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

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 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!

More Details

Susan Stehling
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

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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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 , 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
  • 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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The Cottage on Lake Michigan–sand beach, wooded lot, family friendly, new bathrm
average rating of 4.814815 based on 49 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: Jun 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 place for a girls getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay at the cottage. The home was clean and had all the essentials we needed. The view and the beach were amazing! I wold definitely recommend this place to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely lakefront location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a wonderful time at the cottage. We walked on the beach, made a trip to Whitefish Dunes and used both the fire pit on the beach and the fireplace (when it rained all day). This is a great quiet spot as a home base for exploring Door County or for slowing down and unplugging on a beautiful stretch of beach.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful and peaceful stay at this cabin. Spent a lot of time on the porch overlooking the lake and had the fireplace roaring for a majority of our stay. Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grayslake, IL

Great location!! Very relaxing and serene.

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying up in Door County, and we wanted a quieter experience full of hiking, biking, and hanging out on the beach with our two kids, 8 and 5. The location couldn't have been better!! We were only a 15 minute drive from Sturgeon Bay when we did want to run into town for dinner or shopping, but we spent most of the time closer to the cottage. Biking along Glidden was really nice. We'd hop off our bikes to do the hiking trails along the way. There were so many wonderful nearby parks with some of the prettiest forests around. Some days we hung out at the cottage and let the kids play on the beach. A beautiful beach right out the back door that was easy to walk along and great to just sit and read a book. If you're an early riser, the sunrises were unbelievable. If you love wildlife, this is also the place to stay. We even saw a fox, a pair of bald eagles, and a couple pileated woodpeckers. Watch out for deer at dusk or just after on the roads!

The house itself was small and quaint and suited our needs just fine. We spent most our time there in the chairs by the fire looking out at the waves crashing on the beach. A couple of minor things to note, which by all means did not affect our great stay: the kitchen is pretty tiny so it is a bit hard to cook a real meal. The house is a little musty likely from the humidity of the summer, but we fortunately had warm afternoons where we could have the windows open. Also, the back bedroom is sort of quirky as it must have been an addition with the location being right off the front door.

We would definitely recommend for a small family or a couple trying to escape it all!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
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Potawatomi State Park
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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Summer 2017
Jun 18 2017 - Aug 19 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer/Fall 2017
Aug 21 2017 - Oct 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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