Area: Gills Rock

  • Framed

    Making maple syrup the old-fashioned way in Gills Rock. Photo by Tad Dukehart.

  • Maple Grove Motel Open Under New Management

    The Maple Grove Motel in Gills Rock has been updated and reopened under new management for 2020. John Nolte has renovated the 1950s-era motel to retain the vintage ambience while making repairs and improvements, including refurbishing the original retro furniture, adding new Kohler fixtures, new beds, interesting décor (including rotary-dial telephones), Wi-Fi and high-definition Roku […]

  • Gills Rock Pottery Debuts New Christmas Collection

    Gills Rock Pottery is ready for the 2019 holiday season with its new Christmas collection of pottery plates, platters, vases and bowls made in the studio. Join the celebration Nov. 29-30, 10 am – 5 pm, at the studio and gallery in downtown Ellison Bay.

  • Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands’ Sunset Cruise Features Kuhns and Sawyn

    The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) are offering their fourth annual sunset cruise July 27. Cruisers will meet at Gills Rock around 5:30 pm, leave at 6:15 pm and return at 9:30 pm. Enjoy the mellow music of Jeanne Kuhns and George Sawyn, food catered by Jackson Harbor Soup, beverages and a silent […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Best Uses of Gills Rock Waterfront Properties

    Last year, the Town of Liberty Grove purchased three waterfront properties in Gills Rock. In January of this year, during a series of public sessions, taxpayers provided town officials with input as to how the properties might best be used. Based upon taxpayer comments made during the public sessions, town officials mailed a survey to […]

  • Liberty Grove Gathers Ideas for Gills Rock Shoreline

    Dozens of residents turned out Jan. 14 to submit ideas for the future use of the Gills Rock shoreline parcels purchased by the Town of Liberty Grove in October. The properties include about 625 feet of shoreline, several old fishing workshop buildings, a pier that is is in need of upgrades and a waterfront view […]

  • Three Gills Rock Shorefront Planning Meetings on Jan. 14

    The Gills Rock Waterfront Access Ad Hoc Committee will host three meetings at NWTC, Sister Bay on Jan. 14. They will be at 10 am, 1 pm and 7 pm and will be for information gathering only. If you would like to see this property used for a specific purpose please attend one of these […]

  • Committee Working on Gills Rock Shoreline Plan Dec. 17

    The Gills Rock Waterfront ad hoc planning committee will meet Monday, Dec. 17, to continue working on plans for the future of the Gills Rock Shoreline properties purchased by the town in October. The committee has been meeting and brainstorming ideas for the stretch that includes 440 feet of shoreline. The public is encouraged to […]

  • Gills Rock Waterfront Meetings Jan. 14

    The Gills Rock Waterfront Access ad hoc committee will host three meetings Jan. 14, 2019 at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College’s Sister Bay location. Sessions to gather information from the public about what uses they would like to see at the property will start at 10 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm. The committee’s next regular […]

  • Rain, Sleet, Snow, Wind – All No Match for 2018 Fall 50 Runners

    The rain came, followed by sleet, which turned into snow, which was whipped into faces by wind gusting up to 40 miles per hour. Yet somehow through all of that, 63 solo runners still completed the 2018 Door County Fall 50 Saturday, Oct. 20. Founder Sean Ryan said it was the worst conditions in the […]

  • Northern Door Book Club Celebrates 65 Years of Sharing Good Books

    There have certainly been countless Door County women – especially in the days of limited TV, no cellphones and bad roads – who dreaded the coming of winter. Marge Nash, a city girl transplanted to Fish Creek, was one of them. Tourists, excitement and fellowship in the little resort town got her through the summer, […]

  • Voters Say Yes to Gills Rock Shoreline Purchase

    A full house turned out for Tuesday’s special Liberty Grove Town Board meeting, most of them there to say yes to the town’s proposal to purchase three properties on the Gills Rock shoreline for $1.45 million. The proposal passed by a vote of 111 – 19 via paper ballots. The stretch of 440 feet of […]

  • Liberty Grove To Vote on Gills Rock Shoreline Property Purchase Oct. 16

    The tiny community of Gills Rock may see a big change if voters in the Town of Liberty Grove approve the purchase of three shorefront properties at a town meeting Oct. 16. The stretch of 440 feet of shoreline is owned by three separate entities – Weborg Bros. Dock, Elizabeth Weborg, and the Richard Johnson […]

  • OBITUARY: Dorothy Lou Voight

    Dorothy Lou (Johnson) Voight, 87, of Gills Rock, died Aug. 22, 2018. She was born April 28, 1931 in Port Wing, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Alf and Elvina (Okerstrom) Johnson. Dorothy married Donald Voight on Dec. 27, 1952. She was active in the commercial fishing business they owned. She also worked at the […]

  • New Gills Rock Sculpture Honors Fishing Heritage

    Commercial fishing has a long history on the Door Peninsula, and Death’s Door Maritime Museum does its best to honor that history and those traditions (alongside the museum in Sturgeon Bay and Cana Island Lighthouse). Death’s Door has added yet another item to commemorate Door County’s commercial fishing industry. On July 4, a sculpture was […]

  • A Stairway to Death’s Door

    A scuba diving club that wanted better access to the shoreline of a Liberty Grove park has made that happen with a stainless steel stairway now providing access up and down the bluff. “It took us us a while, but we made it happen,” said John Touscany of the Neptune’s Dive Club (, adding that […]

  • Harbor Light Inn: Peaceful, Quiet, Charming in Gills Rock

    The “painted lady” Victorian in Gills Rock is just as regal today as it was in 1904 when Willy Weborg built it for his bride, Olga, who demanded only the best. They regularly opened their large home to travelers from Chicago who arrived by schooner at the dock they owned nearby. Today, the blue house […]

  • Cherries Three Ways

    The arrival of cherry season brings to mind visions of cherry pies, cherry turnovers, cherry on cheesecake and bowls of sugared fresh cherries. Yet, the use of cherries goes far beyond desserts and baked goods. Here are three fresh ways to try cherries this week.   Sweet Instead of a warm piece of pie, cool […]

  • Weekend Primer Podcast: 4th of July Special

    4th of July is a week long event in Door County, so Andrew and Matt have you covered a day early. This is your guide to food, live music, family fun, and fireworks, so you can get the most out of Independence Day 2018.

  • PODCAST: 4th of July, Door County Living

    Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen are preparing for the 4th of July. Talking points include Independence days of their youths, and the best locations to see the fireworks this year. For our feature this week, Andrew and Myles talk about the Door County Living Magazine, available throughout the county now.