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Warm Thoughts From A Friendly Place!

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In this cold, damp pre-spring part of the year, while the signs of the approaching summer still haven’t yet materialized, our thoughts often make a turn for the warm. Our friends and guests bring warmth to our lives, and our desire to return that feeling is a big part of the reason why we got into the hospitality business. We’re not alone – so many of the businesses in this unique vacation community share that sentiment, and it shows! Below you’ll read about some national recognition that we’re receiving for it. 

It has been a long year of avoiding social contact, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel. The businesses of Door County are preparing for a big summer, and we can’t wait to welcome you back, whether you visited us safely over the last year or decided to stay home during the pandemic. While the safety of our guests continues to be our number one priority, we’re anxious to see all of our friends, new and old, enjoying all of Door County.

Sister Bay, Wisconsin business owner

Friendly, Amiable Sister Bay

Door County contains over a dozen small towns of varying size, each with its own personality and unique amenities. If you ask a local or talk to frequent visitors, you’ll get varying opinions about which spot is the best for families, which has the best nightlife, or which is currently the “hot spot” of Door County. These opinions are constantly changing as our community continues to develop to meet the needs of our visitors. 

Sister Bay has always been known as a great town for families (both for visitors and residents), and within the last decade, our town has really come into its own. Our friendliness shows through, and the data on Expedia proves it:

“To create this list, Expedia used data from traveler reviews written between January 2019 and December 2020. The list is based on cities and towns with the highest percentage of positive reviews mentioning words like “friendly,” “friendliest,” and “amiable.””

No fact checking needed – this article gets it right!

These Are the Friendliest Towns in the U.S., According to Expedia Traveler Reviews

Learn Sister Bay, WI History

Make Friends and Learn About Sister Bay

As long as we’re tooting our own friendly horn, this summer presents a great opportunity to learn some Sister Bay history – and find out what led up to our nationally-recognized amiability! Take an informative docent-led tour of the 1875 Anderson family farmhouse and 15 completely renovated buildings and learn about the origins of Sister Bay’s tourism industry.

Sister Bay Historical Society Announces Docent-Led Tours

Help Door For County Restaurants

Help for Door County Restaurants

We have previously mentioned the dire situation that the pandemic has presented to restaurants, and the seasonal nature of Door County’s restaurant business compounds those challenges. It is great to see innovative ideas like the Door County Chefs App, which provides current information about local establishments, including delivery/take-out options, available outdoor seating, and covid precautions in place. Plan your night out (or in) and support your friendly Door County restaurants!

Door County Chefs App promotes winter restaurants, highlighting pandemic protocols

One More Thing: Open Hearth Expansion Update

Construction continues on our new pet-friendly expansion! Progress has been steady and the roof is fully shingled. Siding is being installed currently, and the new rooms are painted and almost ready to show off. Stay tuned for your opportunity to book a new room!

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