Category: Habitats

  • 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 […]

  • Plant A Pollinator Garden

    by Don Gustafson Insect pollinators, bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles and flies are in trouble. Populations are disappearing at alarming rates due to pesticides, parasites, diseases, lack of crop diversity (mono crops such as corn, soybean and wheat fields), flowerless landscapes (lawn) and poor management practices. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, we have […]

  • Inside the Dunes Dwelling: Door County’s Hobbit Home

    On South Cave Point and Glidden drives, there are dueling stretches, both lake and woodside, of homes and cottages that all have unique stories. One home in particular sits on a two-acre plot on South Cave Point Drive. This home had acquired several nicknames through the years, such as “The Dome” and “Mushroom House.” It […]

  • An Excuse to Buy A Tractor: Couple Rehabs Migrant Worker Shack

    Paul Heim and his wife Julie Watkins would agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation, “If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.” The restoration of the migrant pickers shack on their property has been a labor of love. Heim, a native of Wisconsin, now lives in Houston, where, until […]

  • Waking Sleeping Beauty: The Sister Bay Inn

    Vilius Vaicekauskas of Sister Bay had driven by the Voyager Inn on Highway 57 hundreds of times. But one winter day, he thought to himself, “This place has potential.” He began telling his wife, Alma, that they should buy it. “After 10 years in the hospitality industry, we wanted to have our own hotel,” he […]

  • Crossroads Is Going to the Birds (and Butterflies)

    Crossroads at Big Creek welcomes another season of providing lifelong experience-based learning on science, history and environment with the unveiling of its newest addition: an accessible bird and butterfly garden. Situated around the Collins Learning Center, the bird and butterfly gardens will enhance the organization’s mission of connecting people of all ages and abilities with […]

  • Virge Temme, SAGE House

    Architect Virge Temme building SAGE home in Sturgeon Bay

    Virge Temme has seen too many people become prisoners of the cost of their homes, people who believe they have achieved the American dream by living in a McMansion, even if they can’t afford to furnish that dream home and have to plow every cent they earn into keeping the place. As an architect, Temme […]

  • Chambers Island Families Buy Catholic Retreat

    Fifteen families on Chambers Island are the new owners of the Diocese of Green Bay’s former Holy Name Retreat. They plan to remove most of the buildings on the property and sell off 10-acre plots in 2018. Mary Jane Rittleman and her husband Ben Laird have been spearheading the effort to purchase the property “with […]