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Need low-cost lodgings in Door County

A friend and I are taking a two-day class at The Clearing in late July. Do you have suggestions for nearby low-cost B&Bs or tent camping? - Shelly, Minneapolis

Lucky you the Clearing is a nifty place.

I've listed all of the good budget lodgings I've seen at Where to stay in Door County.

It's pretty hard to find a low-cost B&B in Door County in July. But there are quite a few mom-and-pop motels, including two in Ellison Bay.

The Hillside Inn is a 1969 motel on the south side of town and has an Italian restaurant. It's across from the town park, which has tennis courts, playground and a small beach.

The Parkside Inn is a two-story motel, also across from the town park, and has a shaded front yard.

It's just a little farther, in Gills Rock, but I like the Shoreline Resort. It's a  two-story motel that has rooms with private balconies right on the water, and there's a good restaurant next door.

If you can get in, try Smith's Europe Lake Cottages. The location of these four vintage cottages is very special they're on Europe Lake, separated from Lake Michigan only by a sliver of Newport State Park.

Wagon Trail Campground is on the other side of the peninsula near Rowleys Bay. It has beautiful campsites ringed with tall cedars and 10 extra-wooded tent sites. It also has six yurts and four pretty camper cabins, though they're not cheap.

State-park campsites will be hard to get for a weekend. But Newport State Park has one of our 25 great campsites. Or two, really: Backpack Sites 14 and 16, on Lake Michigan and a stone's throw from Europe Lake.

As at all Wisconsin state-park sites, sites can be reserved up to 11 months in advance.

Reserve ASAP!

And for more about the Clearing folk school, see Classroom in the Clearing.


Last updated on May 3, 2012