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Issue 72December 2013
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"A Peek Inside the Door: "White Gull Inn"
Something Going On: See a Holiday Show!
Door County Happenings

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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!

So the 3 newsletter features look like this:

1) "A Peek Inside the Door(sm)" lead story, giving you special insight 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!


In The (BIG) News!  

Get it!  It's cool!  New Mobile App!  In April, we launched our new Door County On the Go(tm) FREE mobile app!  So get it for your smart phones and mobile devices at

Or scan this QR Code with your smart phone now!  Everything at your fingertips before you go to Door County, and especially when you are in Door County - people love it so far!



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  1. Share your Door County memories!  Share your Door County Memories - get published! Look for "Your Stories of Door County" and submit a story!  So write it up now and submit it.
  2. Live in Chicago proper and have Comcast or RCN? Tune in to Channel 25 on Thursday nights at 7:30.  Let us know what you think!  Also, another 45,000 households in Northern Illinois's Kane, DeKalb and LaSalle Counties will air the show in about a month on Channel 17.
  3. 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!
  4. Find Me A Room(tm)  continues to be a huge hit - especially in the Winter season for 2013  and 2014- 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!
  5. The November/December Super Giveaway is on! Win two nights at the Lulll Abi Inn and lots of other prizes!  Enter Now!
  6. "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!
  7. Facebook: Join our Door County fan page on Facebook! We have over 13,000 fans - join us and be part of the excitement!
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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . . Wonderful Winter is here - so come up now and use and our Trip Planner (register to use)!

Dan Silvestri

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

The White Gull Inn


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to 



Head to White Gull Inn, where historic character blends with lovely overnight accommodations and dining experiences for memorable vacation experiences. The inn, located at 4225 Main St. in Fish Creek, is open year-round in Door County. 


We recently caught up with long-time innkeeper Andy Coulson, who revealed what makes White Gull Inn so unique and previewed winter overnight packages.


Q. What are key amenities at White Gull Inn?

Andy:  Our 17 historic rooms, suites and cottages-all completely renovated for today's travelers-are decorated in antiques, have working fireplaces and many have double whirlpool bathtubs.  Included in every stay is the White Gull
Inn's breakfast winner of Good Morning America's best breakfast challenge.  Our award-winning restaurant, also open to the public is also known for sumptuous lunches, quiet candlelight dinners and traditional Door County whitefish boils.


Q. What makes the White Gull Inn unique?

Andy: The White Gull is unique in its history (established in 1896), location in the heart of Fish Creek-Door County's most popular village yet off the main highway. 


Other unique features are the complimentary coffee delivered to guest rooms each morning and the complimentary afternoon snacks served on our patio or in the dining room.


Q. Looking to winter, what packages and events are planned?

Andy:  The White Gull has a variety of packages available in the winter, most notably the White Gull Winter Package, Romance Packages, Spa Packages and Progressive Dinner Packages. 


In addition to the packages and the Progressive Dinner Weekends, the White Gull also hosts a very popular winter folk concert series.  Details on all our events and packages are on the inn's Web site,


Q. What do you like to recommend people do in Door County?

Andy:  Door County has that wonderful combination of great natural beauty (with a host of recreational opportunities from hiking, biking, sailing, wind surfing and
golf in summer to cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in winter), arts, as evidenced by the many artists who moved to Door County and opened galleries to the performing arts (Door Community Auditorium, Peninsula Players, American Folklore Theatre, to name a few).


Q. What's new at White Gull Inn or planned?

Andy:  Part of the charm of White Gull Inn is that it doesn't change  People tell us that it represents the best of what Door County has been and what they hope it continues to be.  That said, we have continually worked to renovate and update the inn so that it retains the warm, turn-of-the-century flavor, while providing our guests modern conveniences and little touches that make their stay as comfortable as can be.


Q. Anything else?

Andy:  When we do make changes or schedule new events, we promote them on our Web site and our Facebook page. 

Something to do:   

See a Show With Holiday Spirit!

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to  


Get in the holiday spirit in Door County at a couple performing arts venues that are staging festive performances.


Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), 239 N. Third Ave. Sturgeon Bay, is presenting "This Wonderful Life," a one-man adaptation of "It's a Newport Resort Banner Wonderful Life. It stars actor Stephen Pierce and runs through Dec 29. 


Also at TAP, the Hagens will perform their annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.  And people can enjoy the Christmas classics of The Carpenters at "A Carpenters Christmas" concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.  More information about the TAP shows is available by calling 920/743-1760.


And American Folklore Theatre is staging "The Rhode Sisters," billed as a "feisty sister act that brings a slightly raucous, slightly relevant hearty helping of tight harmony singing and healthy sibling rivalry this holiday season."  Shows run Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 at Old Gibraltar Town Hall in Fish Creek.  Learn more by calling 920/854-6117.

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to



Door County is getting ready for the holidays. Here are some happenings! 


Purchase a fresh local tree or wreath for the holidays (and even cut your own down at places). Try Ottman's Fir Farm, Fish Creek; Door County Trees, Kolberg; McKeefry & Yeomans, Ephraim; and Fenton Wiericks, Casco.


In north Ephraim, Dave and Dawn Emery-Janzen have opened D.C. Specialty Foods. It's across from the Blue Scandinavian Lodge Banner Dolphin and in the same complex as The Lodge radio station.  Their main focus is gluten-free, organic and allergen-free foods.


Also in Ephraim, the Visitor Center has moved its headquarters back to the north end of the village for winter.  More than 12,000 people stopped by the Ephraim Visitor Center in 2013.


In downtown Sturgeon Bay, representatives of Rogue Theater are leasing the 119-year-old Ahnapee and Western Railroad Depot as a home base for productions.


Also in Sturgeon Bay, the 38th Juried Annual Exhibition, featuring work by 51 artists, runs through Dec. 28 at the The Shallows Resort Banner Miller Art Museum, located inside the Door County Library, 107 S. Fourth Ave. 


Door County's first Starbucks Coffee Co. recently opened as an in-store coffee shop at Target in Sturgeon Bay.


The Meadows Art Gallery, located at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village, Sister Bay, now has rotating exhibitions by Door and Kewaunee County artists.