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  • Familiar Faces: The Sister Bay Bowl

    The old adage “good help is hard to find” might be true when it comes to staffing a restaurant. Of course, there are always exceptions, and the Sister Bay Bowl is one of them. “The Bowl,” as it is called by locals and longtime visiting patrons alike, has long had a reputation for giving ample […]

  • Springtime Kayaking: The “Door” to early season paddling

    There’s a mellow May breeze rustling the reeds and wild rice along Reibolts Creek. Yellow water lilies bob gently in the wake of the boat, and the high whistle of a Blue-winged Teal breaks the stillness of the foggy dawn as the sun rises over Moonlight Bay. A morning like this one is not uncommon […]

  • Village Buys Helm’s for $4.9 Million

    Last October the redevelopment of Helm’s Four Seasons hotel in downtown Sister Bay was the subject of controversy centered on a marina proposal tied to the hotel/condominium project.

  • Sister Bay Ice Rink Improvements Stuck in Neutral

    Plans to raise funds to expand and improve the Theresa K. Hilander Ice Rink in Sister Bay have been put on hold because of a property conflict between the village of Sister Bay and the town of Liberty Grove. Supporters of the rink said they are prepared to begin fundraising to lay down a permanent […]

  • An Ode to Fall Fest: Sister Bay’s Homecoming

    This column originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 2005 edition of the Peninsula Pulse.

    It’s the one weekend of the year when Door County utterly betrays the sedate, relaxed image it has worked

  • “Grudge” – the Enduring Rivalry between Sister Bay and Baileys Harbor

    The annals of sport are filled with storied rivalries. They’re called clashes, battles, and feuds. In Door County League baseball, one of the best is referred to simply as the “Grudge.” It’s Sister Bay versus Baileys Harbor – Bays versus A’s, North versus South. And in its heyday, it featured as much intensity as an […]

  • Dan Eggert, The Waterfront, Sister Bay

    A Restaurant with a View: Dining at The Waterfront

    There are many fine dining options in Door County, a handful of which have been good enough to draw attention to their chefs and menus from south of the Bayview and Michigan Street bridges and beyond. A couple of those restaurants have even combined their exquisite menus with limited views of the waters surrounding the […]

  • Dan Eggert, Mission Grille, Door County, Sister Bay

    The Mission Grille: Creating a Legacy

    Polishing off the final bites of my Roasted Maple Leaf Duck with a Door County cherry Bigaraude sauce, my reluctant inheritance of my father’s pun-laden sense of humor rears its head. “heavenly” I mutter. Though the word play proves irresistible as I eat dinner at the Mission Grille in Sister Bay, I manage to spare […]

  • 25 Years of Teamwork: Larry and Eunice Simply Never Stop

    When most people retire, they opt for a quiet life of leisure and relaxation. This has never been the case for Larry and Eunice Manz, former owners of Manz’ Specialty Foods in Sister Bay. They have just begun their second round of retirement after selling their store last year. However, instead of finding them on […]

  • The Foresight of Dean and Bernice Shumway

    There is a haunting quality to Dean and Bernice Shumway’s Liberty Grove property. Situated on forty acres along Old Stage Road the Shumway homestead is home to more than fields, forest and wetlands. Legend had it that the storied StoneField Ghost frequents the property as well. The StoneField Ghost is all smiles these days because […]

  • Eric Hansen

    Bartender – Northern Grill, Sister Bay He is a bartender named Eric. His service is far, far from barbaric. When you pull up a chair, he’ll be glad you are there. With a smile and perhaps a wink He serves up each frosty drink. If you find your way and you have your will Satisfy it […]