I'm headed to Fish Creek, Wis., for a four-day getaway, something I do two or three times a year. Fish Creek is located in Door County, the "thumb" of land that juts into Lake Michigan some three hours north of Milwaukee. Marketing people like to call it the "Cape Cod of the Midwest," and they're not too far off the mark. The peninsula is chock-full of B&Bs, restaurants, galleries, music and theater in its charming towns and fishing villages—which compete for attention with the spectacular beaches, lighthouses, islands and state parks that dot the area. My partner and I have been going up for almost 20 years; now the rest of my family is smitten as well, and summer in Door County has become an annual tradition—same for Thanksgiving and, lately, spring. (Senior editor Ron is also a Door County regular.) On this trip I'm staying at The Whistling Swan.
Mostly, Door County for me is quiet time. I walk and drive through the parks, visit the shops, and wrap myself in the comforting sound of wind and waves. I grew up on the lake and spent summer after summer on our private beach; now, even though I live just two blocks away from the lake, I don't get to it that often—my condo faces the city, and work takes me 15 miles inland. Door County helps me get back to my roots—I feel grounded there.
There's really no writing tie-in here, excerpt for the hope that by clearing my head with this getaway, I'll be in a better frame of mind for my writing projects. There is, by the way, a well-known artists center on the peninsula called The Clearing, which offers classes and workshops in the fine arts, including writing and poetry; skilled crafts; humanities; and natural sciences.
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We were sorry to learn of the passing of William G. Tapply, a much-loved mystery writer and longtime Editorial Board member of The Writer. Tapply died in July after a long battle with leukemia. Ron will have more about Bill in this space tomorrow.
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