Sister Bay is a tiny charming village in Door County, Wisconsin, on the tip of a peninsula sticking like a finger into Lake Michigan. It is the place where you can see goats grazing on the sod roof of a Swedish Al Johnson’s restaurant, visit unprecedented number of art galleries and discover some exceptional restaurants and eateries. Most of the village life revolves around the lively marina, with restaurants overlooking the boats and the bay, large green park and beach all around it. You can learn about the village past at the Corner of the Past Museum, with 17 historic buildings.
1.Frykman Studio Gallery
Frykman Studio Gallery is located in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, on the Door County peninsula, on the ground floor of a beautiful private home. The gallery is shared by several Door County artists and features fine art photography of nature by wife and husband team Heather Harle Frykman and Lucas Frykman, wood carvings and oil paintings by David Frykman, as well as sculpture and stoneware pottery by Steve Jorgenson. While all artists are working in different medium, they are all influenced and inspired by the stunning landscape that surrounds them. The Frykman Studio Gallery organizes a range of art-related social events and art classes. The classes are suitable for any age and talent and are meant to get participants to get involved, interact with artists and stretch their creative muscles.
2566 S Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234, Phone: 920-854-7351
2.Sister Bay Marina
© Sister Bay Marina
Sister Bay marina is located in the heart of beautiful Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin. It is surrounded by the lush, well maintained waterfront park, a popular spot for local events, a family picnic, swimming or enjoying a spectacular sunset over the water. The marina offers 40 transient slips, 100 seasonal slips and ten commercial slips suitable for boats up to 80 feet long and with 7 foot drafts. There are twelve restaurants within walking distance of the Marina. Boats can be connected to 30 and 50 amp electrical and water hook-ups. There is a free Wifi service for guests of the Marina.
10733 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234, Phone: 920-854-4457
3.Corner of the Past Museum
© Corner of the Past Museum
Corner of the Past Museum is a history museum in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. It started on a tiny piece of land, but with the help of the local community it grew into a large museum on seven acres of land, with 17 historic beautifully restored buildings. The main gallery occupies the old Anderson House and it has 15 galleries full of original artifacts, photos, videos and stories. The museum organizes a range of public events such as family fun crafts, butter-making courses, wood crafts, a scavenger hunt for kids with ice cream reward and much more. Volunteer docents are available to answer visitors’ questions. The museum also offers self-guided Discovery Pen audio tours. Heritage Programs and Farmer & Craft Market are offered most Saturdays in season, with courses on rug making, blacksmithing, carving and painting. The market offers the best local fresh produce and other foods and crafts.
10310 Fieldcrest Road, Highway 57 at Country Lane, 1 mi. S of downtown Sister Bay, Sister Bay, WI 54234
4.Holy Transfiguration Chapel and Woods
© Holy Transfiguration Chapel and Woods
Located in the woods in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, behind the home of Reader George ("Pat") Mangan, A.I.A, a long-time resident of Sister Bay, Holy Transfiguration Chapel is a functioning outpost of the St. Matthew Orthodox Church of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Pat Mangan designed and built the Chapel as an outpost of Orthodoxy in Door County. Pat is serving and maintaining the chapel to serve as "home away from home, “ always open, available day and night. Visitors find the Chapel to be a special place where they can drop in to light a candle, pray, attend a Service, or just sit quietly before God. The chapel has an extensive lending library and informative tracts.
912 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9417
© D.C Studios
D.C. Studios LLC in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, showcases 25 years of glass-making of Deanna Claytons, the owner and artist. Deanna Clayton has spent the last 25 years creating glass sculpture in vessel form as well as diverse figurative works. She specializes in the glass-forming technique called pate de verre. She has taught her techniques at many locations including Corning Glass in New York, The Cleveland Institute of Art, DMG Glass Project in St Petersburg and Florida. D.C. Studios. Deana is focused on creating unique and exciting works in glass and helping others to experience the joy of working with glass.
9991 State Highway 57, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9251
6.Door County Creamery
© Door County Creamery
Door County Creamery is a charming cafe in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, where visitors can shop for artisanal goat cheeses, delicious fresh sandwiches and hand-made gelato. The shop is bright and friendly, with a few colorful tables where guests can enjoy their treats. There is also a range of other gourmet items for sale, some good quality wines and craft beers. The creamery makes cheese at their own farm just outside Sister Bay and they offer lunchtime tours of the farm. The tours start at the creamery and include transport to the farm, where guests learn about how the farm operates, how they make cheeses and about the life of their goats. A pleasant light walking tour of the farm includes encounters with their "daddy" goats, "mommy" goats and "baby" goats and tasting of their homemade goat milk, cheese, gelato and patio lunch.
10653 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234, Phone: 920-854-3388
© Waterfront Restaurant
Waterfront Restaurant is located on the shoreline of Green Bay in North Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Elegant and refined, Waterfront offers seasonally changing menu in the beautiful dining room where every table has the view of the marina and the ocean. Floor to ceiling windows make sunsets spectacular experience. It is even more breathtaking from the lovely outdoor space, with one of their signature cocktails or a glass of champagne. The food is prepared fresh daily and the menu depends on seasonal ingredients. The pastas are rolled by hand, the beef is cut specifically for the restaurant and the fish comes from the nearby waters or is flown in fresh from all over the world. The wine list is extensive and many wines are available by glass.
10947 WI-42, Sister Bay, WI 54234, Phone: 920-854-5491
8.Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik
© Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik
A roof covered in sod and a couple of goats grazing on it are just some of many reasons to visit Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik in downtown Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Open in 1949 and run ever since by Al Johnson’s family, the restaurant is little piece of Sweden, with traditional log cabin exterior and cozy, spacious, unpretentious interior, perfect for family and friends’ gatherings. The food is traditional Swedish, with their famous meatballs and even more famous pancakes with lingonberries. Guests are invited to take a tour of the iconic restaurant and learn how to make authentic Swedish pancakes. The goats are well-taken care of and normally live in a cozy barn when they are not posing for tourists.
10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234, Phone: 920-854-2626
9.JJ's La Puerta
© JJ's La Puerta
J.J.'s La Puerta is a large Mexican/American restaurants on the marina in North Sister Bay, Door County. The restaurant combines two restaurants, a Mexican cantina and American burger joint, that joined their forces to make all their customers happy. They share a massive bar and the combined menu is huge. The atmosphere is lively and festive, helped with large pitchers of margaritas and fabulous chips and guacamole or salsa. The menu is massive, the French fries are hand-cut fresh every day from local Wisconsin potatoes, burgers are made fresh to order, salsa is made fresh every single day, guacamole is mashed from fresh avocados and fish arrives daily from local fishermen. Add to that fantastic view of the marina and the ocean, large deck on the water and you have a perfect spot to unwind and hang out with friends. You can even dock your boat right in front of the restaurant.
10961 WI-42, Sister Bay, WI 54234, Phone: 920-854-4513
9 Best Things to Do in Sister Bay, WI
- Frykman Studio Gallery, Photo: Iryna/stock.adobe.com
- Sister Bay Marina, Photo: Sister Bay Marina
- Corner of the Past Museum, Photo: Corner of the Past Museum
- Holy Transfiguration Chapel and Woods, Photo: Holy Transfiguration Chapel and Woods
- D.C Studios, Photo: D.C Studios
- Door County Creamery, Photo: Door County Creamery
- Waterfront Restaurant, Photo: Waterfront Restaurant
- Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik, Photo: Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik
- JJ's La Puerta, Photo: JJ's La Puerta
- Cover Photo: Sister Bay - Door County, Wisconsin