Sister Bay Travel Guide

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Sister Bay Things to Do

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    by GandalfOnTour Updated Aug 29, 2006

    This is not something I do often but we deceided to play a round of putt putt golf at the Pirate's Cove Putt Putt course outside of Sister Bay. The course was well laid out and was not tacky at all. Six of us played and really enjoyed the pirate themed holes.

    At the 1st hole Quite fun
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    by GandalfOnTour Written Aug 29, 2006

    Door County is home to a number of wonderfully named communities such as Egg Harbour, Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek, Washington Island, Ephraim, Southern Door and Sister Bay. One of the best ways to get a feel for the area is to jump in a car and drive around and discover the various towns for yourself. Some of the things to look out for are the cherry and apple orchards as well as the many Lighthouses that Door County is famous for.

    The White Gull Inn in Fish Creek Wilson's Sundaes in Ephraim
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    by GandalfOnTour Written Aug 29, 2006

    The cool waters of Lake Michigan are a perfect place to cool off during the warm summer months. There are plenty of places to go swimming. We swam in Sister Bay right off the main jetty and also in the nearby Peninsula State Park near Fish Creek.

    A popular spot Not too cold!!
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Sister Bay Hotels

  • Birchwood Lodge Sister Bay

    337 Highway 57, P.O. Box 646, Sister Bay, Wisconsin, 54234, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Country House Resort

    715 N. Highland Road, Sister Bay, Wisconsin, 54234, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Scandinavian Lodge

    264 HWY 57 PO BOX 355, Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Inn at Little Sister Hill

    2715 Little Sister Hill Road, Sister Bay, Wisconsin, 54234, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Church Hill Inn

    425 Gateway Drive, Sister Bay, Wisconsin, 54234-9450, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Pheasant Park Resort

    130 Park Lane, Sister Bay, WI, 54234

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Sister Bay Restaurants

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    by Tom_In_Madison Written Jun 27, 2009

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    Mostly a restaurant, but also a bolwing alley. Gets good reviews, so I went for a perch sandwich. Served on a bun, with tartar sauce and butter on it. It was delicious! The friday perch fry is supposed to be great too--but I wasn't that hungry.

    You can eat in the restaurant, or in the bar. When you're done you can work it off by going bowling. Classic Wisconsin.

    Favorite Dish: perch sammich

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    by laguizz Updated Sep 23, 2007

    Al Johnson's has been serving Swedish pancakes for a lifetime... the food is all very good. Don't miss the homemade limpa bread with lingonberry sauce. Try any of the Swedish specialties on the menu and you won't be disappointed.

    You can't miss the outside with the grass roof with the goats grazing on it. The inside has traditional decor with knotty pine walls and some old fashioned Scandinavian furniture in the entry. The chairs in the dining room are modern Scandinavian design from a few years ago.

    All of the waitresses are dressed in traditional Swedish costumes.

    Favorite Dish: You can get a Scandinavian cold Buffet Plate, a smorgasbord style lunch plate with a selection of cold cuts, cheeses and pickled beets and herring. It's enough for two for lunch or to share with a group that would like to try different things.

    A view from outside The goats are a big attraction
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Sister Bay Local Customs

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    by nyl Written Sep 13, 2005

    When driving around Door County in the middle of summer, get to the town you are looking for, park in the first spot you find and walk the rest of the way. This will generally take up less of your (and the person behind you) time and give you a chance to discover other places.

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    by nyl Written Sep 13, 2005

    Yes, there are goats on the roof of Al Johnson's. No, do not take pictures of them in the middle of the street in the middle of summer. You make the locals very mad and show yourself to be a tourist, and not a very respectful one at that.

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Sister Bay Tourist Traps

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    by nyl Written Oct 13, 2005

    Al Johnsons, also known as "that restaurant with the goats on the roof" is a true tourist trap. You can see tourists standing outside (often stopping traffic) taking pictures of the goats and then they make the mistake of entering. Al's is very overpriced (even for Door County), with mediocre food, and service that is only about turnover, and definitely not where locals go!

    Unique Suggestions: If you have to go, at least go for breakfast. It is still overpriced but at least pretty good, especially swedish pancakes.

    Fun Alternatives: So many alternatives!!...the Carroll House near Pirate's Cove, Johnson's Park, and Piggly Wiggly is great. Laid back, cheap and good diner style breakfast (i.e. you don't go here for the fruit cups). If you want something fancier, Alexander's out near JJ's/La Puerta has an excellent breakfast buffet (make sure you call ahead though).
    Other ideas: The Good Egg, Sister Bay Cafe (less of a good choice), the Cookery,
    Best Choice if you don't mind the drive from Sister Bay: Hot Tamale in Sturgeon Bay--try the hashbrown sandwich!! SOooooo good.

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