The winter months can be harsh in Ephraim, but once the snow melts, the small town of Ephraim loves to play outdoors. With an estimated population of 280 – yes, 280 - people, you’ll find that you are treated like a local and family in this small town. Filled with delightful culture and entertainment, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to try some local food and sample Wisconsin staples, like cheese curd.
1.Northern Sky Theater
For those who love to combine art and the outdoors, the Northern Sky Theater in Ephraim is the perfect activity. Join the cast as they put together original musicals held beneath the stars and moon. The acting troupe creates and produces its own plays and musicals, then travels around the state to perform the shows in some indoor locations as well. Today, the annual budget of $1.2 million helps to fund the fantastic folk-themes performances, while bringing in audiences of over 50,000. Guests are treated to the beautiful surrounding Peninsula State Park and picnicking options prior to the show and oversized wooden benches for viewing the shows.
10351 Bella Vista Lane, Ephraim, WI 54211, Phone: 920-854-6117
2.The Hardy Gallery
© The Hardy Gallery
The Hardy Gallery welcomes over 14,500 visitors each year. Patrons of the arts have the opportunity to see some of the local artists in Door County. Typically, about 750 artists use the Gallery each year to showcase and sell their works. Along with beautiful artwork, visitors can take part in community projects, like the Community Mosaic Project, and educational programs. Some of the programs offered for high school students include the Exposure to Creativity, a 2-day program where students get handsy with crafts and artwork. Along with these programs, volunteers can learn how to be museum docents.
3083 Anderson Lane, Ephraim, WI 54211, Phone: 920-854-2210
3.Lardiere Gallery & Studio
© Lardiere Gallery & Studio
The Lardiere Gallery & Studio also includes the Lardiere Collection, which attempts to combine art and fashion. Opened in 1998, the Lardiere features artwork from the artists Geoffrey – modern, bright, and abstract. This art transfers over to the fashion scarves, travel cases, and jewelry offered in-store and on the website. If you find a particular artwork that touches you, you may be able to take home its partner scarf. Look for cashmere, silk, and square scarves in your favorite designs. The jewelry offered are bracelets that clasp together with the Lardiere logo in gold.
9868 Hidden Springs Road, Ephraim, WI 54211, Phone: 920-854-1885
4.Ephraim Preserve at Anderson
With 26 protected acres of land at Ephraim Preserve, there is plenty of space to get lost in nature. The hiking trail is a 1-mile loop that prevents getting too lost when hiking (guests are asked to stick to the trails to not disturb vegetation and habitats). This hiking trail is mostly level terrain for easy walking even for novice hikers. During the visit, you’ll have the opportunity to come across some amazing waterfowl and wetlands. Though pets are welcome, they should be leashed to protect them and the wild animals. Originally a home, barn, and general store have become nesting grounds for the birds and fowl around the preserve.
23 North Fifth Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, Phone: 920-746-1359
© Good Eggs
Owned by the late playwright Fred Alley and Joel Bremer, Good Eggs is a restaurant that looks to serve fresh wraps to customers hungry for something different. What sets this restaurant apart from other sandwich shops is that all wraps are omelet wraps made fresh to order on the other side of the grill. Wrap ingredients may vary since Good Eggs tries to carry seasonal produce. Visitors select one of three wrap types: Basic (with eggs, potatoes, and cheese), standard (traditional + veggies), or deluxe (standard + meat). A few ingredients that really shine are the olive oil and rosemary roasted potatoes, the homemade back bean salsa, and the Caribbean jerk chicken.
9820 Brookside Land, Ephraim, WI 54211, Phone: 920-854-6621
6.Joe Jo’s Pizza and Gelato
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Open seven days a week, Joe Jo’s Pizza and Gelato is the place to go when you’re craving thin crust pizza in Ephraim. Once you’ve selected your size, choose what toppings you want to be added to the provolone/mozzarella cheese mix and ultra-thin crust. All ingredients are promised to be fresh and homemade, from the sauce and crust to the sausage. If you’re feeling like capping the meal off with the ultimate Italian treat, check out one of the many flavors of gelato offered. Joe Jo’s offers both fruit and cream-based flavors, so you’ll find endless options. Can’t decide which you want? Ask for a free tasting.
10420 State Highway 42, Ephraim, WI 54234, Phone: 920-854-5455
7.Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream
© Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream
With roots in Ephraim from 1906, Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream guarantees delicious treats using Wisconsin dairy. Today, visitors can still enjoy flame-broiled burgers, home-brewed root beer, and old-fashioned soda fountain specials. Be sure to enjoy to old jukebox classics, but also the modern amenities added over time, like the screened-in porch and air conditioning. When you’re ready to order, you can get hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, fish baskets, soup, or nachos. Of course, don’t forget to get one of those root beer floats or ice cream sundaes. A staple in Wisconsin in cheese curd, so be sure to try the cheese curds on your fries!
9990 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211, Phone: 820-854-2041
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