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COUNTY WISCONSIN’S SECRET WORDS Andrew Chalk

North of Chicago, north of Green Bay, is a peninsula in Wisconsin that points out indicatively at Lake Michigan and Canada as if to say “Come This Way”. At the tip is a body of water named Porte des Morts. French which loosely translates to “Death’s Door”. The early settlers took this and named the county that occupies two thirds of the peninsula Door County. Therein are the origins of the name of one of the most interesting vacation destinations one could imagine. In the winter, Door County is peaceful, free of traffic, hurry, and all of the exigencies of everyday life. In the summer, Chicagoans flock to the area for its rural charm and peaceful ambience. Texans should consider it any time of year, to escape the summer heat, or for a winter sojourn. It is so easy to reach with flights through Chicago to Green Bay or Appleton. What else do you find in a county with town names like Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, and Sister Bay? I recently visited as part of a media contingent courtesy of the Door County Visitor Bureau. I came away impressed with the diversity of activities for visitors seeking outdoor lifestyle, natural beauty, local crafts, honest food, authentic beer and spirits, and friendly people.

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