Whether you need a break from the daily grind, a respite from kid duty or want to reconnect with your partner, Door County’s quaint cabins and cottages don’t disappoint for a quick weekend jaunt in any season. Here are some romantic, cozy places to check out.
Set in a historic 1850s Post Office building, this charming little shorefront cottage is loaded with character for some solid alone time together. It’s like being in your own oceanfront cottage escape—right on the shores of Eagle Harbor. Scenic views and sunsets will greet you both each day, and you can enjoy nature just steps out the front door by taking in the view in a chair overlooking the water or on the nearby walking trails.
Plus, the public beach and Peninsula State Park are both less than a mile away—perfect for hand-in-hand walks. Ephraim’s historic district awaits for daytime and nighttime activities like gallery-hopping and romantic dining and cocktails.
Looking to hole up in a cozy cottage fit for two? These twin properties located on a rock bluff in downtown Baileys Harbor feature one historic property, and a newer one built in 2012. The historic Rockledge cottage has views of Lake Michigan from the screened-in front porch, and the adjacent Arbor house has a rustic stone fireplace perfect for snuggling in front of, juxtaposed against a modern, clean aesthetic.
Each has all of the amenities and even has unexpected touches for nights in, like bookshelves stocked with games and books. And, it’s a short walk to downtown Baileys Harbor’s main drag, where you’ll find Door County Brewing Company and the cool Bearded Heart Coffee Shop, where you can toast to your weekend away.
Carraig Cottages are actually a grouping of properties scattered around Baileys Harbor. The Carraig Mor and Carraig Beag cottages are located in downtown Baileys Harbor, close to bars, restaurants and the Baileys Harbor Town Marina. Or, hike the nearby Ridges Sanctuary for some quiet one-on-one time on the trails.
If you want a tranquil retreat to hang out at with your honey, Carraig Nua and Carraig Dale are just outside of Baileys Harbor in a quiet country setting with tasteful décor and a homey atmosphere. Pop open the bubbly, queue up a movie and snuggle on the couch in this perfect locale. Or, try the Carraigeen cottage just outside Baileys Harbor and right on Kangaroo Lake. You and your significant other will love the newly remodeled interior and the breathtaking, romantic sunset vistas while enjoying a glass of wine.
Just the name alone makes you both want to stay there, no? This adorable vacation property has a nice backstory literally built out of love—it was constructed by the owner’s father, a shipbuilder, to resemble the hull of a ship—and it’s made of wood from ships dating back to World War II. The private location is literally just feet from the water on Sturgeon Bay, ensuring peace and quiet, cozy alone time together enjoying the tranquil views.
Step out for a stroll to recharge with your significant other on one of the walking or hiking trails next to the cottage, or visit downtown Sturgeon Bay very close by to shop or have a romantic meal. A waterside stroll or a walk past a scenic lighthouse could also be on your docket, too.
If you both want to be on the water, this is the place to go—with 440 feet of frontage overlooking Green Bay, there’s no shortage of blue vistas and spectacular sunsets to really get away from it all—with each other. The décor is fabulous, with touches of farmhouse and rustic elements paired with an updated, modern kitchen for a comfortable, yet luxe stay. Prepare a meal together and sip Old Fashioneds while slowing down and catching up.
After dinner, cozy up to the stone fireplace and watch the flames while savoring the comfortable, lodge-like feel. Bikes are available to use, and you’ll both want to take them to nearby Ephraim, which is within walking distance. Check out the close-by Pasta Vino for traditional and modern Italian cuisine, or quaff a craft beer and enjoy each other’s company at the Bier Zot Beer Café, a European gastropub, both in Sister Bay.