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Issue 62February 2013
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"A Peek Inside the Door:" MacReady Artisan Bread
Something Going On: Fire & Ice!
Door County Happenings

Door County - 

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Egg Harbor Winter Sunset
Egg Harbor Winter Sunset
Winter DC Lighthouse Inn & Caseys
DC Lighthosue Inn & Casey's, Egg Harbor

Winter Growth

Winter Cows
Winter Cows

Stone Quarry Water & Ice
Stone Quarry, Water & Ice

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It's February already!  Snow has fallen, the scenes are beautiful.  MAke sure you make it up to Door County this winter - it is a special place year-round!

Our Open In Winter sections will help you with all your planning!

We continue our new lead feature: "A Peek Inside the Door." We'll profile a Door County business by sharing a special Q and A online interview with the owners.  This supports our Cable TV show that is on in Chicago by the same name! 

Get the inside scoop from people who are leading key businesses in Door County. Find out what they have planned for 2013, highlights of their hotels and attractions, how they got started in Door County, their tips for enjoying the Peninsula and much more.  Be sure also to watch our "A Peek Inside the Door" cable television show airing in Chicago on Comcast and RCN every week, and online on our website and YouTube Channel.  So for 2013, our new format will include: 

1) "A Peek Inside the Door(sm)" lead story, giving you special nsight into some of Door County's wonderful businesses - right from the owner's mouth!

2) Something to Do!  We will always detail something fun and exciting to do in Door County!

3) Door County Happenings!  Find out what changes have taken place recently in Door County, from openings to closings and lots more.

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). 


In The News!  

  1. Why is all you need!  Trusted Reviews, and videos! We lead you to the best in Door County - always - so trust us and enjoy Door County like never before!  We've done it since 2000 and thousands and thousands of folks are happy!  More fun stuff, like User Reviews, coming in 2013!
  2. Chicago proper and have Comcast or RCN? Tune in to Channel 25 on Mondays at 3:30PM, Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:30.  Let us know what you think!
  3. Have Door County Memories to share?    You can get your Door County memories published on our site!  So look for "Your Stories of Door County" and submit a story!  So write it up now and submit it - it's winter - what else do you have to do?!  Haha!
  4. Door County Online Jigsaw Puzzles(tm)  now available for your playing pleasure - all on our website! Play now!  Wow!  More new puzzles were recently added!
  5. Convenient videos and Visual Reviews(tm) dominate our site because they offer you the best information about Door County that there is - anywhere!
  6. Find Me A Room(tm)  continues to be a huge hit - especially as we move into the big trip planning season for 2013 - let us know if you need help: Click the Find Me A Room(tm) button on any page!  Also, register to use our Trip Planner etc. right now at let us know what you think!  Use the Trip Planner, Advanced Search and more!  Register now!
  7. Always check our DC Marketplace tab for interesting postings by Door County businesses - especially check the Rooms Available part for last minute rooms on busy weekends!
  8. The February Giveaway is on! Win two nights at the fabulous Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay!  Enter Now!
  9. "Social Media" is bigger than ever! You can now follow on Twitter!  Yes!  Look for DoorCountyInfo or click below and follow our Twitter posts.   Follow us on Twitter!
  10. Facebook: Join our Door County fan page on Facebook! We have over 8,700 fans - join us and be part of the excitement!
  11. Visit our BLOG !
  12. Most importantly, while on our site, visit our sponsors by clicking through to their websites to see what they have to offer - the site is impossible without them!  They make all this information available to you for free!  So help us out, and visit their sites and tell them we sent you!
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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . . Winter continues this month - so make your plans now on using our Trip Planner (register to use)!

Dan Silvestri

Take "A Peek Inside the Door(sm)" this month with:

MacReady Artisan Bread


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


.MacReady Artisan Bread is a fresh new entry to the Door County market. The bakery and café opened in May 2012 at 7838 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor (just north of the Main Street Shops).


Here, Michael and Jenny MacReady, co-owners, make daily breads as well as hearty soups, sandwiches (using the fresh breads) and to-die-for pecan sticky buns. They also serve Chocolate Shoppe-brand ice cream. 


But the main attraction here is the artisan bread-created in small batches and with quality ingredients.  The varieties for sale include Italian semolina, multigrain happy hippie bread, bagel bread, French country, caraway rye and cinnamon raisin.


Chef Michael MacReady and Jenny MacReady recently gave Navigator News a peek inside their unique business.


Q. What do you mean by artisan breads?

Jenny:  Artisan bread is crafted rather than mass produced.  It's baked in small batches instead of on an assembly line.  Our products are made from scratch and with good, whole ingredients.


Michael: Each batch is no more than 12 loaves.  And the loaves are not perfect, and they are never the exact same.  It varies from day to day, and people seem to like that. But the nutrients are the same. 


Q. How did you get started making breads?

Jenny:  Mike was trained as a chef.  I was doing family law in Michigan (the MacReadys relocated from Detroit area). The Shallows Resort Banner  We started making bread together seven years ago, and we found we had a real knack for it. We started selling it at farmer's markets in Michigan. And we found other people liked it, too. 


And we like the whole process and the feel of it and the old-fashioned way of doing it.  We both have great memories of our grandmothers baking. And we are replicating that old style.


Q. Why Door County for your business and home?

Jenny:  It seems like such an artistic community, but there are people doing other mediums of art.  It seems a perfect community to do the handmade from scratch breads.


Michael: And we felt this was a lost trade or art. Most of the bread you seem comes from a factory or from some mass-produced place.


Jenny: I've been coming up here my whole life-my great grandparents had a non-working farm here.


Q. What work did you do to the building, which was formerly known as the Cupola Café?Newport Resort Banner

Jenny:  We found this location and thought it was perfect. We put in the oven, the hood, added the beadboard (on  walls) and the backsplash.  We can seat about 12 inside, and in the summer there are more chairs outdoor and most people sit outside. Everyone has been so welcoming. 


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Something to do:

Fire and Ice weekend heats up Sturgeon Bay;

February Fest concert warms hearts


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Whether or not the snow conditions are good, Door County has key activities going on in mid February.  Included is Fire and Ice weekend, Feb. 15 to 17, in Sturgeon Bay, and February Fest, coordinated by the Peninsula Music Festival.


The annual Fire and Ice weekend is highlighted by demonstrations by carvers, who transform massive blocks of ice and snow into animals, mythical creatures and wildBridgeport Waterfront Resort   shapes.  They will be stationed throughout the downtown area, and trolley rides will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 for visitors who want to tour around and see the sculptures as well as visit the shops, galleries and restaurants.


Also, the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, coordinator of the weekend activities, has announced that Little Vito and the Torpedoes, will perform during the dinner dance and silent auction, which runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Feb. 16 at Stone Harbor Resort.


But if you prefer classical music, head to PeninsulaScandinavian Lodge Banner Music Festival's chamber concert 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16,   featuring Andrew Armstrong on piano at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Hwy. 42, Ellison Bay.  


Andrew will play works by Fryderyk Chopin, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt and Serge Rachmaninov. Following the concert, the pianist will be available to meet with the audience at a reception.


Oh, and by the way, conditions for cross country skiing were good in most areas last week, but not as much right now (contact state parks for details).

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Here are some recent Door County Happenings!


"Love Letters" will be on stage until Feb. 24 at the Third Avenue Playhouse, 239 Third Ave., and Sturgeon Bay.  TheParkwood Lodge 2010 banner  production showcases an unconventional romantic relationship between a couple, who exchanges letters for 50 years.  More information is available by calling TAP, 920-743-1760.


The Inn at Kristofer's restaurant, Sister Bay, has announced new owners: Mark and Catherine Antczak plan to build on what the former owners established as well as explore more opening hours, musical events at the restaurant and more.