Waterfront cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, fireplace, fully equipped (Sleeps 6)
About John Brzezinski
We are both Chicago natives, now living in Evanston, IL. Carolyn is an architect and formerly a municipal building official. John managed major design and construction projects for Northwestern University. We are now semi-retired, operating a business called University Icons. In a nutshell, we sell fine art photographs of iconic university buildings. The business draws on John’s long standing avocation of photography, our combined enjoyment of travel and mutual interest in architecture. We each have two daughters from previous marriages.
John Brzezinski purchased this Cabin in 2003
Why John Brzezinski chose Sturgeon Bay
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.
What makes this Cabin unique
Carolyn swears that the best therapy is to simply collect kindling in the woods for the fire place or the fire pit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Maximum of 6 persons.
Smoking not allowed anywhere on the property
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Candles, incense, fireworks (illegal) or other hazardous items are not allowed on the property.
Cooking in the fireplace, in the fire pit, or elsewhere on the property is not allowed. Cooking is only allowed in the kitchen and/or the BBQ grill.
With the exception of folding lawn chairs, furniture may not be re-arranged or removed from the building or porches.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Alone in the Woods
The location is stunning, nestled in the woods with a view of Lake Michigan, through an opening in the trees. The house itself is spectacular and gives off a truly homey, north woods cabin ambiance.
Thanks, Jim, for taking time to leave a review. And thanks for letting us know about the damage to the terrace from the huge waves. We're glad that you enjoyed your stay and remain in good spirits despite enduring a mostly rainy week. Hopefully you can return some time and enjoy better weather.
My husband and I were looking for a quiet retreat and found that and more at Killasonna Lodge. It was so peaceful and tranquil. We absolutely loved sitting by the lake and listening to the waves crashing against the shores. It was hard to leave! The owners Survival Guide was very helpful...we are now a few pounds heavier after being introduced to Schartner’s Pies! Delicious! We would definitely go back.
We are so glad to know that you and your husband enjoyed your time at Killasonna. It may seem silly, but we are always pleased to know that others enjoy it as much as we do. Being about 700 feet from the road and shielded by so many trees provides a great degree of privacy and tranquility. Please consider coming back. You are more than welcome. Finally, thank you for taking time to write a review. All the best, John & Carolyn
Lake Michigan sunrises
The Killasonna is a perfect spot if you’re looking to experience a getaway right on the shore of Lake MI. We’ve been coming to DoorCo for several years and have stayed on “both sides” , and have come to appreciate the lower key quietness of the east side. This location is exactly that ... close enough to the shops, coffee, and great restaurants of Door counties’ great little towns , but removed from essentially any traffic and noise. It’s a quick bike ride to Cave Point and you can drop your kayak/SUP board in the water literally steps from the back porch. The cabin itself was immaculate , every attention to detail was just right. Comfy beds , fully stocked kitchen , back porch with very nice and comfy adirondack chairs looking out over the lake , very nice hot showers, the list goes on. We will definitely consider another visit. Thank you John and Carolyn for quick responses to everything we needed.
Thank you so much for your kind words and positive assessment of Killasonna. We are always so pleased when we learn that others enjoy Killasonna as much as we do. Have a wonderful rest of the summer!
Serenity by the lake!
Beautiful lakefront cabin with amazing hosts. It's spacious and cozy at the same time. Check in was easy, the cabin was clean and ready to go with firewood so we could get the fireplace going right away! Check out was just as simple with clear directions. John and Carolyn are responsive and provide tons of local recommendations. The location is great- close enough to the city to get a drink or a bite to eat on a whim, but remote enough to enjoy hearing the waves crashing from the lake and to see the stars on a clear night. Definitely recommend Killasonna to anyone looking for a great weekend getaway in Door County.
We're glad that you enjoyed your stay at Killasonna Lodge. It's always rewarding to know that others enjoyed themselves. Have a wonderful summer!
Wonderful cabin on the quiet side of Door County
Really enjoyed our 3 night stay at Killasonna Lodge. Beautiful, roomy 3 bedroom cabin right on Lake Michigan. Nice back porch facing the lake. Huge open sitting/eating area on the first floor for relaxing, with a great fireplace. Well-stocked kitchen. The cabin also has about 20 "classic" board games to enjoy. It's a fun way to enjoy your evening.
The only funky thing is all the light switches -- it takes a while to figure out which switch turns on which set of lights. Overall, we loved our stay and would like to return. And by the way, the location on the VRBO map is incorrect -- the cabin is actually just south of Jacksonport. The VRBO map makes it look like the cabin is in the middle of the Whitefish Dunes State Park.
Thanks again for choosing Killasonna Lodge for your accommodations in Door County and for taking time to write a review. Your observations about the light switches and map are appreciated. We're glad to know that you enjoyed your stay.
Lovely home, clean, peaceful and quiet. Communication with the owner was excellent.
Thanks again for choosing Killasonna Lodge for your accommodations in Door County. We try to make sure that our guests happy with their choice and enjoy their stay. Please keep Killasonna Lodge in mind in the future.
John & Carolyn
There is no end to the things to do and discover around Killasonna Lodge. Whether it's as simple as sitting on the terrace overlooking Lake Michigan or exploring the peninsula, there is something for everyone and your days will be filled with lasting memories.
There is a festival of some kind virtually every summer weekend someplace on the peninsula. There are over a dozen golf courses, loads of antiques stores, boutiques, hiking, biking, zip lining, State Parks, and lots more. You can walk to Jacksonport for breakfast, lunch or dinner or hop in the car to find an endless supply of restaurants throughout the County.