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The Cottage on Lake Michigan–sand beach, wooded lot, family friendly

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lakefront cottage, 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4+), new bathroom, kitchen, fireplace

Brand new bathroom in 2016!

The Cottage is tucked on a wooded lot along the shores of Lake Michigan on scenic Glidden Drive. The family-friendly location features a private sand beach and close access to hiking in the Shivering Sands Natural Area. The Cottage has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. It features an open living and dining area with a wood-burning fireplace, gas furnace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Michigan. The kitchen features a full-size refrigerator, stove and oven, microwave, coffee maker, blender and dining table. One bedroom has a full-sized bed, the other has a new full-sized futon. Outside enjoy a large front porch, a charcoal grill and plentiful opportunities for walking, beach combing, sunbathing and swimming.

Sturgeon Bay (7 miles away) offers grocery stores, laundromats, museums, theaters, a boat launch and more. Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, Bailey's Harbor and other towns are also close by. Enjoy shopping and sight seeing and then return to your own retreat on Door County's 'quiet side.'

Kid-friendly activities in Door County include pick-your-own berries and cherries, miniature golf, an old-time drive-in movie theatre, lighthouses, museums, horseback riding and lots of ice cream stops.

If your kids are older, bring your bicycles, as Whitefish Dunes State Park, Cave Point County Park and warm Clark’s Lake are all an easy 7-mile pedal away from the Cottage.

Right at the Cottage, of course, you've got your own 'sand box' and a 'big swimming pool' right out your front door. You and the kids will enjoy building sand castles, collecting and painting rocks, catching crawfish in nearby Shivering Sands Creek, watching wildlife, flying kites and lots more. In the evenings, build a fire in the outdoor fire pit and make s'mores or enjoy a fire and a board game inside. There's TV, cable, a DVD player and WiFi if you can't live without it, but you'll find lots of other things to do too.

The Cottage sits just outside the 485-acre Shivering Sands Natural Area, a property of the Door County Land Trust. The area, along Glidden Drive and south of Whitefish Dunes State Park, contains 19 natural landscapes, including dunes, kettles, swales, old and present shorelines, small lakes, streams, ponds, fens, bogs and forests. The area is recognized as an Important Bird Habitat by the Audubon Society. There are marked hiking trails that you can enter in several places on Glidden Drive.

Boat launch opportunities: If you’re a boater, launch in Sturgeon Bay and choose between fishing the harbor, Green Bay or Lake Michigan. Or use Glidden Drive’s public Lake Michigan boat launch located just a few miles from The Cottage.

The Cottage has been in our family since it was built more than 50 years ago. We started renting our family cottage in 2009, which has been a great success for us and for our visitors. It's a haven that we've chosen to share . Thank you and enjoy!

More Details

Susan Stehling
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2018

About Susan Stehling

The cottage was built by my grandparents in the early 1960s. We've enjoyed it as a family ever since. Because of work and the other demands of life, we can't get there as often as we'd like right now, so we've chosen to share our personal haven with others. We know you'll enjoy your stay.

Susan Stehling purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Susan Stehling chose Sturgeon Bay

I love Door County - especially it's 'quiet side,' which is how the locals refer to the Lake Michigan side of the Door Peninsula. The ever-changing views of Lake Michigan right out your window will not cease to amaze and delight you. The beach is glorious and the lake is refreshing and beautiful.

What makes this cottage unique

Right on the lake. Only a beach between the cottage and the water! Incredible lake views, nice swimming, a sandy beach and great neighbors!

Guestbook comments from the owner

In honor of our beach days, we wrote a short verse.

Little wee button rocks

so smooth and shiny black

lounging by the lake shore

until the waves take them back.
Aug 2012
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Sturgeon Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • All new bathroom in 2016! Large shower, toilet, sink, large mirror, hair dryer and storage. We provide all bath and kitchen towels. We provide beach chairs and toys, but please bring your own beach towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double futon; ceiling fan
  • The main bedroom has a full-sized bed, and the second bedroom has a full-size futon. There is plenty of living-room floor space for your air mattress if you have an extra child or two to accommodate. Fall asleep to the soothing sound of waves against the shore and cool lake breezes. We provide all bed linens, including: down comforters, cotton sheets, blankets and pillows.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
By design, life is simpler, quieter and greener at The Cottage. Instead of a clothes dryer, we use a clothesline, lake breezes and hot sunshine. The air conditioning is taken care of with a cool lake breeze and two ceiling fans. Although we have WiFi, we prefer a good book on the beach, bird watching or s'mores around an evening campfire. No exercise equipment, but the beach provides a serene place to walk and the lake is a beautiful place to swim. Come for a visit. We know you'll leave refreshed and we hope you'll return annually. If you need a fancy resort environment with non-stop activities, the Cottage likely isn't a good choice for you. If you prefer lazy days spent building sand castles, collecting rocks and catching waves, you've found your place. And, don't worry, the Cottage is less than a 10-mile drive from laundromats, grocery stores, YMCA, restaurants, boat launches, parks, marinas, movie theaters, horseback riding, shops and everything else Door County offers.


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The Cottage on Lake Michigan–sand beach, wooded lot, family friendly
average rating of 4.794872 based on 61 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Extremely clean and has all the basics you need. Steps from the lake, a short drive to White Dunes State Park which has beautiful hiking trails, 20 - 30 minutes from all the DC towns. The owner is great to work with - quick responses to questions and simple, straightforward arrangements. This is my ideal of the perfect Door County home away from home - others might want new and fancy, if so, keep looking - keep a week open for me next summer!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm thrilled that you found your home away from home. You're welcome anytime!
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Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Amazing little cottage on the lake with stunning views and beach access. Private and cozy. Our 1.5 year old loved running around and playing in the yard and the beach. I loved the solid nights sleep and coffee on the back porch. We’ll be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay with our 3 small kids. The house was driving distance to many Door County attractions. The lake access was great! The back porch and yard were great spots to spend time during the day. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Michigan / Chicago

Location is "Priceless"

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything we expected and more. Spent a wonderful mini vacation with my wife and two adult daughters. We all loved it. The property is a hidden gem with a beautiful front view of the lake.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at The Cottage! The accommodations were perfect (clean, cozy, and well-stocked with kitchen items, games, plenty of linens, info about the area, etc) and the location can't be beat (private wooded lot, steps from a beautiful beach, and a great base from which to easily explore the peninsula). Our only regret was not being able to stay longer. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Small. Charming. Cozy. Just what we wanted: a place for the 2 of us to get away and walk the beach.

  • 5 of 5

A clean cottage with hints of grandpa and simpler days at the beach.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Cherryland Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Tin Plate
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Manitowoc, WI
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Cherry Hills Golf Course
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Green Bay, WI
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Highway 42/57 & County Road T
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Donny's Glidden Lodge
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Private beach out your front door
Car: necessary

There's lots to do in Door County - named one of the Top 10 Small Towns in the U.S. by Fodor's in March 2013. (Although they admitted it's not one town but a whole county.) Here's what they said: What's not to like? Five state parks, 300 miles of shoreline, hundreds of non-chain shops, galleries and restaurants, all amid the beauty of Lake Michigan—need we say more?

Historic Sturgeon Bay (8 miles from The Cottage) offers grocery stores, a laundromat, museums, movie theaters and more.

Throughout Door County, parks are plentiful, as are opportunities for golf, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, antiquing, shopping and more. Art galleries, theaters, orchards and wineries dot the charming countryside between the picturesque waterfront towns of Sturgeon Bay, Bailey's Harbor, Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, Ephraim and Sister Bay.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85

I prefer week-long stays, but in spring and fall I'm flexible. I always work with you to set up payments that work for both of us. Usually, I collect half of the total to hold the reservation and the balance 30 days before arrival. If you reserve far in advance, I'm happy to collect one third of the total to hold the reservation, one third a couple of months later and the balance 30 days before arrival. We'll work out details together.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.