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.
- 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