You’ll drive through Door County’s pretty rural countryside as you head to the property. Haines Rd. has many private residences on the water, and eventually the paved surface is gravel. Don’t worry; you are going the right way!
There’s a sign welcoming you to Sand Bay Lodge and Cottages and parking.
And just outside the lodge, you can’t miss all the colorful bikes in the rack, which are included with the rental.
Sitting just a few feet from Sand Bay clear waters, the lodge offers seven bedrooms, family room, a great room, two dining areas, a kitchen, lower level recreation room and 3.5 baths! Wow!
It sleeps 23 and is often rented by families for reunions and church groups, according to Dan Farah, owner. This is unique for Door County, so a find if you have the group to fill it.
“You can fit a lot of people in here,” he says. “I have a lot of family reunions—people coming from New Mexico, California, Colorado, from all over. We want people to be comfortable here and feel like they want to come back.”
The lodge’s kitchen has two refrigerators—one is a two-door stainless steel and industrial size--a stove with griddle, microwave and 30-cup coffeemaker.
Also on this level are a dining room that seats 20 with a large bay window and another dining area that seats eight.
Two bedrooms are on the main level—both have hardwood floors, and one has a queen-size bed. The other has a king-size bed, water view and TV. Check out Dan’s collection of shells from Florida – a nice touch.
Nearby are the family room with TV/VCR and fireplace and a bath with tub and shower.
Dan and his brothers/partners lean to a rustic lodge decorating theme throughout the space. In the 20 by 20 foot great room, don’t miss the vintage moose head on the wall. It hung in the Door County Museum from 1901 to 1947.
Dan acquired it and other stuffed animal pieces—coyote, raccoon, various types of fish—from a Sturgeon Bay sports store that was going out of business. He also displays antique skis and poles in the wooden rafters of the great room cathedral ceiling.
There’s a 32-inch satellite TV/VCR, woodburning stove, antique working piano and seating area in the great room.
Take the stairs down to the basement, which is set up for recreation. There’s a pool table, foosball, 21-foot antique shuffleboard game, card table, dry bar and more.
Upstairs are five bedrooms. The loft (overlooking the large dining room below) sleeps three people on twins.
“Kids take this one. They like looking down,” Dan says.
Dan recently updated the bedrooms, and they are freshly painted white with light-colored wood ceilings and carpeting.
One bedroom, with a full-size bed and two twins, faces north and is decorated with stunning photographs of the Northern Lights. The photos were taken by a friend on the Sand Bay Lodge property in February 2000.
“It was an unbelievable site, and I wanted to put them in a room facing north,” Dan says.
Another bedroom has a queen-size bed and twin bunks with prints of wildlife.
Across the hall is a bedroom with a queen-size bed and set of twin beds. The fifth bedroom on the upper level has two twin beds.
There are two baths, each with a tub and shower at the end of the hallway, which has hardwood floors.
On the water
There is lots of deck space outdoors (Dan is planning some improvements to connect a couple of the decks and change rear access to the lodge).
There’s a dock on the property, a canoe and rowboat available for rental, a firing pit and charcoal grill.
“There are actually bass in the water, and you can fish from the dock. It’s shallow in the Bay here. And there is sand to play in and rocks in the water,” Dan says.
The two cottages also afford access to the water and have their own private decks. Called the Woodview Cottage and Bayview Cottage, they have
designated parking just outside the entryways.
Wood View Cottage
Wood View Cottage is about 1,500 square feet with furnished kitchen, three bedrooms, kitchen, two baths and living room with satellite TV/VCR. The Master bedroom has a queen bed, another bedroom has two full beds, and the third has 3 twins. Nice options for up to nine people. Includes access to their private beach. Weekly rentals Mid-June through August, otherwise 2 night minimum April - October.
Bay View Cottage
Bay View Cottage is about 900 square feet with two bedrooms, furnished kitchen, one bath, living room with satellite TV/VCR. It has a wrap-around deck, great sun views. Can sleep up to 6, with one bedroom having a full size bed, and the other bedroom sporting twin bunks and a full size bed. Weekly rentals Mid-June through August, otherwise 2 night minimum April - October. Great for small families, fishermen, etc.
The lodge and cottages sit on 1.4 acres and together accommodate 38 people.
Dan is available to assist with charter fishing excursions, dining and golf suggestions and more.
“What we offer is access to all the activities of Door County and privacy especially if you want to avoid tourist traps and be close to parks and scenery,” he says. “And if you like to fish and swim, we are right here on the water.”
So visit Sand Bay Lodge and Cottages right now on the web for more detailed information, additional photos, rates and more!
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