About Birchwood Lodge

In the middle of it all, in Sister Bay

When you choose Birchwood Lodge for your Door County lodging, you’re selecting convenience and accessibility to the best of Sister Bay. Just steps away, you’ll find bars, distinctive shops, specialty food stores, and grocery shops. Wander along the marina in downtown where a charming waterfront park invites you to bask in the sun or take a refreshing swim at the beach. Rent a kayak or paddle board, embark on a bay cruise, or delight in the various events and concerts at the outdoor park pavilion. With Birchwood Lodge, your Door County stay promises an unforgettable experience.

Perched atop a scenic hill spanning 5 acres in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin, The Birchwood Lodge presents 46 meticulously appointed (all non-smoking) rooms. Each room boasts a generous deck, a luxurious two-person Jacuzzi® whirlpool, a cozy fireplace, and either a full kitchen or a convenient kitchenette.

For larger groups, our expansive and inviting Birchwood Village Homes provide the perfect retreat for vacationing families or business travelers alike. All our accommodations offer the added convenience of being just a leisurely stroll away from the charming village of Sister Bay, where you’ll find a delightful waterfront village park and beach, along with an eclectic array of shops and restaurants.


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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 farmon which the lodge was developed in 2001. 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.

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


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