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  • Scofield House: A Classic Beauty

    When Herbert “Bert” and Augusta Scofield built their 15-room Victorian home in 1902, it was described as “the grandest house in Sturgeon Bay,” befitting the scion of a prominent family. Bert had just completed two terms as mayor, following in the footsteps of his father, Charles, who was elected the town’s first mayor in 1883.  […]

  • An Old Schoolhouse, An Artist and the Perfect Light

    Painter Karen Cook drove past the old schoolhouse every day, always wondering what was inside. It had recently been repainted and fixed up, and Cook feared it was ruined inside — split into rooms for a vacation home, the remnants of the old one-room Appleport School covered up with drywall and carpet. Then one day […]

  • On the Hunt for Housing: One Person’s Odyssey

    To the people of Door County and its frequent visitors, the housing shortage for seasonal workers is no surprise. It came as a big surprise to me. I had never been to the peninsula until almost a year ago, when I began an internship with the Peninsula Pulse. At that time, I got lucky with […]

  • Sustainability 2019: Can Home Sharing Fill A Gap?

    by Ashley Lusk I moved to Door County in 2009, and like so many other young workers, I struggled to find a place to live. Jobs were plentiful, but housing was scarce. All six potential employers I interviewed with offered me a job – contingent on me finding a place to live. Fortunately, I was […]

  • Sustainability 2019: New Life for Old Containers?

    When Leathem D. Smith of Sturgeon Bay invented the Safeway shipping container in 1945, he revolutionized the shipping industry. Seventy-four years later, could that same idea revolutionize housing in Door County? In Europe, shipping containers have been a popular way to fill housing gaps for more than a decade, particularly in temporary situations. In London, […]

  • The Challenges of Home-buying in Door County: Pulse Podcast

    Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen are joined this week by Aleah Kidd to discuss the unique challenges that come with house-hunting in Door County. They also bring updates to the upcoming highway reconstruction project, and new columns featuring the DCVB and DCEDC in upcoming issues of the Peninsula Pulse.

  • The Pleated House

    When MaryGrace Quinlan decided to build a getaway on her family’s property in Whitefish Bay, she had a high creative bar to clear. After all, in 1950 her father had built the family cottage down the road, followed by one of the state’s most curious homes a few driveways south in 1978. Some call it […]

  • Home on the Range (Light)

    For the past 150 years, the Baileys Harbor Range Lights have signaled home to the peninsula’s mariners. But only a select few people have been able to call the upper Range Light their own home during the early years of the beacon’s history. “They had a pretty good life compared to other people living on […]

  • Olson Park in Algoma Opens New Kayak Launch

    The public is invited to ribbon cutting at noon Aug. 30 for the newly installed kayak launch at Olson Park, N8108 Hwy 42, Algoma. The float-style kayak launch will allow for kayakers, canoers and stand-up paddle boarders of all abilities and experience levels to easily access the Ahnapee River. Users can avoid getting their feet […]

  • DCCF Moves to New Home

    The Door County Community Foundation purchased a permanent home at the corner of Third Avenue and Kentucky Street in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The foundation’s physical and mailing address is 222 N. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Part of the building remains under construction, but they expect the conference center to open in fall and […]

  • A Remodel With History at Heart: True North Real Estate Offices

    By the time the Seventh-day Adventist Church finally closed its doors in Fish Creek in 2015, member Polly Kuehn knew it was time to move on. The church was built by the congregation’s 64 members in 1892 on a plot below the bluff donated by Fish Creek founder Asa Thorp. By 2015 the congregation claimed […]

  • Community Beehive Dedication

    Honeybees have a new home at Crossroads at Big Creek and all are invited to the dedication of Door County Beekeepers Community Hive on June 14 at 4 pm. Attendees gather at the Collins Learning Center and walk the short distance to the hive area, view the comings and goings of the honeybees, and explore […]

  • Curious Door – the Peninsula’s Most Mysterious Places

    Speckled amidst the farms, bluffs and manicured estates of Door County are sites that seem a step out of place. There are curiosities that make you ask, “I wonder what the deal is with that?” You’ll pass them time and again, always asking the question, if only to yourself. Here we track down the stories […]

  • Door County House and Garden Walk July 31

    The 58th annual Door County House and Garden Walk is scheduled for July 31, 9 am – 5 pm. This event is hosted by the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary, and all proceeds go to support the Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Care Project at the Door County Medical Center. More information will soon be […]

  • People Leading by Example: Carrie and David Link of Door County Habitat for Humanity

    David Link found himself missing the camaraderie of the workplace after retiring to Door County about a dozen years ago. “On the job I had a lot of work friends, people I would see daily and who I liked a lot, but who I rarely saw outside of work,” he said. Though he admits he’s […]

  • Door County’s Great Home Bars

    Like most children of the ’80s, I grew up with the television turned to Cheers! every Thursday night. It was one of the rare shows my parents watched that I actually liked and it’s probably why I always wanted to own my own bar as a kid. My parents never went to bars, and I […]

  • Public Input Sought for Little Lake Restoration

    The Sturgeon Bay Park and Recreation Department has scheduled a meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 421 Michigan Street. The purpose of the meeting is to get input from the public as to how Little Lake/Bradley Lake and Sunset Park should look when the lake has been […]

  • Master Gardeners Host Final Summer Demos Sept. 12

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association announces the final program in a series of summertime educational events celebrating their free public display garden, The Garden Door. The garden is located on Highway 42 just north of Sturgeon Bay, on the grounds of the UW Peninsular Agricultural Research Station. Join the Master Gardeners in the Garden […]

  • Cottage Life Survives at Heritage Lake Resort

    For nearly a century, the typical Door County vacation home was a simple cottage on a piece of prime real estate. Rarely winterized, they had small, basic kitchens and sparse living rooms. Those coming to the peninsula, after all, were coming in July and August to take advantage of the cool breezes off the lake […]

  • Making a Music Scene: Musicians Talk What Makes a Music Scene Magical

    “I came to realize that you can sometimes tell in advance whether or not a given situation will develop into a vibrant scene… It doesn’t depend entirely on the inspiration and creativity of the individuals hanging out there. A confluence of external factors helps encourage the latent talent in a community to flower.” — David […]