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Summer Joy Beach Cottage...You Can't Get Any Closer to the Water

Bedrooms 1
Space 740 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Summer Joy Cottage in Sister Bay, WI…You Can't Get Any Closer to the Water

Summer Joy is a one level Nantucket-style beach cottage that sleeps up to 4 (2 in master, 2 in great room on captain's beds) and sits 20 feet from the water’s edge on beautiful Green Bay. Perfect for a couple or small family who love to relax by the shore.

Summer Joy has been rejuvenated, adding modern touches at every point yet maintaining the character of a Nantucket-style beach cottage. You have a complete kitchen and outdoor grill for dining under the sun and stars. The comfortable open great room with its high wood ceilings and wood burning fieldstone fireplace add to the livability of your cottage.

The cottage is simply and tastefully furnished, with plenty of natural light and color. You will find the basics you will need to be comfortable, without too much clutter. There are cathedral ceilings in the great room and partial cathedral ceilings in the bedroom and kitchen.

Panoramic views and spectacular sunsets…your cottage is right there...where land meets water! Experience the 180 degree view of the land across the waters of Green Bay. You can see part of the Village of Sister Bay coastline, Little Sister Bay, Horseshoe Island, Peninsula State Park, Chambers Island, and Sister Islands. On clear nights you can see the lights of Marinette and occasionally a glimpse of the lights of Escanaba, MI. Enjoy most of these same panoramic views from your great room as well as wake up to some of the views from your master bedroom

Summer Joy is a must for anyone desiring more than just a beautiful water view. Enjoy the sight and sound of water along the shore. Watch sailboats glide by your patio. Swim, float on an inflatable, kayak and sailboard from your rock shore. Toast another spectacular sunset from your patio or dock. Snuggle up beside your fieldstone fireplace on a cool evening or enjoy marshmallows and conversation around a campfire on the beach. No matter how you choose to renew, there’s no better place than the shoreline of Sister Bay.

You are minutes away from all of the attractions that have made Door County the premier vacation destination in the Midwest.

The bay breeze in your face, morning coffee on the patio, long walks on Beach Lane and Beach Road, afternoons exploring, gallery hopping, relaxing on the dock, reading that best seller…whatever the reason you come to Door County, you will enjoy Summer Joy and the Sister Bay community!

Summer Joy is part of the Northern Lights Property...

The Northern Lights Property is 100’ wide by 800+ feet long and faces west; it begins on Beach Road and goes all the way to the water. Northern Lights consists of three vacation residences. Beginning at Beach Road, and “only 20 feet” from Beach Road, is the Carefree Guest Studio. The Guest Studio is where the owners will vacation for the next few years.

About 400 feet down the bluff the lot levels off somewhat for about 100 feet; then the lot drops down to the rear of Windsong (vrbo listing 571419 as of 3/28/14), where it levels again – then gradually slopes about 140’ feet to the shore. “Right” at the water, two feet from the northwest property line, is our one bedroom Summer Joy Beach Cottage (vrbo listing 482130). Windsong is about 125 feet away from the corner of Summer Joy. You’ll see in a picture that Windsong is about 6 feet higher than Summer Joy and more in the center

Inspiration for the name Northern Lights was the result of viewing the aurora borealis from our dock in the 1990’s. We have owned Northern Lights since 1988, renting Summer Joy for the first time in 2013 and Windsong for the first time in 2014. Eventually the Carefree Guest Studio will be available to rent during all seasons.

More Details

Alan Frisoni
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018


Sister Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 740 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Use designated FIRE PIT. Fires must be fully extinguished with water. No fireworks or burning materials on or near docks.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Side 1: Shower, sink and door; side 2: toilet, sink and door
  • For privacy the bath is divided in two: one side has the shower, a sink and a door; the other side has a toilet, a sink and a door. You can see a photo of each side.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , room for a baby portable or an inflatable twin
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Two built-in beds loc. in Great Room, room for inflatable.
  • Bedroom 1 was patterned after a bedroom that we saw in a Cape Cod magazine 25 years ago: Natural pinewood floors, white walls, white ceiling, 3/4 of the room open studs with bridging between the studs, following the model; cathedral ceiling over the sitting area; 7'6' ceiling over the sleeping area
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Summer Joy Beach Cottage...You Can't Get Any Closer to the Water
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Lake Geneva, WI

Glorious Retreat with an Emphasis on Peacefulness & Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Summer's Joy exceeded our expectations as we returned to Sister Bay, the location of our honeymoon 34 years ago. This was a surprise Door County getaway for us and Summer's Joy was a perfect escape-to-the-shore location. The cottage was adorable; quaint and cozy, stocked with every necessity. The landscaping was meticulous, beautiful and relaxing. An absolute treasure, rich with history and a perfect setting to get away from it all. Thank you very kindly, Alan and Jean, for sharing your Door County gem with us. We enjoyed exploring Door County; including stops to the various orchards, farm markets and shops. Dining highlights included Al Johnson's for breakfast, The Post Office for a traditional fish boil and the Harbor Fish Market & Grille for a scrumptious lobster boil. We definitely will not wait 34 years to return to Summer's Joy and will certainly recommend this charming setting to others!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tremendous getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Summer's Joy was exactly what I had hoped for. I was looking for a quiet getaway with access to water and Summer's Joy delivered! The cottage was updated quite nicely and was very comfortable. The beach area and docks offered an excellent opportunity to enjoy the spectacular sunsets. It was so close to Sister Bay, Ephraim and Fish Creek which are my favorite towns in Door County, so the location was perfect for me. Alan and Jean were very responsive when we had a question about the internet access. Once we got it running, it was very good internet access, because my husband and I are not very good at completely unplugging! There was no one staying in the other house on the property, so we were entirely secluded, which suited us fine. However, I think the way Alan and Jean have set up the property, even if a family was in the main house, we would still be able to enjoy most of our privacy.

All of the instructions provided by Alan and Jean made everything very easy to understand terms of getting there and expectations in terms of the property. The checkout list was great and I felt better knowing we were leaving the property the way that the owners intended.

I hope to be able to enjoy Summer's Joy again in the future!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I celebrated our 15th anniversary with a weekend at Summer Joy. It was a wonder weekend. The cabin is so quiet and peaceful with just the sound of the water. We enjoyed every minute of our weekend. It was our first trip to Door County and it will not be our last!

The cabin is in a nice quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of town but still close enough to make going in for a bite to eat very convenient. The outdoor space is wonderful, we really enjoyed sitting on the Adirondack chairs on the dock looking out to the water. I would highly recommend this as a place to stay for a couple or a small family.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iowa City

Wonderful, private cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Summer Joy was one of the best parts of our vacation! Right on the water and wonderful sunsets. It felt so private, but still was close to restaurants. The cottage, more like a house was beautiful and clean, very spacious for a couple. The owners are great! They want you to have the best stay ever (and we did!)

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Right

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with Summer Joy. The location was great, the amenities of the clean and simple cottage were plenty. We've stayed in Door County many times and think this cottage has the best combination of "good things" to make it one of our favorites - right on the water, off a quiet road, not too far from food and fun, a dock, comfy outdoor chairs, and tastefully decorated. The cottage is about a mile from food and shops. The owners are great too. Just right!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crystal Lake, IL

Perfect Anniversary Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary in Sister Bay at the Summer Joy Beach Cottage. It is a beautiful little cottage with tons of character. It's right on the water with a gorgeous view. We did plenty of sight-seeing and would recommend the Bluff at Ellison Bay. Can't beat that view. We also climbed the Cana Island Lighthouse. All 95 stairs were totally worth it! We ate at the Waterfront restaurant and its pricey but the best meal we had during our entire visit. We also ate breakfast at the White Gull Inn...Fantastic!! We had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery, but our favorite thing was coming back to the cottage and sitting on the dock and watching the sunset.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Door County Ice Cream Factory
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Sister Bay Beach
Car: necessary

Door County Maritime Museums are located in both Gills Rock and Sturgeon Bay. You will also find the Door County Historical Museum in Sturgeon Bay. There are two miniature golf courses in Sister Bay, one in Ephraim and one south of Egg Harbor. Sister Bay also has batting cages and go-cart track plus arcade.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Laundry $75
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates quoted are for 2 adults. Add $25 per night, per additional guest up to a maximum of four guests.
One or two children under four years old stay free.

Call or email for special Monday through Thursday rates for September and October

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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