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Issue 76March 2014
In This Issue
"Escape to Door County: "Eagle Harbor Inn
Something Going On: 12th Annual Showcase of Homes
Door County Happenings

Door County - 

Lookin' Good! 

Soon it will melt!

Mother Nature says, "It WILL be Spring!"

Soon it will be like this . . .

Melt Away Winter!
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In March, we continue with our Escape to Door County theme! Each edition of Navigator News will have our picks on where to stay, eat, must see/do, chic shopping, something for arts lovers. We'll keep it fun and include our popular something to do story and Door County happenings too - so that you are "in the know before you go . . . and when you get there!" 


So the 3 newsletter features look like this:

1) Escape to Door County with our fun picks, as     above!   
2) Something to Do!  We will always detail something fun and exciting to do in Door County!  
3) Door County Happenings!



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Escape to Door County!


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to    


Here are some March picks for places to stay and enjoy in Door County, Wisconsin.  


Overnight:  You will no doubt feel special at Eagle Harbor Inn, Ephraim. Here, guests are "truly our reason for being," says Natalie Neddersen, who owns the inn with her husband, Nedd. In fact, they are celebrating 20 years of owning Eagle Harbor Inn (which has an 80-year-old history) on June 28 with an Ice Cream Social on the front lawn of the property, located near downtown Ephraim at 9914 Water Street.


Guests may choose from elegant one and two bedroom whirlpool suites (with two-way fireplace and kitchen) or unique B&B rooms that come with full breakfast-served gardenside. The team is working on a new addition to the many fine hot breakfast entrees:  fluffy sweet potato pancakes with orange honey butter.


"And we have recently re-worked our Door County homemade cherry granola, which is a major hit," Natalie said.  Granola and inn bakery goods are available for sale to the public as well as inn guests.  Indeed, when we caught up with Natalie, she was just preparing to mail four bags of granola to Hawaii. (Read more about food at Eagle Harbor Inn in the Food and Wine section below).  

As to the gardens here, they are a sight to behold over breakfast or any time. Planted by Eagle Harbor Inn innkeepers, they are specially chosen perennials that represent an old-fashioned feeling-like Annabelle Hydrangeas and Climber roses. 


"We are working on plans for our herb garden outside the inn kitchen, so our chef can easily pick what she needs for herbs and garnishes," Natalie said.


Eagle Harbor Inn, open year-round, also is a site for interesting programs and partnerships.  Yoga Saturdays (complimentary for guests and offered for a small fee to the public) will be offered by a professional instructor. Also, 2014 marks the third year Eagle Harbor Inn hosts participants of the Door County Bike Tours.


 "This is a fantastic tour for those who want to combine their biking vacation with exploration of the lesser-known sides and attractions Door County has to offer," Natalie said. 


Also this year, the inn is introducing participation in the Global Soap Project by collecting used soap from guest rooms. The soap will be transformed into new soap and distributed through international health programs addressing vulnerable populations who lack basic sanitary living conditions.  "We hope to play a small part in creating sustainability and improved health," Natalie said.

Learn more about Eagle Harbor Inn at and other fine places to stay in Door County at 


Food and wine: Take part in Culinary Weekends in Door County - offered by Eagle Harbor Inn and Chef Terri Milligan, former owner of Inn at Kristopher's restaurant.  The weekends include cooking classes for both lunch and dinner, a visit to the newest goat farm and a tour of Door County Creamery as well as a welcome reception and feasting on the items made in the classes.


At Eagle Harbor Inn in Ephraim, Terri also offers a cooking class for as few as four guests-a great opportunity for four Egg Harbor Lodge Banner girlfriends or two couples to participate in a private cooking class in the inn's kitchen. 


Must see/do  Head to the sixth annual girlfriend getaway, Groovin' Sisterhood April 24 to 27 in Sturgeon Bay. Enjoy programs, group outings and more.


Chic shopping: On Deck is promoting a half-off sale. They have locations in Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek and Sister Bay and offer clothing, outerwear, footwear and accessories as well as pleasant shopping environments.  Great shops!


For arts lovers: Stop in Peninsula Jeweler, 218 S. Neenah Ave. in Sturgeon Bay (in a repurposed house near the new bridge).  See an intimate and changing display of handmade custom jewelry by goldsmith/silversmith Kim Pedler.   Choose from pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets and more in a wide variety of price points. Also, find locally made fiber arts.   And be sure to tell them that sent you in!


Something to do: 

Get remodeling ideas and tour newly constructed homes  

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to  

Whether you are looking to remodel, build a new home or just pick up some ideas, Door County is a great place to shop for your home in the spring.


The Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA) is staging its annual Home Expo in April and its Showcase of Homes in May.


This year's Home Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 and 6 at Stone Harbor Convention Center, Sturgeon Bay.


Companies and organizations specializing in remodeling, building, interior design, kitchen cabinets, countertops, Scandinavian Lodge Banner flooring, heating and air conditioning, energy, decks, landscaping, banking and more are participating in this year's event, according to Ron Poupore, of Action Heating & Cooling and chair of the Expo.  

Admission cost is $5.


Also, local home builders are opening up newly constructed homes for the public to view during the Showcase of Homes May 9 and 10 and May 16, 17 and 18.


The 12th annual Showcase of Homes, sponsored by the DCHBA, will present eight 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, DeLeers Construction, PortSide Builders, Inc., Tielens Construction and Van's Lumber & Custom Builders.


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. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday.


The DCHBA is a not-for-profit membership organization of local builders and related companies in the housing industry. More information is online at

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Things are happening now. Take a look:



The Olde Curiosity Shoppe opened in the Main Street Shops (Unit 2B) at 7828 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor.  The 1,000 square foot shop has "timeless treasures, cherished collectibles Newport Resort Banner and tried and true keepsakes, vintage nostalgia and antiques, artwork, furniture and more" according to its owners. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays in March and Fridays Saturdays and Sundays in April; hours expand later in year to daily (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays).


Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor, has released its 2014 seminars. Topics range from "Women in Medieval Society" and "Europe and the Modern World" to "Wild Mushrooms of Door County" and "How to Write a Children's Book."


Jewelry-maker Angela Lensch is showing her art at the Unitarian Universalist Gallery through April 30; her Egg Harbor gallery in a turn-of-the-century log home opens in May.


Paintings by Lynn Gilchrist are on display through April 18 at TAP in Sturgeon Bay.  The exhibition is titled "Conversation Pieces."


Peninsula Players Theatre announced its 79th season, running June 17 - Oct. 19. The season will open with the world première of "The Tin Woman"by Sean Grennan. It's a heartfelt comedy about Joy, a woman who unexpectedly gets a new lease on life as the recipient of a donated heart. "The Tin Woman" will have a three-week run closing July 6. 
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