The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner meeting and program “History of the Alpine Resort” presented by Bill Bertschinger on Monday, September 26. The dinner and program will fittingly be held at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor.
The Alpine, Door County's largest resort, was built in 1921 by brothers Paul and John Bertschinger. A few years earlier, Paul, a butcher in Milwaukee, came to visit his brother, John, who operated a lumber yard. During this visit, John mentioned to Paul that he recently sold a tract of land on Green Bay. Upon seeing the property, the brothers decided to re-purchase the land (at twice the price sold) for a potential resort business. The Alpine officially opened for business in 1922. At that time when automobile transportation was not yet widespread, many of our guests left Milwaukee and Chicago by Goodrich Steamers, boats that transported them to Sturgeon Bay. The Yellow Cab Bus brought them the rest of the way to Egg Harbor. Rooms at that time were $18 to $25 per week with three meals included each day.
In 1927 Paul and John decided to expand. They more than tripled the size of the main lodge (to over 300 feet in length) and added more rooms, lobbies and a dining area. In the years that followed they built additional cottages and added a golf course in 1930 from developer Orin Glidden.
After Paul’s death in 1960, siblings Bill Bertschinger and Dorothy Bertschinger Hoslett (second generation) managed the operations. During their tenure, the Alpine underwent extensive remodeling and renovation. In 1976 an additional nine holes were added to the golf course. In 1983, Cindy, Bill’s youngest daughter became assistant manager and in 1992 the third generation of Bertschingers’ began to operate the resort. Sisters Cindy and Emily provide the current leadership with seasonal help from sisters Christy and Carey. For 95 years, the Bertschinger family has continued to provide their guests gracious hospitality, exciting activities, tranquil surroundings and beautifully refurbished facilities maintained in the historic character of the Alpine.
Guests may enjoy a choice of three plated dinner options: Roast Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Cole Slaw; Beef Roladen with Mashed Potatoes and Red Cabbage; or Door County Salad of Mixed Greens, Chicken, Bleu Cheese, Dried Cherries and Pecans. All dinners include dessert bars, rolls, butter and coffee, tea or lemonade. Dinner and program fees are $20 for Society members and the guest fee is $24. The dinner will be held at the Alpine Resort, 7715 Alpine Road, Egg Harbor. Dinner is served promptly at 6:00 pm, so plan to arrive early to view the Alpine memorabilia showcased in the Tyrolean Room/West Lobby, to have a cocktail in the Yodel Inn, and for check in and seating. Limited seating is available; make your reservation today (deadline 9/19), by calling 920.421.2332.If you would like to attend the program only, the guest fee is $5 and the program time is approximately 6:45pm. For further information, contact the Society at 920.421.2332 or Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com
The Door County Historical Society is a membership organization dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.