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Steel Bridge Songfest

May 19, 2013 by

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Celebrating their ninth year, Steel Bridge Songfest takes place in Sturgeon Bay to celebrate historic preservation through music. Over 150 artists perform all original music at more than a dozen venues throughout the city. Steel Bridge Songfest 2013 takes place June 13 -16. Come and enjoy four days of music for the unbelievably affordable ticket price of $25!

Story of the Steele Bridge Songfest

According to the Steel Bridge website, in 1996, a grassroots group called “the SOBs” (Save Our Bridge) was organized to save Sturgeon Bay’s Michigan Street Bridge from the scheduled wrecking ball. They amazingly succeeded and in 2005, Citizens for Our Bridge (CFOB) was registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Their mission: preserve and promote this historic bridge through community outreach and education via creative musical events and projects.

To build public appreciation for the bridge and the Historic Downtown District in Sturgeon Bay, a week-long celebration is held every June in and around The Holiday Music Motel, a fully operational motel that also hosts live music events. Songwriters and musicians from around the world, including Jackson Browne, Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s), James McMurtry and hundreds of others have performed at this event, donating their time and talents to perform at Steel Bridge Songfest.

Since 2007, thanks to assistance from the National Trust For Historic Preservation and the funds raised through Songfest, Sturgeon Bay’s Historic “Steel Bridge” is protected, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge turned 80 the summer of 2011 and also underwent a long awaited rehab. Since the bridge is officially “saved,” CFOB’s continued mission is to honor the bridge as a living symbol of creative collaboration and preservation thriving together harmoniously, building community, drawing greater beauty and vitality to our surroundings.

Check out some of this year’s performers on the Steel Bridge Songfest website.

Like Historic Spaces? Stop by von Stiehl Winery!

Our winery is over 150 years old. It was originally a brewery, however, in the mid 1960s, Dr. Charles Stiehl purchased and restored the building to expand his hobby, making wine out of Door County cherries. Intrigued? Stop by our winery in Algoma any day of the week and join in a tour – we have about seven per day during the summer. Look forward to seeing you!

Girls Weekend Getaway in Door County

March 30, 2013 by

Get over the winter with a fabulous weekend of female fun! The fifth annual Groovin’ Sisterhood Weekend is coming up from April 25 – 28th.

Celebrate womanhood in the beautiful and historical city of Sturgeon Bay, in Door County. Embrace life, love, and laughter during this women-oriented four-day weekend! Come to shop, discover, and revitalize with other fabulous women! Enjoy a weekend filled with activities, seminars, and groovin’ classes!

There will be a variety of fun activities over the weekend! You can participate as much or as little as you would like. There are also optional sessions for a small fee. Receive your exclusive Groovin’ Sisterhood coupon book, fabulous tote, and Sisterhood Enquirer, which details all sessions and events, included in your registration bag!

Events and Sessions at the Groovin Sisterhood Weekend

All weekend long, the Door County Trolley will be providing free transportation around Sturgeon Bay. Explore Door County!

There will be art and craft sessions as well – everything from glass blowing to floral design to food and beer pairings.

Check the Groovin’ Sisterhood webpage for more updates soon.

Registration starts at $65, with a variety of other ticketed events you may want to attend.

Wine and Women – A Wonderful Combination!

While you are in Sturgeon Bay for the weekend, take the short drive to Algoma, a cute waterfront town about 17 miles South. We have a winery tour every Saturday at 2 p.m. when you can see our underground arched limestone caverns and the new production facility. At only $4, you can’t find a cheaper way to enjoy 30 minutes! Plus, the wine tasting is always complimentary. Our tasting room and shop is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While visiting, you may want to become a member of the Ladies of the Vine club. Enjoy unique wine and food pairings, shopping discounts in our store and the opportunity to order from our gift and decorating catalogues at great discounts. The Ladies of the Vine have at least three unique events per year.

St. Patrick’s Day Party & Parade in Sturgeon Bay

March 5, 2013 by

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On Saint Patrick’s, everyone can be Irish for a day! Sturgeon Bay parade gives you your chance! Brush off your green duds and join in the fun of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 16.

While it is not a national holiday, communities all over the country celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parties, parades and wearing of the green. Of course in Sturgeon Bay and Door County, we have our share of Irish Americans (and those that wish they were!) We don’t dye the waters of the bay green, but the Sturgeon Bay parade is not-to-miss. Come check out the floats, cars, trucks, horse and of course Leprechauns!

The Sturgeon Bay Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Route

The parade starts promptly at 11 a.m. on the West Side at Sawyer Park, and goes up Oak Street to Madison Avenue. It turns South on Maple, goes across the Oregon Street Bridge, then turns left on Third Avenue to Jefferson Street, before ending at 7th Avenue. Awards are given for Best Irish Entry, Best Tavern/Bar Entry, Best Retail Entry, and Best Non-Profit Entry. Last year it was 70 degrees and there were over 60 parade participants. We hope this year the parade will be even bigger!

To get you in the Saint Patty’s day mood, here are some fun facts about the holiday:

  • In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
  • Most Catholics attend mass in the morning and then attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
  • The phrase “drowning the Shamrock” comes from the custom of floating a shamrock on the top of a whiskey shot before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.

Stop by von Stiehl winery in Algoma on your way home from the parade to wrap up your day with some local Wisconsin wine!

Door County Fire and Ice Festival

February 3, 2013 by

Break up the monotony of the long winter with a fun festival in Sturgeon Bay.

Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center hosts the annual Fire and Ice weekend, February 15 – 17. Saturday, enjoy cool activities including a city-wide ice carving competition by local ice artists and professional carvers. Watch as they transform large and small snow blocks into masterpieces!! Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, carvers will begin the process of turning snow & ice into art!

The public is invited to vote for their favorite carving for the People’s Choice Award. Event maps with ice & snow block locations will be available at most businesses throughout the weekend or at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center office, 36 S. 3rd Avenue.

Saturday night, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and Stone Harbor Resort host the annual “Fire & Ice” Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction. Enjoy a fabulous meal followed by the musical sounds of Little Vito and the Torpedoes. Tickets to the dinner dance and additional information about Fire & Ice and other special events is available by calling the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center; 800.301.6695 or 920.743.6246 or by visiting www.SturgeonBay.net.

While You’re At It…Visit Door County Wineries

von Stiehl is just outside of Sturgeon Bay in the lovely waterfront town of Algoma. We would love it for you to stop by on your way to or from the Fire and Ice festival for a tasting, tour, glass of wine or all three!

We have a very fun and informative winery tour for only $4 per person on Saturday’s at 2pm during winter. Explore underground arched limestone caverns and our new production facility! Built five years after the end of the Civil War, the 19th century building was first home to Ahnapee Brewing. During the 30-minute tour, enjoy a glimpse into winemaking, view the bottling line, receive an introduction to wine varieties, and sample fine wines.

Christmas by the Bay in Sturgeon Bay

October 25, 2012 by

Halloween is next week and that means there’s no denying it: the holiday season is upon us. To help you get into the spirit of things, spend a fun day shopping and entertaining the kids at Christmas By the Bay in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Christmas by the Bay takes place the weekend of Friday, Nov 16th.

Kick off to the holiday season with the annual tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Sturgeon Bay on Friday evening. Entertainer Randi Fay will provide the music.

On Saturday morning, find a nice spot to watch the Santa parade at 10 a.m. After the parade, your family might enjoy special children’s activities and hay wagon rides. Lastly, don’t miss photos and brunch with Santa on Sunday morning, Nov. 18th.

Shops will be decked out for the season with holiday gifts galore and special extended hours. Don’t leave your shopping to the last minute this year!

Discover unique treasures in Sturgeon Bay’s charming specialty shops. Three distinct shopping districts offer a variety of home accents, fine art, holiday-themed gifts and decorative selections. There will be specials and deals all over town!

We would also suggest you consider one of our Christmas Wines as a gift for your friends and family. Our Christmas Blush is a smooth, semi-dry white wine blushed with Door County cherries, giving it a warm pink color. This vivacious wine can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Our Christmas Wine is slightly sweeter than the Dry Cherry. This semi-sweet wine made with Door County Montmorency cherries has a deep, rich cherry taste with a smooth lingering finish. Enjoy with sweet foods and delicate cheeses. Try making a reduction with this wine or add as part of a sauce recipe.

Door County Annual Lighthouse Festival

May 23, 2012 by

Each June, the Door County Lighthouse Festival brings folks into lighthouses that are normally closed to the public. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the past and present of Wisconsin lighthouses, which have been and continue to be so important to mariners on Lake Michigan.

The Door County Annual Lighthouse Festival runs June 8-10, 2012. 11 tours are offered during the weekend:

  • Trolley Lighthouse Tour: a six hour trolley tour to 5 Door County Lighthouses.
  • Evening Ghost Tour: a haunting experience.
  • Baileys Harbor Lighthouse & Shipwreck: a 2-hour narrated cruise.
  • Island Clipper Cruise: a 6-hour voyage through Death’s Door Strait.
  • Naturalist-Narrated Tour: a 6.5-hour fascinating look at lighthouses and nature.
  • Keeper’s Kin Tour: a cruise featuring desserts and tales from relatives of lighthouse keepers.
  • Chambers Island Tour: cruise to Chambers Island and climb to the top of the lighthouse.
  • Death’s Door Tour: learn about the most history-rich straits on the Great Lakes.
  • Plum Island Tour: a rare chance to tour Plum Island.
  • Sturgeon Bay Area Lighthouse Lunch: lunch aboard the Harbor Lady while enjoying views of the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Bay Shipyard.
  • Sturgeon Bay Area Fireboat Cruise: 90-minute cruise aboard the retired City of Chicago fireboat Fred A. Busse.

Spend the weekend of June 8-10 on the Door Peninsula and learn about the beacons of light that have guided so many Lake Michigan mariners.

We invite you to visit our Algoma Wisconsin winery, just south of the Door Peninsula, on your way up. Toast Wisconsin lighthouses with glasses of von Stiehl Wisconsin wine; Lakeshore Mist would be an appropriate choice.

Find more information at Door County Lighthouse Festival.

Learn more about von Stiehl at Wisconsin Winery.

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Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair

May 14, 2012 by

Memorial Day Weekend in Door County means the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair. It’s a great excuse to experience springtime on the Door Peninsula. This art fair is part of Door County’s Festival of Blossoms, meaning it’s a lovely time to visit.

The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27. 2012 is the 13th annual Fine Art Fair, and it looks like this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

The Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair features original art work from close to 90 Wisconsin and Midwest artists. There will be sculpture, painting, jewelry, photography, fiber, and ceramics. Most of the artists will be on hand to discuss what they do and how they do it. All is for sale.

In addition to art, there will be music. Randy Peterson, Dan Ognavic, and TC Hatter are scheduled to take the stage several times throughout the weekend.

This is a child-friendly festival, with many activities designed to spark creativity in children.

Spend Memorial Day Weekend on the Door Peninsula. Drop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery on your way north. Taste some wine and buy a bottle or two of your favorites to enjoy over the weekend.

Happy Memorial Day!

Additional information is available at Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair.

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Try a bottle of Lakeshore Mist over Memorial Day Weekend.

Door County Wine Trail

August 23, 2011 by

Have you ever considered a trek along the Door County Wine Trail? The coming weeks and months are a great time to bike or drive from one winery to another, enjoying the last days of summer or basking in the autumnal beauty of the Door Peninsula. Von Stiehl Winery, in Algoma Wisconsin, makes a good starting (and ending) point for the trail. Door County is a courageous sliver of land between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. It is filled with quaint small towns, rolling farmland, hardwood forests, and miles of beaches and waterfront. It’s a wonderland in the summer and winter, full of fragrant blossoms in the spring, and ablaze in fall colors in autumn. Outdoor recreation is paramount, and there is plenty of space for everyone to stretch and explore.

A handful of wineries are now growing grapes and making wine on the fertile land of Door County. Each Door County, Wisconsin Winery produces distinct wines, proving that even minuscule geographic distinctions can have huge impacts on the end products. Come see (and taste) for yourself. Visit them all. Seven Wisconsin Wineries comprise the Door County Wine Trail:
1. Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
2. Red Oak Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
3. Door Peninsula Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
5. Harbor Ridge Winery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
6. Stone’s Throw Winery, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
7. Orchard Country Winery & Market, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The Anhapee State Park Trail runs between Algoma and Sturgeon may, making the first (and last) leg of a bike trip between wineries a cinch. From Sturgeon Bay, Bay Shore Drive hugs the coast up to Ephraim. Riders will have to travel inland a bit to visit several of the wineries. It’s approximately fifty miles between Algoma and Ephraim – take your time and savor wine tasting over several days. We of course hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, von Stiehl, for a sample of our Door County Wine.

Additional information may be found at Door County Wine Trail. The map above is from this site.

Door County Wine Trail

August 23, 2011 by

Have you ever considered a trek along the Door County Wine Trail? The coming weeks and months are a great time to bike or drive from one winery to another, enjoying the last days of summer or basking in the autumnal beauty of the Door Peninsula. Von Stiehl Winery, in Algoma Wisconsin, makes a good starting (and ending) point for the trail. Door County is a courageous sliver of land between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. It is filled with quaint small towns, rolling farmland, hardwood forests, and miles of beaches and waterfront. It’s a wonderland in the summer and winter, full of fragrant blossoms in the spring, and ablaze in fall colors in autumn. Outdoor recreation is paramount, and there is plenty of space for everyone to stretch and explore.

A handful of wineries are now growing grapes and making wine on the fertile land of Door County. Each Door County, Wisconsin Winery produces distinct wines, proving that even minuscule geographic distinctions can have huge impacts on the end products. Come see (and taste) for yourself. Visit them all. Seven Wisconsin Wineries comprise the Door County Wine Trail:
1. Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
2. Red Oak Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
3. Door Peninsula Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
5. Harbor Ridge Winery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
6. Stone’s Throw Winery, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
7. Orchard Country Winery & Market, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The Anhapee State Park Trail runs between Algoma and Sturgeon may, making the first (and last) leg of a bike trip between wineries a cinch. From Sturgeon Bay, Bay Shore Drive hugs the coast up to Ephraim. Riders will have to travel inland a bit to visit several of the wineries. It’s approximately fifty miles between Algoma and Ephraim – take your time and savor wine tasting over several days. We of course hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, von Stiehl, for a sample of our Door County Wine.

Additional information may be found at Door County Wine Trail. The map above is from this site.

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