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7 Hotels in Door County, Wisconsin for a Family Getaway

Door County, Wisconsin is a reliable, family-friendly destination perfect for a summer getaway. Check out these 7 hotels in Door County to plan your next family vacation.

We arrive in Door County and I can take a deep breath. Just pulling up to the property and seeing the pool reminds me of how much fun my kids had splashing around last summer. First thing’s first, we settle in for a Swedish pancake breakfast at Al John’s in Sister Bay, watching the goats pasture on the rooftop. After breakfast, we walk around town stopping to sample cheese at the Door County creamery and run through our wish list for the next few days: go-kart races, movies on the beach, and renting a boat to while the afternoon away on the lake with the breeze at our backs.

Although many head to Door County during cherry season in July, we tend to head into town just after. We miss all of the festivals and the end of u-pick season, but can still sample the tart cherries. The cherry pie is a can’t miss. But cherry season or not, there is just something so special and serene about the place with activities for just about everyone. Life is just easy.

A peninsula full of small towns may not sound like an idyllic trip for everyone, but there truly is something for everyone. Shop around Egg Harbor, explore the outdoors in Fish Creek, play on the water in Sturgeon Bay, eat your way through Sister Bay, and learn history in Ephraim. You won’t be disappointed.

Egg Harbor

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Voted one of the coolest small towns in America by Budget Travel Magazine, Egg Harbor is a great place to peruse art galleries and artisan shops, nibble your way through Farmer’s Markets filled with local produce and dip your toes into the cool Wisconsin water. With a new marina, concerts in the park and cute boutiques galore, this is a very popular area of Door County. Kids will also love the Egg Harbor Fun Park with mini-golf, go-karts and bounce houses, the Hands-on art studio where families can create their own art projects, and an old fashioned drive-in.

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A Door County Resort with Four Pools

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The Landmark Resort is a charming property that rests on 40-acres of wooded land. Families choose from spacious one, two, or three-bedroom suites that have kitchens, living rooms, and patios but kids will be most interested in the four pools (three outdoor, one indoor). There’s also a video game room, tennis courts, shuffleboard and a pub and grill onsite serving up traditional Door County cheese curds with ranch, salads, burgers, and pizzas.

Landmark Resort

Top rated
8.6 Excellent (369 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.8 / 10
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A Hotel in Door County with 3,700-square-feet for Families to Sprawl Out

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The Gull Cottage is a recently opened property that takes up a whopping 3,700-square-feet, giving families much-needed space to sprawl out. Amenities include a private pier, fire pit, and foosball table. There’s a grill in the back if you want to BBQ or it’s a short drive into the many restaurants in town, like the Cajun Inspired Fireside Restaurant with a kids menu that includes chicken and waffles.

The Gull Cottage: New Construction, Waterfront Home With Private Pier

9.0 Excellent (26 reviews)
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All the Space Your Family Needs at this Door County Resort

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These one and two bedroom mini-apartments at the Newport Resort have all the space for your family to settle in with a living room and kitchenette in each space. Start each morning with a free continental breakfast before heading out to the pool or playground. If the kids have more energy to burn, they can use the property’s giant lawn for a game of tag or duck, duck, goose.

Newport Resort

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (801 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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Fish Creek

Door County Visitor Bureau

If your family is outdoorsy or at least wants to be for part of the trip, Fish Creek is the place to visit. It’s super close to Peninsula State Park where there are plenty of opportunities to explore via bike and foot.

If water is more up your alley, visit Door County Kayak Tours for guided tours or try Fish Creek Scenic boat tours for a more relaxing experience. For an authentic northern Wisconsin dining experience, check out a fish fry (like at Pelletier’s Restaurant & Fish Boil) or traditional Wisconsin supper club like Greenwood. These clubs are often known for their Prime Rib and old school steakhouse offerings. After dinner, stop by The Northern Sky theater where original musicals are performed outdoors.

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All Kinds of Room Options at this Hotel in Door County

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Visiting Door County is a fun trip to take with family friends (we often do) and places like Homestead Suites offer great options. You can book anything from a bi-level five-bedroom house or a two-bedroom condo. All of their properties come with gas fireplaces, a plus for those chilly Wisconsin nights. The properties are very close to the entry of the Peninsula state park and the lush sand of Nicolet Beach.

Homestead Suites

8.7 Excellent (352 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
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Sturgeon Bay

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It’s all about boats and water in the aptly named Sturgeon Bay. Explore shipping containers and fishing rigs of yesteryear in the shipbuilding hub or uncover history at the Maritime Museum. It’s also worth making a side trip to the Potawatomi State Park to hike and even get a selfie at their #ScenicWisconsin selfie stations throughout the park.

All of the water and outdoor activity is sure to rev up your appetite. The perfect Wisconsin solution? Cheese Curds. Make a stop at the award-winning Renard’s cheese for a chance to see cheese made and sample freshly made squeaky cheese curds. You’ll very rarely find curds this fresh outside of the state.

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Soak in the View at this Door County Resort

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After a full day of sightseeing, it’s nice to return to the suites at Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort, offering beautiful views of the lake out back. If you’re lucky enough to grab a room with a balcony, you can soak in that view with a cup of coffee or bottle of wine. The resort also offers complimentary paddle boating, if your family is eager to get out on the lake.

Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (607 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.3 / 10
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Sister Bay

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Food-focused families will love the diversity found in this part of Door County. It’s full of places with character like Al Johnson’s, the Swedish restaurant where goats hang out on the roof, and Boathouse Bay, a nautical-themed restaurant where you can eat seafood overlooking the water. Bowling, go-karts, renting boats, outdoor movies and concerts are just a few other things that will keep your family having a blast.

Goats on the Roof

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The tale of the goats on the roof is a storied one but it’s believed that Al Johnson was gifted a goat by a frequent customer. He decided to put that goat on the roof and added in others over the years. The goats are so synonymous with the restaurant now, there are even two goat cams customers can watch long after they’ve left Door County.

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Experience Scandinavian Hospitality at this Hotel in Door County

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There’s something for everyone at the Scandinavian Lodge rooted firmly in, as the name suggests, Scandinavian hospitality. Condos come in a variety of sizes from one to three bedrooms suitable for families of all sizes. More importantly for the little ones, the property has a kid’s pool and a picnic area and playground that surrounds the outdoor pool, making it the epicenter of lazy family afternoons.

Scandinavian Lodge

8.7 Excellent (420 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.8 / 10
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Ephraim

Door County Visitor Bureau

Nestled between Fish Creek and Sister Bay, Ephraim has built up its community based off of its strong Norweigan and Moravian roots. It’s not unlikely to see a historic building repurposed like a log cabin turned into a coffee shop or logging pier turned art gallery.

During the day, hit the beach and splash around in the water or go hiking through Peninsula state park. At night, kick your feet up on a carriage ride together, soaking up the sights.

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Face Off in Connect Four or Monopoly with the Family

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The Waterbury Inn is a centrally located property much like other properties across Door County with expansive living spaces that offer up more freedom than a cramped hotel room. This one is particularly family-friendly with an awesome outdoor area complete with a pool, grills, picnic tables, and playground.

Gather the family in the library where you can face off in Connect Four or win big in Monopoly. Play ping pong into the wee hours of the night or sneak the kids into bed early (with the promise of swimming and swings in the morning) so you can cozy up as a couple in front of the fireplace.

Waterbury Inn

8.7 Excellent (363 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.1 / 10
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