By Jeniece Smith
Door County is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the state, so perhaps you're doubting whether you can pillow your head on Wisconsin's famed peninsula without emptying your pockets. Well, think again! There are plenty of affordable options – even on the Door Peninsula's bustling western side.
As you'll see in these rentals ranging from more traditional options to even a silo and a yurt, short on cost means anything but short on charm. Most of our picks' rates start below the mid-$100s range, though prices can be slightly higher in the area's busier months. Be sure to call ahead to confirm costs and whether your choice requires a minimum stay length!
Located on the south side of Ephraim just a half-mile from the public beach, this cute log and stone cabin is tucked away in the trees across the street from a golf club and the Door Peninsula's largest state park. The two-bedroom, pet-friendly rental has a full kitchen and large yard. Nightly rates start at $115, and a week will set you back just $650.
On the other side of Peninsula State Park and just a block off the bike path, you'll find one of the quirkiest rentals in the whole county – a silo converted into a two-bedroom, four-story dwelling. Take an easy stroll to Fish Creek, grill out on the deck or enjoy the magnificent panoramic views from the top-floor living room's circle of windows. You'll pay just $110 a night, or $700 a week.
Maybe you prefer an authentic on-the-farm experience? Check out this delightful little cottage tucked into a private 10-acre farm near Egg Harbor. At one bedroom, it's perfect for a couple. Hike the walking trails with your dogs, take the two-mile drive to a public beach or just curl up in front of the wood-burning stove. You can pick apples on the grounds in the fall, or visit the adjacent orchard to pick your own cherries. All of this lovely seclusion is priced between $155 and $175 a night, depending on the time of year.
The long gravel driveway to this cozy, simple cottage will take you past rows and rows of cherry trees. While this wooded property feels a world away from the busiest tourist attractions in Door County, it's just a short jaunt from either Sister Bay or Ellison Bay. There's one bedroom, as well as an attached bunkhouse with twin beds that kids will love. The peaceful yard and firepit will make you feel like you have your very own Door County spread. At $100 a night and $650 a week, this rental is the most affordable cottage on our list.
If you'd rather stay on the "quiet side" of Door County or enjoy a more rustic experience, here's the place for you! This award-winning campground is an easy walk to Lake Michigan and bordered on two sides by the Mink River Estuary. Choose from a primitive but absolutely gorgeous cabin starting at $98 a night, or make the more eccentric choice of a yurt, with the lowest starting price on our whole list of $90.
The Door Peninsula is loaded with inviting lodging options. Browse our directory for hundreds more places to stay.