Learn more: Manager Digs Deep into Motel History

Registration ends March 16 for the second Door County Historical Society (DCHS) lunch program of the year – “The Rise (and Fall) of Motels in America” – as part of the society’s ongoing mission to bring local history and culture to life in a memorable dining experience.

During the March 23 event at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, Holiday Music Motel’s manager, melaniejane, will share her studies into the evolution of motels and their impact on American travel culture. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, and the program will follow. 

The cost for the meal and program is $40 (DCHS members pay $35) for a choice of cherry barbecue meatloaf, chicken with cream sauce, or an apple gorgonzola salad. Reservations are required and can be made via our website at, over the phone at 920.421.2332, or in person at DCHS offices. The Holiday plays an role in preserving the 20th century roadside motel phenomenon while also being a significant contributor to the community through outreach and support of the music and art community.

Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club is located at 600 Nautical Drive