By Tim Kowols
Washington Island Ferry captain Joel Gunnlaugsson is seeing his town’s tourism potential in a different light these days as he begins year two of owning his own motel. Gunnlaugsson and his wife Krista bought the Townliner Motel from his uncles last year despite adjusting to life with other full-time commitments and four young children at home. It has been challenging and rewarding, but it adds a little extra excitement for Gunnlaugsson as he carries full ferries across Death’s Door.
In addition to being a motel owner and ferry captain, Gunnlaugsson also represents the island on the Door County Board.
Picture courtesy of the Townliner Motel