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Issue 53May 2012
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What A Place!! Gordon Lodge
Something to Do! Door County Homes
Door County Happenings

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Summer is around the corner and Springtime is all around us!  Flowers and buds are popping all over!  Cherry blossoms on the way!
We continue our monthly feature for this year's Navigator News(tm):
1) What A Place! details a delightful inn or other special place that we think you will like with lots of details!
2) Something To Do! which will lead to to fun things to do in Door County!
3) Some Door County Happenings!  Find out the latest and greatest on the Door County Peninsula!
If you have missed our past Navigator News(tm) issues or are longing to reread some, you can!  Visit our archive: archived" copies of Navigator News(tm).
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  2. From the Lake to the Bay, continues to be a very popular new feature!  Read it regularly - you won't want to miss a word and you will know Door County like an "insider!"  Let us know what you think.
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  6. The May Giveaway is already running . . . have you entered yet?  A wonderful 2-night stay in Sister Bay at the cool Little Sister Resort. 
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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . .Spring continues - so plan your trips now all on!
Dan Silvestri
What A Place!
Gordon Lodge


By Donna Marie Pocius

  Special to


Gordon Lodge is a classic Wisconsin resort--nestled on North Bay and Lake Michigan waters with lots of places on its 130 acres to stay and wander. North Bay Door County Lodging


There are also abundant things to do from dining in the on-premises restaurants to participating in sports and listening to live music.  Gordon Lodge opens for the season this weekend-on May 18. 


Gordon Lodge, located at 1420 Pine Dr., Baileys Harbor, was built in the 1920s and reconstructed in the 1950s.  Remodeling projects, since 2006, have updated room décor and finishes as well as landscaping and venues such as the Gordon Lodge Event Center and Top Deck restaurant and bar.


Here, accommodations include rooms inside a sprawling one-level lodge building as well as cottages. Lodge rooms and cottages have water views. 


People can choose from 16 lodge rooms with king-size beds and four with two double-size beds. All have private bathrooms and include flat screen TV/built-in DVD player/cable and a refrigerator.


During recent remodeling, rooms have been updated with new carpeting, furnishings, linens and painted walls.  Black wood furnitureBridgeport Waterfront Resort   was crafted in Door County by a local craftsman. 


Bathrooms are freshly painted and plumbing and fixtures were updated as well. Gordon Lodge also preserves some mid-century touches such as the retro tile from the 1950s in the bathrooms.


Guests, who prefer to have a small vacation place to themselves, may choose one of the six Bayside cottages or one of the many Lakeside cottages.  The Bayside cottages, actually adult retreats, sit on the edge of a bluff with the North Bay waters below. 


Lakeside cottages offer a full Lake Michigan view and include No 14-the Walnut, a honeymoon suite (with one large bedroom).


Weddings are popular at Gordon Lodge. That's because there's a spacious event center here with focal points including a tall stone fireplace, pretty wood dance floor and lovely furnishings.  The sunroom is a wonderful site for guests to chat over drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


Included in guests' stays is a breakfast buffet in the event center. Top Deck restaurant (where live music takes place on select summer evenings) serves up lunch and dinner.


Gordon Lodge includes bike, paddle boat and kayak rentals in the cost of the stay.  Also here is a new fitness center, tennis courtEgg Harbor Lodge Banner , basketball courts and hiking trails.  Swimmers can enjoy the private sand beach and an outdoor heated pool. Check out more about Gordon Lodge and other wonderful places to stay at



Here's Something to Do!

 Newly Constructed Door County Homes

Open to Public


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Local home builders are opening up newly constructed homes for the public to view during the Showcase of Homes, which continues on May 18, 19, and 20.


The tenth annual Showcase event, sponsored by the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA), presents seven newly constructed homes located throughout Door County. The houses, of various sizes and architectural styles, were constructed by six different builders.


Also, cabinetry, flooring, finishes, decorating and other details are being presented by other Door County home and remodeling companies.


The builders represented this year are: Bay Lakes Builders, A.J. Deuchert Construction, J.A.R. Builders, PortSide Builders, Inc., Tielens Construction and Van's Lumber & Custom Builders.


Included is a craftsman's style home on the bluff in Fish Creek. It has spectacular views of Green Bay waters and was built by Van's Lumber & Custom Builders. FinishesParkwood Lodge 2010 banner  include hickory flooring and interior doors, custom cabinetry and a master suite with a double furniture-style vanity.  


Also, a 4,871 square foot Baileys Harbor home, rich in details, is one of two homes presented by PortSide Builders, Inc. Its design was inspired by Door County as well as the Adirondack Camps in Upstate New York.



Also on the Showcase tour is the Arbors Cottage, Baileys Harbor, rebuilt by J.A.R. Builders, Inc., after being destroyed by fire.


A. J. Deuchert Construction is presenting a two-story home overlooking Lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay. Focal points include a stone woodburning fireplace. Throughout the home is custom cabinetry designed and manufactured by A.J.'s Custom Cabinetry.


Also part of the Showcase tour is a 1.5-story home by Bay Lakes Builders. It has an open layout and soaring cathedral ceiling in the main living area.


The Egg Harbor home, constructed by Tielens, has unique lap, board and batten and shake-style exterior siding. Inside, features includeScandinavian Lodge Banner  re-claimed beams, a Door County fieldstone fireplace and more.


The Showcase cost of $10 includes admission to all homes on the tour. They are on sale at area businesses including Lamperts, banks and at the homes on Showcase days. Hours of the event are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More information is online at

 Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Amy's Herbs is a new shop selling herbs, loose-leaf teas, essential oils and pet therapy. It's located at 611A Jefferson St., Sturgeon Bay. 


Three new restaurants have opened in Door County!  Included is CHOP, a steak and seafood restaurant, which opened in April at the back of the Country Walk Shops, Sister Bay.  Grasse's Grill opensNewport Resort Banner  in mid-May in Sister Bay.  It serves gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches, salads and desserts.  The Wickman House is located in the former T. Ashwell's in Ellison Bay. New owners are transitioning the décor to a black and white theme-modern with nods to the 1920s.



Door County is planning its first Beer Festival on June 16. More than 120 craft beers from Wisconsin and the world will be featured.



Door CountyPublishing closed its Door Reminder Office Supply store at 235 N. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay.  The store was open since 2009 in the Advocate building and before that on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay.