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Issue 48December 2011
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Eat! Stay! Explore! Part 12!
Candlelight Cross Country Skiing
Door County Happenings

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Winter is all around us!  Head up to Door County for a a unique winter experience - peace and quiet and beauty surrounding you everywhere!
This year we had a regular monthly feature:  Eat, Stay, Explore.  In our December issue here, we wrap up the year with this special 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). This is the last issue of the year, so please tell your friends to get in on the fun and subscribe for 2012 - 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 . . . winter is here and Door County is a winter wonderland!

Dan Silvestri
  Eat, Stay, Explore!

 (part 12 of a 12-part series)

          By Donna Marie Pocius             
Special to


Eat in Door County:   Wienke's Market is a family owned and operated market offering "A Taste of Door County." The owners put that catchy slogan on the many delicious homemade products made here. Visit the market located in a repurposed vintage barn at 292 Hwy. "S" North in Algoma. 


Included is a bakery section, homegrown produce area, canned goods and much more. On weekends, they have sampling going on. You'll probably have an opportunity to try the dipping oils, pickles, beets and more.  Wienke'sNewport Resort Banner Market offers more than 30 pickle varieties and more than 50 kinds of jam. They also make pie filings and canned fruits and vegetables. The Scandinavian heritage comes through in some of the bakery goods including the Norwegian Lefse.


Wienke's products can be found in many areas including those beyond Wisconsin. But we think you'll enjoy roaming around this building.  You can see the farmland where many of the foods grow from the windows in the market. Note the photograph of the first produce stand (circa fall 1970) hanging on the white wood walls, and ask for help from the friendly staff.


Stay in Door County:  AppleCreek Resort, Highway 42 and F, Fish Creek, is a 35-room resort (plus guest house with two bedrooms and two baths) offering six different room styles.  This is a great place to come during the winter as the resort offers an indoor pool that is 40 feet long and three to five feet deep.


Accommodation options include a queen luxury suite, king suite, honeymoon suites, rooms with a single queen bed or two queen-sized beds as well as standard/economy rooms. 


All rooms have televisions/VCRs, refrigerators, private balconies and more.  AppleCreek Resort is conveniently located near Top of the Hill Shops, which offers about 24 boutiques, home shops and galleries.  And it's just a block to the Peninsula State Park.  Check out AppleCreek Resort and other properties open during the winter in Door County at


Explore in Door County: G&J Glassworks, 59 S. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay, is a great place to explore. That's because it is not only a gallery. It is also a working studioScandinavian Lodge Banner for artisan Jim DuFrane and a place where he teaches classes in stained glass and glass blowing.


Jim and his wife, Gale, also do custom glass work. Displayed in the gallery are pieces including a clear glass picture frame with a wedding invitation etched into the glass. Awards for businesses may also be created here.


The gallery floor has a variety of pieces by Jim. Included are leaf-shaped sculptures, kaleidoscopes, decorative plates, jewelry and other designs.  The pretty clear glass snowmen-each one telling an offbeat story-make great holiday gifts.  "Snowmen are a basic shape, but the fun is giving them emotion and movement so there is a story being told," Jim said.  

                Candlelight Cross-Country Skiing

                 A different way to feel the sport,

                              see Door County


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Ski cross-country trails after dark, and get a different view of winter in Door County.  Trails are all aglow during Door County state park-sponsored candlelight skiing events.  


Naturalists and volunteers use candles in old milk jugs or bags to illuminate gently rolling trails (usually about oneBridgeport Waterfront Resort mile long or so). Moonlight also goes a long way to moving the crowds, which vary in size with weather conditions.


Hit the trails with your family, a partner or alongside a friend. This is a time to rekindle love for the cross-country skiing sport and check out creatures of the night and not such a good time for breaking personal records by skiing fast and far.


The annual candlelight ski takes place at Whitefish Dunes State Park in Jacksonport from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 28.  Friends of Whitefish Dunes prepare the luminaria, serve homemade cookies in a shelter building and groom the trails for the event.


In Fish Creek, the annual candlelight ski/hike will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Peninsula State Park. InParkwood Lodge 2010 banner addition to skiing or hiking a trail, participants can enjoy a bonfire with refreshments near the warming shelter.


More information about candlelight ski events at Door County and Wisconsin state parks is online at  

 Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

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Landmark hosts comedy club

The Landmark Resort has announced the retEgg Harbor Lodge Bannerurn of its annual Comedy Club, which will run on the second Thursday of the month through May.  The performances take place is the resort's Carrington Pub and Grill, and each show features two comics.



New hair salon

Hair salons in Door County always seem busy. So it is nice to see a new one opening. Invidia Hair Salon is located at 245 Kentucky St. in Sturgeon Bay and has five stylists on staff.  


New cookies and cakes business 

Door County Custom Cakes and Cookies is a new Sturgeon Bay business. The owner's creations are made to order and can be personalized.  Call 920-818-0322.


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