A Last Summer Hurrah in a Lake Cottage in Door County, Wisconsin

Cottages at Centerpointe Marina, Door County Wisconsin

Nothing says summertime living like the water. And in the Midwest, lake time is the quintessential summer getaway.

From boating and fishing to lakeside vacation rentals and coastal activities, there’s just something special about summering at the lake. Something so very Americana about it.

In the Midwest United States, Wisconsin is the place to do the lake. With some 15,000 lakes, the state also has dozens of postcard-perfect towns dotting those bodies of water, along with a vibrant food and beverage scene, arts culture, and the most idyllic summer weather.

Centerpointe Marina, Door County Wisconsin
Centerpointe Marina, Door County Wisconsin

If you’re thinking about a last summer vacay before the winter blahs set in, check out Door County in the upper peninsula of Wisconsin. With 300 miles of shoreline, you can watch a sunrise and a sunset over the water without leaving the county. See thousands of acres of orchards, explore art galleries, devour cherry pie, sip on local wines and brews, splash in the lake or paddle along the bluffs, stroll through five state parks, visit 19 unique communities and tour 11 historic lighthouses.

Check out my list of favorite things to do in Door County!

One of those communities is the charming town of Sturgeon Bay. This shipbuilding hub is all about boats and water — so there’s no better place to have a late-summer getaway than the Cottages at Centerpointe Marina. I was lucky enough to make one of the three-story, two-bedroom cottages my home for three nights in the early part of the summer, and they really have it all. Beautiful, relaxing, comfortable, all the amenities you need…and did I mention the peace and beauty of being lakeside?

Cottages at Centerpointe Marina, Door County Wisconsin
Cottages at Centerpointe Marina

The “man behind the dream” of the cottages and marina is Peter Moede. Growing up in Wisconsin, Peter used to spend many summers in Door County with his grandparents who were avid boaters. After he married and had a family of his own, he was once again drawn to the waters of Door County. He and his wife have been bringing their 12 children “up north” for the past 22 years.

In 2004, Peter teamed up with a business partner to create The Shipyard, a unique waterfront community in the heart of Sturgeon Bay and CenterPointe Marina. Taking its place on the water’s edge where Peterson Builders once made its mark in the shipping world, they built The Marina Cottages.

Cottages at Centerpointe Marina, Door County Wisconsin

What was created from this dream is a retreat where time can seem to stand still and where you begin to redefine family and friendship in ultimate comfort. The uniquely designed 1,600-square-foot homes were created in the classic coastal style with a contemporary twist. It is here where you can find your moment of peace as you sip coffee with a view of the morning sunrise from your balcony. In the evening take in a breath of relaxation with a glass of wine as you watch a beautiful sunset over the marina waters (my favorite activity!)

Cottages at Centerpointe Marina
Living room and kitchen at the Cottages at Centerpointe Marina. A second living area is on the second floor.
Cottages at Centerpointe Marina, Door County Wisconsin
Third-floor master suite at the Cottages. There is also a second bedroom and bath on the second floor.

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Cottages at Centerpointe Marina
77 S. First Avenue, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Rates $289-389
For reservations Contact Shannon (920) 746-1912

Door County Travel/Visitors Information
Tourist information office: 1015 Green Bay Road on the south end of Sturgeon Bay

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