Area: Baileys Harbor

  • Bearded Heart for Sale

    Add Bearded Heart Coffee to the list of restaurants up for sale. The Baileys Harbor coffee shop closed for the season Sept. 25, and the property on the corner of Highway 57 and Howard Avenue is now listed by Professional Realty for $1.25 million. The parcel includes the building behind the shop that’s home to […]

  • 90% Funding Reached for Playground Project

    After a year and a half of fundraising, the Kendall Park Community Group has raised $228,000 to make improvements to the now-30-year-old park. The original fundraising goal of $500,000 included the permanent groundwork, but the community group decided to hold off on that for five years. Its modified goal without the permanent groundwork is $310,000. […]

  • For Kristen Peil, a Love of History Is in the Genes

    Kristen Peil said she was born an old soul.  “I’ve always gravitated to older people and older things, and I blame genetics for that,” she said. “My mother, Annie Peil, had the antiques business Orphan Annie’s, and when I was a little kid, she dragged me to auctions all over Door County. Those auctions introduced […]

  • A Profile in Wood: Nathan Hatch’s Rorschach Cabinets

    When viewing Nathan Hatch’s Rorschach cabinets, psychological profiling is strictly optional. Is that an empty desert or a life-giving river? Do the shapes of the tulipwood cabinet echo some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s imagery?  Hatch, a wood and metal artist, started working with Rorschach designs in his Baileys Harbor studio just after COVID-19 hit. (As a […]

  • Wine Fest Returning to Maxwelton in 2023

    The Door County Wine Festival will stay in Baileys Harbor in 2023. Organizers announced the celebration of Door County wineries will return to Maxwelton Braes on June 24, 2023. Tickets will go on sale Thanksgiving weekend.  The festival features wines produced by the members of the Door County Wine Trail available in tasting tents on […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Public Transportation Needed

    I just had to comment on how delighted I was to hear that the Baileys Harbor Community Association is studying the possibility of creating a public-transportation system.  As a 25-year seasonal resident, there are several reasons this has become necessary, in my opinion. Our current choices to drive the peninsula are to slowly meander through […]

  • Door Shakespeare Elevates Ensign

    Amy Ensign has accepted the permanent position of producing artistic director of Door Shakespeare. Following the departure of Michael Stebbins in late May, Ensign stepped in as acting artistic director to support the 2022 season.  Ensign has more than 30 years of experience in theater, instructional design, training and marketing. Her history with Door Shakespeare […]

  • Halloween Hike at the Ridges

    The Ridges Sanctuary is hosting a Halloween hike on Oct. 29, 5-7 pm, that’s appropriate for all ages. Halloween-themed stations along the Hidden Brook boardwalk will highlight some creepy critters and spooky sights of the sanctuary, and those who continue to the Upper Range Light should prepare themselves for a ghostly encounter.  Flashlights are provided […]

  • What’s Living at The Ridges?

    Sanctuary plans first major plant survey since 1983 The Ridges Sanctuary has some of the most diversified habitat in the Midwest in a relatively compact area, and the sanctuary’s leaders want an update on what’s living there. Forty years have passed since the last meticulous plant survey was completed at the Baileys Harbor–based nature preserve, […]

  • Halloween Party Supports HELP of Door County

    HELP of Door County is hosting a Halloween Party Oct. 29 at Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor to support the services it provides to victims of domestic violence. HELP’s services are free, confidential and available regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or ability. They are provided through donations and without any county funding. The […]

  • Baileys Harbor to Fund Public-transportation Study

    Town board tables Brann Field discussion, adopts STR ordinance The Baileys Harbor Community Association (BHCA) requested $5,000 from the town board for a transportation study, which the board approved. “We want to limit one- or two-person cars and limit traffic,” BHCA treasurer Carin Hickey Stuth said. The study will examine the possibility of creating a […]

  • Learn About Bats at The Ridges

    The Ridges Sanctuary will host a Get to Know Wisconsin’s Bats program Oct. 14 at its nature center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. Participants will hear a presentation by Jennifer Redell, a Wisconsin bat biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, about the state’s bats and white-nose syndrome at 2 pm. Then they’ll […]

  • Awards Made to Clear Former Nelson Property

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board awarded three bids to aid in the clearing of the former Nelson property, which will be turned into a public park. During a Sept. 12 town board meeting, the board awarded the Nelson-site garage-removal project to K. Allen Gallery. Gallery owner Keith Clayton – the only bidder on the request […]

  • IN MEMORIAM: Patty Williamson Still Had Stories to Tell

    Patty Williamson was 74 years old when she wrote her first story for the Peninsula Pulse – a piece about the history of Ellison Bay’s Pioneer Store, published back in 2008.  At the time, I thought it was a one-off effort. Over my 18 years at the Pulse, a lot of people have told me they […]

  • Bazyli Winds Down

    Bazyli Studio Wearable and Textile Art is wrapping up its 2022 season. Home to resident artists Peter Ciesla and Skye, the gallery features Ciesla’s one-of-a-kind clothing designs using natural plant dyes, botanical printing, piecing, quilting and surface design.  It’s also been the home of Bazyli Jewelry since 2002 and represents eight additional artists from Wisconsin, […]

  • Baileys Harbor to Consider STR Ordinance

    The Baileys Harbor Planning Commission is working on a short-term-rental (STR) ordinance that it could submit to the town board for consideration during its Oct. 10 meeting. The ordinance is similar to others passed in Door County, with its purpose being to establish safety and maintenance standards, determine owners’ responsibilities and allow for rule enforcement. […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Brat Fry, Bake Sale

    Head to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7973 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor, for a curbside brat fry and bake sale Oct. 8, 9:30 am – 3 pm. Enjoy freshly grilled brats, chili, chips, root beer floats, soda and many home-baked goods – and support the church’s outreach projects in doing so. Learn more at or […]

  • Four Generations at Hickey Brothers Fishery

    The largest crowd to attend a meeting of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society in several years recently heard an entertaining and educational presentation by Dennis Hickey about the history of commercial fishing in Door County.  Before there were roads – and certainly no bridges – connecting the peninsula with the mainland, boats carried everything: goods […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Raise Taxes Equally and Fairly

    STR (short-term-rental) owners work hard and long to provide a better vacation for their customers. Do we get thanked for providing the tax and goods/services dollars to Baileys Harbor? What does the government do to help us? They insult us and ignore the fact that we are already following their proposed rules. You treat us […]

  • Celebrate Autumn in Baileys Harbor, Sept. 24

    If you couldn’t make it to the classic-car display at Harvest Fest – or you can’t get enough of awesome autos – Baileys Harbor’s Autumnfest will feature the Pinups & Pistons photo shoot, hot rods and live music rocking the Midway Stage, 11 am – 3 pm. See a complete schedule of events and registration […]