Relax & Reconnect in Sister Bay
Sightseeing, swimming, hiking, sailing – Sister Bay offers visitors the opportunity to fill vacation days with activity. Or, if you prefer, little activity at all. Unplug and quietly enjoy the sunshine or play until you’re tuckered out. Sister Bay boasts the only swim dock in Door County for aerial and aquatic showmanship by young and young at heart. The public sand beach and park is a short walk from shops, restaurants, lodging, and the recently expanded Village marina.
While visitors come to Sister Bay to relax, each person defines that idea a little differently. For some, relaxation means setting off on a kayaking adventure with Bayshore Outfitters as a guide to explore the bluffs and shipwrecks. For others, relaxation is sitting beside the soothing waves of Lake Michigan and Green Bay while enjoying the view and reading a good book from the shelves of Passtimes Books.
Green Bay laps at the shorelines of the Village, offering world-class freshwater sailing, with scenic tours from such businesses as Shoreline Scenic Cruises or Sail Door County. Fishing is outstanding on Green Bay and Lake Michigan, and the experts with Silver Strike Charters will help you create your fish story. Die hard fishermen will enjoy the easy access to the water for ice fishing after the bay freezes in winter.
Golfing, bicycling or hiking more your idea of relaxation? You’ll find a driving range and challenging golf course at Bay Ridge Golf Course just south of downtown. Hike through the cedars along the shore of Lake Michigan at nearby Newport State Park. For an adrenaline pumping thrill, hook onto a zip line and sail through the trees! Or ride a Segway for a new perspective on country roads and trails. Lake Michigan often conjures summer storms, so when bad weather hits, visit one of Sister Bay’s landmarks and bowl a few games at the Sister Bay Bowl (they have a fantastic Friday Night Fish Fry too!) Or check out the local history at the Corner of the Past and Old Anderson House Museum.
Whether you’re craving the comfort food of a family-owned, family-friendly restaurant, an enchanting meal with a waterfront view, or a friendly place for a morning scone and cup of coffee, there’s no shortage of choices for dining in the village. Sister Bay was voted “#1 Wisconsin Small Town for Dining” in a statewide poll, and is known world-wide for the “Goats on the Roof” at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. Make a reservation at any of the village’s award-winning fine dining restaurants. They have been featured in magazines such as Bon Appétit, Good Housekeeping, Gourmet, Midwest Living, and on the Food Network channel. With a list of more than 500 hand-picked wines, scotches and signature martinis, the Mission Grille is a nine-time “Wine Spectator Award” winner and is one of only five restaurants in Wisconsin to receive the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine. The Inn at Kristofer’s was named one of the state’s best restaurants in a reader’s poll by Wisconsin newspapers, as well as previously being named the most romantic restaurant by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. For a village encompassing three square miles, Sister Bay restaurants showcase entrees and desserts with Door County-grown cherries, homemade ice cream, mouthwatering bakery fresh from the oven, tasty burgers, homemade soups, pizzas, whitefish and other varieties of fish caught daily by local fishermen.
Lodging establishments in the Village combine the comforts of home with such amenities as indoor/outdoor pools, fitness centers, WiFi or high-speed internet, large rooms for group meetings or retreats and breathtaking views. You won’t find any big chains or mega-hotels in the village, each is locally owned and operated, and treated as your home-away-from-home. Whether you stay at a beachfront property, a bed and breakfast, a log cabin nestled in the woods, or a clean and quaint room, each is located steps away from your ideal vacation activities.
Shops in Sister Bay carry a variety of premier goods, seasonal and holiday gifts, casual and designer clothing, antiques, artwork, home decorations and furnishings, fine imports, and more than can be listed here. Village retailers strive to provide visitors with unique merchandise: Points North has been offering shoppers artistically handcrafted leather goods for decades, and the Tannenbaum Holiday Shop has everything you need to decorate for Christmas. Many of Sister Bay’s shop owners personally create or source the handcrafted items available in their stores and often have an interesting story to share about your selections, making shopping in Sister Bay an experience of discovery and adventure.
Visitors and residents enjoy a lifestyle unique to the northern end of the Door peninsula. Summers hum with a relaxed energy, while winters offer quiet beauty for reflection and renewal.