Hotel at a Glance: The Port Hotel
Since 1902, The Port Hotel has welcomed visitors to Port Washington from its location in the historic district on Main Street. Each of the guest rooms has unique decor in styles ranging from French Provincial to the Mediterranean to Williamsburg Colonial. Some rooms look out on the harbor, while others feature views of downtown.
- In-room breakfast prepared by a chef from a seasonal menu.
- Comfy in-room amenities: terry-cloth bathrobes, goose-down comforters, and fireplaces in king rooms
- Head to Lake Park for beautiful lakefront views just a 2-block walk from the hotel.
- Visit the tasting room at SoLu Estate Winery & Meadery, where guests can sample wines, as well as meads and hard ciders.
Port Washington, Wisconsin: Historic Port Town Dating to the Mid-1800s
Port Washington has been a thriving port town along Lake Michigan since the middle of the 19th century. Its historic downtown features many venerable buildings, some of which predate the Civil War. The Victorian-style Judge Eghart House and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, among others, offer tours to the public. A short stroll to the waterfront brings you to the 1860 Light Station, which helped guide ships safely to Port Washington’s harbor. Today, it serves as a museum showcasing the life of a 19th-century lighthouse keeper.
Two sandy beaches, dubbed North Beach and South Beach, are popular warm-weather spots for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. Head to the Port Washington Marina to hire salmon- and trout-fishing charters or dock your boat at 1 of 220 deep-water slips. Nearby, you can pick up the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, a 30-mile paved path that connects the communities of Ozaukee County to Milwaukee. Most of the trail is off-road, making it ideal for jogging and biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.