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Issue 60December 2012
In This Issue
What A Place!! Chanticleer Guest House
Something to Do! Get in the Holiday Spirit!
Door County Happenings

Door County - 

Lookin' Good! 

A Winter Sunset
Chilly Meal!

Fish Crek in Winter

Ellison Bluff County Park

Winter Path

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Happy Holidays to all of our friends! wishes you and yours all the best this Holiday Season, and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Hard to believe it's December already!  Winter in Door County is special, so be sure to plan a trip up here.  If you have not seen Door County in winter, you are missing out on something very special.  So come up!
We present here our last of 2012's monthly features 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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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . . Winter starts this month - so make your plans now on using our Trip Planner (register to use)!

Dan Silvestri
 What A Place!
Chanticleer Guest House!


By Donna Marie Pocius

  Special to


Stay at the Chanticleer Guest House during the holidays, when this bed and breakfast (B&B) inn welcomes guests  with festive décor including Christmas trees in all guest suites. 


Chanticleer Guest House, 4072 Cherry Rd., Sturgeon Bay, is a one-of-a-kind B&B with accommodations housed inside a transformed 1915 barn and  farmhouse. The inn sits on a 70-acre rural property dotted with orchards, gardens and a sheep farm.


The innkeepers began the time-consuming task of setting and decorating tall Christmas trees in the common areas as well as in each guest suite and cabin in November. 


"We love the holiday season, and we deck out Chanticleer in full holiday décor," says Darrin Day, who is innkeeper at Chanticleer Guest House in partnership with Bryon Groeschl. 


Chanticleer offers guest choice of accommodations: fourThe Shallows Resort Banner  suites in the barn, four in the farmhouse as well as four cabins.  Each has a private bathroom.   


After buying the property from the Murphy family in 1993, the Day and Groeschl renovated the barn in conjunction with a local builder. They maintained some original features including flooring on the second floor. And from one of the barn's upper-level suites, the Meadows Suite, guests can see the ceiling's original wood shake shingles. Some of the old wood beams throughout the barn are original, too. 


Each room is decorated in a different way-comfortable and classy as opposed to fussy. Antiques are part of the decorating scheme. But they are not overdone.  Breakfast, prepared by the innkeepers, is delivered to guests' rooms inParkwood Lodge 2010 banner  baskets.    And the innkeepers say they have good business relationships with restaurants in Door County and often contact them, on behalf of their guests, to make reservations or request that dinner be delivered.


Day and Groeschl celebrated 18 years as innkeepers in 2012.  Day describes their philosophy as follows: "Treat everyone who walks through the door with respect. After 18 years, it has made being an innkeeper a fun career, and it also makes guests enjoy coming back," he says.


Learn more about Chanticleer Guest House at!

Here's Something to Do!

 Get in the Holiday Spirit during
 these Holiday Events!

 By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to 

Door County is a great place to shop at holiday time. But that's not the only thing to do.


Take a break from browsing wonderful gifts made by artists and local families to explore a Christmas and holiday-inspired class, concert or event.


For example, the Inn at Cedar Crossing, Sturgeon Bay, isBridgeport Waterfront Resort   hosting a gingerbread house class from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22 and a Christmas Tea on Dec. 16 and 23.


Also in Sturgeon Bay, Third Avenue Playhouse is staging "Santaland Diaries" at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on select Thursdays through Saturdays through Dec. 31.


In Fish Creek, "Once upon a Christmas" will offer Christmas tree lighting, caroling and a visit by Mrs. Claus at 6 p.m.Scandinavian Lodge Banner  Dec. 16 at the historic Noble House. People can follow a candlelight procession to Old Gibraltar Town Hall for a light supper.


Speaking of Old Gibraltar Town Hall, it will be the site for American Folklore Theatre holiday concerts running Dec. 28 to Dec. 31. 


The Hagen family will perform at Third Avenue Playhouse Dec. 22.  


Visit the host organizations' Web sites for details on times and fees.

 Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Here are some recent Door County Happenings!

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Boxwood Interiors Home Store is a new home interiors, accessories and rugs store now open at 234 N. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.


Red Oak Winery, formerly located on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, has moved to Hwy. 57, south of Sturgeon Bay at 3017 Enterprise Rd.  As you drive down the highway, you can't miss seeing the winemaking equipment including large stainless steel tanks in the huge front windows.


Double Delites, Egg Harbor, announced its newest holiday treat is gourmet caramel corn in the flavors "Holly Pop" and "Cracked Pepper." Also, this shop (one of's favorites) is offering eggnog lattes, white chocolate peppermint frappe/lattes and more.


The Clearing Folk School, Ellison Bay, began registration for its winter program classes which run from Jan. 7 through March 1.