The goats are not on top of the grassy roof at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay. But that means it's a good time to come inside and eat here and truly sink in the interior highlights.
The restaurant is housed in a Norwegian log building. It was hauled to Door County by Europeans who assembled it here and also did intricate handcarving on wood pillars in the entryway.
Also, when inside, don't miss the colorful Norwegian rosemaling on the butik (adjacent gift shop) doors and throughout the restaurant. Rosemaling, a folk art, is a Norwegian word meaning rose painting.
Al Johnson's specializes in Swedish fare, local fish, "and we grind our own meat, cut our own steaks," says Rolf Johnson, who oversees operations and cooks at the restaurant. The famed Swedish pancakes are made based on a recipe from his grandmother. They pair well with Swedish meatballs and lingenberries.
Weekday specials are now available. The $6.25 breakfast specials, available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. are: corned beef hash, Monday; breakfast burrito, Tuesday; biscuits and gravy, Wednesday; potato pancakes, Thursday; and haystack, Friday.
The weeknight dinner specials, available for $10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. are: Swedish potato sausage platter, Monday; all-you-can-eat pasta with Caesar salad and garlic bread, Tuesday; burger and beer, Wednesday; roast pork, Thursday; and perch basket, Friday.
The Landmark Resort, Egg Harbor, is ideally located in Door County-just minutes from arts, shopping, sports attractions and other activities. And if you're planning a wedding for later this year or a meeting or special event, you may want to check out the Landmark. There are abundant overnight accommodations for your guests, on premises restaurants, plenty of parking and lots to do. A major remodeling recently took place, and this mega resort now has a new look, too.
The Landmark sits on 42 wooded and bluff-top acres. It has 294 one, two and three bedroom suites/condominiums with outstanding water and wood views.
The guest suites are situated in four different buildings named Flagship, Harbor, Charthouse and Navigator. You can choose form one, two and three bedroom suites. Each has at least one private bathroom. Some of the two and three bedroom suites have two bathrooms each.
Also, all accommodations have a fully equipped kitchen. There's a dining area, private patio or deck and at least one TV/DVD. Some suites have electric fireplaces.
The resort, open year-round, includes a whirlpool/steam room in each guest building, a heated pool open 24/7 in the Pilot House as well as the fitness center there (with Cybex machines, free weights and more). The spacious furnished lobby areas in each building are places to enjoy as well. Some soar two levels high with a wall of windows overlooking Green Bay waters, trees and the lovely Landmark grounds. Read our Review!
The Tannenbaum Holiday Shop in Sister Bay is just that---a holiday shop. So think about exploring this intriguing shop, open all year, for all holidays, home accessories and décor, gifts, jewelry and more.
Tannenbaum is housed in a former historic church building. This makes wandering around fun and interesting. There are intimate rooms, lots of natural light and extremely appealing displays to give you lots of ideas and tantalize you.
The Tannenbaum staff recently announced new spring arrivals: 2011 Snowbunnies collectables featuring Easter bunnies. The figures are made from creamy porcelain and accented with spring pastel colors. Also, the store has more than 150 new styles of Old World Christmas glass ornaments, pictures, cards. The 2011 David Frykman designed Santa "Chatting with Santa" is expected to be delivered in May, but orders are being taken now. Each Santa is handpainted, numbered and personally signed by the Door County woodcarver. Read our Review!