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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 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:
September 21, 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 4.83871 based on 53 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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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The cottage is adorable. All we did is sit on the porch and read. Then we sat by the grasses and watched the lake. Then we sat on the beach watching our fire and the lake. We tried to shop after a yummy fish boil in Fish Creek. But, all we wanted to do is hang out at the cabin. The cabin is cozy with all the modern amenities needed to be comfortable.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cottage on the Beach

  • 5 of 5

A great place to unplug with the entire family, just a few steps from a great sand beach. All three kids (ages 3, 5, and 8) spent much time building sandcastles, swimming, collecting colorful pebbles -- all the beachy things kids love. My wife spent most of her time near the panoramic front window, reading and enjoying the view. As others have mentioned, the cottage is basic, no-frills, but quiet, clean, and its rustic charm fit our needs perfectly. (And my kids loved the board games in the closet.) Plus, my wife slept better than she has in ages -- maybe the lulling sound of the surf? My kids did complain at first about the smell of the water, but a Brita filter took care of it just fine. Hope to visit again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal peace and quiet for the family

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth year in Door County at the cottage and we loved it just as much as ever. Even with a few days of rain we had a great time. Water temperatures were perfect for swimming and the sun was warm on the beach. In the cool evenings we had a fire in the fireplace, games to play and books to read. The cottage never disappoints.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely stay!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. Everything we needed was provided. The kids loved playing on the beach.

The cottage was clean and cute.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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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