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Issue 46October 2011
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Eat! Stay! Explore! Part 10!
Fall Art Crawl!
Door County Happenings


Door County - Lookin' Good!    
Pumpkin on Fence
Pumpkin on Fence
Pumpkin Patch 2011
Pumpkin Patch 2011, Egg Harbor

Fall Sunburst
Fall Sunburst

Fall Kayakersm Ephraim
Fall Kayakers, Ephraim

Ephraim Bluff, Fall 2011
Ephraim Bluff 

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Hope you made it up for one of the Fall fests!  Door County is fun year-round, so head up as soon as you can.
As you know, this year we had a regular monthly feature:  Eat, Stay, Explore.  In our September issue here, we continue to bring you some great Door County places to explore!  The format:

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 the remainder of the 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.  Please tell your friends to subscribe too.


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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . . the seasons continue!

Dan Silvestri
  Eat, Stay, Explore!

 (part 10 of a 12-part series)

          By Donna Marie Pocius             
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Eat in Door County:  Sweetie Pies, in a way, is a Door County icon. Here, the owner and staff create mouth-watering pies in a quaint vintage building located in Fish Creek. 


Step inside and marvel at the display of pies available forParkwood Lodge 2010 banner the day. You can buy pie by the slice, half-pie, five-inch cutie pie or a whole pie.


We really enjoyed the apple pie-so fresh this time of year. You can also go for the apple cherry or apple caramel or apple blackberry.


Other varieties include cherry, of course. And raspberry, pumpkin, chocolate pecan and a three-berry (black, blue and raspberry).  There are more than 30 flavors to choose from.  The light and succulent crust complements the filling just right.  Also, check out the sugar free and frozen bake-at-home pies.


There is seating for a few inside.


Stay in Door County:  Ah, open year round. Three small words that are so nice to hear in Door County this time of year. Actually, many hotels and inns in Door County are open year round. And with a name like Open Hearth, you can bet that Open Hearth Lodge of Sister Bay is one of them. 


Here, there are 30 rooms in one two-level building (with a welcoming fireplace near the entrance). Each room has a private bathroom. Included are:

5 lodge rooms with king size beds

22 lodge rooms with two queen size beds

2 lodge rooms with a king size and whirlpool tub

1 two-bedroom unit


Also available are complimentary continental breakfast, mini-refrigerator, TV/cable, free wireless Internet service and an indoor pool.


During our summer 2011 review, we noted that many rooms have new linens with pleasant and popular colors as well as lovely dark wood furnishings.  There's a new breakfast room (including tables and chairs for guests' convenience) as well as an expanded continental breakfast menu. Even the lodge's sign-made from logs--is new and eye-catching.


The indoor pool (with depths from three to five feet) is a nice attraction.  The lodge sits on six acres in Sister Bay (2669 Bay Shore Dr.). A paved trail abuts the property and takes guests north to Sister Bay downtown area.  The hosts are John and Nora Zacek, who took over the lodge in 2004.  Learn more about Open Hearth Lodge--and many other fine places to stay that are open year round in Door County--at


Explore in Door County:  Whether you a looking for casual clothing or something for work, Country Lady, at 7828 Hwy. 42 Egg Harbor (in the Main Street shops lowerNewport Resort Banner level) is a wonderful place to shop. The boutique, at this time of year, has a large selection of coats and jackets. Also available are sweaters, slacks, blouses, accessories and more.


Brigitte Sonne, the owner, focuses on carrying quality clothing.  She said she buys things for her store that appeal to her and, coincidentally, they also appeal to her customers.  And Brigitte is very savvy about women's clothing.


Before getting into retail, Brigitte had a career as a designer of women's apparel for one of Germany's largest manufacturers, which exported throughout Europe.


The prices at Country Lady are reasonable, and there are sales on coats and clothing fairly often.  And, best of all, the atmosphere here is pleasant.  As Brigitte says, "My style is not to be a pushy salesperson. What is important is to earn the trust of my customers."  Country Lady is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday.


Ellison Bay Artists Announce

 Fall Art Crawl!!


By Donna Marie Pocius

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Ellison Bay-based artists have announced that they are opening their doors for the Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl fromScandinavian Lodge Banner 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 23.  Participating this year are Clay Bay Pottery, Linden Gallery, Cousin's Walk, Savory Spoon Cooking School and Newport House. Also on the crawl are Gills Rock Stoneware, The Clearing Folk School, Ellison Bay Pottery and Turtle Ridge Gallery.


The two-day event will feature demonstrations and studio tours as well as complimentary refreshments.  "Ellison Bay artists are inviting you to share with us the art of creating, learning, cooking and the art of living well," said Mary Ellen Sisulak, artist and owner of Turtle Ridge, which is debuting two new vintage inspired handbags during the crawl.


Her gallery is also hosting a hot glass bead-making demonstration by Lesley Bruce Smith from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 22.  Smith and Sisulak actually collaboratedBridgeport Waterfront Resort on one-of-a-kind pieces using glass "eyes" with carved and formed leather animal purses.  And on Oct. 23 at Turtle Ridge, crawl participants will be able to make their own bracelets out of leather pieces.


Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to



Clearing up after wind and rain storm: More than 13,000 customers in Door County were without electricity following a brutal wind and rain storm on Sept. 29.  AllEgg Harbor Lodge Banner power has been restored in Door County, officials have announced. State parks have reopened after clearing many downed trees. Check with your state park to learn more details about specific trail conditions


Isadoora opens 10th season: "Eclipse of the Soul" is a play running this weekend (through Sunday, Oct. 16) at Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay.  It is being offered by Door County's community theater troupe, the Isadoora Theatre.


New restaurant in Sturgeon Bay: John Martin, 30 S. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay, is a new restaurant serving Italian-American cuisine.  It opened Sept. 17. The chef reportedly makes nearly everything in-house including the pasta. He studied in Italy.


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