Book Scouting Trip – Day 2: Real Men Wear Pink!

Tonight it occurred to Ron and I that we might have had one drink too many when we looked across the dining room and agreed that we both saw big pink bunnies sitting at the bar.

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Brian, Mark and Cathy – all feeling in the pink!!

Turns out these great guys wore the fluffy rabbit suits all day while participating in a golf tournament to benefit Women’s Cancer Awareness.   Real cool guys.  They deserved a drink and a hug!

We are in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the gateway to beautiful Door County – a long narrow peninsula of land that juts northward into Lake Michigan with Green Bay on its West side and Lake Michigan to the East.   Today our mission was to visit  Untitled Used and Rare Books, owned by Steven P. Link and located at 20 N. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

Untitled Used & Rare Book Store, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Untitled Used & Rare Book Store, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

We had done business with Steve in the past, and in talking with him had promised to visit his store one day.  About two years later, here we are!  It’s an excellent book shop, with cases full of well-organized, quality books.   Lots to look at here.  Steve specializes in Americana and has a really great selection in that genre; but he also has fiction, poetry, biography, history, and much more.

Steven Link, Proprietor of Untitled Used & Rare Books

Steven Link, Proprietor of Untitled Used & Rare Books

Brittany Dauenbaugh, one of Steve's capable assistants at "Untitled"

Brittany Dauenbaugh, one of Steve’s capable assistants at “Untitled”

On display in the front window of Steven's shop - a phone booth full of books!

On display in the front window of Steven’s shop – a phone booth full of books!

After visiting Sturgeon Bay a number of years ago, Steven decided it was a place he would like to live and open a book business, and it appears that his book store is doing very well.  It is situated in a beautiful town, with oodles of tourists and great little shops, restaurants, year-round festivals, and a marine history museum, just to mention a few of the attractions.   Ship and yacht building is big here; Bay Shipbuilding Company is located here and is the leading ship building company in America.

After completing our purchases at Steve’s shop, we found lodging at the Bridgeport Resort, right on the water at the edge of town.  This is early in the season (June 2), so the hotels and resorts offer really reasonable rates.  We have an entire suite — I mean apartment size, with full kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, waterside porch with table and chairs, full jacuzzi in the bedroom with separate bath, and two flat-screen TVs for $99 for the night.   That is just shocking after recently experiencing hotel prices for tiny rooms in New York or Chicago. ..we are deeply appreciative!

Nice digs for the night.  Bridgeport Resort - Sturgeon Bay, WI

Nice digs for the night. Bridgeport Resort – Sturgeon Bay, WI

Evening view from the patio

Evening view from the patio

We had a delicious meal at The Neighborhood Pub & Grill in Sturgeon Bay — their smoked chicken was fabulous!  Great food, great service.  This is, of course, the restaurant where we saw the pink bunnies.

Smoked chicken dinner at the Neighborhood Pub & Grill - Sturgeon Bay, WI

Smoked chicken dinner at the Neighborhood Pub & Grill – Sturgeon Bay, WI

Loved this copy of a vintage poster they had hanging behind the bar.  We had a boat just like this when I was younger and faster!

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Tomorrow, it’s on to another book shop.  Tune in soon to find out where the road takes us next!

Sunset Park

Sunset Park

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  1. Morning Ron and Cathy

    Looks like you had a swell time at Sturgeon Bay. Love the pics of the phone booth and vintage poster. Thanks!

    I do hope that if you find yourself in/near NY’s Capital District, you come visit Shaker Museum Road Rage in Old Chatham, Columbia County. Modern firsts, history and Ayn Rand are among my specialties. We expect to open by July 4.

    Meanwhile, enjoy your travels.

    Michael

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    • Hi Michael,
      Thanks for your comment and for the tip about your store. We do get to the Albany area once in awhile — we will stop in and see you next time!
      Cathy

  2. Love the photos…what wonderful places you’re visiting! Stay safe and keep us up to date on your travel adventures. Pink bunnies? Let me know if any gnomes show up… we may need to come and provide you with help. Won’t mind the excuse to escape the ‘country club.


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