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Issue 83October 2014
In This Issue
"Escape to Door County: "Coachlite Inn" & More
Something Going On: Miller Art Musuem
Door County Happenings

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Cana Island Lighthouse in Fall
Pottawatomie Lighthouse in Fall
October Stroll, Sunset Park

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In October, 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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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . ."It's Fall in Door County!"

Dan Silvestri

Escape to Door County!
October Edition! 


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to     



Not only is autumn one of the prettiest times of the year in Door County. It also is the time when you may be able to take advantage of end-of-season sales at area shops and boutiques.


Also, late fall and winter is a good time to enjoy a more peaceful peninsula, as crowds have subsided and parking spots are easier to find as compared to the summer vacation time. So, why not make it a time to try a new place to stay, shop or eat? Here are some ideas.


Overnight:  Coachlite Inn & Suites, 2544 S. Bayshore Dr., Sister Bay, welcomes guests year-round.  It has a lovely location nestled within mature pine trees yet near Sister Bay shops, restaurants and other attractions.


In a review of this inn, called it a "Great little property. We love the rooms."


The inn's furnishings and whitewashed-finished walls are in harmony with its Door County location. "It's an example of the beauty the area has to offer. We want you to feel that your stay at the inn is as enjoyable as the activities that brought you to Door County," according to the Hoffman family, who own Coachlite Inn.


Here, accommodations include classic rooms which are outfitted with two full beds or a queen bed. Deluxe rooms have two queen beds or a king. For special occasions, the owners urge people to try a queen suite. It has a fireplace, double whirlpool tub, flat panel TV/DVD player.


One queen suite on the property also has kitchenette. The lodge suite has a full kitchen, two bedrooms, one and one-half baths and a dining area.


All rooms and suites have views to lovely landscaped grounds and gardens. There's a covered whirlpool and hot tub area, too.


Conveniences inside rooms and suites include cable TV, air conditioning, electric heat, ceiling fans, full baths, in-room phones, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers and tasteful décor.


Continental breakfast is available to guests.


"Our family really does care about our guests. We live on site and are enthusiastic about sharing information you may be interested in during your visit. The Coachlite Inn is where people come by choice and not chance," the Hoffmans state on the inn's Web site.


If you plan a five-night stay (from April to June), you can get the sixth and seventh nights for free.


Learn more about the Coachlite Inn and other fine places to stay in Door County on Door County


Food and wine: Door County Coffee & Tea continues to grow in size and offerings since opening in 1993. Located at 5773 Hwy.42 in Carlsville (just south of downtown Egg Harbor), Door County Coffee is a place where you can pick up coffee that was roasted on site. Here, they make more than 100 traditional and favored coffees.  Fall coffees-like pumpkin space-are now available.


Also find Lighthouse Blend, Sumatra and Door County Crème (a combination of vanilla and hazelnut). And, now, some Door County Coffee flavors come in single server cups that fit inside Keurig coffee machines.


A café inside the building serves up the coffee, sandwiches, salads and much more. Also, enjoy an adjacent shop offering home décor, books, and accessories. Customers can buy the coffee via the drive-through service or online.


Must see/do: Don't miss the 18th annual sale at City Farmer home and garden store at 10432 Hwy. 42 in Ephraim. Browse the merchandise inside this more than century-old barn that has been repurposed into a dreamy shop. Items are now 20 to 50% off with a lucky draw revealing the daily deal.


Chic shopping:  Candles made in Door County are on display at Door County Candle Co., 5789 Hwy. 42, Carlsville. Formerly called Candleworks of Door County, Newport Resort Banner this is a spacious retail store where you may also see the candles being made. A wide variety of candle scents and sizes are available here. Also, find candle accessories and other gift ideas.


For arts lovers: Artists and craftsmen will participate in the Sister Bay Fall Festival Oct. 17 to 19 on Mill Street in downtown Sister Bay. Don't forget to visit some of the galleries that are open in Sister Bay, as well. 

 Something to do:  



Free Miller Art Museum exhibition

 shows work by 41 artists


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to  



Take some time to browse the new exhibition on display at the Miller Art Museum, which is inside Door County Library, 107 S. Fourth Ave., Sturgeon Bay.


A wide variety of art is on display through Nov. 4.In total, 47 two-dimensional works by 41 artists are featured. 

It's a juried-or competitive--exhibition that involves artists from five northeast Wisconsin counties. With no designated theme, the subject matter varies.


For example, photographers show works from travels to places such as the Columbia River at Astoria, Ore., to California, Florida, Cuba, Haiti, Belgium and Greece. Scandinavian Lodge Banner   Painters depict scenes in Door County as well as other areas of Wisconsin and Georgia, British Columbia and Scotland. 


Portraits, home, community and new life adventures are other subject matter. 


The Miller Art Museum reported the follow Door County artists juried into this year's exhibition:  Jennifer Aldrich, Heidi Atanasov, Sarah Bradley, Donna Brown, Dennis Connolly, Dan Cross, Deborah Dendler, Karen Lee DeNoto, Marty Gerber, Richard A. Geudtner, Lynn Gilchrist, Roxanne Hanney, Elizabeth J. Heller, Thomas J. Jordan, Jim Leatham, Mitch Leavitt, Steven Monske, Michael Nitsch, Jeff J. Olson, Will Roberts, Mac Schueppert, Madonna Siles, Arlene Stanger, Steven W. Stanger, Hermke Timm, Shirley Williams, Archelle "Buttons" Wolst and Armando Zeledon.


Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission to the exhibition is free.  

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


There's so much happening now. Don't miss out. Here are noteworthy items: 


The Short Course at Peninsula State Park, a new golf course for beginners opened in late August. It may still be Egg Harbor Lodge Banner nice enough outdoors to shoot a round on the six-hole course, located across from Peninsula State Park Golf Course and driving range on Hwy. 42 in Ephraim.


Door-Tran, the nonprofit transportation agency, is now based at 1008 Egg Harbor Rd., Sturgeon Bay.  Its previous office was destroyed in a July fire.


The late Norbert Blei's chicken coop-office has been moved to Write On, Door County complex, 4177 Juddville Rd., Gibraltar. The Write On center serves as a hub of activities, classes and county events.


Sturgeon Bay Skatepark opened recently. A grand opening is reportedly planned for the spring.


Also coming by summer 2015 is a sheltered pavilion at Schoolhouse Beach on Washington Island.  The 30 feet-by-40 feet structure will be a place for picnics and more.


Two shows in November will round out Fish Creek's Door Community Auditorium fall season: Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre's presentation of "Come to the Center" on Nov. 14 and Riders in the Sky's "Christmas the Cowboy Way" on Nov. 29.


The new CVS pharmacy opened in mid-September at the corner of Egg Harbor Road and 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay with CVS buying out the pharmaceutical portion of Bay Pharmacy.


Bayside Home Medical opened under its new name with a focus on medical equipment and products. It is located at 1300 Egg Harbor Rd. in Sturgeon Bay.