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Quintessential Door County Cabin on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Waterfront cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, fireplace, fully equipped (Sleeps 6)

Killasonna Lodge is the quintessential Door County cabin, ideal for your vacation or weekend getaway. Located along Lake Michigan, just south of Jacksonport (Door County), Killasonna Lodge is secluded in a tranquil forest of cedar, birch, pine, poplar and maple. The woods are home to deer, fox, turkey, woodpeckers, and great horned owls. The shore is a haven to geese, ducks, hawks and gulls. A natural fieldstone fireplace is the centerpiece of the great room, which opens to a broad covered porch facing the lake. The lodge features heavy timber beams and rafters, rough sawn knotty pine paneling, and rustic details and ambiance. The three bedrooms comfortably accommodate 6 persons. There are 2 bathrooms with showers, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Enjoy swimming, hiking, bicycling, fishing, antiquing, first-rate golf, and scenic drives through picturesque countryside and quaint villages. Killasonna Lodge is a place for those that treasure their time together. Indulge yourself and escape to Killasonna Lodge for a relaxing getaway. Or, give a Gift Certificate to parents or friends 'who don't need a thing.'

Keywords: Cabin, cottage, lodge, house

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John Brzezinski
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About John Brzezinski

We are both native Chicagoans, now living in Evanston, IL. Carolyn is an architect and formerly the municipal building official in Evanston. John managed major design and construction projects for Northwestern University. We are now semi-retired and started a business called University Icons. In a nutshell, we sell fine art photographs of iconic college buildings. The business draws on John’s long standing avocation of photography, our combined enjoyment of travel, and our mutual interest in architecture. We also own a rental house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, called Casa Palermo, that we visit a couple of times per year. We each have two daughters from previous marriages.

John Brzezinski purchased this cabin in 2003

Why John Brzezinski chose Door County

After years of vacationing in Door County, we began looking at cottages and land in the summer of 2002, with the idea of either buying or building a summer cabin. We clocked hundreds of miles, over many weekends, driving back and forth across the peninsula in search of the right property. Nothing seemed just right. Carolyn had a yearning for a cabin on the lake, or at least a view, but our budget was slim. Eventually we found ourselves along the Lake Michigan shore, staring into dense woods. In the foreground a sign read, For Sale - 1.5 acres. Curiousity forced us to take a walk through the woods. Of course, we fell in love with it the moment we stepped on shore. The price of the land exceeded our total budget (Isn't that always the case?), but we had fallen in love and there was no stopping us. We concocted a scheme: We would rent the place out to vacationers and enjoy it ourselves when it was free.

As soon as our offer was accepted, we began sketching potential designs like mad. We closed on the property in early December, 2002 and cleared the woods for the driveway before Christmas. Construction started the following March, and by the end of the year, the bulk of construction was finished. On January 1, 2004 we launched our website and signed up with VRBO. We spent that spring building and hanging doors, sealing the cabinets, shopping for furniture, etc. It was a photo finish. When our first guests arrived that spring, the paint on the shed doors was still wet.

Killasonna Lodge is situated in an area that was developed in 1922 by an enterprising young woman named Annie Reynolds. She called the plat of subdivision “The Killasonna Plat.” We borrowed the name to commemorate her vision.

After eleven years, we remain extremely pleased with our decisions. The location is tranquil and secluded and the shore is simply magnificent. As for the house itself, everyone has the same reaction when they first arrive: Their jaw drops.


Sturgeon Bay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathrooms are equipped with showers. i.e. not tubs. (note: we do not provide towels.)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • First floor: 1 queen size Beds. 2nd floor: 1 queen size bed and 1 double bed. Bed linens provided.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Tranquil Door County lakefront location, real wood burning fireplace in a dramatic 2-story great room; large covered porch faces Lake Michigan, fully equipped kitchen. Walk out to the lake. Swimming, 1.5 wooded acres provides privacy and solitude.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Quintessential Door County Cabin on Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Excellent Choice!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this Lodge looking for woods, lake, peace and quiet; this property has it all.

The owners are great to work with and very responsive to questions.

I would recommend this property to anyone visiting Door County; only wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sherri, for taking time to write a review. We're so glad that Killasonna Lodge met your needs and that you enjoyed your time there. All the best, John & Carolyn
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Great cabin in the woods by the lake.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful pine cabin w/ all the comforts of home. Owners were excellent w/ details & communication. Good local 4 sightseeing, charter fishing, Packers' practices & more. Loved the sunrises & sunsets sitting on private beach. Will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Total Relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

I spent a week in this beautiful home with my husband and two boys (ages 15 and 20). This house is in a perfect location in Door county, it was very central to all the adorable small towns close by but away from the crowds. The house feels very secluded. There are neighbors on either side but there are a lot of trees so you have to look hard for the houses. We loved the long driveway leading to the house. Made the house feel even more secluded. The house was very clean and roomy. My one and only complaint (and it's minimal) is that I wish they provided bath towels. (They do provide bedding) We traveled from Texas and didn't have room in our luggage for towels, so we had to purchase towels and leave them. Not a huge deal, but towels would have been an added bonus for us. We took advantage of the fire pit every night. The star gazing was amazing. I am a photographer and got awesome pictures of the night sky and many shooting stars. We also spent many hours just enjoying the porch and my boys hung hammocks in the trees. We did get in the water a few times but I advise to wear shoes as the beach is rocky. We loved the rustic of the beach. It was tree lined and rocky which made us feel the seclusion (we really like seclusion if you haven't figured that out) and from the beach you can't see many houses. The weather was warmer than normal when we were there. We were a little concerned since the house doesn't have air conditioning but I can assure you, the house stayed very comfortable, plus there were ample fans if needed. The house also supplied basic spices and condiments. We ate out most meals at all the fabulous restaurants close by.

We did a kayak tour one day. We were going to do the tour close to the house but it was too windy so they took us to the other side of the peninsula. It was still beautiful and we had a great time. We went to Cave Point county park a few times to jump off the cliff. This is super close to the house and easy to get to. I recommend going during the week to avoid huge crowds. We rented a speed boat from Sister Bay one day. We skied and tubed and just explored the shoreline. Definitely a highlight of the trip. We explored the small towns on the peninsula and I really enjoyed just driving the countryside and admire and photograph all the beautiful red barns. There was so much more to do while we were there but we opted for more relaxation at the house than being out and about.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy, It sounds like you had a wonderful stay at Killasonna Lodge. It was brilliant to rent a boat. We were up there the week after you and rented a pontoon boat in Ephraim. It was so enjoyable. We used to own a boat, but renting is so much less hassle. About the towels: We really do wish we could provide towels, but with one washer/dryer the housekeeper barely has enough time between guests to wash all the bedding and make all the beds. Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks again for choosing Killasonna Lodge as your Door County accommodations.
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in the perfect location. We stayed over the Memorial Day weekend and were able to enjoy the Maifest parade, flag ceremony, maypole dance, food, and vendors. It had such a great hometown feel where it seemed everyone knew someone, and if you weren't from the area you were treated as if you were a lifelong resident.

I loved not having a television in the cabin, but hubby was longing for some connection to the outside world. Wifi worked perfectly fine, no complaints. The kitchen was well stocked with kitchen utensils, pots, and pans. The only negative observation was the use of duct tape keeping tiles in place in the bathroom shower and used to seal up a gap in one of the bedrooms. Otherwise everything was spotless and in good working order.

I have already recommended this cabin to a friend of mine and will continue to do so. My husband and I would certainly return if we were traveling with another couple.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to know that you enjoyed your stay! Thanks again for choosing Killasonna Lodge and for taking time to write your review. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
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Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The lodge was exactly like the pictures. We had 3 adult couples. The bedrooms were nice sizes and having 2 full bathrooms was great. The property was clean and the kitchen was well equipped. We did a lot of cooking and the kitchen had everything we needed. The scenery was beautiful and you could watch the sunrise over Lake Michigan right from the house or walk a few steps down to the lake. We enjoyed using the natural fireplace, it really warmed the house. We appreciated having WiFi and a place to plug in for music. We hope to rent this property again on the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your favorable review, Jan. It sounds like you had a wonderful stay and we appreciate knowing that you enjoyed Killasonna Lodge as much we do.
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Great Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a quiet and restful few days at this unique and very comfortable home. It is the perfect setting to "get away from it all" with a view to die for. The home is equipped with just about everything you need to make it your home away from home and the owners provide you with plenty of information to make the most of your Door County experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, Loretta. It's always satisfying to know that our guests enjoyed their stay. We'll be heading up to Killasonna Lodge ourselves soon and can't wait to hear the gulls, the waves and even the slap of the screen door. Enjoy the remaining days of summer ...
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Nearest Airport
71 Miles
Austin Straubel International Airport (Green Bay)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lakeside Park, Jacksonport
Car: necessary

Writing (it's a poet's and writer's paradise), sketching, star gazing, skipping stones on the lake or just sitting and doing nothing at all, there is something for everyone. There is a festival of some kind virtually every summer weekend someplace on the penninsula. There are over a dozen golf courses, loads of antiques stores, hiking, biking, zip lining, and lots more.


Rates & Availability

Sturgeon Bay Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700
Tax Rate 11.0%

During summer season (June, July & August) we rent only by the week, Saturday to Saturday. In the case a renter must cancel, the deposit and/or rental amount is refunded if Owner can re-rent Killasonna Lodge for the same time period to another party. Owner will return security deposit to Renter immediately upon receiving Renter’s cancellation notice.

50% of rental amount is required as a reservation deposit. Remaining 50% of rental amount, 11% tax and a $700 security deposit are due 60 days prior to arrival date. Payment should be made via PayPal, however, please note that the party initiating a payment or return is responsible their PayPal transfer fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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