least one TV/DVD. Some suites have electric fireplaces.


The resort, open year-round, includes a whirlpool/steam room in each guest building, a heated pool open 24/7 in the Pilot House as well as the fitness center there (with Cybex machines, free weights and more).  The spacious furnished lobby areas in each building are places to enjoy as well.  Some soar two levels high with a wall of windows overlooking Green Bay waters, trees and the lovely Landmark grounds. Read our Review! 



The Tannenbaum Holiday Shop in Sister Bay is just that---a holiday shop. So think about exploring this intriguing shop, open all year, for all holidays, home accessories and décor, gifts, jewelry and more.


Tannenbaum is housed in a former historic church building. This makes wandering around fun and interesting. There are intimate rooms, lots of natural light and extremelyScandinavian Lodge Banner appealing displays to give you lots of ideas and tantalize you.


The Tannenbaum staff recently announced new spring arrivals: 2011 Snowbunnies collectables featuring Easter bunnies. The figures are made from creamy porcelain and accented with spring pastel colors.  Also, the store has more than 150 new styles of Old World Christmas glass ornaments, pictures, cards.  The 2011 David Frykman designed Santa "Chatting with Santa" is expected to be delivered in May, but orders are being taken now.  Each Santa is handpainted, numbered and personally signed by the Door County woodcarver. Read our Review!


Glas Announces Music for Saturday Afternoons


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Glas, a coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay with a green commitment, is sponsoring a series of concerts on Saturday afternoons.


The "Saturday Afternoon Delight" concert series runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month through April.


Glas, 67 E. Maple St., is located near the new bridge in Sturgeon Bay. It offers coffee, specialty drinks and light meals. 



As to the concerts, upcoming is Midwest Dilemma, which will perform on Feb. 19.  Dilemma is deeply rooted inBridgeport Waterfront Resort history. Their recording, "Timelines & Tragedies" was the winner of the "Album of the Year" at the Omaha Entertainment Awards.



Also planned are concerts featuring Jeanne Kuhns and Deborah Hadraba on March 19 and the Hollands on April 16. For more information, call 920-743-5575.

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to

Here are some recent Door County Happenings. Remember to check out our weekly podcast to discover more Door County Happenings!


New restaurant to open in Sturgeon Bay

The Steel Bridge Café will be opening in Sturgeon Bay at 49 N. Madison Ave.-at the west end of the downtownParkwood Lodge 2010 banner bridge. The restaurant previously was known as Bill's Restaurant and Pancake House in Green Bay.


Washington Island ferry operating in winter, increases times

The ferry to Washington Island runs twice daily each day during the winter.  And an additional trip on Wednesday afternoon was added a couple weeks ago.


New building becoming retail mall

A building at 40 N. Third Ave. in Sturgeon Bay will become a mini mall. It was formerly known as the Peterson Building and used as offices by Peterson Builders, Inc.  Space for retail is available immediately.


Green Island could be site for a mega resort

Green Island is a 76-acre island with a $90 million plan. A developer wants to create "Anna's Vineyard at GreenNewport Resort Banner Island," which may reportedly include a resort hotel, waterfront lots, 24 beach cottages, a retreat center and more.