The Lodge at Leathem Smith - Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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Hotel at a Glance: The Lodge at Leathem Smith

Set on the shores of picturesque Sturgeon Bay and only a few miles from Lake Michigan, the Lodge at Leathem Smith was the area’s first country club and yacht club. Built in the late 1920s, it changed hands multiple times before finally being purchased and renovated by professional fisherman and chef Paul Meleen and his wife, Holly. They turned the lodge into the comfortable, upscale vacation resort it is today. While you’re here, you’ll be close to golfing and fishing opportunities and the quaint town of Sturgeon Bay.

  • Complimentary continental breakfast, including freshly made Belgian Waffles, fruit, hot and cold cereals, homemade muffins and scones, bagels, toast and juices.
  • Dock your boat at the 48-slip Madelyn Marina.
  • Spacious accommodations: Rooms feature semiprivate patios or decks and flat-screen TVs; suites have whirlpool tubs, kitchenettes, and fireplaces.
  • Kona Bay Fish House serves blackened ahi tuna, flatbread pizzas, and other eats.
  • Notable award: 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Door County, Wisconsin: Outdoor Recreation and Quaint Towns on the Northwestern Shores of Lake Michigan

It starts with a roaring bonfire set under a kettle of salted water, potatoes, and whitefish fresh from Lake Michigan. Then, when the moment’s right, kerosene gets tossed onto the fire, exciting the flame and sending the fish oil at the top of the pot boiling over. “Radio City has the Rockettes; Door County has fish boils,” the Chicago Tribune writes of these cook-offs. Visitors come for the spectacle as much as the buttery fish. But it’s not the only draw to this part of northeast Wisconsin. Set on a peninsula between Lake Michigan and Green Bay, the county also has plenty of waterfront. Some call Door County the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” It’s an apt nickname considering the rocky coves, harbors, and lighthouses that make up the nearly 300-mile shoreline here.

With such easy access to the water, it’s no wonder that boating and fishing are popular activities in Door County. But there’s also plenty to do on land, as the area is also home to a number of state parks. Peninsula State Park fronts 8 miles of rocky coastline near the town of Fish Creek. You can kayak around the limestone bluffs here or hike miles of paths that weave through wetlands, forests, and open meadows. In the winter months, heavy snowfall transforms the park’s landscape into a haven for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. If you’re looking for a beach, Whitefish Dunes State Park has miles and miles of fragile sand dunes, some of which are among the highest on Lake Michigan.

Door County is lined with charming small towns with everything from art galleries to theater venues and historic churches. The town of Ephraim is a good place to go for antiquing. While you’re here, you can also learn more about the town’s Scandinavian roots on a historical walking tour, which departs from the Anderson Barn History Center and includes stops at some of the Ephraim Village Museums.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard double-queen room, standard king room, junior king room with jetted tub, or Captain’s suite
  • Dates into September

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
  • Late check-in procedure: For check-in after 12 p.m. on Sunday, after 5 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, or after 9 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, please call the property in advance to arrange for late check-in.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • 48-slip marina
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Waterfront restaurant

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check-in
  • Credit card required at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard King Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Standard Double-Queen Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $15 per night for each additional guest

Junior King Room with Jetted Tub

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Captain’s Suite

  • One queen bed and one sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $15 per night for each additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • For check-in after 12 p.m. on Sunday, after 5 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, or after 9 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, please call the property in advance to arrange for late check-in.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $15 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: two dogs up to 75 lb. may be added for $15 per night for each pet (limited rooms, resort must pre-approved)
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB; 57 mi)
  • Distance from Green Bay: 48 miles

Traveler's Tips

  • Though under the same ownership, the Harborside is a separate hotel and not included in this deal.

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