Sadly, nothing drives website traffic in Door County like a fire at a major business. This year was no different, as our most-viewed stories of the year all revolved around the fire at Rowleys Bay Resort and the ensuing decision by the owners to sell the property.
On a positive note, that was the only major business fire to report in the year that was. The top stories of 2023 at DoorCountyPulse.com included stories of local families, business developments, a superintendent’s resignation and – as always – the ups and downs of the restaurant world.
- Rowleys Bay Resort Fire – the devastating fire and its aftermath captivated readers in Wisconsin and beyond.
- Door County Restaurants on the Market – Wickman House, Wild Tomato lead list of restaurants for sale.
- New Businesses in Arts and Entertainment – A look at new restaurants, shops and ownership changes in 2023.
- Giant Muskie Caught – In January, Kevin Naze reported on the December reeling of a 55-inch muskie off the Door County shore.
- Shipwrecked Wins Appeal – The Egg Harbor brew pub won its appeal of a condemnation action by the village to build a sidewalk. At year’s end the issue was back on the docket, this time at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
- Fleet Farm Sets Sights on Sturgeon Bay – the big box retailer announced plans to build on the west side.
- Southern Door Superintendent Resigns – Southern Door School was shrouded in mystery for months after Superintendent Chris Peterson resigned in June.
- Maxwelton Braes Sold to Packers President – Mark Murphy bought the course in February.
- Scandia Village Sold – When Good Samaritan put the Sister Bay retirement and long-term care facility up for sale it put a community in limbo.
- Self-pour Taproom Opens – The Thirsty Cow replaced a long-time icon at Peninsula Center.
- Ephraim Says No to Liquor Sales – After a year of deliberating, Ephraim voted not to expand alcohol sales to allow for wine shops.
- Wickman Gets James Beard Nomination – The Ellison Bay restaurant scored a nomination for Best Restaurant in America.
- Door to Nature: Fall Migration – Charlotte Lukes on the beginning of the fall bird exodus.
- Family of Flavors: Jamaican Door Blends Hatch Family’s Jamaican and Door County Heritage.
- Loss of an Island Sportsman – When 23-year-old Washington Island native Bradley Jordan was killed in a motorcycle crash in Baileys Harbor, it sparked an outpouring of remembrances and emotion.