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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“One in five beaches in the world made up of smooth, limestone rocks. The water is clear, cold and deep. Remember to leave the rocks on the beach for others to enjoy. Taking one will result in a $250 fine per rock!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“Washington Island finest- Good food, good service, opportunity to join the Bitter’s Club! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Take a car ferry to and from the Island. Check the ferry schedule at wisferry.com. Tour the Island on the Cherry Train - call for reservations.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
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“Great place to get coffee with awesome atmosphere. They serve food too so check-out their current menu onsite. Sit outside on the big front porch and enjoy a cup!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Enjoy the lavender fields while having lunch or lavender ice cream! Beautiful shop! Lavender essential oils - grown and distilled right on the property! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Beautiful restored hotel. Call to double check days/nights they are open along with hours and if reservations are needed. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Local art gallery and nature center. Check schedules for classes and activities throughout the summer.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“We are delighted to be able to provide a first class facility to celebrate, entertain and educate all Washington Island year-round and seasonal residents and visitors.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Small park overlooking the water on the west side of the island. It sits on top of a limestone bluff so the view for sunsets is amazing! Bring a friend and a bottle of wine and enjoy the views.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pub
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“Delicious food with beautiful views. Call to double check days/nights they are open along with hours and if reservations are needed. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lake
  • 3 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Drive-in style diner food with huge shakes and yummy hard scoop and soft-serve ice cream! The twist of vanilla and chocolate is a must!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Climb many stairs to reach a beautiful view over the north side of the island and Lake Michigan. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Fresh bread made daily. Another great place to get coffee, breakfast and lunch.”
  • 1 local recommends
Boat or Ferry
“Visit Rock Island for the day via the Rock Island ferry. Remember there is a last ferry for the day to get back to Washington Island! Take a hike to the historic lighthouse. Explore the sand beach on the east side of the island. End with a visit to the large boat house made of stones.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Church
“An amazing thing to find in Wisconsin, a 12th-century style Stav Church based on drawings of one built in Borgund, Norway in 1150 AD. It's up on the island so it's a day trip to get here, but there's more Norwegian architecture to see beside this. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Movie Theatre
“Drive-in style diner food with huge shakes and yummy hard scoop and soft-serve ice cream! The twist of vanilla and chocolate is a must!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“Fresh bread made daily. Another great place to get coffee, breakfast and lunch.”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Excellent homemade soup and sandwiches with outside dining and beautiful view of the water and Rock Island.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Not always open, but when it is, you'll often find local music and interesting menu and drink items.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Call to double check days/nights they are open along with hours. They also have good broasted chicken and sandwiches.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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