July 30th, 2018

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin — The U.S. Coast Guard cutters Escanaba (WMEC-907) and Neah Bay (WTGB-105) will make port calls in Sturgeon Bay as part of the city’s annual Maritime Week celebration.  Both cutters will open for public tours at times during their visit.

Cutter Escanaba will arrive Sunday, August 5 and depart Tuesday, August 7.  Cutter Neah Bay will arrive Monday, August 6 and depart early on Thursday, August 12.  Exact departure and arrival times are not yet available.

USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907) is a 270-foot United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter based in Boston, Massachusetts.  The cutter is named for her predecessor, USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77). The original Cutter Escanaba was named for the river and city of Escanaba, located on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The first Cutter Escanaba served on the Great Lakes and was stationed in Grand Haven, Michigan, until the start of WWII.  She was sunk by either a mine or enemy torpedo on June 13, 1943 while escorting a convoy between Greenland and Newfoundland. There were only two survivors out of her crew of over 100 men.  Four of the men who perished that night were from Door County.  The local Coast Guardsmen lost were Clarence E. “Bud” Christensen of Sturgeon Bay, Leonard Delsart of Maplewood, George W. Larson of Ellison Bay, and Victor J. Londo, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay.

A public memorial service and wreath presentation is scheduled for 10:30 am on Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Door County Maritime Museum.  The ceremony will honor and commemorate those lost with Cutter Escanaba on that fateful night in 1943.  Relatives of the local Coast Guardsmen lost are invited and encouraged to attend.  All attending relatives of those lost will be recognized during the ceremony.

USCGC Neah Bay (WTGB-105) is a 140-foot Bay Class Icebreaking tug homeported in Cleveland, Ohio. Her missions include Icebreaking, maritime security, lighthouse maintenance, and maritime law enforcement. The Neah Bay can proceed continuously through ice up to 20 inches thick and break ice up to 3 feet thick by backing and ramming.

Cutter Escanaba is tentatively scheduled to open for tours on Monday, August 6 from 9:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Cutter Neah Bay is tentatively scheduled to open for tours on both Wednesday, August 8 and Friday August 10 from 10:00-12:00 am and 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

More information about the Cutter Escanaba and her predecessors can be found at:

More information about the Cutter Neah Bay and the Bay Class icebreaking tugs can be found at:

The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society is comprised of three locations; Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor and Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. For more information, please visit or call (920) 743-5958.


July 30th, 2018

The City of Sturgeon Bay will once again honor its rich maritime heritage with a diverse collection of entertaining and fun-filled events taking place August 4 – August 12. This week-long celebration includes live music, a golf outing, the USCG Person of the Year and Mariner Awards dinner, the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival and more. Officially titled “Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard,” the celebration includes many long-standing annual waterfront events along with a growing list of new and exciting activities. In addition to focusing on Sturgeon Bay’s extraordinary maritime history, the week honors the area’s local Coast Guard personnel, past and present, for their service and many contributions to the community.

Maritime Week gets underway Saturday, August 4, with a picnic for all active, reserve, retired and veteran Coast Guard personnel and their families. The picnic is hosted by the City’s Coast Guard Committee and sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay AMVETS Post 51, Green Bay Council of the Navy League, other local veteran groups, merchants and businesses. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. at Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay.

Returning this year is the Adopt-a-Soldier Door County fundraiser. Taking place on Saturday, the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department will host an “all you can eat” breakfast at the firehouse adjacent to City Hall from 7:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. Following breakfast, there will be a benefit concert at Martin Park from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The bands, Copper Box and Dewey Rockem and Howe, will entertain throughout the afternoon.  In addition to food, fun, music, and raffles, a silent auction and the “Adopt-a-Box” fundraiser will afford an opportunity to support the extraordinary work of the Adopt-a-Solder programs.

On Sunday, August 5, the Coast Guard Spouses Luncheon will take place at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. This appreciation luncheon begins at 12:00 p.m. and encourages a fun bonding experience for Coast Guard spouses.

On Monday, August 6, at the Door County Maritime Museum, there will be a public memorial service and wreath presentation for the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will honor and commemorate those lost with the Cutter Escanaba on that fateful night in 1943.  Relatives of the local Coast Guardsmen lost are invited and encouraged to attend.  All attending relatives of those lost will be recognized during the ceremony.

The festivities continue on Tuesday, August 7, at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club with the Coast Guard Person of the Year and Mariner Award Dinner. Initiated in 2010 by the Door County Maritime Museum and Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, the Mariner Award recognizes individuals, both living and deceased, who’ve had a significant, positive and lasting impact on the Door County maritime community. Sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Committee and the Navy League, the Coast Guard Person of the Year Award recognizes a local active duty Coast Guard man or woman who exemplifies the service’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. The event opens with cocktail hour at 5:30 pm followed by the award dinner.  For tickets and information, contact the Door County Maritime Museum.

The Harmony by the Bay Summer Concert Series continues the Maritime Week celebration on Wednesday, August 8, at Martin Park. The ever-popular Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns will entertain. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will open with a salute to veterans from all branches of the armed forces and introduction of CO/OinC/Supervisor of local and visiting Coast Guard units.

The Salute to the Coast Guard Golf Outing continues the week’s activities on Thursday, August 9. This public golf event celebrates the Coast Guard’s birthday with a fun four-person scramble format at Idlewild Golf Course. To register and for additional details, contact Jon Burk, or (920)495-9978.

Thursday’s activities also include the “Thank God It’s Thursday” Sail Racing at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club that evening. Contact the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club at (920) 743-6934 for details.

Maritime Week returns to Martin Park on Friday, August 10, with an outdoor movie, The Emoji Movie, hosted by the City of Sturgeon Bay.  This family-friendly show begins at dusk.

The weekend of August 11 & 12 is packed with maritime activities on Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront. Saturday, August 11, opens with the first day of the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on the grounds of the Door County Maritime Museum. The many activities at the festival blend with the Maritime on Madison celebration, sponsored by the West Side Business Association. There will be plenty of music, special store sales and kid’s activities to keep everyone entertained as they stroll Sturgeon Bay’s historic West Side. On the Door County Maritime Museum grounds, dozens of classic boats will be on display.  The construction and the decoration phase in the ever-popular two-day Sikaflex Boat Building competition also begins Saturday morning. Watch as two-person teams working feverishly with limited lumber and materials to craft a one-of-a-kind boat that will float… hopefully.  Bring your appetite and enjoy concessions that will include fresh whitefish sandwiches on Saturday only, burgers, brats, beer, wine and more. The grounds open at 9 a.m.

At the conclusion of Saturday’s activities at the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival and Maritime on Madison, head for the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club for their annual Evening on the Bay events Saturday evening for the boat parade and fireworks. All events are open to the public. Contact the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club at (920) 743-6934 for details on all the “Evening on the Bay” events.

Maritime Week wraps up on Sunday, August 12, with the second day of the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival.  The “sea trials” of the often less-than-sea-worthy Sikaflex Challenge vessels is always the highlight of day two. Be sure to cast your “People’s Choice Selection” vote on Saturday so you can cheer on your favorite boat… and hope it stays afloat! Also enjoy special deck tours of the immaculately restored tug John Purves as well as the museum’s “Shipwrecks of Door County” exhibit and interactive Elba pilothouse which allows aspiring ship captains to steer the century-old freighter through the Sturgeon Bay shipping channel and the three Sturgeon Bay bridges.

Sturgeon Bay’s designation as an official Coast Guard City in 2014 makes the celebration even more special. Sturgeon Bay is one of only 20 communities nationwide to be named a Coast Guard City and is the first, and only, in Wisconsin!

For more information on Maritime Week or the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival, visit or call (920)743-5958.

The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society is comprised of three locations; Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor and Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. For more information, please visit or call (920) 743-5958.


July 26th, 2018

The August Edition of Door County Itinerary ideas includes activities and restaurant ideas for a two day vacation in Door County during the month of August. There are many local attractions to be found in Door County! The Door County Visitor’s Bureau is a great reference if you are looking for more ideas!

Bridgeport Resort is located in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The resort is close to dining, shopping and many local attractions. Make Bridgeport Resort your headquarters for your Door County Adventure. Visit an authentic Wisconsin Supper Club on the night of your arrival… the Nightingale Supper Club. Some of the most popular menu choices include: Prime Rib & Prime Rib Steak Sandwiches, Seafood – Australian Cold Water Lobster Tails, Steaks – For a true steakhouse experience, try our Chef’s favorite “The Ribeye”, Fish Fry, Our Famous Friday Night Fish Fry including: Perch, Walleye, & White Fish, BBQ Ribs, Pork Chops, Chicken Recipes, Homemade Soups & Salads Daily and the Best Ice Cream Drinks in Door County!

Start out your second day by visiting one of Door County’s most well-known Lighthouses! At Cana Island Lighthouse you can travel back in time and explore one of Door County Wisconsin’s most popular lighthouses that’s been standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan for more than 140 years. Investigate the entire 8.7-acre island that includes the 89-foot-tall light tower, the original home of the lighthouse keeper and his family, and the oil house where fuel for the light was stored. The highlight of any Cana Island visit is climbing the 97 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase to reach the gallery deck. The outside deck delivers a sweeping view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula. While the ascent is fun for visitors, imagine the lighthouse keeper’s job as he trudged up and down the steps each night, carrying heated lard to keep the light burning!

Stop at Grasse’s Grill for lunch. If you are looking to eat Gluten Free in Door County this is a great option. Online reviews are good stating they are Celiac friendly, have an actual gluten free menu and the staff is well trained. Are you in need of more Door County Gluten Free Dining Options? Take a look at this list from Yelp.  The comments really help you to get a feel for how thorough each place is and if they have items such as dedicated fryers. 

Grasse’s Grill is real food rooted in four generations of family. The emphasis is on fresh, homemade foods featuring Door County, WI ingredients. Meals are prepared by professional chef/owner Jimmy Grasse and crew. His wife, Jessica, will make you feel right at home as you enjoy quality dishes. Enjoy gourmet angus burgers, vegetarian and gluten-friendly selections, specialty salads, craft beers, varied wine list, and house made desserts. Grasse’s can’t wait to share their farm fresh Door County tradition with you.

After lunch, visit one of Door County’s finest wineries… Von Stiehl Winery! The main building, with a tasting room and underground tunnels, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The winery also features a 10,000 sf production facility and a spacious outdoor terrace with Lake Michigan views. Take a tour, have a taste, and learn how to make our award-winning wines! Year round events, at the winery are favorites of locals and visitors alike. With grape-stomping competitions, live music, great food and fun folks, there’s never a dull moment at a von Stiehl event! The winery is open seven days a week! Extended hours for Summer; July-August are open 9:00am-5:30pm.

Try an authentic Door County Fish Boil for dinner! A fish boil is both a meal and a great show all rolled into one! An evening Fish Boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant is an experience in itself! The Lake Michigan whitefish is caught by local fishermen and prepared outside over a roaring open fire.  Small potatoes and onions are boiled first and the fish is then dropped into the steaming kettle. When the oils from the whitefish rise to the top of the kettle, kerosene is added to the flames creating the “boil over,” spilling the fish oils over the side and signaling that the catch is ready to serve. The menu for the traditional feast includes: Steaks of Fresh Whitefish, Small Red Potatoes, Little White Onions, Homemade Lemon, Pumpkin and Rye Breads, and Fresh Baked Door County Cherry Pie. Chicken or ribs are available for those who prefer an alternative to fish, and hot dogs or chicken tenders are in reserve for children.

Spend some time relaxing after dinner. You are on vacation after all! The outdoor pool is still open in the month of August. The covered balconies are a perfect place to catch up on a good book or even sip a glass of wine while watching the water. If you want to get even closer, take a stroll along the Waterfront Walkway.

On the final morning of your visit head to downtown third avenue and have breakfast at the Inn at Cedar Crossing.  The restaurant serves fresh regional fare in a casual historic setting. Visit for hearty breakfasts, specialty lunches, enticing and creative evening dining in the restaurant.  They also feature delicious bakery, artisan breads and desserts made from scratch from the bakery,  as well as fine wines and creative cocktails in the bar. Try the Frittatas… Three eggs whisked with filling ingredients, cooked, topped with cheese and popped under the broiler until golden and fluffy. Frittatas include choice of homemade toast or English muffin and preserves.

Conclude your two day Door County Vacation with a Door County Trolley Tour! Door County Trolley specializes in guided, themed tours focused on exploring all the beauty Door County has to offer. There is a tour for everyone: Narrated Scenic Tour, Lighthouse Tour, Premier Wine Tour, Ghost Tour, Wine Spirits & Brew Tour, Haunted Pub Crawl, Wisconsin Supper Club Tour, and new Murder & Mayhem Tour. Also a Family Ride is perfect for families with younger children. In addition to the themed trolley tours, trolleys are available for private group tours and wedding charters throughout Wisconsin. Advance Purchase Recommended, Tours Often Sell Out!

I hope these ideas have been helpful. Whatever you do, find all the beauty you can in your trip!


Door County Cherry Season 2018

July 23rd, 2018

The 2018 Door County Cherry Season is in full swing. This year’s crop is beautiful. The trees are loaded with bright red cherries.

Door County’s cooler spring months and unique soil composition make it an ideal spot for growing cherries. Early farmers in the county observed this and developed some of the earliest and largest fruit orchards in the state. Some of the biggest names in the county—such as Seaquist, Lautenbach and Zettel—got their start with a modest grove of cherry trees, eventually making words “Door County” synonymous with “cherries.” – Door County Visitor Bureau

Cherry Season 2018

Harvest and Pick Your Own – Orchards further south on the peninsula will typically see an earlier harvest than  the orchards in the northern portion of Door County. The typical cherry harvest lasts for about 3 weeks, so there may be cherries available farther north into the first-second week in August. – Wisconsin Cherry Growers

It’s nearly impossible to visit Door County without having cherries come into a conversation or appear on a menu. From farm markets to wineries to canned goods, products from the region’s most prized fruit are a sweet (and sometimes sour) fringe benefit of the Door Peninsula’s cool winds off Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Wisconsin loves Door County cherries, but the best place to go and get them is from those who love them the most: the area’s growers. – Travel Wisconsin

When it comes to Wisconsin cherries, Door County is at the center of the industry. Or, as Jon Jarosh of the Door County Visitor Bureau puts it, “We are the heart of the state’s cherry industry. Almost all of Wisconsin’s cherry crops are grown here in Door County.” That’s been the case since the 1890s, when cherry trees were first planted in the county, located on the peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Both geographically and geologically, it’s an ideal region for growing the primarily tart cherries Door County is known for. – Farm Flavor

August means cherry everything in Door County – drinks, desserts, even savory entrees! Tart Montmorency cherries grow particularly well on the peninsula and are wonderful for cooking and drinks. The Wisconsin Cherry Growers Association touts the health benefits of cherries, including protection against heart disease and inflammation and high anti-oxidant properties. Just one ounce of cherry juice concentrate a day could do wonders for your health. – Sturgeon Bay Visitor’s Center 



Door County Itinerary Ideas for July 2018

June 28th, 2018

Spend a few days at Bridgeport Resort and explore Door County. Guests often ask our guest services staff for ideas of where to go and what to do. This blog provides activity ideas for a two day trip to Door County.

Start off your first evening in Door County by visiting one of Sturgeon Bay’s best rated restaurants, Donny’s Glidden Lodge. Donny’s Glidden Lodge serves Midwestern cuisine. Nightly specials include Queen- and King-cut prime ribs, Australian Cold-Water Lobster, Baked Whitefish, and more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Lake Michigan.

Head up to Sister Bay in the morning on day two and meet the goats at the Door County Creamery!

You can take a tour and eat a delicious lunch. The Door County Creamery Tour start at 10:00 a.m. Make advanced reservations online! The Creamery is a cheese making facility, eatery and retail store to sell cheeses, soap and goat’s milk gelato. Enjoy a light walking tour of the farm where all your favorite Door County Creamery items have their beginnings. Transportation between the Creamery and Farm provided. All Tours Include:
1. In depth tour of how we operate our farm, raise our animals and make our cheese.
2. Up close and personal encounters with our “daddy” goats, “mommy” goats and “baby” goats.
3. Our Homemade Goat Milk Gelato, Cheese Tasting and Patio Lunch at the Creamery around our Reserved Farm Table.

Wisconsin may be most famous for its beer and brandy, but its wine-making scene has been expanding rapidly, and Door County has been a hub of this action. From winery tours and wine festivals to restaurants embracing local-wine programs, the region’s fruit and cherry wines can be found around every corner. Spend the afternoon touring Simon Creek Winery. Tours are available daily at 2:00 p.m. Get to know Simon Creek Winery! Our expert guides will lead you thru a 20-30 minute immersion into our rich history along with current vineyard and winemaking operations.  A guided exploration of the winery helps tell the story of our birth and evolution of our place by our late founder and ever loving family member, Colonel (Ret.) Tim Lawrie. Then enjoy wine testing.

For dinner, get ready for another Door County treasure and more goats! Al Johnson’s is an authentic Swedish family owned restaurant where you can find goats grazing the sod roof. It’s quite a sight, and it’s made this place one of the most famous restaurants in Door County. Inside the casual, carpeted dining room, young ladies in Scandinavian garb dish out limpa bread and Swedish meatballs. The menu consists of a variety of Swedish fare, from pancakes with lingonberries to Swedish meatballs, whitefish, sandwiches, salads, and a variety of hot and cold plates.

After dinner, spend some time relaxing in your suite. Perhaps it is movie time. Bridgeport Resort has complimentary movies available for check out at the guest services desk. Or take a dip in one of the pools. The outdoor pool is heated and there are plenty of lounge chairs to bask in the last rays of sunshine.

Still ready for more action? Take a stroll and browse the shops of Madison Avenue. These downtown shops are just a few blocks away from Bridgeport Resort. You will find Bay Shore Outfitters, the Door County Olive Oil Company, Alley Katz Boutique and more!

Day three brings another chance to take in the sights of Door County. Try a guided tour on a Segway! Segway Tours offers guided Segway Personal Transporter (PT) tours of where you want to be in Wisconsin, including Peninsula State Park, Baileys Harbor Lighthouses, Sturgeon Bay, Cave Point, Washington Island and Egg Harbor. Experience the FUN of the Segway PT as you enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin nature around you and learn a little history about Door County. The tour guides have over 40 years combined experience and have your enjoyment and safety as their top priorities.

Have a great time on your next Door County Vacation!

Participate in the 28th Annual Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival

June 14th, 2018

The Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival is set for August 11 & 12, 2018. Now is the time to make plans to participate in the exciting events – exhibit your boat, compete in the Sikaflex Challenge or volunteer your time to help celebrate Door County’s classic and wooden boats.

The Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival annually features a remarkable assortment of vessels competing for best in show. Registered boaters are invited to participate in a private bay-to-lake cruise and cocktail reception on the Friday before the festival, showcase their boat for the weekend and compete for awards and ribbons. Boats will be displayed on trailers throughout the parking lot, along the waterfront and on the lawn. To exhibit a boat, register with Bill Freyman at

The Sikaflex Challenge boat building competition returns this year! Construct a boat on Saturday, add decoration on Sunday morning and race for points on Sunday afternoon. Sikaflex Challenge building restrictions make for fun and exciting sea trials. The Sikaflex Challenge is limited to 12 two-person teams so register early for a spot in the challenge. Registration costs are $20.00 and the form can be completed online or at the museum.

Volunteer your time at the famous Boat House Sale, help with the children’s activities or support the concession stand on Saturday and Sunday. The Door County Maritime Museum is a nonprofit organization that appreciates volunteer assistance with all community events.

With new vendors, U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, plein air artists, classic boats, wooden boats, great food and the Maritime on Madison festival happening so close by – the second weekend in August is sure to be a great time on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront.

The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society is comprised of three locations; Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor and Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. For more information, please visit or call (920) 743-5958.

Door County Fourth of July Fireworks 2018

June 11th, 2018

From Festivals to Fireworks, you will not want to miss this year’s Fourth of July Celebrations in Door County. You will find food, cold drinks, live music, parades and more throughout the county as you celebrate Independence Day 2018.

July 3, 2018
Egg Harbor
Where: Harbor View Park and Downtown
Egg Harbor, WI 54209

July 4, 2018 at Dusk
Sturgeon Bay
Where: Sunset Park
North Third Avenue and Florida Street
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

July 4, 2018 at Dusk
Where: Robert Baumann Memorial Ball Park / Forestville Town Hall
7705 County H
Maplewood, Wisconsin 54235

July 4, 2018 at Dusk
Washington Island
Where: Baseball Field
Main Street
Washington Island, Wisconsin 54210

July 4, 2018
Baileys Harbor
Where: Baileys Harbor Community Association
2392 Cty F – Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

July 4, 2018 at Dusk
Gills Rock
Where: Downtown Gills Rock
Ellison Bay, WI 54210

July 7, 2018
Fish Creek
Where: Clark Park
4174, 4150 Maple Street
Fish Creek, WI 54212

New Shipwrecks Exhibit Unveiled at Door County Maritime Museum

May 21st, 2018

Take a journey through the new immersive exhibit at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Start your journey on land, aboard the freighter Elba, experience the ship sinking to the bottom of Lake Michigan and explore the lake floor for shipwrecks. The new “Shipwrecks of Door County” exhibit takes you through the history of scuba diving to plunging beneath the surface of Door County’s waters to exploring the history of the shipwrecks surrounding us. Learn about the watery graves of some of the over 200 historic losses that now call Door County waters their permanent home.

On Saturday, May 26, “Shipwrecks of Door County” opens to the public with an exciting day-long Grand Opening event sponsored by Lakeshore Adventures LLC. Join us for engaging activities; learn about shipwrecks from maritime speakers, follow along on guided curator tours and hear about historic shipwrecks from a lighthouse keeper’s perspective. Bring the little ones along for educational and entertaining children’s activities to include a shipwreck scavenger hunt, paper boat building, and don’t forget to pose with the nautical props at the selfie station.

With the purchase of standard admission, visitors can discover the new exhibit, explore the three other galleries highlighting Door County’s maritime history and enjoy the opening celebration events.

This new exhibit delivers a fascinating look into Door County’s historical shipwreck tragedies. Use a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) simulator to locate and explore a shipwreck, explore a sunken vessel, discover artifacts among the shipwreck debris field, learn about the preservation of Door County shipwrecks and watch footage of underwater discoveries in the exhibit theater.

Saturday, May 26 – Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM             Museum Opens
10:15 AM             Amy Paul | Executive Director, Door County Maritime Museum
Ribbon Cutting & Opening Comments
10:30 AM             Victoria Kiefer | Maritime Archeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology and Door County Shipwrecks
11:30 AM             Joan Forsberg | Maritime Historian and Author
Shipwrecks at Death’s Door
12:30 PM             Amy Paul | Executive Director, Door County Maritime Museum
Laughing Loon Kayak Raffle Drawing
1:30 PM                Ed Miller as Henry Gattie | Lighthouse Keeper
Find Mr. Gattie amid the “Sentinels of the Shore: Lighthouses of Door County” exhibit. He’ll share the history of the old Baileys Harbor light and how it may have been the cause of some shipwrecks.
1:30 PM              Joan Forsberg | Maritime Historian and Author
Book Signing – Shipwrecks at Death’s Door
2:30 PM                Philip Byrd | Curator, Door County Maritime Museum
Guided Walk Through of “Shipwrecks of Door County”
3:30 PM                Philip Byrd | Curator, Door County Maritime Museum
Guided Walk Through of “Shipwrecks of Door County”

The Door County Maritime Museum is comprised of three locations; Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island Lighthouse, and Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. For more information and to plan your visit, please visit or call 920-743-5958.

Lifetime Achievement Award

April 30th, 2018

Congratulations to Bridgeport Resort founder, Fran Shefchik – recipient of Door County Economic Development Corporation’s Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Bridgeport Resort is a sponsor of the Door County Economic Development Corporation.

The Door County Economic Development Corporation announced April 24th, 2018 that Fran Shefchik was awarded the very first Door County Lifetime Achievement award. This award was created to recognize an individual who has made a substantial impact on the business community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during their career in Door County. The award presentation was made during the sold out DCEDC annual investors meeting at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Throughout his life, Fran Shefchik has graciously shared his time, his talents, and his resources, both corporate and personal, for the betterment of others.

He is the founder of PortSide Builders which has served many in Door County and beyond for 40 years. He started the company on 18th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, emphasizing three key elements: Customer Focus, Respect, and Teamwork. He engaged his employees in new and innovative ways, has ensured they are able to take pride in their work, and provide for their own long-term financial security.

Fran has worked continuously, both in the forefront and behind the scenes, to promote all small businesses in the community. He believes a strong business community benefits everyone.

Fran’s generosity and compassion towards others are well-known throughout Door County. He has given greatly of himself to all types of local causes. Whether it is a charitable event, a civic need, or a local resident with a medical situation, Fran is there to assist.

Bridgeport Resort in the early years…




Gluten Free Cheese Fondue

April 25th, 2018

Spring Women’s Weekend at Bridgeport Resort in Door County was a huge success! This fun women’s weekend was created to pamper women and their friends. The weekend included a Friday Welcome Reception with Women’s Specialty Vendors and Cheese Fondue! The ladies had numerous opportunities on Saturday to pamper themselves. Complimentary chair massages and makeovers were provided. There were three different work out sessions and women’s wellness speakers provided at no charge. Find out more about the Wellness Speakers by visiting our blog, “Bridgeport Resort Spring Women’s Weekend Speakers.” The Fall Women’s Weekend will take place November 16th to 18th, 2018… Make your reservation now!

Here are the recipes from the Cheese Fondue… the Spinach Artichoke Fondue was delicious! All six recipes are actually Gluten Free Cheese Fondue recipes… although we served ours with fresh bakery bread from Scaturo’s Bakery, you could serve it with your favorite gluten free bread! We hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Cheddar Cheese Fondue

1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
1 Teaspoon Salt, Optional
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
3 Cups Whole Milk (24oz)
4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (16oz)

Melt butter; stir in cornstarch, salt if desired, mustard, pepper and Worcestershire sauce until smooth.
Gradually add milk.
Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Reduce heat.
Add the cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted.

Serves 16

Cheddar Beer Cheese Fondue

1 ½ Cups Light Beer (12oz)
½ Teaspoon Ground Mustard
1 Garlic Clove, Crushed With a Press
¼ Teaspoon Hot Sauce
4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (16oz)
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

Heat beer, mustard, garlic and hot sauce.
Wisk in cheddar tossed with cornstarch until smooth.

Serves 16

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Fondue

1 Cup Dry White Wine (8oz)
1 Clove Garlic
2 Green Onions , Sliced
3 Ounces Cream Cheese
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded (4oz)
1 Cup Swiss Cheese, Shredded (4oz)
1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded (4oz)
1 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1/2 Pound Bacon, Cooked Crisp and Crumbled
4 Ounces Jalapeno Peppers, Drained and Chopped

Simmer wine, garlic & green onion for 2 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted.
Toss all shredded cheeses with flour. Add Cheese a handful at a time over low heat until melted.
Stir in remaining ingredients.

Serves 12

Spinach Artichoke Fondue

1 1/2 Cup Gruyere Cheese, Shredded (6oz)
1 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded (6oz)
3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Shredded (3oz)
3 Teaspoon Cornstarch
1 Cup White Cooking Wine (8oz)
3 Tablespoon Garlic, Minced
2 1/4 Cup Chopped Baby Spinach
1 Cup Artichoke Hearts, Drained and Chopped

Combine the cheeses in a bowl and sprinkle with the flour.
Toss to evenly coat, set aside.
Pour cooking wine and garlic into a pot and cook over medium-high heat.
Once it starts to boil add the spinach and artichokes, stir until the spinach wilts.
Stir in the cheeses and keep stirring until the cheese is stringy and melted completely.

Serves 15

White Cheddar Fondue

1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
3 Cups Milk (24oz)
4 Cups Shredded White Cheddar Cheese (16oz)

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt your butter.
Whisk in dry ingredients and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes until it starts to smell nutty.
Slowly start drizzling in your milk and Worcestershire and whisking all the while a couple of tablespoons at a time and whisk it in until it’s smooth before adding more.
You’ll initially have a very thick mixture, but it will eventually thin out from a paste to a sauce.
Once you’ve added all the liquid, allow it to cook, still stirring slowly, until you start to see bubbles. If you worked slowly enough, it should already be pretty well thickened.
Add your cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

Serves 16

Swiss Wine Fondue

Garlic Clove
4 Cups Shredded Swiss (16oz)
2 Tablespoon Cornstarch
2 Cup Dry White Wine (16oz)
Fresh Thyme Bundle
2 Tablespoon  Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Zest

Rub inside of fondue pot with a fresh clove of garlic.
Bring wine, thyme and lemon juice to a simmer.
Discard Thyme bundle and begin to slowly add cheese mixture, stirring constantly until smooth and velvety.

Serves 16