Gordon Lodge in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin is on a small peninsula between North Bay and Lake Michigan on Door County's “quiet side”. You are literally steps from the water no matter which way you walk on the property. There's a 1950-retro feel to the remodeled lodge and it just felt fun the moment I arrived. I absolutely adore Door County and Gordon Lodge is just one more reason I have to return.
There are a variety of cabins and other accommodations available, but I stayed in the main lodge. When the owners remodeled the lodge, they lovingly embraced the 1950s, motor-hotel style and created a fun, often funky lodge. The rooms in the lodge have several different color schemes aimed at creating that sense of fun. My king lodge room had a teal and brown color scheme, a beautiful white duvet cover, and a classic little bathroom that reminded me of bathrooms in motels I used to visit with my parents back in the late 1960s, but with all the modern conveniences this time, including high end toiletries. The best part of the room, however, was the back door that opened onto a wide lawn with several lawn chairs, and beyond that just a few steps, the North Bay. It was raining the afternoon I arrived and I sat for about an hour in my room, screen door open, listing to the water on the Bay. It was an incredibly peaceful hour. When the storm broke, a rainbow tinted the sky above the Bay. What a welcome to Door County!
There's a wood burning fireplace in the main lodge that's perfect for relaxing. The Top Deck restaurant, open to the public in a nearby building, also serves a full complimentary breakfast to the guests. I enjoyed drinks and dinner at Top Deck and had a wonderful time chatting with one of the owners and some of the locals hanging out there for the evening. The people of Door County are incredibly friendly and no where is it more evident than at Gordon Lodge.
On that first day, as we left the main road and headed down the tree lined drive winding its way to Gordon Lodge, I wondered what I'd gotten myself into, staying way out in the middle of seemingly nowhere. When it was time to leave, however, I was trying to figure out how to stay longer.