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  • With Horses in Mind: Designing a Door County Ranch

    As you drive through the gate and pass along a row of young sugar maples, the A & A Ranch comes serenely into view. Made up of a stable/lounge, a large indoor training ring, a ranch house, and several out buildings surrounded by pastures, this ranch is new to Sister Bay but feels as if […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Fall Decorating Made Easy

    Fall is here, and winter is just around the corner. Here are some simple tips for quickly and inexpensively giving your home a cozy new look as the temperature begins to drop: Create a feeling of warmth with some new pillows and throws for existing furniture using warm, rich colors and fabrics with lots of […]

  • An Uncommon Renovation

    What is a real Door County style home? It becomes more difficult to define every day, as one homeowner will tell you it’ s their small cottage or while another might point to a farmhouse on a winding county trunk road. An ad in a magazine might tell you it’s a log home or a water-view […]

  • Dan Eggert, Mission Grille, Door County, Sister Bay

    The Mission Grille: Creating a Legacy

    Polishing off the final bites of my Roasted Maple Leaf Duck with a Door County cherry Bigaraude sauce, my reluctant inheritance of my father’s pun-laden sense of humor rears its head. “heavenly” I mutter. Though the word play proves irresistible as I eat dinner at the Mission Grille in Sister Bay, I manage to spare […]

  • Evergreen Sschool, one-room school houses, schools, history, Door County

    School’s Out: The Past Times of One-Room School Houses

    The old Door County one-room and two-room schoolhouses of the late 1800s and 1900s have all but retired from their education-related functions. Many have fallen into disrepair or are altogether gone, but the surviving buildings have been converted to homes and businesses. One of the early schools can still be seen today in its original […]

  • Preserving the Door’s Landscape

    As Door County residents and visitors, we are drawn to the area’s natural beauty. Fortunately, we have many public and private organizations, not to mention individual landowners, working to ensure that Door County’s beauty and environmental diversity are preserved for future generations. To date, Door County contains more than 38,500 individual tax parcels, over 22,000 […]

  • Shady Places

    Those of us who have chosen Door County as our home for at least part of the year have done so because of the natural beauty and natural landscapes. We love the wild places, and we especially love the wooded areas. Many of the homes in the county are located on wooded lots or have […]

  • Sophisticated Casual: Interior designer Marilyn Jensen brings her work home

    Your career dictates your living space. Builders have massive homes constructed with high quality materials, electricians have convenient outlets everywhere in the house, and plumbers have large bathrooms with luxurious whirlpools. But, when you’re an interior designer, your entire home is an empty canvas waiting to be painted. Welcome to the home of Marilyn and […]

  • Thwarting The “Door County Potato”

    Thin, rocky soil is probably the most common challenge for peninsula gardeners. Although a few areas have the good fortune of deeper soils, most of the northern portion of the county has a very thin layer of soil over the bedrock. Often, even this little soil is of poor quality and shovels are frequently stopped […]