Where to live in Door County: Real Estate for Sale in Sister Bay

Real Estate Agent with The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)


Door County Listings: Door County Real Estate for Sale in Sister Bay, WI 54234


Welcome to Door County, Wisconsin---and to Sister Bay, voted Door County's most popular destination in 2016.  Why?  There are so many reasons to visit and live in Sister Bay that I could write 5,000 words and not run out of ideas and recommendations, but I'll tell you first the simple thing Wikipedia states about Sister Bay:


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.58 square miles, of which 2.58 square miles is land and 1.00 square mile is water.


Note the last part of that sentence:  Out of 3.58 square miles, one mile is water.  Nearly one third of the Village of Sister Bay is water.

Sister Bay Village View


Do we enjoy that water?  Yes, we locals surely do. And so does everyone else.  It's the lifeblood of the year-round Village of Sister Bay.


The water is a large part of daily life in Sister Bay.  With a large municipal marina and two public beaches (and additional marinas and beaches within three miles), we spend a lot of time on the water--year round.  Writing this, there is still ice on Green Bay.  If you're a fan of fat-tire biking, you'll definitely want to visit--the Bay is perfect and filled with both fat tire bikers, kiters and fish shanties at this time of the year--we find outdoor recreation on the water however and whenever we can!  Winter and summer--you'll find locals and visitors alike on the water.




Ice Shanties on the Waters of Green Bay


Sister Bay is a year-round village, with a public ice-skating rink and dog park, in addition to its beaches and marinas.  Sundays are capped off by watching our local Door County baseball league, the Sister Bay Bays, at their stadium east of downtown.  We have one branch of Aurora/BayCare as a clinic, a full time volunteer Liberty Grove/Sister Bay fire department (which also supplies our EMTs), there are two dental offices, attorneys, a pharmacy, churches, a lumber yard, a hardware store, gas stations open 7 days a week and pay at the pump--everything you need for real life, but life slows down here.  There's a lot to do, a lot to look at and a lot to experience.


If I was going to play visitor for a day or week in Sister Bay, testing it out to find out if it is the right community to retire to or move a growing family to (we are part of the Gibraltar School District, which is an award-winning public school), I'd probably start out in this manner:




I could stay at any of our fine lodging establishments (there are many to choose from, the Yacht Club, Pheasant Park, Roots Inn & Kitchen,  The Scandinavian Lodge, The Birchwood Lodge, Village View, The Coachlight Inn and the Sister Bay Inn (and I'm missing a few).  At Roots Inn & Kitchen, I'd enjoy a home-cooked breakfast with my stay, and if I was staying at the Sister Bay Inn, I'd have my choice of a continental breakfast, or maybe I'd feel like visiting a Door County icon, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant (the one with the live goats on the grass roof, of course), for a delicious, homemade breakfast (try the Swedish pancakes, of course! Although my favorite is the Eggs Benedict).  For lighter fare, there are many coffee shops, but I'd be doing a lot of walking up and down the Village hills, because I'd want to burn all of my calories before lunch.


At Al Johnson's you'll be waited on by servers in traditional Swedish garb,

as much a part of the experience as the goats on the grass roof

Al Johnson Waitress Kaytlin Shumway


One of the nicest thing about Sister Bay is that you can walk nearly anywhere.  You can walk to the post office, to all the shops at The Country Walk Shops, like Blue Heron Glass Etching (one of my favorite places to get personalized closing gifts), Top Shelf Gourmet, Twisted Tree (great athletic wear), or Funky Cookie Studio (another favorite stop for cake or for their world-famous, customized cookies).  Funky Cookie Studio bakes early in the week, and is then open Thursday-Saturday (or until they are sold out, which happens--come early).  Each cookie is delicious but almost too pretty to eat.  If I want great clothing for women, I could stop at SPOT (and check out items for the home at SPACE), or I could go to On Deck Sister Bay, one of Door County's most popular destinations for clothing, with three locations (I really love to visit On Deck).  Additionally, Ecology offers incredible clothing options for men and women in all price points---I will be well dressed for my Sister Bay stay!  You can walk to the fantastic public library downtown, also, as well as a branch of the Door County Confectionery for sweet treats.


Armed with my SPF 50, my family and I claim our spot at the Sister Bay beach, Door County's nicest and largest municipal beaches, by late morning.  This will be lazy day, although if we chose we could rent a boat at the boardwalk by the Sister Bay Marina a short walk away.  




sTOP at the Sister bay Marina


Lunch?  Again, our choices are many and varied.  I could take short walk back to Roots Inn & Kitchen for a gourmet bratwurst, or visit any of my other favorites downtown--the Wild Tomato for pizza or my favorite grilled chicken sandwich with pesto and marina (also try the Mac n Cheese), or walk to Husby's Food and  Spirits for a ample portions and reasonable prices, or visit Grasse's Grill, another favorite because of home cooked meals using fresh ingredients with many vegetarian options.  The Sister Bay Bowl offers up a mean cup of chili and a great burger, too, at reasonable prices (and if the weather changes and rain starts, we can bowl at a true, old fashioned bowling alley (write down your scores--no electronics!).  


I am very much enjoying my day in Sister Bay, and it's a vacation---so we make a quick trip to Boathouse by the Bay (where we also could have had lunch) to grab a specialty drink and enjoy it sitting overlooking the water on the Boathouse's two waterfront decks.  Refreshed, we had back to the beach and I finish the real estate guide I picked up at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, just past the Boathouse on the Bay. Sister Bay seems to be a great place to not just visit, but to live--seasonally or year-round.  We then enjoy a dip in the Bay...the water is a little bit chilly, but it's a really refreshing swim.  Then, time for a bit more sun and sand.


Our view while sipping drinks at

Boathouse on the Bay 

My view from Boathouse on the Bay


I'm a bargain shopper, and I'm excited--Sister Bay has not one, but THREE resale shops, so we head to Bargains Unlimited, Julie's Upscale Resale and Second Hand Sue's, here I can always find great Door County mementos at a great price.  By now, my husband is exhausted, so I humor him by agreeing to stop by the Garage at Husby's, an outdoor bar, where he can grab a beverage and listen to live music.


Afterward, we walk back to our room to rest and prepare for dinner--and our options are many and varied.  We enjoy the traditional Swedish dishes at Al Johnson's for dinner, and we also like the home-cooked food at The Northern Grill, as well as the fresh seafood at Lure and the great steaks at CHOP.  However, tonight we feel like taking a quick detour out of Sister Bay, to enjoy a drive in the country, and we end up all the way in Gills Rock (the end of the Peninsula) at The Shoreline Restaurant, one of Door County's great secrets (come early and/or be prepared to wait--they don't take reservations).  Fresh whitefish and a sunset--nothing better.  After a fantastic dinner, we head back to Sister Bay to watch the sunset at the Sister Bay Marina--there is nothing like a Door County sunset!!  We are joined by many people taking pictures and enjoying the sunset, too.



Vivid Sister Bay Sunset Marina


After the sunset, we cross the street and then stop for a craft cocktail at CHOP to discuss what to do tomorrow with the friendly and knowledgeable servers before walking up the hill to our room and sleep.


Tomorrow, we'll check out more of northern Door County, and I want to visit the dog park for future visits, perhaps, with our Lab.  I also want to rent a kayak and explore more of Door County and Sister Bay from the water and burn off some of my calories from today.


This is a lifestyle I could really get used to!




If this is a lifestyle that YOU could get used to for a vacation home or year-round home or condominium, please contact me for more information on living in the Village of Sister Bay and on current Sister Bay real estate for sale. We represent homes, condominiums, vacant land and commercial opportunities in Sister Bay and throughout Door County.  View the entire Door County MLS today at moredoorcounty.com


Door County Listings: Door County Real Estate for Sale in Sister Bay, WI 54234

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 Thank you for reading!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and enjoys working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, mother of two and a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  She represents listings throughout the Door County Peninsula and also represents many Buyers that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.


MaryKay Shumway has an extremely consistent multi-million dollar producer for over seventeen years.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, MaryKay is also a mother of two and active in the Door County community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2020, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2015, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and Vice President of the Door County Board of Realtors  and as a member of its Advocacy Committee.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.


Contact MaryKay.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Local experience with GLOBAL connections.  Call, text or e-mail me today."

Comments (2)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The county looks quite beautiful to me! All the best in the area to you and yours and here’s hoping for quick sales!

Mar 31, 2018 02:10 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi MaryKay:

This is a terrific post about the Sister Bay area and all the things that would attract people to move there, retire, or buy a vacation home. You are clearly the Realtor in Door County to help buyers find the right property, or to assist sellers in making a move.


Apr 18, 2018 01:09 PM
MaryKay Shumway

Well, Jeff Dowler, CRS ---I don't know if you'd agree with that right now with our three feet of snow in April--but give us another three weeks and we'll be back to paradise here

Apr 18, 2018 01:39 PM