Only accessible by ferry or other boat, to get there you have to pass through “Death’s Door,” the treacherous strait between Door peninsula and the island. There is a lot to see and do on the island, but if you only have a couple hours, here are your can’t-miss spots.
1. The Ferry Trip
While packing onto a car ferry with 20 other vehicles and their people can be claustrophobic at first, it is well worth it. The sights of open water and fresh Lake Michigan air on your journey to the island spark an unexpected nostalgia for the maritime history of Lake Michigan.
If that feeling is something you want to keep chasing, check out one of the many lighthouses around the neighboring area or on the island.
The Stavkirke church looks as if it could be from of a photo album picturing a European vacation . Modeled after ancient scandinavian churches, it is a monument to the ancestry and heritage of Washington Island. The unique architecture and relevance to the history of the island makes Stavkirke unmissable.
3. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm
Find rich, purple fields just around the corner from Stavkirke and enjoy the aroma of fresh lavender being grown. Pluck your own lavender, or bring your camera and don’t miss the many opportunities for photos of you and your loved ones at Island Lavender Company. The gift shop, unfortunately not painted purple, has plenty of lavender style goodies for you to take home or enjoy on the spot.