The DÃ¶rr Hotel, designed inside and out by Chicago-based Zimmerman Weintraub Associates (ZWA), will offer views across Lake Michigan's Green Bay, and 11 of the first-floor rooms will include private patios with access paths leading down to the water. Groundbreaking is expected next year.
Two former Milwaukeeans are going where few coffee shops have gone before at a new cafe in Sister Bay. Billed as Door County's newest forward-thinking coffee destination, Discourse is the brainchild of Ryan Castelaz and partner Chris Johnston.
"Adulting" has a pretty negative connotation on social media. But when you're in your forties, there's no better way to experience the magic of Door County. Farm-to-table dining, galleries and great coffee, it's time to indulge your grown-up side.
I've said it for years. Door County means different things to different people. Whether your idea of this magical peninsula is nature or adventure, shopping or relaxing, friends or family - or a mix of everything above, one storyline arcs above all the rest: Door County is what you make it.
Once upon a time, I figured that the magnificent, serene and beautiful Door County is a place only to be enjoyed by adults. Maybe my priorities have changed, though, because even after 20 years of visits, only recently did I come to the conclusion that kids could fall in love with this magical retreat, too. Turns out I was right. After the summer rush died down, we took our daughter up to Door County for the first time this weekend. It was a wonderful journey.
Door County is something of a ghost town this time of year - and frankly, that's just how we like it. Seeing Fish Creek, Ephraim, Egg Harbor and Sister Bay all but abandoned in the middle of winter is reminiscent of the tranquil, removed setting and slowed-down pace that made these towns a tourist hotspot in the first place.
This weekend, as I ambled around Door County for next Saturday's OnMilwaukee.com travel story, I enjoyed one of the better dinners on the peninsula at the new Chop Restaurant in Sister Bay. Invited to visit by owner Jody Wuollett, we were pleased to see such an intimate and accessible fine dining restaurant in Sister Bay. Chop is tiny, with an an open kitchen layout behind just a handful of tables and a small bar nestled in the corner.
The old saw about a leopard not being able to change its spots does not apply in Door County. Exhibit A is the Mission Grille, the casual fine dining restaurant at the bottom of the hill on Highway 42 leading into this picturesque town.