White Lace Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Welcome to White Lace Inn, a Door County Wisconsin Victorian inn with 18 inviting guest rooms in four turn of the century neighboring homes furnished in antiques, queen or king size Victorian beds, oversize whirlpool & fireplaces. We invite you to experience our world of gracious elegance, sincere hospitality, and attention to detail and quality in cozy rooms and extravagant suites. Explore Sturgeon Bay, Door County from your luxurious B&B hideaway.
We love hosting Weddings & Elopements - over 1,300 couples have been married at the White Lace Inn!
Wander garden pathways surrounding and connecting each of the four turn-of-the-century homes that make up the White Lace Inn. When evening comes, climb into a canopied plantation bed, or an ornate Victorian Bed, luxuriously dressed in soft linens, a down comforter, and lots of big pillows... watch the fire in the fireplace weave its relaxing magic... pour a glass of champagne and step into a bubbling whirlpool bath for two as you listen to your favorite CD on the stereo. And please don't miss our home cooked breakfast.
Weddings & Honeymoons
We are listed in the nations Top 10 romantic inns!
Honeymooning at the romantic White Lace Inn...
We are located in the heart of scenic Door County Wisconsin, a honeymoon destination since the early 1900's. Explore our quiet sandy beaches, picnic on a secluded bluff overlooking our islands, relax in the shade of one of our nine lighthouses... or... Enjoy our vast cultural offerings including live theatre, music concerts and festivals, folk dance and craft festivals, fine dining and a lively night life. Your honeymoon stay at the White Lace Inn will be remembered and cherished forever!
We love hosting weddings and elopements at the White Lace Inn!
In fact, we have had over 1,300 couples married here. The White Lace Inn is a Victorian country inn with 18 guest rooms and suites. We donâ€™t have room for large groups, but we can easily host intimate weddings and elopements of 6 people or less. There is a wonderful gazebo in our garden that is the perfect spot in nice weather. Otherwise, you can choose our parlor in front of the fireplace. We do not have facilities for a reception - a brief ceremony only. There is no additional charge for this service.
We also host wedding ceremonies in our beautiful parlor.
Part of the bed & breakfast experience is, of course, breakfast. Start your morning with good coffee or pick from our large tea selection. We serve our beautiful homemade breakfast to you at one of the cozy little tables for two or at our long harvest table in the dining room. Each morning a different entree is served. Perhaps a blueberry cream cheese stuffed French toast, an apple muffin , Scandinavian fruit salad and juice.
Meet the Innkeepers
It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1981 Dennis was a mechanical engineer in Indianapolis and Bonnie was a jewelry designer and a batik artist. What they both wanted was to work together in a business that combined their special and complementary talents. During a trip through Kentucky, they toured an old mansion and seeing the possibilities in that old house sparked an idea of creating a bed and breakfast and becoming innkeepers.
After a search through New England failed to produce the right house or the perfect town, they returned to the Midwest. They visited Michigan, but didn’t find anything there either. Finally, some friends from Wisconsin suggested that they return to their home state of Wisconsin and investigate Door County. In early 1982, Dennis and Bonnie walked through a dilapidated Queen Anne Victorian in Sturgeon Bay and knew they had found their dream house and location.
They closed on what is now the Main House on April 22, 1982. Less than three months later, on July 1, 1982, the White Lace Inn opened its newly painted doors to its first guests. Dennis and Bonnie enjoy telling the story of their opening day. They got their license at 5:00 PM that day and rented their first room – Room 2 – that night. The next evening they rented Rooms 1, 2, 4 and 5. And the rest, as they say, is history.
On July 22, 1983, Dennis and Bonnie purchased an 1880’s house that was about to be torn down and moved it to their property – literally parking it in their backyard where the gazebo now stands. They set the house on its new foundation in November of that year. In January of 1984 they embarked on a major renovation. In the ensuing months, they rebuilt the house, filled it with wonderful antiques and rich wallpapers and fabrics and opened the Garden House on June 28, 1984. The Washburn House with its three large rooms and one suite was added on August 15,1986. Finally, the Hadley House was finished on July 4,1996, adding four large suites and bringing the total number of rooms to 18.
Much of the mature landscaping which is so much a part of the Inn’s charm was started in 1988, including the plantings and white picket fence that run along the front of the Main House. In 1989, the white picket privacy fence behind the Garden House was constructed. And in 1990, Dennis and Bonnie added a lovely white gazebo which, amid the backdrop of the lush gardens and pond, has been the site of hundreds of intimate weddings.
Somewhere in the midst of all the remodeling, maintenance, decorating and gardening, Dennis and Bonnie have also found time for a full and rewarding family life. Their children, Zane and Alexa, are now in college. Both, at times, are familiar faces at the Inn as they help out during breakfast or delight the guests with a tune on the antique Steinway piano in the parlour.
Although there are now 18 guest rooms at the White Lace Inn and a staff of over 20 people, Dennis and Bonnie and their innkeepers strive to maintain the warm, welcoming ambiance that has captured the hearts of many guests since the beginning.
"This is a delightful bed and breakfast Inn, which is made up of a main house and three adjacent houses. All nicely decorated in Victorian style, most rooms have whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. The Inn Keeper Dennis is very helpful and very passionate about being a business owner in the community. Breakfast is included in the stay - always awesome. There are home made cookies and Oreos, with coffee, hot chocolate and cider available in the afternoon. The grounds are meticulous with beautiful gardens. Great location to get to other points in Door County. Parking available within steps of the front door. Walking distance to shops and restaurants in Sturgeon Bay." -Ann
"As a newcomer to the Door County experience, my wife and I enjoyed our stay at the White Lace Inn. Nice and friendly inn-keepers. Good breakfasts and fresh-baked cookies. A young fellow from the area even played a few songs on the piano for us one night, which made the night that much more special. Very close to Main Street in Sturgeon Bay. Our suite was very large, clean and the spacious whirlpool was very relaxing at the end of a long day."
"Staff was great very helpful with all types of info as to where to eat, where to shop and what to see, along with history of Sturgeon Bay. Would definitely take other friends with us next visit."
"Our two night stay in the Garden House was much more than I expected. I'm not a big fan of B&B's but my wife and the website convinced me to make the reservation. The breakfasts were delicious, the gardens and pond were beautiful, the room was comfortable and cozy as we like them and the cats were friendly to the delight of my wife. Couldn't of asked for a more relaxing and restful visit to Door County. We'll be back."- Mel & Angie
"Everything about our stay was lovely. Dennis had great restaurant recommendations our first night there. Our room was clean and beautiful. Loved everything about it. The 24/7 cookies in the lobby are awesome too!"
From that issue: "First-time visitors often say that White Lace Inn spoils them for any other kind of lodging."
National Geographic Traveler
Part of what they said: "Guest live like royalty at the White Lace Inn..."
Chicago Sun Times
Picked as one of the 12 Best Hideaways.
Their Top 10 Romantic Getaways.
"Small touches, like dried lavender on a bedside table, warm every corner of the homes that make up the White Lace Inn."
Wisconsin Trails Reader's Choice. "This 'Whimsical Victorian' inn doesn't merely pamper its guests, it envelopes them in comfort."
December 1993 (Cover) and a June 1994 Reader's Choice
Chosen for the cover of the Independent Innkeepers' Association 1997 Innkeepers' Register (Nationwide). Also, Room 6 is featured on the cover of the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association 1997 Bed & Breakfast Directory (Statewide).
Driving Directions To The White Lace Inn
Take business 42/57 into Sturgeon Bay, cross the bridge into downtown.
After crossing the bridge you'll be on Michigan Street.
Follow Michigan to Fifth Avenue and take a left turn onto Fifth.
White Lace Inn is right there on your right.
Take 42/57 "Bypass" across the "new" bridge to Michigan Street
(Michigan Street is the first traffic light after the bridge).
Turn left onto Michigan and go to Fifth Avenue.
Take a right on Fifth Avenue.
The White Lace Inn is in the first block on your right.
Driving times to the White Lace Inn from;
Chicago - 3.75 hours
Milwaukee - 2.25 hours
Green Bay - .75 hour
Minneapolis - 4.75 hours
Indianapolis - 7 hours
St. Louis - 8 Hours