When you stay at Door County’s Birchwood Lodge, you are only a ten-minute walk from downtown and uptown Sister Bay and all it has to offer. You’ll come upon fine dining places, coffee shops, taverns and family restaurants, unique shops, boutiques, a specialty foods store, bookstore, a grocery store and a discount department store/pharmacy. In the center of the village you can enjoy one of northern Door County’s largest public waterfronts featuring a beach, concerts in the park and boat/watercraft rentals. You can’t go wrong when you choose Birchwood Lodge for your Door County lodging.
Located on 5-acres on top of the hill in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin, The Birchwood Lodge offers 46 (all non-smoking) rooms, each including a huge deck, two person Jacuzzi ® whirlpool, a fireplace and either a full kitchen or kitchenette.
For a larger group our spacious and comfortable Birchwood Village Homes are ideal for vacationing families or for business travelers. All of our accommodations are within walking distance to the quaint village of Sister Bay, home to a waterfront village park and beach, a variety of shops and restaurants.
The History of The Birchwood Lodge Starts with the Koessl Farm
The Sister Bay Historical Society has generously provided the Birchwood Lodge with information about the Koessl farm. You may want to view historic displays of the Koessl farm at The Corner of the Past Museum (Highway 57 and Country Lane Road). Please view our photos below.
Photo above circa 1920s. There was no electrical service at this time at the Koessl farm. Notice the pig barn to the right of the silo and the small window in its eaves. The chickens are near the water trough which is accessible from both sides of the fence. Fencing around the entire property kept the animals from roaming.
Photos from left to right: Photo circa 1950s is of Edward Koessl, Sr., his wife, Maria (Sipple) and her sister in front of the old farmhouse. Center: Photo circa 1940s. The original silo, approximately 12′ x 20′, was blown over some time in the late 1940s, losing its top. That’s Donna Koessl in the foreground. Right: Photo circa 1930s. Towering windmill next to the well house. A pipe carried water to the barn. The man in the photo is unidentified.
Photo circa 1930s. Papa Koessl’s 1931 Chevy truck. In its day, the vehicle was used to haul ice off the bay and transport gravel for building the new silo.
Photos from left to right: Photo circa 1911. Harvesting oats. Right photo circa 1918. Edward Koessl and his wife Maria cultivating potatoes.
Photo circa 1990s. At this time, the Koessl barn was over 100 years old. Note the new and larger concrete silo, now 36′ tall. That’s the farmhouse in the background – still there today.
Photos from left to right: Mike Kahr and his crew readying the barn building for its move to the Sister Bay Historical Society’s Corner of the Past historic site at the south end of Sister Bay. Right photo: Olive and Edward J. Koessl on the occasion of their 40th Wedding Anniversary, June 6, 1973.
Birchwood Lodge Testimonials
What are our guests are saying about their stay at the Birchwood Lodge? Read on and learn for yourself.
My family has been coming up to Door County for 20+ years and this is the second year my boyfriend and I have come up and stayed at Birchwood Lodge . We love this resort and the special touches you have added. We find our daily lives hectic but coming up here is calming and peaceful; a nice break from every day stressors.
Amanda and Michael – Chicago, IL
Our first time staying as the Birchwood Lodge and we love it. Outdoor pool was great and the convenience of being able to walk to all the shops and restaurants was an added bonus ! We will stay here again and
we will recommend it to our friends and family.
Bugsy and Carol – DeForest, WI
We just can’t get over how nice and quaint this place is. We had a very enjoyable and relaxing visit here in Door County. It is truly beautiful here. We look forward to visiting again.
Michael and Kari – Twin Cities, MN
We had a wonderful, romantic weekend during the Fall Festival. We really enjoyed our room and the staff are so nice. The weather was great.
Noreen and Brian – New Lenox, IL
To Everyone at Birchwood Lodge, thank you for a wonderful weekend. We really enjoyed the Wine & Dine package. Door Peninsula Winery and Alexander’s Restaurant were both amazing, and I have to thank you for the recommendations. I intend to tell everyone I know, and we will definitely be back!
This room speaks for itself! It goes without saying that most people don’t get to enjoy this kind of luxury on their trips to Door County, but we feel very fortunate to have picked this place! The shower was so incredible we are considering adding one just like it to our home! The area was also very nice.
Nick and Becky – Neenah, WI
We are a group of friends who came to spend the Memorial Day weekend. We had very little idea of how the room would be. But we had a wonderful experience here and it was a pleasure. All the facilities are very good and the service is very good too. We will always remember this holiday and will come in here in future with more people. We would definitely recommend this place to others.
Manish, Parina, Manan, Vishal and Jenny
We had a great visit here at the Birchwood Lodge. The suites are just beautiful. First class all the way!
We will be back!
John and Pat – Saint Louis, MO
Thank you so much for an awesome stay and birthday party. We had a fantastic time swimming and enjoying the other amenities! We will definitely recommend your facility to others and stay again ourselves.
Vanessa & family – Sister Bay, WI