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

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Sturgeon Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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

Brand new bathroom and new stove and oven for 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 (8 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, 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 a '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 right 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!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Susan Stehling
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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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 Door County

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

Incredible lake views, nice swimming and a sandy beach.

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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The Cottage on Lake Michigan–sand beach, wooded lot, family friendly, new bathrm
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 44 reviews

Enjoy the sunrise just a few steps away from your bedroom!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the cottage very much. The beach is just a few steps away from the house and our kids loved to play with the sand toys (thank you for sharing). The kitchen is equipped with the most important things you need but if you have sensitive taste buds you should either bring a Britta filter or bottled water. Tap water is 100% safe to drink but the iron taste is very strong. The bathroom and gas stove were brand new when we were there (Sept 2016). You can walk along the beach, hang out there or take a 15 minutes drive to The Farm (a must see for kids!) and Whitefish Sand Dunes State Park. Everything you might need is close by and still you are at a quiet place to fully relax and restore.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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A Gem on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect place for a family getaway. We fell in love the moment we arrived. The rustic charm of the cottage was so inviting and the cleanliness was comforting as we settled in. The view out the big front windows and the location right on the beach are major highlights of this gem. We had plans to explore the rest of Door County but realized we were already in an amazing spot and never left. We will definitely be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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The best find in Door County!

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is I can hardly wait to return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Great place! Great location! My wife and I brought our kids (9,6,2) and they each enjoyed it in their own way. Strongly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fantastic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our fall weekend at the cottage. Everything was exactly as expected. Susan provided a helpful book that has all the details we needed to make our stay easy and enjoyable. This property is ON Lake Michigan, and the sound of the surf is amazing. The home is a true cottage, perfect for a no frills adventure, but with everything needed to make it a great one. Thank you for sharing your home!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Awesome Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

So clean, comfortable, with awesome views. Everything was so well stocked in the kitchen making it easy to cook and clean up. Felt like we had the lake to ourselves. Really loved the fire pit and view of the stars at night. So many stars it was incredible.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Cherryland Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Hitching Post
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

Sturgeon Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer/Fall 2016
Aug 21 2016 - Oct 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Spring/Early Summer 2017
May 20 2017 - Jun 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Summer 2017
Jun 18 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer/Fall 2017
Aug 21 2017 - Oct 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Linens $85
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.

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Sturgeon Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
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 , New mattress '11
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , New futon '12, ceiling fan
  • The main bedroom has a full-sized bed with a new mattress, and the second bedroom has a new full-sized 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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
  • 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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