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Gus's Gatherings

                             Spring 2017 - Volume 54




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Gus' Corner:  Yup, here I am again.  This is my 54th year of Alpine's 95 years  in accommodating guests.  If you haven't met me, I'm Alpine's mascot, complete with lederhosen (suspenders, lederhosen shorts), felt hat and often seen holding a mug of beer   It's my job to welcome you to Alpine, either as a past guest or hopefully new guest.  Come see us and enjoy the Alpine Resort and Golf Course (36 holes).  Included in your welcome is the small charming village of Egg Harbor, and of course beautiful Door County.  To quote Charles Macklin "You are as welcome as the flowers in May".  I'll end by telling you how both Egg Harbor and Door County got its name.  So, if it's your pleasure we may see you this summer.  Hope you had a good winter.

P.S.  Received an email from Melba Jacobs " Why don't you call me so we can have a fling?  Just seeking a nice guy."



Here comes the bride......Yes, we host weddings, usually six to eight every season.  We work them in when our regular clientele still have children in school. We enjoy  comments from the honeymooners.  Erica and Charles sent a note saying  "Thank you so much for helping to make our big day possible.  The setting was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the staff was so helpful and professional.  We will remember and cherish forever."  Jake and Trina Keup, who were married at Alpine on June 4, 2016  sent a note saying   "We cannot thank you enough for making our day so special.  We love your resort and the people are the absolute best.  We look forward to returning year after year".



In Memoriam: ..... A few past guests have made us aware of those who will no longer be with us.  Rachel Bramschrieber , who vacationed at Alpine wiImage result for churchth her husband, Tom, passed away on November 30, 2016. ...Saddened to hear that Theodore and Beatrice Olsen, coming to our resort since 1948, both passed on in March and May of 2016, six weeks, five hours and 48 minutes apart, per Pete and Tammy Olsen.  Audrey Pennycook informs us that Gordon died last August.  We extend our condolences to their families.



Thank you..........We like to post notes from our guests.  Here are but a few.....

What a gracious and welcoming family you are.   Once again, we enjoyed a marvelous and relaxing stay.  Mr. and Mrs. John Williams

As been the case for 37 years our family is going to Alpine.   Went to Disney World one year and when back home we asked our daughters which they like more.  They replied DOOR COUNTY!..Rich and Lynn Rushkewicz

We had a great time at your resort, see you next year.  Jane Becker

Many memories over 22 years and made more this week. See you in two years.  Olsen family

We had a wonderful 25th year at Alpine.  Marcia Ramirez family

See you soon.. Beverly Gillen

My inner self must know how hard it is for me to leave the Alpine.  This gives me one more chance to say what a wonderful week we had and to thank you for everything.......Sam and Charlotte Chell

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay last July and are looking forward to another stay.  Don and Jayne Hansen

Our record of 40 plus years has ended.  (His wife fell and they had to cancel.)  We hope to visit in September.  Tell Bill I made the WW Honor Flight to Washington DC.  Floyd and Joan Sorenson

We had a fantastic stay at the Birchmont that is a really neat neighborhood and so close to the Bay.  Timothy Carls

We had a great weekend.  Darla Gruhlke

Had a great week .   Hope to see you again next year.  Michael Hetzner

Brought my Swedish friend in for breakfast.  Have to do it more often.  Great food- Great staff.   Glad to see things are as great as ever! Michael Schwantes

We sure missed getting to your place last summer.  Want you to know how much we loved your place and all of you...and I love that golf course.   Ginny Piette

On the drive here the kids occasionally yell "Pennsylvania 6-5,000" in the car.  (Tim Bell Band's tune while at Alpine every summer.)   Judy Pasko



Bits and Bites from the Hof Restaurant at Alpine

After receiving many kudos on Chef Dave’s pizzas served at special events and weddings, we’ve decided to begin offering his delicious original pizzas at the Hof Restaurant at Alpine Resort.  The fabulous veggie pizza or a traditional pizza with your choice of toppings will be available for takeout or dine in every night (except Mondays) from mid June through Labor Day weekend.  You’ve got to try them!

Dave’s small plates are served at night beginning at 5:45 pm iImage result for potato pancaken the Hof restaurant, or in the Hof bar, or outside on the Hof Deck overlooking the harbor.  Try the Potato Pancake small plateserved with sour cream andapplesauce for $8, or the Spaetzle Mac ‘n Cheese made with smoked bacon and Swiss Cheese for $11.  Enjoy them with a glass of chardonnay or a New GlarusSpotted Cow.  And Dave’s amazing Hof burgers are served with fries for $8.50.

Nightly dinner specials include our fabulous Prime Rib served Thursday and Saturday nights.  Savor the locally caught whitefish and perch, the Wiener Schnitzel with home-style dumplings, or the Door County Salad with dried Door County Cherries, bleu cheese and chopped pecans. In July and August, listen to live music by the band of the week-check the Entertainment tab for the band schedule.

Start your day with a breakfast of Swiss Toast with Door County Cherries and whipped cream served every morning from 7:30 am - 11:00 am.  Or try one of the daily breakfast specials with a cup of freshly ground coffee.  Then make the most of your Door County day!




Alpine Family News:    Bill Bertschinger, father of the four daughters that are active in the family business, will be putting in his 77th year working at the Alpine.  He was the manager from 1960 (when his dad, Paul, died) until 1992 when he turned over the management to his daughters.  Marie, Bill's wife, joined him in the operation around 1964, once the children could be assisted by a governess.  Like Bill, she is still active in the business.  Unfortunately Marie fell on January 6th and fractured a vertebra in her back.  As this mailing goes to press, she is recovering, but at 89 years of age, healing is slow. 


Par Four, or is it Fore?  The gals golf league on Tuesday mornings at Alpine sent Dave and Dennis in the clubhouse a nice note.  "Thanks for all you do.  You're always friendly and help us in any way you can.   Looking forward to another good season at Alpine". Signed Mary Aiken and Sharon Bergseth and all the girls.   The men's league plays on Tuesday afternoons around 4 pm.  We look forward to having them back.  In addition to Dave and Dennis, we have other very helpful employees in the clubhouse, as well as greens keepers.




Our Local Tragedy.........Door County is small, the Peninsula is 9 miles wide from Egg Harbor (the Green Bay side) to Baileys Harbor (the Lake Michigan side).  Our winter population in Egg Harbor is 201.  So everybody in the county watched local news intently on September 15th, 2016  when we were saddened to hear of Olivia Dahl , a 16 year old local high school student, was identified as a victim (one of two) in an airplane crash in Peninsula State Park, just 7 miles north of Egg Harbor.  Miss Dahl was a flying enthusiast taking lessons to get her pilot license.  Her partner was a volunteer pilot who transported her to Green Bay for her lessons. What caused the Cessna 182 to crash is not known.  Locals had a difficult time locating the wreckage as no roads were close to the site.


The Bertschinger Girls..........Emily, the oldest, is a co-manager of Alpine.  Emily worked in the publishing business, then sold computers and fax equipment, when this electronic wizard was in its infancy.  As the second generation stepped out, Emily and sisters stepped in.  Carey (a twin) is a sourcer (top buyer) at Schreiber's in Green Bay.  She assists at Alpine from late Friday afternoon until after dinner on Sunday night, to return to her Green Bay job.   Christy (a twin) is a 2nd grade teacher at Christa McAuliffe School in Green Bay.  She is in the office and at the desk 7 days a week in the summer.   Cindy, the youngest, is also a co-manager at Alpine.  Cindy has worked at Alpine since she was in 6th grade, assuming leadership upon graduation from college.  The four girls are 29 months apart in age.  You ask, they'll help.


Group Business......Dave Seitz (and wife Jeanne) sent a very nic e appreciative letter.  In addition to the golfing, shopping, swimming, memories, et al, they loved the restaurant (Hof) and up- dated accommodations.  Dave, past VP of the Wisconsin Mechanical Contractors Association, has been bringing his group to Alpine for many, many years.




Our friends at the MS Society :  

Excerpts from a letter of the Wisconsin Multiple Sclerosis' Society which took all of our accommodation for three days the end of September the past six falls:   "Thank you doesn't seem sufficient.  Your generosity has provided an amazing experience.  Have raised more than 3 million  dollars- would not have been possible without you.  You've help create years of memories for the participants and directly impacted so many lives that are affected by MS."


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Dining Around the Door:   We again hosted of the YMCA's annual fund raiser.  The "Y" runs the entire outing using our facilities.  Fourteen Door County restaurants including Alpine provided buffet style entrees for their dinner.  Sixty-four local businesses donated items for the Silent Auction.  A great evening for the many guests and a great money raiser for the "Y".


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Funny......... Guy says "Relax! Go out and swing a golf club or fish.  The other guy says "You'd look pretty silly swinging a fish!"



Odds and Ends...Off season we were busy - we sharpened (like on a lathe) 60 mower blades, roofed Maryland cottage, Bayview guest house, partially roofed the Alpine Golf Course clubhouse, completely replaced the stairway to the band quarters, rebuilt the steps on the Bayview house, re-roofed a staff dormitory, added an emergency phone service to the swimming pool, and as we have remodeled several hotel room bathrooms. Lots of painting inside and out.  And that's just part of the list. 

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Matt Kelly, long time past guest and grandson in the Kelly family, was married September 10, 2016 in Grand Junction, Colorado.  A special congratulations to the newlyweds!

A note from Christ Child Society reads "Wonderful accommodations for our luncheon - the food was delicious - the waitstaff was awesome.  Can't say enough positive things."

The original vocal presentations by Patty Larson, husband and friends were most entertaining.

Roger and Jackie Tomaszewski  informed us that they have been guests for 15 years. 

We received a card from Zelda Davidson, married with an adult family. She has stopped by every year since her mom and dad vacationed at Alpine when Zelda was a very young girl in the Kriete family.


2017 Band Schedule

July 2-July 8:  Tim Bell and the Alpiners

July 9-July 15:  Mike Mitchell Band

July 16-July 22:  Bruce Blanck Band

July 23-July 29:  Johnny Belmont and the Fabulous Cheeseheads

July 30-August 5:  Johnny Belmont and the Fabulous Cheeseheads

August 6-August 12:  Matt Endres Band

August 13-August 19:  Tony Gorenc Orchestra

August 20-August 26:  Clare Alexander & the Melodaires

August 27-Sept. 2:  Tim Bell and the Alpiners


Getting in the Swing

The golf crew will soon be getting all 36 holes ready as soon as the snow is gone. Check out the new programs offered this year. Daily fee play will be available for the golfers that love to play all day. There will be various promotions each month. And enjoy some great golf packages that include lodging, or packages with lodging and breakfast, or packages that include golf with lodging and Door County vouchers. View these preseason and in-season packages online. There are discounted passes for Alpine guests too. Remember you can book your tee time online.  Go to and click on the Golf tab.  



Golf for the Birdies:  Prior to June 2 or Sept. 4-Oct. 14-  two nights lodging in a room at the Golf Chalet, one day of golf (18 holes with cart) on Alpine's scenic 36 hole golf course, a complete breakfast each day and a $25  voucher for Door County restaurants and shops.  $429.00 based on double occupancy plus tax.


2 Night Blossom Golf Package

May 1- May 31st:  Two nights lodging in a guest house, one day of golf (18 holes with cart) on Alpine's scenic 36 hole course, a fruit, wine and cheese basket and a $25 certificate for shops and restaurants in Door County.

$449.00 plus tax- based on double occupancy.  


A Kingdom so Delicious:  Prior to June 16th or after Labor Day- three nights lodging with a queen or king bed (weekdays only), a delicious breakfast each morning and a gourmet basket of local wine, cheese and fruit.   

$399 based on double occupancy plus tax.


Spring Relief:  May 26-June 2- two nights lodging in a room with one king or queen and a complete breakfast each morning .          $199.00 based on double occupancy, plus tax.


To reserve the above call us at 888-281-8128 or email us at or go to our website at and click on "Reservations" tab.





The busy Egg Harbor Historical Society and purchased the old Door County Library Bookmobile and are actively pursuing the restoring of the vehicle known to many Door County residents. The plan is to create a travelling historical exhibit inside the Bookmobile for all Egg Harbor visitors and residents to enjoy.




Egg Harbor is working on a new library building to be located on Church Street in the central business district just across from the Peg Eagan Performing Arts Center. The current design being considered is based on the Rock Island boathouse. The development may go quickly based on the successful donations for the facility.



New is our online golf tee time reservations. If you are ready to make a tee time now, just click on the 'Golf' tab at the top of this page and you will see the green box with "Reserve Your Tee Time".


New scorecards in 2017 feature the additional ladies tees and the yardage for each tee.

See you on the course!



The Band Schedule is out for the 2017 season. Make sure you don't miss our great musicians this summer as they play during dinner in the Hof Restaurant or after dinner in the Yodel Inn four nights a week for dancing or listening.



"And the band plays on and on and on. . ."








We still have a few dates available for a Door County Alpine wedding in 2017. If you would like more information, please call us at 1-888-281-8128 or email us at

There is a Wedding Board at where you may view photos.


The TESKE FAMILY on the wall between the lodge and the water.










We also extend sympathy to the families of William Anschutz, Ken Bauldry and Jill Cavanaugh, all past employees of Alpine who have passed away recently and are remembered for their friendship and faithful service.




Harbor View Park in Egg Harbor hosts free concerts every Thursday at 5:00 pm starting June 18th.


Peg Egan Concert Series is every Sunday night in central Egg Harbor and it's free.


Birch Creek Concerts are June, July and early August.


Peninsula Players Theatre is open every night but Mondays.


Northern Sky Theatre performs outdoors in Peninsula State Park.


Peninsula Music Festival's classical concerts in August.


Egg Harbor Fireworks on July 3rd at Alpine Beach at dusk.


New Year Parade in downtown Egg Harbor


Door County Triathlon on July 15th and 16th.


Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor on Columbus Day weekend




We’re in the office all winter, so if you want to get in touch with us, just visit our website at and click on “E-Mail Us”.


Fun Pics from Alpine!    






Alpine gift certificates are a fun present for any occasion and can be used for golf, lodging, dining, clothing or golf balls. Just let us know the amount you are looking to spend and we will provide you with the gift certificate, the brochures and information and will get it to you in time for your special event. 

Give us a call toll free at 1-888-281-8128 and we'll help you create the special gift or e-mail us at:   





If you have any news for us to include, please e-mail us with the information at Hope to see you real soon!

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