The picturesque village of Ephraim is striking in its elegance and tucked into Eagle Harbor. Proud of its Scandinavian heritage, part of what makes the village so charming is its adherence to the traditionally simple architecture and white paint of the Moravian settlers. Lodging options include beachside resorts, shorefront cottages, cozy bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and a great selection of historic inns.
Located within walking distance of the many lodgings are shops and galleries. Beautiful gardens adorn the green space surrounding some downtown shopping, often set in historic barns, vintage homes, and hundred-year-old barns. Galleries show and sell fine art in an array of media by local artists. Dive into shops full of unique gifts, books, antiques, classy and casual home furnishings, fun and stylish clothing, swimwear and beach gear, beautiful jewelry, beads and beading accessories, pampered pet accessories and treats, gourmet foods, and garden accessories.
North Ephraim is a unique stretch of businesses. Unofficially, the area begins just past North Orchard Street and ends near the corner of Townline Rd. and Hwy 42. This six-tenths of a mile stretch offers a plethora of shopping and dining opportunities, several art galleries, and is also home to the renowned Red Putter mini-golf range.
Enjoy those hot summer days! A 175 foot span of sand and surf makes up the Ephraim Public Beach, where you'll find parking, restrooms and a foot wash. Let the kids enjoy the playground at Harborside Park while you picnic, and from 6–8pm on Mondays (mid-June through August), sit back and watch beautiful sunsets and live local music in the gazebo.
With one of the county's most accessible shorelines, Ephraim offers lots of opportunities to enjoy the water. View this scenic town from out on Eagle Harbor – rent a Jet Ski, kayak, paddle board, or even a family-sized pontoon boat. Ephraim Yacht Club is a family-oriented community sailing center offering sailing lessons and member-use sailboats; membership is open to all and relatively inexpensive. For a relaxing water experience board a sailing cruise and see the panoramic view of historic Ephraim, Peninsula State Park and Horseshoe Island while getting some local history from your guide. Get a bird's eye view of Eagle Harbor by experiencing para-sailing! Fly a little higher, and take a scenic air tour leaving from Gibraltar Airport and see beautiful shorelines, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. By land, Ephraim's serene atmosphere is made even more magical when traveled by horse-drawn carriage! When the ice is firm, a community of ice-fishing shanties appears on Eagle Harbor and locals and visitors alike get the cross-country skiing bug.
Learn about local land preservation efforts: Follow a rustic entrance to the Wetlands Preserve with trails that loop through seven acres of regenerating wetlands; then pass the historic Anderson farmstead and travel along the base of the Niagara Escarpment as you hike the trail through The Preserve at Anderson Pond, a 27-acre site purchased and protected by the Door County Land Trust.
Ephraim has preserved more than its natural places, over 30 different historical sites, 11 of them on the National Register of Historic Places, dot the village and offer insight into the local history and culture. The Ephraim Historical Foundation & Ephraim Village Museums offer guided or self-guided historic walking tours, informative lectures and children's programming. Located on the Anderson Dock, the Hardy Gallery is a must see, both for its historical significance as the Anderson Warehouse building and its place in the Door County arts scene.
Norwegian Moravians settled the area in 1853 and gave the town its name: Ephraim, a biblical term meaning 'fruitful.' This small corner of Door County offers more harbor-view dining than anywhere else on the peninsula. From classic breakfasts of Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes smothered in Door County cherries, to handy and innovative omelet wraps, fresh bakery, fruit smoothies, and one of the county's favorite coffee shops, your mornings are sure to be full of energy. For lunch or supper, dine on delicious homemade soups and deli sandwiches, steaks and flame broiled burgers, Norwegian meatballs, or a traditional Door County whitefish boil. Satisfy your sweet tooth with tasty ice cream cones and sundaes, cherry pie and home-brewed draft root beer.
The Annual Fyr Bal Festival brings much excitement to Ephraim and offers visitors a warm Scandinavian welcome. This recreation of early Norwegian traditional Midsummer's Eve celebrations will be held on June 15th in 2013. Live music, artists, family activities, and delicious food occupy the day. Bonfires light up the evening in the Fyr Bal's signature event, representing the burning of the ‘Winter Witch’ and the ushering in of the long days of summer, and the night concludes spectacularly with a fireworks display. There are lots of reasons to be festive in Ephraim, visit the calendar of events on pages ## for more dates and information.