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Happy New Year!
It’s 2019, and the year is sure to bring lots of exciting events and experiences throughout Door County. In fact, we know of a few big reasons 2019 will be another great year to plan a visit. There's a lot to look forward to, and if you're starting to think about vacation dates and weekend trips, plan ahead to enjoy some of these new and exciting happenings on the peninsula.
In 2018 the county welcomed a variety of new places to eat and socialize, including Heirloom Cafe and Provisions, Hatch Distillery, Skipstone Coffee, and Shipwrecked Brewery—which reopened after it was rebuilt from fire damage. DIY studios ReClaimed and Clink! also opened their doors in Ephraim, providing hands-on crafting experiences. While we wait for warmer weather, winter and early spring is the perfect time to get familiar with these new additions to the community.
The wine and winery industry in the county continues to grow—literally and figuratively!
Door 44 Winery is building a new retail and tasting room location near one of its vineyards near the intersection of County Road P and Highway 42, just north of Sturgeon Bay. The 11,000 square foot space will feature a 118-seat tasting room, farm market and patio, a large viewing area, and production facility. This new location will be a part of the Door County Wine Trail, which includes the current Door 44 location along with seven other Door County wineries.
On June 4–6, the Celebrate Water Summit will conclude a full year of celebration and education around the topic of water of Door County. The 3-day summit is held at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor and will feature a keynote speaker, educational sessions, and field trips. Find all the events and information on the website.
A Door County favorite is being restored with the completion of a new Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park. When the old Eagle Tower observation tower was deemed unsafe and had to be dismantled in 2015, it was the end of a cherished tradition for many Door County visitors.
Fortunately, the funds and approvals for a new tower are now complete, and the plan is set to open to the public in late summer. The new tower will be 60-feet tall and have an 850-foot ramp traveling through the trees and canopy to provide additional viewpoints and make the observation deck more accessible.
The Northern Sky Theater, a theater located in Peninsula State Park, is getting a new campus at the corner of A and F in Fish Creek. Since 1970, performances have always been seasonal because they take place at an outdoor theater. While they will continue to have their summer repertory musicals at Peninsula State Park's Amphitheater, this new two-building campus will make year-round performances possible. One building will be used for production and storage, and the other will have offices and an indoor theater to seat 250 people. The premiere performance is planned for fall 2019.
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