An exquisite Door County bed and breakfast in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Featuring 18 inviting guest rooms and suites in four elegant turn of the century neighboring homes, furnished in antiques, queen or king size Victorian beds, oversize whirlpool & fireplaces. ..... sharing flower gardens, and a gazebo. We invite you to experience our world of gracious elegance, sincere hospitality, and attention to detail and quality in cozy rooms and extravagant suites. Explore Sturgeon Bay, Door County from your luxurious B&B hideaway.
Meet the Innkeepers…………..
It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1981 Dennis was a mechanical engineer in Indianapolis and Bonnie was a jewelry designer and a batik artist. What they both wanted was to work together in a business that combined their special and complementary talents. During a trip through Kentucky, they toured an old mansion and seeing the possibilities in that old house sparked an idea of creating a bed and breakfast and becoming innkeepers.
After a search through New England failed to produce the right house or the perfect town, they returned to the Midwest. They visited Michigan, but didn’t find anything there either. Finally, some friends from Wisconsin suggested that they return to their home state of Wisconsin and investigate Door County. In early 1982, Dennis and Bonnie walked through a dilapidated Queen Anne Victorian in Sturgeon Bay and knew they had found their dream house and location.
They closed on what is now the Main House on April 22, 1982. Less than three months later, on July 1, 1982, the White Lace Inn opened its newly painted doors to its first guests. Dennis and Bonnie enjoy telling the story of their opening day. They got their license at 5:00 PM that day and rented their first room – Room 2 – that night. The next evening they rented Rooms 1, 2, 4 and 5. And the rest, as they say, is history.
On July 22, 1983, Dennis and Bonnie purchased an 1880’s house that was about to be torn down and moved it to their property – literally parking it in their backyard where the gazebo now stands. They set the house on its new foundation in November of that year. In January of 1984 they embarked on a major renovation. In the ensuing months, they rebuilt the house, filled it with wonderful antiques and rich wallpapers and fabrics and opened the Garden House on June 28, 1984. The Washburn House with its three large rooms and one suite was added on August 15,1986. Finally, the Hadley House was finished on July 4,1996, adding four large suites and bringing the total number of rooms to 18.
Much of the mature landscaping which is so much a part of the Inn’s charm was started in 1988, including the plantings and white picket fence that run along the front of the Main House. In 1989, the white picket privacy fence behind the Garden House was constructed. And in 1990, Dennis and Bonnie added a lovely white gazebo which, amid the backdrop of the lush gardens and pond, has been the site of hundreds of intimate weddings.
Although there are now 18 guest rooms at the White Lace Inn and a staff of over 20 people, Dennis and Bonnie and their innkeepers strive to maintain the warm, welcoming ambience that has captured the hearts of many guests since the beginning.