As you head north, enjoy the drive through the town of Ephraim and along the coast. The Pine Grove Resort will be on your right—on the east side of the street. And you can’t miss it, as it is the only brown building (cedar and stone) in this part of Ephraim.
Look for the “office” sign, and check in. This area also has brochures and maps about area attractions. There is access to high speed Internet in the office, and wireless service throughout the Resort.
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Pine Grove Resort
10080 Hwy. 42/Water St.
Ephraim, WI 54211
Telephone (800)292-9494 or (920)854-2321
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Near the office is the breakfast buffet area. Included in your stay are items on this buffet (open 8 to 10 a.m. daily): homemade scones, cinnamon rolls as well as fruit and yogurt. Regular and Decaf (Door County Brand) coffee is also available here.
Stop by again about 2:30 p.m., when cookies and lemonade are served.
Rooms & suites
There are 45 rooms available in two buildings (called north and south buildings), which are connected. All rooms have a private bathroom (tub/shower combination) as well as: microwave, refrigerator, coffee-maker, TV/cable. A DVD is available to rent on a complimentary basis; ask at the front desk. Vending machines are around.
New to Report: The Standard Suites all have:
The Specialty Suites all have:
The owners had updated all the rooms in 2006 with carpeting and furnishings, and have upgraded some of this again. The bathrooms were painted then, too. The standard Suites and Specialty Suites, as above, just got new carpeting and bedding. So the owners and managers continue to update and improve this property.
Even the outside has a fresh coat on a slightly lighter, richer brown that looks inviting.
Of course, almost all the rooms afford access to a view of the water and a private balcony where you can enjoy the scenic vistas. You select the rooms by how they relate in proximity to the shoreline. Choose from front water view, middle water view and back water view rooms, for example. Each has a private interior entrance. There are four wood view rooms, as well.
We saw a front water view room, outfitted with two queen-size beds. What stood out was the amount of floor space –especially between the beds and the dresser in this room. It was more than what you usually find in hotel rooms.
Another front water view room had one king-size bed and one sofa sleeper. It afforded a view of the water as well as nearby Peninsula State Park.
We liked the layout and feel of the room with a queen-size bed and sofa sleeper. Its deck connected with the pool’s deck (more about the pool below).
Another favorite was the room with a woods (no water) view. The view of the woods is apparent when you enter the room, and the balcony gets you close to sounds of nature like birds and crickets (great to wake up to and go to sleep by, respectively).
Hint: For the best view, reserve the specialty suite. It is situated close to the water and has floor to ceiling windows that take advantage of that location.
This suite--with a king-size bed, upgraded art/accessories--also has a spacious bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. The tub affords two windows—one looks out at the water and another looks inside at the suite.
Pine Grove Resort also offers a family suite—three bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen, dining room with fireplace—on its grounds.
Pool, game and exercise rooms
“They love our pool. I think that is why most people come here. They love it,” said Pattie Schmirler, general manager.
It is a nice pool, indeed. Find it inside with a water depth of three to five feet. There are cedar walls and ceiling, floor to ceiling windows with a view, and an inviting outdoor sun deck.
There is plenty of chaise loungers, and the convenience of rest rooms near the pool.
Also near the pool is a game room outfitted with a pool table, dart board, card table and video games. The exercise room--with treadmill, bike, free weights and more--is adjacent to the pool, too.
Private Pine Grove Resort beach
You will definitely want to cross the street (the crosswalk is just outside the resort’s door), and head to the private sand beach.
Take a swim or soak up the sun. More lounge chairs are here, as well as a gas grill and picnic tables. What fun!
You can seek shelter under the resort’s own beach house. It even affords a view of the famed Francis Hardy Center for the Arts, Ephraim.
When it’s time to leave your room, the pool and the private beach, consider visiting Door Peni