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Area: Baileys Harbor

  • Len Villano

    Gregg Curzon and Scary Fast Cars

    Seeing Gregg Curzon, he appears how anyone would imagine a “local.” From Monday through Saturday he’s in his navy blue work shirt, busy helping locals and visitors with their motorsport and storage needs at his business Harbor Marine and Motorsports. He’s one of those guys who seemingly knows everyone in Door County, but, as he […]

  • Fishing with First Choice

    “Reel it in, Sally. Reel it in!” cheer my friends aboard the First Choice Charter boat bobbing in the blue expanse of Lake Michigan. The sun is setting behind the faint horizontal line of Door County.

  • Albert Zahn: Great-Grandson Randy Zahn Brings Famous Folk Artist to Life

    More than 100 people attended the final 2013 meeting of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society on Sept. 12, and it’s unlikely that any of them will ever again pass the funny old blue-and-white house north of town without feeling closer to the German farmer who built it 89 years ago and named it Birds Park.

  • 40 Years of Beautiful Creations from Gloria Hardiman

    Forty years ago this summer, the old Nippert store at the intersection of County F and Maple Grove Road was reborn as Gloria Hardiman’s Maple Grove Gallery.

  • Len Villano

    The Clear Bottom Kayaking Experience

    On any given summer’s day in Door County, someone is enjoying a silent sport, and with endless miles of shoreline, inland lakes and rivers, Door County is a fitting home for kayakers. Even without searching for them, kayaks are everywhere – stores, brochures, beachfronts, atop cars, leaning against garages, etc. There is only one place […]

  • Baileys Harbor’s Range Lights

    Captain Justice Bailey was lucky. In 1848 he escaped a storm on Lake Michigan by guiding the Gazelle safely into the harbor that would later bear his name, escaping the fate of an estimated 31 other vessels that wrecked or stranded on the treacherous outer reef that is covered by very shallow water. Baileys Harbor […]

  • Len Villano, Cave Point

    Time to Invent Your Own Constellation Myths

    As early man attempted to understand the natural world around him, he looked up at the vast sky and wondered… The sky was fraught with so much meaning that eventually it became the “heavens,” home of various deities. The night sky especially offered endless mystery and possibilities to our ancestors. They saw celestial occurrences as […]

  • Katie Sikora.

    Savoring Lawyers

    The Friday night fish special holds a somewhat legendary status in Wisconsin. A good fish and chips fix – washed down with a cold microbrew – marks the end of the workweek and beginning of a weekend. Now, there’s a new fish on the scene. The lawyer fish, also known as burbot or freshwater cod, […]

  • Katie Sikora, Marilyn Peterson

    Bonnie Braes Golf League

    For nearly 20 years, the ladies of the Bonnie Braes golf league at Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor continue to carry a tradition of camaraderie and friendship through their common interest in the game of golf. The Thursday night ladies’ league began in 1994 by a varied group of Door County career women and business […]

  • Len Villano, boat

    Rob Comstock’s Adirondack Guideboat

    There is a fine sheen of wood dust coating absolutely everything in local woodworker and artist Rob Comstock’s workshop. That soft layer covers stacks of cut spruce, tiger maple, and cherry waiting to be molded and shaped into a gloriously beautiful handmade boat. “It’s called an Adirondack guideboat,” Comstock explains as he leads a customer […]

  • Len Villano, Tom Lutsey

    Going Against the Grain at Waseda Farms

    For most of his life Tom Lutsey didn’t pay much attention to his diet. He liked his steaks, had his favorite hamburger spots in Door County, and loved to stop for a couple of the famous burgers at Kroll’s in Green Bay. He was running his family’s hugely successful ice cream business, Gold Bond Ice […]

  • Door County’s RV Culture

    I didn’t have to ask Jan Harlow a lot of questions. I showed up at Aqualand Camp Resort to talk to the owner, Mike McAndrews, to get a feel for the place, and after a few minutes he stopped talking and said, “you know what, I should just take you down to meet Jan and […]

  • Anclam Park Undergoes Renovations

    By this time next year, kiteboarders could be launching from a completely renovated beach at Anclam Park. The first phase of the renovations, which focuses on the beach’s infrastructure, is currently underway, and the second phase, which focuses on beautification, will likely begin next year. The Town of Baileys Harbor recently contracted Rass Excavating and […]

  • Kiteboarding

    If most Americans read or heard that on any given day, chances are they wouldn’t have a clue what it meant. But the simple Facebook post by a Door County kiteboarder would have his friends over to Anclam Beach in Baileys Harbor within an hour. Like a mountain town sub-culture where the forecast for a […]

  • Len Villano, Stiefel home

    Living with Intention: John & Janice Stiefel

    Over two decades ago John and Janice Stiefel, then residents of Plymouth, Wisconsin, set out on a mission to purchase property in Door County. Each weekend they packed the car and headed north, winding their way up to Gills Rock, stopping to view open meadows and wooded parcels, and to watch the progression of blooming […]

  • Celebrate Craft Beer in Baileys Harbor

    The wait for Door County’s first beer festival is over. Over 1,000 people are expected to hit the grounds of the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on June 16 to celebrate the finest in craft beers from around the world.

  • Becoming A Runner

    When I started this journey on Nov. 30, 2011, I truly had no idea what I was getting into. I knew that I wanted to lose my baby weight. I knew that I wanted to get back in shape.

  • Dan Eggert, biker

    Ride for Nature to Benefit The Ridges Sanctuary

    As cyclists cross the finish line of this year’s Ride for Nature, a few numbers might come to mind. The most likely pairing will be one and 100, as the June 16th ride is an early event in the cycling calendar and will probably be the first century ride of the season for many participants. […]

  • Beyond Preservation: Ridges Sanctuary’s New Vision

    The Ridges Sanctuary hopes to build a new interpretive center, but it must raise another $150,000 by Oct. 26 to buy the property.

  • Cana Island Lighthouse. Ferdinand Hotz.

    Then & Now: The Photography of Ferdinand Hotz and Dan Eggert

    Door County Living photographer Dan Eggert recreates the iconic photography of Ferdinand Hotz decades later.