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Blacksmith Inn On The Shore

8152 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor, WI,
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Winter Hours

All winter!

The Blacksmith Inn On the Shore, located on the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula, is perhaps the state-of-the-art modern day B&B, whose owners, Joan and Bryan, have graciously blended the past with the present. Unbelievably beautiful!  We highly recommend it!  Fabulous!

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Baileys Harbor Wi lodging and B&Bs, Blacksmith Inn On the Shore, Door County

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Blacksmith Inn on the Shore offers these accommodations:

  • says the owners have graciously blended the past with the present in this unbelievably beautiful inn that we highly recommend
  • Each room and common space adorned with artifacts, antiques, and original construction reminiscent of yester-year; you can almost hear the blacksmith’s hammer. Modern day conveniences, too.
  • Each room has exceptional water views—sunrises for early risers
  • Accommodations include: seven meticulously decorated rooms are in the original Zahn House, eight spectacular rooms in the neighboring Harbor House, and the Orchard House, across the street, is available for a minimum of three nights stay.
  • Each room has a bathroom, fireplace, whirlpool, refrig, TV/DVD, CD player
  • Each room in the original Zahn House is decorated with period pieces, cozy quilts, throw rugs, one room has an original barn door gracing a wall. The Harbor House rooms each have a private balcony overlooking Lake Michigan, wide plank flooring throughout this gorgeous building, constructed in 2000    

Other features include:

  • Breakfast each morning in quaint common room (or available in-room or on the deck)
  • Kayaks, sunfish sailboats, bikes available for guests
  • Smoke-free, no pets, open all year/through the winter
  • A fabulous inn, one of our favorites in Door County   
  • DoorCountyNavigator Recommended - so tell them please that sent you! 

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Blacksmith Inn on the Shore
8157 Hwy. 57  
Baileys Harbor, WI   54202 
Telephone (920)839-9222 



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Each room and common space abounds in enough artifacts, antiques and original construction to put us in-touch with that yesteryear period; you can almost hear horseshoes bending to the blacksmith’s hammer.

Yet in respectful harmony are the modern day fittings and architectural details that make a stay at the inn extra special. Every room at the inn has a water view, and a shared balcony. The view is exceptional – especially if you are an early riser and want to see sunrises! We toured each and every room and loved them all!

Baileys Harbor Wi lodging and B&Bs, Blacksmith Inn On the Shore, Door CountyWhen you walk through the narrow double doors, you immediately get a feeling of the past, and a feeling that you are going to like this place! The warm common room, where breakfasts are put out each morning, is small and quaint. The exposed timbers (stovewood construction) in some of the walls are original. Each of the 7 rooms in the original house, are spectacular – meticulously decorated in period pieces, cozy quilts, throw rugs and more! One of the rooms on the main floor has the original barn doors gracing the southern wall!

The blacksmith shop looks pretty much how it did at the turn-of-the-century. The original house was a private residence for over 80 years, occupied by the Zahn’s – some of whom were actually born in the blacksmith shop!

Baileys Harbor Wi lodging and B&Bs, Blacksmith Inn On the Shore, Door CountyThe owners and innkeepers, Joan Holliday and Bryan Nelson (who have owned the inn since about 1996), have done a wonderful job of preserving the history, charm and elegance of the inn. In 2000, they added an entirely new building (but done in old-world charm) to the inn (The Harbor House), just to the north of the original Zahn house, which has 8 more spectacular rooms, each with a private balcony overlooking the bay! This building is gorgeous, and no detail was overlooked. From wide plank old growth pine floors throughout, to fireplaces, whirlpools, original Moses Eaton stenciling designs and comfortable in-floor radiant heat, this is one elegant place to stay. Check the wide plank floor boards: you will discover that replica rosehead nails have been used - awesome touch.

The Blacksmith Inn also offers The Orchard House right across the street from the inn. This house was in the early 1900’s and is available for a minimum of 3 or 4 night stays, and is also rentable by the week, and you can rent the first floor suite or the entire home. While we have not yet toured the house, it looks to be quite in keeping with the wonderful job that both Joan and Bryan have done on the Zahn House and Harbor House offerings of the Blacksmith Inn.

The Details

  • 7 in the original Zahn house/blacksmith shop – Open all year
  • 8 in the adjacent Harbor House building
  • Rates: Always check with the innkeepers for current rates, but this will serve as a guideline: Quiet season rates range from $145-$305 depending on season and room.  Always check for current rates.

Baileys Harbor Wi lodging and B&Bs, Blacksmith Inn On the Shore, Door County

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  • No pets
  • Guests must be 18 years or older (no children)
  • The property is completely smoke-free.
  • Amenities: All rooms have whirlpool, fireplace, private baths, water view, and refrigerator, TV/DVD, CD player. EXQUISITELY AND METICULOUSLY DECORATED - you will think so too! Kyaks, sunfish sailboats and bikes are available to guests at no charge.
  • Meals:
    Continental breakfast in the common room included—guests free to breakfast in-room or on deck.

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And they are open all year, even through the Winter!

We think you will agree that this is a fabulous inn! Check out all of the details at The Blacksmith Inn On the Shore website right now! This is one of our favorite places in Door County!  Please tell Joan and Byran that sent you!  Property ID#: DCNAV-8152

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