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Area: Door County

  • A Tiki Bar…Northwoods Style: Fred & Fuzzy’s

    The delicious smells of an open grill wafting through the air, the sounds of waves washing upon the shore, sunshine on your face and an ice cold margarita sweating on the table in front of you – no, this is not some Caribbean island fantasy. You are sitting at one of the outdoor tables at […]

  • Keeping Fairways Fair and Greens Green

    Rolling hills, miles of perfectly manicured, green, green grass views of crystal blue waters…sound like the perfect vacation? Well, if you consider 18 holes a vacation, then you are in luck. Door County’s golf courses contain some of most beautiful landscapes, and landscaping, in our area. Whether you are walking or riding it is inevitable […]

  • Collaborative Art: Popelka Trenchard Glass

    Since ancient times the human species has been drawn to the ethereal beauty of glass. We have imbued its cool transparency with almost mystic meanings. Some believed magicians could predict the future by gazing into a crystal ball; others used glass images to impart cultural and religious values. Glass beads and trinkets were buried with […]

  • Sharing Life’s Colors: Bob & Judi Ekholm

    You might think two artists living under one roof would get to be a bit crowded sometimes, especially when both are using the same medium to express themselves. However, for Bob and Judi Ekholm their painting is just as enmeshed as their 25-year marriage. They work side-by-side focusing on the canvases in front of them, […]

  • Chambers Island Lighthouse. Dan Eggert.

    Chambers Island: An Escape to Simpler Pleasures

    On the horizon, most directly across the waters off of Fish Creek and Ephraim, lies an island that vacationers to Door County rarely visit. Chambers Island is situated approximately 7.5 miles northwest of Fish Creek, west of Horseshoe Island, and 11.5 miles northeast of Marinette. Chambers Island is about 3,200 acres and boasts a 350-acre […]

  • The Spirit Renewed: Wooden Boat Restoration

    Sturgeon Bay is a boat town and has been ever since the area was settled in the mid-1800s. A trip through the Founder’s Gallery at the Door County Maritime Museum demonstrates the fierce pride this bustling little city of 10,000 has in its maritime heritage to even the most casual observer, and justifiably so. During […]

  • With the Wind: Kiteboarding the County

    When people envision extreme sports, Door County usually is not the backdrop in their brain; however, there is a group of individuals who have rejuvenated the notion of what Door County could be. No longer just the picturesque surroundings for fine dining, art galleries, and antique shops, this crew has found a new vitality in […]

  • Off the Grid: Snake Island

    As artists, John and Sally Guger see the world a bit differently from most people. For them, what might ordinarily be mundane becomes inspirational. They see the possibility for exploration in the comings and goings of everyday life. They take the time to see the possibilities in every detail. The Gugers, along with their children, […]

  • Door County League Baseball – A Local Tradition

    The Door County League is an amateur baseball league made up of eight teams with contests held each Sunday at 1 :30 p.m., always beginning on Mother’s Day. Most estimate the level of competition is somewhere near or just a notch below Division III college baseball, with players ranging in age from about 14 to […]

  • The Leap: A Photographic Essay of Door County Weddings

    With its serene atmosphere and changing seasons, Door County has become a popular location for destination weddings. Beyond choosing among the numerous venues within the county, couples have also found alternative ways to bring the area’s traditions into their ceremonies and receptions, be it in a field of flowers, on a century-old farm or along […]

  • Happy 70th to the Players

    “There’s no business like show business!” “Two planks, a board, and a passion!” “The show must go on!” No other art form has traditions like those of the theatre. The stories are legion of how, in the midst of impossible conditions, the curtain always goes up. Actors tease that if they don’t show up for […]

  • Bring Your Yard to Life: Plant Door County Native Species

    As the days get longer and warmer the county comes to life. Grass is growing, flowers are blooming, tree buds are bursting open, and people are getting their yards and flowerbeds ready to plant. As you go through this annual routine, consider how much wildlife is dependent upon your yard for survival. No matter how […]

  • Birding in Door County

    Local birding experts all agree that Door County is a special place for birds and bird watchers. Consider Door County’s geological diversity: the combination of limestone cliffs, sand dunes, boreal forest, deciduous forest, cedar swamps, bogs, lakes, bays, and open farmland; “all of those things spell multiple species,” says local birder Willard A. Hartman. “We’re […]

  • Lands End: Preserved for All Time

    When Charlie and Katie Brumder sold their log home in Marshall’s Point in the early 1990s they knew it would not be their last Door County home. Charlie, whose family once owned a cabin on Chambers Island, has been vacationing in Door County for as long as he can remember and both he and Katie […]

  • Clearing the Virgin Forests: Door County’s Logging Past

    More than a century ago, just as today, the splendor of Door County’s natural resources attracted droves of people to the peninsula. But in the last half of the 19th century, they came not to appreciate and relax, but to chop and clear the area’s towering virgin forests. When Door County was established by the […]

  • Fore the Cause: Charity Golf Outings

    Beautiful golf courses are a part of Door County’s landscape. There are 153 holes to be played at any given time during the season with more being built all the time and, on a good day, there are people playing on most of them. Golf has become a huge business since Tiger took center stage […]

  • Racing Home: Sailing the Hook Race Death’s Door Challenge

    Sailboat racing has brought friends and families together off the shores of the Door Peninsula for nearly a century. And as intriguing and adventuresome as these races are, none can compare to the granddaddy of them all – the Hook Race Death’s Door Challenge. Spanning 197.4 nautical miles, this course pits experienced crews against each […]

  • Craig Blietz

    Where Talent, Patience & Instruction Meet: The Art of Craig Blietz

    “I’ve been blessed with the instruction I’ve had,” says Craig Blietz, an accomplished still-life and portrait painter who lives and works in Liberty Grove. Glancing around his open, two-story studio at a handful of rich and alluring paintings, though, I can’t help but muse to myself: Instruction is always a plus, but can this really […]

  • Gibraltar’s Fleeting Moment

    Nearly two full years had passed since the last Gibraltar victory in boys basketball. Countless shots had been taken, practices survived, and ankles sprained. This is the familiar cycle of Gibraltar sports in the Packerland Conference: occasional stretches of a win or two or some close games, surrounded by disheartening, motivation-sapping losing streaks and disappointment. […]

  • Fall Golf: A Loosely Held Secret

    As the sun begins its angled dip into the southern sky and the county recoils from its congested towns and frantic pace, a new season with an entirely different feel descends upon the peninsula. Northern Wisconsin has long been known for its -annual display of outstanding fall colors. October weekends swell with families fully aware […]