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“Door County's Finest B&B”
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White Gull Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Fish Creek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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“Door County's Finest B&B”
Reviewed 13 April 2009

I proposed to my current wife at the White Gull last year (2008), and we went back for a pre-honeymoon "mini-moon" this month. After this, our second trip, we've agreed to come here at least once a year when possible.

A description has to start with the food. First, the coffee cake is to die for. It can't be replicated; I tried. The stuffed french toast is also a signature dish and a must try. The rest of the breakfast menu is standard fare, but it's done well. Have at least one dinner here during your stay. The selection is small, but what they do, they do really well. We had the wisconsin brie with fruit compote for an appetizer; it was great. I had the duck with squash ravioli and andouille sausage. WOW. My wife had a white fish (can't remember what) with cous cous, and she really liked it. Dessert varies, but do try the turtle pie if available.

The rooms vary in type. We stayed both times in the Welcker House, which has 4 suites with large bed/living rooms and a large bathroom with shower and a really nice built-in jacuzzi. Each room in that house has a different decor. The fixtures are very nice. Heck, I'm a guy and I noticed that. Lots of details were taken care of. Each room had a couch and two other cushioned chairs. There's a TV and DVD player and a full stereo system. The only complaint is the bed, which is a little rigid (noticed that last time, too).

The service is great. Front desk is really friendly. There is always a fresh pot of coffee or tea in front of your room at 7 a.m. The wait staff at the restaurant is very friendly. The waitresses are knowledgable about the wine and wine pairings, which is impressive. Roomkeeping is very good.

I gave White Gull 4/5 stars for value because I feel it is a bit overpriced. However, they are a successful business, and they keep the rooms filled for a reason, so I guess they can charge accordingly.

A few tips. Go before the vacation season starts in Door County. We've gone in early April both times. There aren't many people around, which means shops aren't open all the time, but you can get some peace and quiet and enjoy Door County in it's natural, unaltered state. Also, there are a number of good restaurants in the area. We ate at Alexander's which is due north of Fish Creek towards Ephraim. We highly recommend it.

Next time you consider Door County, go White Gull.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

This by far was one of the best vacations we have had in a long time. The White Gull Inn was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast each morning was amazing and really enjoyed the coffee cake. The fish boil was fun but no music the night we were there and if you don't like to pick bones this may not be for you. All in all we had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it. We plan on making another trip to Door County and would like to stay at the White Gull Inn.

  • Liked — Very clean and comfortable
  • Disliked — Smelled a little musty at first but with a few candles problem solved
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 March 2008

The White Gull is an absolutely beautiful Inn! The room we stayed in was cozy and had a large heated screened in porch along with a fireplace. Even though it was very cold outside it was so nice to take the coffee they bring every morning onto the warm porch and read the free paper.
We had breakfast that was included every morning which was anything off the menu! Fresh squeezed orange juice even! It was fabulous. The people who work here are very nice and helpful. We did the fish boil Fri night that was wonderful. Ate dinner in the dining room which was spendy but well worth it!
Our stay was perfect!

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Dayrose
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Milwaukee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2008

My wife and I needed a getaway from the post-holiday blues. I received some recommendations from co-workers and contacted the White Gull. It was a wonderfully, relaxing experience. I ended up booking the "romance" package for the weekend and it was. The horse carriage ride through the Old Orchard winery was wonderful. The breakfasts were good..overpriced, but were part of the stay, so not worth complaining about if you are staying there. The room was extremely charming, bed comfortable, whirlpool a much needed relief. The candlelight supper was the only dissapointment. This was suppose to be a quiet romantic evening, but failed when a loud obnoxious group from south of the state border came in with a loud, obnoxious, woman deciding to share her life story with everyone within earshot. The sad aspect was, no one from the Inn took the foresight to tell this group to quiet down. Other then that, the front desk staff were plesent, the surroundings wonderful.

  • Liked — The quietness of the inn.
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank stever817
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Cheshire
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Reviewed 24 September 2007

We didn't enjoy our stay last weekend at the White Gull Inn. OK, the buildings and the rooms are glorious. But the noisy heating/air conditioning in the room (which you can't turn off) wrecked our sleep.
Its one of these forced air systems that come out of floor vents (bad for asthma BTW). Sounded like a washing machine starting the spin cycle every ten minutes. We stayed in the Welcker House.

The rest? The staff were so busy I couldn't say how friendly they were. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast lunch and dinner and is packed! But this means you have to reserve your own breakfast table an hour in advance! Breakfest itself was OK.

We had one evening meal there and it was terrible. Nice steak but with jam on top and every vegetable they could think of as an accompaniment made it poor. There's much better eating to be had in Fish Creek than here.

Parking a nightmare too - just too many non-guest customers.

All in all an unsatisfactory experience with little in the way of customer service to residents like ourselves.

John

  • Liked — Rooms
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank DrBobCheshire
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2007

My husband and I just came back from a three night stay at the White Gull Inn. We enjoyed every moment of our stay from the moment we walked into the Inns lobby. We were not asked for our credit card number again, as you are at a hotel, but were walked out directly to our room in the Cliffhouse and were given a tour of the amenties of our beautiful room. If you plan to spend time on your deck reading, talking or just relaxing I would recommend Cliffhouse A or C or Welcker House 7 or 9, since they face the back of the property and are the most private. The rooms are wonderfully appointed and are well cared for.
In the morning coffee or tea along with a newpaper are delivered to your door by 7:30. Breakfast was a wonderful addition to the stay each morning. The menu offers a wide variety of local treats as well as staples all included with your stay.
The staff was friendly, helpful and willing to have a conversation with you about your stay, your home town, etc.
We are already looking to return to The White Gull Inn this winter or spring.
ferry3527, Seattle, Washington

  • Liked — Spacious Room
  • Disliked — I had to leave
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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2 Thank ferry3527
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Florida
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Reviewed 5 January 2007

The White Gull Inn is a great place to stay for a Door County Getaway! Our room was very nice, and the food in the restaurant was fantastic. A very good experience.

  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: White Gull Inn
Address: 4225 Main St, Fish Creek, WI 54212-9697
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Fish Creek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Fish Creek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1896, the historic White Gull Inn has been providing lodging and dining to generations of Door County visitors. Located in the bayside village of Fish Creek, the 17 rooms, suites and cottages of the White Gull have been meticulously renovated and decorated with antiques. Most rooms have working fireplaces and many have double whirlpool baths. Full breakfast, voted America's favorite in 2010 by viewers of Good Morning America, is included with every stay. Lunch, dinner and traditional Door County fish boils are served. Restaurant open to the public year round. Member of the prestigious Select Registry of North American Inns. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
White Gull Hotel Fish Creek
White Gull Inn Fish Creek, WI - Door County

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