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Old 06-13-2017, 09:34 PM
 
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Obviously you've never been to Door County.
Yes. Obviously I've never been there.
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Old 06-17-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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We currently live in New Hampshire and are looking to move to northern WI. We are close to Dartmouth College and have been here 30 years, so we know the state well. NH is beautiful and always has a strong economy, even during the worst recessions. It is also a high tourist area. Most of the schools are top-notch and there are many quality colleges as well. The population is low (just over 1 million in the whole state) and it is 85% forest. All of the big cities are in the south and there is not much north of Concord, but perfect for camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. For skiing and viewing fall foliage, you can't beat NH. The mountains are glorious. You can visit all 5 New England states in short time from NH. The Atlantic and Winnepausakee beaches are amazing and CLEAN. Amazing history here, too. If you love politics, you get many chances to meet any major candidate you can think of no matter how small your town is! There is no sales or income tax here.

The bad news -- housing costs and property taxes are atrocious. Winter is very long, dark, and cold. It is pitch black by 4:20 pm in mid-Dec. Summers are short and humid. Snow is deep, but beautiful. A lot of people suffer from seasonal depression due to the darkness and cold. Few transplants seem to stay long (thus the population not changing very much in the 30-years since we moved here.) Young people, particularly, tend to flee. It's a wonderful place to homeschool. There are few active churches in the whole state; not religious overall. Mostly small families with both parents working. Most people are fiscally conservative, but socially liberal, but the state has turned blue with the influx of MA residents to the southern cities (which run the whole state.) This is also the home state for the Libertarian Party. Generally speaking, people here are NOT friendly -- not to outsiders and not to each other. There is little community and people keep to themselves. This is one of the biggest differences I've found from moving here from the midwest 30 years ago. Even now, it's a constant issue. Beyond a general lack of friendliness, people and businesses are just downright rude, esp. as you get into the more urban parts of the state.

For us, moving to WI will greatly improve our lot when it comes to housing and taxes, but we do not care about schools and most other amenities. Good luck on your decision! I think that, weather-wise and terrain-wise NH and WI are very similar in some places (mostly forest.)
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:00 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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There is most everywhere in Wisconsin.


Still, it would be naïve, and really, even negligent, not to acknowledge that Wisconsin is a heavy drinking state and alcohol is a pervasive part of the culture. My friends in Wisconsin often don't think it is all that much. Those that have lived in almost any other part of the country for any serious amount of time realize it is.
I'm getting sold more and more on Wisconsin every post I read.

And I went to Door County 2 years ago: It is beautiful.
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Old 10-31-2018, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Rural Wisconsin
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Just wanted to update you that we have definitely decided on Door County after we visited there in June, and we are, hopefully, closing on a lot in December. We hope to start building our retirement home in 2020 and move in 2021.

For anyone else considering somewhat rural New England vs. Door County, for us -- once we actually visited Door County -- it was a no-brainer. It is simply gorgeous and "small-towny" in a GOOD way -- and everyone we met in our two visits there so far have been extremely nice and friendly to us!
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Old 11-11-2020, 12:20 PM
 
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Thank you for coming back and actually stating what you decided after getting advice.

We too are building a house in Door county that will be ready in Spring of 2021. We will not live there full time.

Is a beautiful place and we love it.
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Old 11-11-2020, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Rural Wisconsin
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Just saw that this thread was revived.

The lot was purchased in December 2018, the house building started in March 2020, and so it took just about 4 1/2 months to finish it, and we moved into our dream home in late July. The builders did a wonderful job (and the final price was well within 1% of the quote!!), our neighbors are fantastic, and we simply could not be happier! We are truly "living our dream."

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Old 07-03-2022, 12:38 PM
 
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Hello Katharsis,
We have a trip planned to Door County next week to hopefully find a new home. Is there a town in Door County that you might suggest? We want to spend a lot of time outdoors and understand that everything gets very busy in the Summer. Is there a section of the Penisula that is less likely to be crowded in the Summer? Have the mosquitoes been a problem for you? It would be great to hear any insights you may have for a Door County newcomer. We have been reading the Penisula Post daily for months but it would be so fine to hear from you. Your insights and posts have been very helpful!
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Old 07-03-2022, 01:16 PM
 
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Default Door County Question

Hello Katharsis,

I am a new poster and posted a question for you. I am not sure if you will see it the way I handled it so sending you a note.

Thanks!
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Old 07-03-2022, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Floyd County, IN
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Door County actually reminds me a bit of coastal Maine more than any other geographic area. I prefer a longer season of consistent snow, so Door County would be very mild compared to Vilas or Oneida counties- as those areas have a more similar climate to northern New Hampshire and northern Maine.
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Old 07-04-2022, 08:03 AM
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We currently live in New Hampshire and are looking to move to northern WI. We are close to Dartmouth College and have been here 30 years, so we know the state well. NH is beautiful and always has a strong economy, even during the worst recessions. It is also a high tourist area. Most of the schools are top-notch and there are many quality colleges as well. The population is low (just over 1 million in the whole state) and it is 85% forest. All of the big cities are in the south and there is not much north of Concord, but perfect for camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. For skiing and viewing fall foliage, you can't beat NH. The mountains are glorious. You can visit all 5 New England states in short time from NH. The Atlantic and Winnepausakee beaches are amazing and CLEAN. Amazing history here, too. If you love politics, you get many chances to meet any major candidate you can think of no matter how small your town is! There is no sales or income tax here.

The bad news -- housing costs and property taxes are atrocious. Winter is very long, dark, and cold. It is pitch black by 4:20 pm in mid-Dec. Summers are short and humid. Snow is deep, but beautiful. A lot of people suffer from seasonal depression due to the darkness and cold. Few transplants seem to stay long (thus the population not changing very much in the 30-years since we moved here.) Young people, particularly, tend to flee. It's a wonderful place to homeschool. There are few active churches in the whole state; not religious overall. Mostly small families with both parents working. Most people are fiscally conservative, but socially liberal, but the state has turned blue with the influx of MA residents to the southern cities (which run the whole state.) This is also the home state for the Libertarian Party. Generally speaking, people here are NOT friendly -- not to outsiders and not to each other. There is little community and people keep to themselves. This is one of the biggest differences I've found from moving here from the midwest 30 years ago. Even now, it's a constant issue. Beyond a general lack of friendliness, people and businesses are just downright rude, esp. as you get into the more urban parts of the state.

For us, moving to WI will greatly improve our lot when it comes to housing and taxes, but we do not care about schools and most other amenities. Good luck on your decision! I think that, weather-wise and terrain-wise NH and WI are very similar in some places (mostly forest.)
Old post, but the bolded describes a lot of people's beef with Wisconsin.
WI tends to be more moderate to liberal fiscally, while socially split.
People will probably come across as friendlier, but not overly neighborly unless you hit the jackpot.
Our Mass*oles are FIBs. Pardon my euphemistic French. A lot of Wisconsinites wish Illinois folks would migrate the other direction.


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Door County actually reminds me a bit of coastal Maine more than any other geographic area. I prefer a longer season of consistent snow, so Door County would be very mild compared to Vilas or Oneida counties- as those areas have a more similar climate to northern New Hampshire and northern Maine.
If you haven't already, you should check out Minnesota's North Shore. They've filmed movies set in Maine there.
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