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The Harbor Light Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Ellison Bay B&B and Inns
Blaine, Minnesota
1 review
“Great Location, Charming Decor”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

My wife and I stayed here a couple weeks ago to celebrate our ten-year anniversary and we had an excellent experience. The location was convenient, as being on the tip of Door County, it provided convenient access to the ferry station for a day trip to Washington Island. There are also a couple of county parks close by which have great sunset views. It was also nice and quiet. We stayed in the Lighthouse Suite and really enjoyed the generous space and personal touch the owner used in decorating. Overall, a very enjoyable and positive experience!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Becky K, Manager at The Harbor Light Inn, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thanks for the review - I'm so happy you enjoyed your time here!
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Mount Shasta, Ca.
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

My six sisters, and I, met in Ellison Bay Wisconsin to surprise our bother on his 70th Birthday. We all stayed here, renting the entire place, with the exception of the Lighthouse Suite and a cottage out back. We LOVED it. Each of us had our own room, with a balcony. We would lean out the balconies to talk to one another, or we would gather on one of the lower ones. It was a blast. Nothing like sitting in my upper room at night, reading a good book and listening to my sisters laughing below. Management left us to our own devices for the weekend. The place was clean and light. It has 2 acres and views of Ellison Bay. Loved it!!! Please note that while this hotel is by the 'City Center' , there IS no city.

Room Tip: Any upstairs corner room, or downstairs corner room is great. All rooms are nice, but a few have mor...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Becky K, Manager at The Harbor Light Inn, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thanks so much for your kind review! It was so much fun having you and your sisters here!
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Lancaster, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

My niece and I stayed here last weekend and it was a wonderful place. Beautiful view and excellent location. New carpet,, new paint, bed was a tad hard but overall excellent place. My niece loved the 2 person shower stall.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Becky K, Manager at The Harbor Light Inn, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thanks so much for the review! Glad you and your niece had a pleasant stay with us, and hope you'll come back and visit again!
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We stayed at the Harbor Light Inn on Memorial weekend 5/23/2014 and had an great relaxing experience! The Victorian structures are beautiful and were getting being freshly painted for the summer while we were staying there. The location is perfect. Far enough away from the main towns so you don't get woken up by tourists in the morning, but a quick drive to anywhere on the Peninsula. The new management, Becky, gave us excellent suggestions on what to do and where to go and is a genuinely great human being. She keeps the place spick and span and will do whatever she can to accommodate your stay.

The boat to Washington island is a short walk away, as is a coffee shop, and my favorite Charlie's smokehouse for the smoked salmon and trout :) and ice cream! There's no breakfast provided (helps keep the room prices low) but we bought bagels from the coffee shop and ate bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon on our room's patio every morning with the complimentary coffee.

It's obvious here that the poor reviews reflect previous management. The Harbor Light Inn is now run by Becky and she is amazing. I would highly recommend this place and will be coming back!!!

Room Tip: Try out the lighthouse suite! All rooms are gorgeous and have their own patios.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We wanted a quiet, nice and cheap place to stay since we planned on spending a lot of time outside biking. This place was exactly what we were looking for! We stayed in the Lighthouse Suite which was quite a bit more spacious than I expected when I booked it. It had a nice balcony off the bedroom and a nice little balcony overlooking the front. It was also very clean! It is walking/biking distance to the Ferry for Washington Island as well as a restaurant and gift shops which was nice. We liked that there were grills around the location to use for cooking dinner or lunch. We did see online that there was a fire pit but it was just for one of the guest houses to use (suggest maybe adding one in between the large house and the office..?). Overall, we were very pleased with our stay here and would definitely come back in the future.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Becky K, Manager at The Harbor Light Inn, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Thanks for the kind review, and so happy you enjoyed your stay! And I'll definitely consider adding another fire pit for use by all guests!
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

We were given a stay here for a wedding gift, obviously there was a change of management, especially since we were there. Our early summer 2005 stay was unique, since I'm diabetic, tried to inform, they weren't going to accomodate, at least.

Our off season visit next time had our breakfast outside our door in winter, still, not accomodating, they'd left for their errands.
Want groceries? Most businesses are closed. Without notice...closed whirlpool..the waterheater's turñed down, after seeing the other reviews...we were lucky!
No news(reviews)
..is good news,..now found closed winters, new innkeepers have been excellent!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Becky K, Manager at The Harbor Light Inn, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Hello! Thanks for your review! We are indeed under new management. No more grumpy innkeepers or strange rules here. We also are no longer a b&b, just a peaceful Inn with spacious, affordable rooms in a less-traveled (and quiet!) part of the county. The Inn has gotten a lot of TLC over the past two years and we sincerely hope you'll come back and see us again soon!
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

We stayed in the "Door County" room. It was spacious, clean, inviting, and very pet friendly. In addition, it was on the ground floor. I couldn't have been more pleased with our accommodations. There was a refrigerator that was much larger than what you would expect. The flat screen tv was perched atop a beautiful old dresser, and the room was fitted with wifi & Direct tv. Considering there was a of people staying at the Inn on Saturday night, our room was very quiet. The biggest surprise from our room was the two-person shower! Large and roomy enough for two people. I would stay here again in a heartbeat and recommend the Harbor House Inn to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Becky K, Manager at The Harbor Light Inn, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Thanks so much for your kind review!
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Property: The Harbor Light Inn
Address: 12666 State Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210-9784 (Formerly The Harbor House Inn)
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Ellison Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Ellison Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Harbor Light Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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