Notable & Newsworthy
Read what the following publications have to say about the White Gull Inn...
August, 2013 - Fish Creek is named one of the country's 15 prettiest towns.
Thursday, August 15, 2013, the White Gull's cherry pie makes the list in "10 Midwestern foods You Must Try,"
Milwaukee Jounral Sentinel
Sunday, December 2, 2012, In his article, "Door County is Quiet Winter Wonderland", Madison writer Brian Clark talks to White Gull Innkeeper Andy Coulson about traveling the Door Peninsula in winter.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sunday, February 12, 2012 - "A Splash of Color - During winter doldrums, brighten dishes with super-fruit cherries" by Anne Schamberg
Travel & Leisure
May, 2010, After on line voting by viewers of Good Morning America Weekend, GMA announces on its Sunday morning show, May 16, that the White Gull has won its national Best Breakfast Challenge
Door County Advocate, Green Bay Press Gazette cover Good Morning America's Visit to the White Gull Inn
May 5, 2010 - Reporters and Photographers from the Door County Advocate, Green Bay Press Gazette, Peninsula Pulse and WBAY-TV were at the White Gull Inn on Tuesday, May 4, to cover Good Morning America's visit to the inn. For more on the story and photos, visit....
Door County Advocate, Green Bay Press Gazette
May 5, 2010 - The White Gull Inn's competition for Best Breakfast in America, to be aired on Good Morning America on May 15, is revealed by the Door County Advocate
Door County Style Magazine
May, 2009 - In a feature entitled "The United Plates of America," Bon Appetit provides a guide to the best things to eat, drink, and buy in all 50 states. Read more
National Geographic Traveler Magazine
April, 2009 - "Hotels We Love" in North America because of their "location-inspired architecture, ambience, and amenities, eco-stewardship, plus an ethic of giving back to the community." Read more
My Midwest Magazine
July, 2009 - Cherries (including the White Gull's Cherry Stuffed French Toast) take top billing in this Door County story entitled Cherries on Top
May, 2006 - White Gull Fish Boil featured in Gourmet, story by Roadfood's Michael and Jane Stern. (Article not on line.)
Michael Stern, who featured the White Gull Inn fish boil in his regular column in Gourmet Magazine in May, 2006, has posted the following review on his Roadfood.com website
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 30, 2006 - Best Recipes of 2006
White Gull pastry chef Steve Glabe originally provided this recipe for a story the Journal Sentinel ran last summer on Chefs at Play
Door County Magazine
November 25, 2006 - Door County Magazine's readers, in this winter's issue, voted the White Gull one of their two favorite restaurants of 2006. In previous years' "Best of's" issues, they have named the White Gull Best Restaurant, 2003, Best Breakfast, 2005, Best Fish Boil, 2003 and Best Bed & Breakfast, 2003. (Article not on line)
Midwest Living Magazine
June, 2007 - "Who needs New England? The Midwest has its own coastal charm around the Great Lakes, and our top towns (Fish Creek and Ephraim), located in Door County, are the best examples of it...Fish Creek's White Gull Inn, known for first-class hospitality and one of more than a dozen lodging choices in Fish Creek alone, stages one of the best (Door County fish boils)." See the complete list of the top 100 or pick up a copy of the June, 2007, issue of Midwest Living Magazine.
January 1 - “Combing through more than 2500 recipes was easy; choosing only 20 was the hard part!” according to Midwest Living’s Senior Food Editor Diana McMillen, who used readers’ responses during the magazine’s 20 years of publishing to come up with its 20 Best Recipes of all time. Making the final cut, in the February, 2007 issue of Midwest Living, is the White Gull’s signature house tossed salad. The magazine reprinted the recipe, which was originally featured in the December, 2000 issue. Along with mixed salad greens, ingredients include dried cherries, toasted pecan halves, shaved Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. (Article not on line.)
Chicago Tribune Magazine
September 24, 2006 - With Maid-Rites and whitefish livers, who needs foie gras? "Bellying Up to the Midwest" by Alan Solomon (This article is not on line, so we quote the paragraphs regarding the White Gull Inn)
"Cherry pie, on the other hand, is only part of the Midwestern miracle known as the Door County Fish Boil. Of course, the fish boil is one of those things that, well, if it weren't already here...
"it'd be a tough sell," concedes Andy Coulson, innkeeper and occasional boiler at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, Wis. "I mean, first of all, the sound of it. 'Boiled fish.' Right there, it's not particularly mouthwatering.
"But in a sense, that's helped it, because people come and say, 'Oh, you gotta have a fish boil! You gotta have a fish boil!' and everyone's first reaction is, 'Do I really have to?'
"It always exceeds expectations."
A fish boil, briefly, is chunks of whitefish, poatoes, sometimes onions and salt, cooked in a kettle of boiling water. There's some drama in the actual preparation - don't want to spoil the surprise - and it's always served with melted butter, lemon, cole slaw, some variation of bread and, just as always, with Door County cherry pie for dessert.
The county's commercial fishermen had been doing fish boils, mostly among themselves, for generations. "These were not professional chefs," Coulson notes. "They were men cooking for men."
"Right around the late 1950's, the owner of the White Gull and the owner of the Viking [in nearby Ellison Bay, still in business and still claiming to be the original] started offering it to tourists - and of course it was an immediate hit."
Travel + Leisure Family
Christian Science Monitor
August 11, 2004