Destination guide

A lush island oasis in a charming island town

Let's get the confusing bit out of the way first: Washington Island is about 30 square miles of scenic landscape surrounded by Lake Michigan and Green Bay. It is also part of a town called – wait for it – Washington Island. The town consists of 6 islands in total, but Washington Island is the only 1 with year-round residents, a whopping 660. The Potawatomi Indians were the island's first known inhabitants, and they greeted immigrants from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Ireland. Book a Washington Island vacation rental and enjoy some history, relaxation, and outdoor fun.

Things to do

No man is an island if he knows his history

For a little island with a little population, the museums that surround your Washington Island vacation rental are impressive. The Jacobson Museum, on the western edge of the island, has natural and historical artifacts from the area, including ship models carved by Jens Jacobsen himself, the Danish poet who preserved the remains of the Potawatomi village that once occupied the site. Outside is a collection of artifacts salvaged from area shipwrecks. The Washington Island Farm Museum displays farm implements and housewares from the 19th and early 20th centuries.


Views in the great outdoors, concerts in the great indoors

Opportunities to enjoy Washington Island's lush forests, beaches, and rolling hills abound. Percy Johnson County Park has a beach with a view of neighboring Hog Island, plus picnic tables and grills for public use. Gislason Public Beach is great for families, with easy walking trails, a playground, and a picnic area. It's adjacent to Red Barn Park, which offers family events, theatrical productions, and live music. Visitors love kayaking and canoeing around the island, and eco-tours can fill you in on the wonders of the island's rocky coastline.


Come in summer with the crowds, or sneak in in September

Washington Island has warm summers and cold winters, with summer temperatures hitting highs in the upper 70s. July and August are when the area is most popular among vacationers, but the locals say September is the secret sweet spot. The weather is still great; the autumn colors are inspiring; and you can grab a Washington Island vacation rental within your budget. Rain is common in the area, but not overwhelming, even in the winter season. Just come prepared with warm clothes and a rain slicker.

Natural features

Washington Island's parks will wash away your worries

The island's landscape hosts all kinds of birds, such as herons, pelicans, and swans. If your Washington Island vacation rental is near a meadow, look for grassland-nesting birds. White-cedar wetlands welcome warblers and vireos. Rock Island State Park, Wisconsin's only island state park, is just a ferry ride away and equipped with beautiful nature trails, a white sand beach, and striking dolomite cliffs. With no cars and no permanent residents, the serenity of the park is enhanced by breathtaking views of the Milky Way on clear nights.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Washington

The nearest airport is in Escanaba, MI (ESC-Delta County), located 26.2 mi (42.2 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Washington Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 65 vacation rentals near Washington Island. From 34 Houses to 22 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Washington Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Washington Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Washington Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Michigan: 10,639 vacation rentals
  • Upper Peninsula of Michigan: 1,606 vacation rentals
  • Lake Michigan: 11,729 vacation rentals
  • Fish Creek: 431 vacation rentals
  • Egg Harbor: 433 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Washington Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Washington Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Washington Island:

  • Fish Creek: 431 rentals
  • Egg Harbor: 433 rentals
  • Sister Bay: 447 rentals
  • Ephraim: 398 rentals
  • Baileys Harbor: 437 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Washington Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Washington Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sister Bay Marina: 470 rentals
  • Door County Brewing Company: 510 rentals
  • Schoolhouse Beach Park: 141 rentals
  • Cana Island Lighthouse: 482 rentals
  • Nicolet Bay Beach: 484 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Washington Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.