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Issue 44August 2011
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Eat! Stay! Explore! Part 8!
2 Fall Festivals!
Door County Happenings


Door County - Lookin' Good!    
Chairs Waiting Series
Chairs Waiting Series. . .
On Deck Fish Creek
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Inn at Cedar Crossing Street
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Lake Side at Westwood Shores
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Summer is still happening on the Peninsula! Here is your August 2011 Navigator News(tm)!
In this issue we continue with our new feature:  Eat, Stay, Explore, which we will run every month this year!  We have received numerous positive comments about this feature!

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!


And an additional two articles to keep you informed and ready to have fun.


Missed our past Navigator News(tm) issues?  No problem - visit our archive: archived" copies of Navigator News(tm).  
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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . ..Summer continues!

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  Eat, Stay, Explore!

 (part 8 of a 12-part series)

          By Donna Marie Pocius             
Special to


In this edition of "Eat, Stay, Explore," we highlight places and things to do that you must absolutely enjoy now or very soon-before summer ends or these places close for the season. Here we go:



Eat in Door County:  This is really the time to eat ice cream, and in Door County ice cream (as well as custard and gelato) is very special. That's because so many people here make the dessert on their premises. One of ourBridgeport Waterfront Resort favorite places to go is the Dairy View Country Store at Schopf Hilltop Dairy, 5169 Cty. I, Carlsville.


This family-owned farm makes and sells creamy, flavorful and creative varieties of ice cream.  They are featuring this month butter pecan (the house favorite and a staple), cherry cheesecake (it's the bomb), vanilla (you can't go wrong), blue moon (kids love it), heath bar, chocolate and cookie dough.


Speaking of "cookie," Cookie the cow is the icon here. There's a large Cookie monument on the property welcoming you. And there's a lot more here than ice cream. Included is a dairy museum overlooking a milking parlor where visitors can see cows giving milk. Children (and adults) learn a lot about cows and agriculture.  Also, find food and home and garden items for sale, and a corn maze open to the public each fall.


Stay in Door County:  We reviewed Ephraim Guest House earlier this year. If you missed the full review, check it out at  This is a wonderful inn open through October.  The building is situated on a quiet street near historic Ephraim attractions like Eagle Harbor and the waters of Green Bay.


You can choose from 15 clean and comfortable suites of various sizes and décor.  Each has one or two bathrooms, living and dining areas and fully equipped kitchens as well as private patios/balconies. 



The Ephraim Guest House also offers guests an outdoor whirlpool, a pond with outdoor seating and picnic andScandinavian Lodge Banner grilling areas. We like the location-peaceful yet convenient to restaurants, the waterfront, some shops and galleries.


Explore in Door County: And we didn't forget the beach.  In Door County, you have so many beaches from which to choose. A rock star is the beach at Whitefish Dunes State Park.


The park has three miles of shoreline and a natural sand beach, which stretches far and long against Lake Michigan.



The sand appears white against the water, and while enjoying your time on the sand (or in the water), you get to take in wonderful views of the woods and limestone cliffs.  Whitefish Dunes is an 865-acre park with abundant trails as well as the beach. Purchase of a vehicle sticker is necessary for using the park and beach.








Two Festivals Kick Off Fall Season!


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Two major festivals will kick off autumn in Door County next month.  Autumn Fest in Baileys Harbor and Harvest Festival in Sturgeon Bay both will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17.


Autumn Fest activities are corralled near the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. Inside the town hall, Gibraltar School students host a bake sale. Other Autumn Fest activities includeThe Shallows Resort Banner music by live bands. Also, brat sandwiches and beverages are sold. And arts and crafts exhibitors display their wares in Kendall Park outside the town hall building.


The event just has a nice vibe in an intimate setting near Lake Michigan and  historic Baileys Harbor buildings. 


"It's a small hometown festival, and we run it. And there are a lot of locals who come. It is a nice getaway on a Saturday," said Sandy Weisgerber, co-owner of Weisgerber's Cornerstone Pub and Restaurant in Baileys Harbor. 


Meanwhile, in Sturgeon Bay, a day-long festival takes place on Third Avenue between Michigan Street andParkwood Lodge 2010 banner Jefferson Street. About 40 arts and craft exhibitors, food vendors (many benefiting local non-profit organizations) and band stands line the historic avenue.


Shops have wonderful sales and displays.  Also, an antique car show is staged, and children's activities take place.  Organizers are encouraging people to preview the decorated sturgeon art sculptures before they are auctioned at 6 p.m. Sept. 17. Festivities conclude with the Harvest Moon Celebration. 


Learn more about Baileys Harbor's Autumn Fest by calling 920-839-2366, or Sturgeon Bay's Harvest Festival at 800-301-6695. 

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


New restaurant: Mel's Place recently opened at 306 S. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay. It serves breakfast and lunch from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and features specialty items like stuffed French toast with Door County cherries, Eggs Benedict with their homemade hollandaise sauce and more. The owners were with the Harbor Fish Market & Grille.


Purple building in Egg Harbor: The purple building in Egg Harbor is filled with all things green.  It's the site of the popular Greens n Grains natural food store and deli. Also, new in the building this year is Spa Verde offering hairNewport Resort Banner care, massage, facials, acupuncture, bodywork and chemical-free and organic products. Also at the 7821 Hwy. 42 location is the new Ecotique, a shop offering earth- friendly apparel.


Barbican reopens: The Barbican, a bed and breakfast at 132 N. Second Ave., Sturgeon Bay, reopened earlier this summer.  Jim and Nancy McDonald signed a two-year lease to manage the property. It has 10 rooms, and a full breakfast is included with an overnight stay.


New source for produce: The Cottage Market is now open at Fifth and Jefferson in Sturgeon Bay. It has fresh local produce, fresh cut flowers, soy candles, locally produced jams, jellies, pickles and more.


Now open in Carlsville: And yet another new business open is the Door County Distillery in Carlsville.  The business is an addition to the Door Peninsula Winery and designed to look like the inside of an oak barrel. It sells locally produced vodka, and there's a tasting room, too.