Inn at Cedar Crossing
This is a terrific inn, full of history, romance, charm and elegance! In the heart of the shopping district of Sturgeon Bay, you can walk to dozens of shops, restaurants, cafes, taverns and more!
The building at 3rd and Louisiana that now is home to the Inn at Cedar Crossing was built in 1884, and has, through the decades, been a tailor shop, an apothecary, a soda fountain, clothing store, and doctor’s offices. There is a lot of history here. . .if these walls could talk! Today, after careful renovation and restoration, the inn enjoys a listing on the National Historic Register.
When you walk in the lobby off of Louisiana Street, you really feel the warmth of a first-class inn – the open stairway leads up to the rooms, a harvest table with chairs invites you to sit and relax, tin ceilings, and a fireplace felt really good on our first visit to the inn on a chilly day in April! Upstairs, 9 well-appointed rooms await the traveler. We met both with Deb McDonald, the inn manager, and Terry Smith the owner and spent some time with each discussing and touring the inn.
As we toured the rooms, it was apparent that any of the nine rooms would offer beauty, comfort and charm as they are authentically decorated with the utmost in taste. We toured 4 rooms on our first trip. Room 3 (Victorian Romance), for example, has a beautiful queen-sized brass canopy bed, a fireplace, period antiques, Victorian lamps, a TV neatly concealed in an armoire, and is rich in color with greens, and accents in gold and berries. Room 4 (Vintage Roses) has a 4-poster, a whirlpool, fireplace, marble-topped period dressing table, and vintage rose wallpaper and window treatments complete the look. Room 5 (Apple Orchard) has a lighter wood queen-sized 4-poster, with a fabulous lace canopy, an oak fireplace, writing table to send home a note, wicker rockers, and a double whirlpool. The apple wallpaper border, plaid curtains, and rich apple-patterned bedclothes really add charm and coziness to the room. And Suite 6 (the Corner Suite) boasts a sitting area overlooking 3rd Avenue, an ornate, carved wooden archway separating the sitting area from the bedroom, which has a sleeper sofa, and a unique, old pull-wagon coffee table. The decor is in deep greens in the sitting area to bouquet wallpapering in the bedroom side.
In addition, there is a wonderful common room for sitting around, chatting, reading, watching TV, or having some popcorn that is provided. There is a writing desk here, bookshelves stocked with a nice selection and a whole lot more!
All the rooms have private baths, TVs and fireplaces. Kids are OK, but no pets. Please check the inn's website for current rates, but the new owners (as of the Spring of 2003) have said they plan to lower some of the rates! So check it out! What do people who stay here like most about the inn? They love the service and attitude of the people who work here - always anticipating needs - the overall atmosphere of the inn (charming and comfy) and the attention to detail - everything is well done! Our staff member stayed at the inn one May and really thought it was first-rate all the way.
The Inn also boasts a terrific Victorian restaurant and pub that is reviewed in our restaurant section. We like this place!