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Make Ephraim Shores a part of your honeymoon plans

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love and talk of weddings is in the air. If you are starting to plan your wedding and honeymoon, or a destination wedding, Door County has a lot to offer. With our central location in Ephraim, we hope Ephraim Shores Resort can be a part of your special plans.

Choosing when is usually a starting point in planning. Picking when to get married and honeymoon in Door County can depend on what you want to do because Door County has something different to offer during every season. We’re not talking winter, spring, summer or fall.

Pick your season to honeymoon in Door County

To start, there is the quiet season. Though not as many shops and restaurants are open during the winter, the beauty of the snow on the trees and frozen water is custom to Door County. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing are just some of the winter sports that keep Door County active in the snowy months. Peninsula State Park’s serene trails are perfect for a romantic outing on your honeymoon in Door County, and less than a mile from Ephraim Shores so you can stop in to say hi during our off season.

Maybe you are not a fan of winter but enjoy it a little quieter in Door County? May and June may be your months. Blossoms are in full bloom and most businesses are open. Winery tours and tastings also make for a great day on your honeymoon in Door County.

Then there is peak season when it is warmest. Everywhere is busy and lively. The list of things happening is endless: cherry picking, 4th of July parades and celebrations, family vacations, beach time and water sports, music and theatre, and all shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries are open.

When school is back in swing, so is the season of color in Door County, and it’s like no other. With the trees turning colors, the scenery around you will be as picture perfect as your honeymoon. Apple picking is as popular as cherry picking, and with the abundance of festivals happening throughout the fall months there is still plenty to do.

And for those looking for golf season, Door County golf courses open in March and April (weather permitting), and Door County has a course for every level golfer. It is not lacking in challenging and beautiful courses with a view either. For the avid golfers, luckily golf season extends well into October so whenever you time your honeymoon in Door County it can double as one of many golf vacations the two of you will take.

Whichever season you pick for your wedding or honeymoon in Door County, there is plenty to do with a beautiful view.

A waterfront Door County resort for the whole family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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Ephraim Shores Resort continues Ephraim, Wisconsin hotels tradition of being family owned

As we have just wrapped up another great season, we are appreciative of all of our guests, old and new, that stayed at Ephraim Shores Resort. We have had the pleasure of having many of our guests come back year after year that are like family to us and are part of our story.

Ephraim, Wisconsin hotels have a rich history dating back to the late 1800s. Many began in the homes of Ephraim residents as tourists were looking for places to stay in Door County on the water in the summer. By 1906 there were eight big hotels, all family run, that could sleep 700 guests. Each hotel has its own story created by the people who owned, worked and stayed as guests.

In 1908 Christina Malmer opened Rest Haven. It was purchased by her son in the 1940s and renamed the Malmer House. He ran it until the 1960s. Ruth and Randall Nelson purchased the property in 1969 and built the Ephraim Shores Hotel and Restaurant.

Ephraim Shores started out as a small 18 room hotel. They not only ran the hotel, but the restaurant as well. The hotel had a flat roof and cedar siding to give it a rustic look which is quite different than it is today.

In 1977 Randall decided to expand and add the North wing that added 18 more rooms. It also included the pool area and game room. This change was a big hit with the families who stayed with us and was appreciated on those rainy days.

While Randall worked on the building, Ruth was constantly changing furniture, carpeting and fixtures during the next 30 years to make sure Ephraim Shores was clean and up-to-date. She wanted to make sure all of the guests had a memorable stay and were well taken care of.

Ephraim, Wisconsin hotels are all about family and friends

Jolynn Nelson, the Nelsons’ daughter-in-law took over the day-to-day operations in 1991 and managed it for five years until long time employee Lana Hall took over as general manager, a position she still holds today. Jolynn still works at the resort and is in charge of bookkeeping and marketing. There are even days you may still find Randall sitting in the back office.

While the building and staff have changed over the years, one thing remains the same, many great memories and friendships have been made here. For those who started with us in 1969 and now have kids and grandchildren of their own and for those guests we met for a first time this year, we hope you will join us again to continue our story. We hope to see you all again next year.

Both Jolynn and Lana work year round so guests can always call in the off season to reserve their rooms for next season, even when the resort is not open. With the holidays just around the corner, don’t forget gift certificates are available at one of your favorite Ephraim, Wisconsin hotels and make a great gift.

A waterfront Door County resort for the whole family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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Fine dining in Door County rounds out the perfect weekend getaway in Wisconsin

There is so much natural beauty in Door County that one of the most simple things to overlook is great food. We know most of our guests at Ephraim Shores Resort are looking for a fun weekend getaway in Wisconsin or maybe a full week or more. Daytime activities seem to take the forefront of most vacations, but as the day winds down, there is nothing like a great meal to keep the good times sailing along.

Great food makes Door County more than just an average weekend getaway in Wisconsin

Since we are located in Ephraim, we will recommend a few of our local dining favorites first. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we can’t think of a better place to start off the day than Good Eggs. Their egg wraps are out of this world and made fresh to order.

If you are looking for some great food for lunch with a water view, take a short walk from us and you will bump into Chef’s Hat Café. They always have a unique menu that is sure to please.

Round out your day with a Door County tradition. Nothing says DC more than a fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant. Fresh whitefish caught by local fisherman are cooked in front of you and the final boil-over signals that the fish is ready to serve!

No visit to Ephraim is complete without an ice cream cone from Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor.

Here are some more great Ephraim restaurants to try out as well:

Great dining for a weekend getaway in Wisconsin does not end in Ephraim, however. There are amazing places to eat all throughout the Door that anyone would love.

Here are a few of our other favorites across the rest of Door County:

With so many great choices for dining in Door County, we know that your next trip to visit us will be one filled with many flavors. Don’t forget to call ahead for dinner reservations after you book your stay with us for that perfect weekend getaway in Wisconsin!

About Ephraim Shores Resort

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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July is for fun in the sun and staying at Ephraim Shores Resort

Nothing creates memories of hot days on the water and warm nights licking an ice cream cone like staying at Ephraim Shores Resort in July. This is the time of year when summer memories are made with family and friends at Ephraim WI lodging.

Most people that come to Ephraim and Door County are familiar with some of the most popular beaches like the ones at Nicolet Bay in Peninsula State Park or on Lake Michigan at Whitefish Dunes State Park. But did you know Door County has 300 miles of shoreline?

There are plenty of other beaches to explore in Door County. While most of our guests prefer to hang out close to their Ephraim WI lodging at Ephraim Shores, quite a few take day trips all over the county.

Ephraim WI lodging makes a great base for day trips to Washington Island

If you really want a unique experience, a day trip to Washington Island’s Schoolhouse Beach is one you won’t soon forget. After enjoying the scenic ferry ride over from Northport Pier, it’s only a few minutes’ drive to the wonders of Schoolhouse Beach. The shoreline is made up of smooth stones from centuries of waves spilling over them that rounded the edges that allows guests to swim and sunbathe.

While you are there, don’t miss out on the lavender fields which will give all of the budding social media photographers something to share online! Since you are on the island, the two hour Cherry Train Tour is a great way to learn what the island has to offer before you head back to the main land.

So why not expand your horizons and take in a new beach during your next stay with us? Our sundeck will be waiting for you to relax and enjoy the sunset on when you get back.

Ephraim WI Lodging at Ephraim Shores Resort

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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Door County family resorts build lasting friendships and memories

It seems like only yesterday we opened our doors for our first season in downtown Ephraim as Ephraim Shores Motel & Restaurant. Our goal was to be one of the premiere Door County family resorts that would provide guests with a lifetime of memories.

While the building has undergone a lot of cosmetic changes since those first days, one thing that has stayed the same is our commitment to making sure all of our guests enjoy themselves. We have watched families come up to Door County year after year and have seen children grow up and bring their kids back up to continue the tradition.

So in honor of our 50 wonderful years, we thought we would share some of the kind words our guests have shared with us.

Words from our guests

To our Ephraim Shores Resort family,

We want to thank you for the warm hospitality, friendship and joy you have given our family for more than thirty years! We have watched our parents, children and now grandchildren embrace Ephraim Shores as a home away from home. Whether it’s our extended family vacation or a short stay for a Packer game, or just when we need to get away and go to a place that makes us relaxed, happy and wonderfully cared for. Your facilities provide great indoor and outdoor fun. And, most importantly, we feel the kindness you have shown to four generations of our family. May our friendship continue for many decades to come!

Happy Anniversary Ephraim Shores and we’ll see you soon!
Richard and Mary Lynn


This October 2019 will make the 31st continuous year we have come to stay at Ephraim Shores Resort. The staff has always been so accommodating to our families. We love having rooms together, the view of the water and the large front lawn and pool for the kids! The waterfront pier is delightful for sipping wine and watching the sunset! And the evening walk to Wilson’s Ice Cream Parlor takes a mere 2 minutes!

Thank you, Ephraim Shores Resort, for all you have done for our families. You have helped make a beautiful family tradition of 31 years!

In appreciation,
Cindy


I always say that in my imagination Door County is forever summer, the way we enjoy it, just waiting for our return. The beautiful gardens at Ephraim Shores always blooming. Each year when it is time to hug our friends goodbye and head home, I truly leave a piece of my heart at Ephraim Shores in my beloved Door County…..and start planning our next visit.

Marilyn


We want to thank all of our friends, family and guests for making our first 50 years magical for all of us at Ephraim Shores. With so many Door County family resorts to choose from, we are glad you have all been a part of our journey!

About Ephraim Shores Resort

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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The top 6 things that can make planning family reunions in Door County a success

We all know how hard it is to find a night when your immediate family is in town just to have a family dinner. With organized sports going year-round, committee meetings and just trying to get some grocery shopping done, there is very little time left in your average week.

That’s why planning family reunions in Door County can seem even more daunting.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. With the help of Ephraim Shores Resort’s friendly staff and a few tools and tricks, even your most unorganized party planner can seem like a seasoned professional.

Tips for planning family reunions in Door County

  1. Choose a date – Getting the gang together requires a way to figure out schedules. For this seemingly impossible task, we recommend using an online schedule checker like Doodle. You can put a bunch of dates in and send out a link for your guests to select their availability.
  2. Pick a location – You want to stay away from random door county vacation rentals and go right to a resort like Ephraim Shores that can help you book blocks of rooms. As a family-friendly resort with plenty of amenities, there is something for all ages.
  3. Invitations – Once you have a date and a location, send out a formal invitation. Since it is family, make it fun and personal. A great way to send out a fun invitation is through Evite or Facebook.
  4. Food planning – If you don’t want to have everyone bring a green bean casserole, we recommend using a planning website like SignUpGenius to make sure everything gets added to a list and someone is responsible for it.
  5. Tours and events – There is nothing like exploring Door County and enjoying all it has to offer. Booking a tour or two through Door County Trolley is a great way to get everyone involved together.
  6. Photo sharing – By now most people have a Facebook account, so setting up a private group that you can invite your family too is really easy. You can have everyone post photos to it for all to see.

So, don’t put off getting the whole extended family together any longer. Having the right tools and the friendly staff at Ephraim Shores at your disposal can make planning fun-filled family reunions in Door County a lot easier.

Ephraim Shores Resort: A waterfront Door County resort for the whole family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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Ephraim Shores One of Best Places to Stay Near Wilson’s Ice Cream

Looking for a holiday gift idea that is sure to please? Plan a getaway to Door County with family or friends for next summer. The vacation will create lifelong memories, such as visiting unique shops and the iconic Wilson’s Ice Cream, taking a quiet kayak ride along the shoreline or going on a hike through the woods. When deciding where to stay, consider Ephraim Shores Resort, one of the top places to stay near Wilson’s Ice Cream.

Experiences, such as a vacation with family or friends to Door County, make great gifts since they create countless memories. You can plan a trip with lots of details, including dinners at specific restaurants, a bike ride through Peninsula State Park or a nighttime visit to see the stars at Newport State Park, a designated dark sky park. Or you can go the other direction and let family members help you plan the vacation. In either case, you can write up the plans, place them in a wrapped box and put under the Christmas tree for a loved one to open. As you put your plans together for the getaway, contact us to make a reservation or order a gift certificate for the 2018 season. Beginning Jan. 1, you can also book your 2018 dates online.

Close to Many Activities

The resort is close to village shops and restaurants, including Wilson’s Ice Cream, a true Door County landmark. Ephraim Shores is near the northern entrance of Peninsula State Park, with its miles of hiking trails, a golf course, a beach and swimming area.

As temperatures fall, planning a summer vacation is a lot of fun. There is so much to do in the area from shopping and visiting different restaurants to trying one of the many silent sports in Door County, including kayaking, biking or hiking. Ephraim Shores Resort is a great choice and one of the top places to stay near Wilson’s Ice Cream. With a variety of room sizes and multiple amenities, we are the ideal destination for your family getaway.

A Waterfront Door County Resort For The Whole Family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Ephraim Shores Silent Sports

Make Ephraim Shores Your Basecamp for Outdoor Activities

Most visitors come to Door County to get away from the rush of daily life. One way to embrace that slower pace is participating in a silent sport, such as hiking, kayaking or biking. Silent sports in Door County continue to gain in popularity. After a day outside, head back to Ephraim Shores Resort to relax and recharge.

Silent sports are defined as an outdoor activity powered by human activity. They are called “silent” since the only noise you should hear besides nature is your paddle splashing through the water or your bike wheels spinning. The popularity of silent sports has grown in recent years as more people want to connect with nature while working up a good sweat. Other popular “silent” activities including running, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

With its five state parks and array of county parks and natural areas, Door County is an ideal location for silent activities. You can either bring your own equipment or rent it. Whether you are on land or water, relax as you breathe and enjoy the natural beauty that makes Door County so special.

Relax After a Day of Silent Sports in Ephraim

With its comfortable rooms, Ephraim Shores is the ideal place to kick back and relax after a day outside. If you want to cool off, you can jump in the indoor swimming pool or if your muscles are sore, relax in the whirlpool. At the end of the day, you can watch a beautiful sunset over Eagle Harbor right from the resort. Ephraim Shores has rooms in a variety of sizes to accommodate your group, from two to the entire family.

There is so much to offer visitors, from shopping to Door County winery tours, restaurants, or taking in the beautiful outdoors. The popularity of silent sports in Ephraim continues to grow as people get out and explore their surroundings whether in a kayak, on a bike or on foot. Make Ephraim Shores your vacation headquarters as you discover all that Door County has to offer.

A Waterfront Door County Resort For The Whole FAmily

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Ephraim Shores family resort by Peninsula State Park

Family Resort by Peninsula State Park With Space for Everyone

For many families, August is the ideal time to plan a getaway or an event that brings everyone together. Summer weather is at its peak and there is a desire to do something fun before the kids start school. Ephraim Shores Resort, a family resort by Peninsula State Park, is the ideal headquarters for your family’s plans.

With its spacious rooms, indoor pool, exercise room, game room and large outdoor space, including a jungle gym, and a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort has everything families look for when choosing a place to stay or finding a location for a family reunion. Located in the heart of Ephraim, the resort offers rooms of various sizes, including two-bedroom suites with a kitchenette.

Explore Ephraim With the Family

Nearby Peninsula State Park has plenty of activities to keep your family busy. You can swim or hang out on the park’s beach, take a hike on one of the park’s many trails, ride a bike on the park’s groomed trails, visit a historic lighthouse or explore the park from the water in your kayak. At night, Northern Sky Theater actors perform plays outdoors under the stars. Beyond Peninsula Park, Door County has plenty of activities to keep everyone busy, including shopping, golfing, winery tours and boat tours.

When planning for your family get-together, having enough space is vital. At Ephraim Shores, a family resort by Peninsula State Park, you can choose from a variety of room sizes and enjoy the resort’s many amenities. The resort also has ample green space outside where you can gather with family members to relax while the kids play on the nearby swing set. Guests can also use the resort’s bikes to pedal around the village. As a downtown Ephraim resort, we are in walking or biking distance to restaurants, shops and the marina.

A Waterfront Door County Resort For The Whole Family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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Resort Offers Best Waterfront Lodging in Door County

The Door County Half-Marathon, which is held on the first Saturday in May, is the unofficial kick-off to the spring season. As temperatures warm, Door County comes out of hibernation as seasonal businesses open and tourists and seasonal residents return. It is also the ideal time to plan a getaway to Ephraim Shores Resort, the best waterfront lodging in Door County.

May is a perfect time to visit Door County. Nature is blossoming and the crowds are smaller. The list of things to do is endless: hit the links at one of Door County’s eleven golf courses and work on your game; tempt your taste buds at one of the many great restaurants or a traditional fish boil; grab your hiking shoes or bike and enjoy Door County’s beautiful landscape; or visit unique shops and boutiques, including many featuring local handcrafted items.

When planning your Door County trip, Ephraim Shores makes a great headquarters. Located near Peninsula State Park and in the heart of Ephraim, our family-owned resort overlooks Eagle Harbor and has everything you need to relax. We offer a variety of comfortable rooms, from those designed for two including a whirlpool to two bedroom suites that include a full kitchen and living area. We also offer multiple amenities, including an indoor pool, hot tub and an exercise room. You can also sit on our private waterfront sundeck to watch one of the area’s famous sunsets. We truly offer the best waterfront lodging in Door County.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend of shopping and visiting wineries or a more active weekend of playing golf or hiking, book your hotel reservation today for your getaway. One of the best hotels near Peninsula State Park, Ephraim Shores Resort offers well-appointed rooms and a variety of amenities, including a private sundeck and an indoor pool. Waterfront lodging is a must in Door County and Ephraim Shores overlooking Eagle Harbor has everything you need for your weekend away. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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When It Comes to Ephraim Hotels, Door County’s Ephraim Shores Is Ideal Place to Stay

The leaves are changing, ushering in fall — Door County’s most beautiful season. While the temperatures are cooler, the weather remains pleasant and there are plenty of activities and events to keep you busy. With so much to do, finding a place to stay the weekend is a must. When it comes to Ephraim hotels, Door County features many offerings, with Ephraim Shores standing out with its comfortable accommodations and centralized location.

Throughout the fall, popular Door County activities including winery tours and tastings, eating at unique restaurants, shopping, visiting galleries or enjoying time in the outdoors continue. In the fall, there is even more to do as several fall-themed weekend events help you celebrate the season:

The Pumpkin Patch Festival, which is held Oct. 8-9 in Egg Harbor, is a fun-filled weekend with family activities, music, arts and crafts vendors and food.

Sister Bay hosts its 71st annual Fall Fest on Oct. 14-16. The event, which started as a way to reward summer employees for their hard work, is now one of the largest fall festivals. Fall Fest features a parade, arts and crafts fair, food booths, entertainment and children’s activities.

On Oct. 22-23, Ellison Bay is hosting its annual Fall Art Crawl. Nine established galleries and studios open their doors for demonstrations, refreshments and prize drawings. The galleries will also have an array of artwork available for sale.

All three events let you spend time in the outdoors, soaking up the crisp fall air and views of the gorgeous leaves.

Ephraim Shores is your ideal headquarters for your stay in Door County. With our mix of accommodations, we are the perfect spot for a romantic weekend away, for the entire family or a group of friends. Located on Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores’ amenities include a beach sundeck, indoor pool and whirlpool, game room, exercise room, bicycles for guests to check out and free Wi-Fi.

We close for the season after Oct. 23 so the time is now to book your visit to Ephraim Shores. In Door County, Ephraim hotels are a favorite since they are close to every part of the Peninsula. When it comes to Ephraim hotels, Door County’s Ephraim Shores stands out with its plentiful amenities and well-trained staff. Visit our website today or call us at 877-854-2371 to make your reservations for your Door County fall getaway.

Amenities

Indoor Swimming Pool

Make the most of your stay with our beautiful indoor swimming pool and hot tub. A great place to unwind after a long day of Door County activities.

Exercise Room

Want to get in you rdaily fitness routne? Have a few minnutes to yourself and use one of our fitness machines to help get you in the zone.

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Every season is a good season to honeymoon in Door County

Make Ephraim Shores a part of your honeymoon plans

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love and talk of weddings is in the air. If you are starting to plan your wedding and honeymoon, or a destination wedding, Door County has a lot to offer. With our central location in Ephraim, we hope Ephraim Shores Resort can be a part of your special plans.

Choosing when is usually a starting point in planning. Picking when to get married and honeymoon in Door County can depend on what you want to do because Door County has something different to offer during every season. We’re not talking winter, spring, summer or fall.

Pick your season to honeymoon in Door County

To start, there is the quiet season. Though not as many shops and restaurants are open during the winter, the beauty of the snow on the trees and frozen water is custom to Door County. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing are just some of the winter sports that keep Door County active in the snowy months. Peninsula State Park’s serene trails are perfect for a romantic outing on your honeymoon in Door County, and less than a mile from Ephraim Shores so you can stop in to say hi during our off season.

Maybe you are not a fan of winter but enjoy it a little quieter in Door County? May and June may be your months. Blossoms are in full bloom and most businesses are open. Winery tours and tastings also make for a great day on your honeymoon in Door County.

Then there is peak season when it is warmest. Everywhere is busy and lively. The list of things happening is endless: cherry picking, 4th of July parades and celebrations, family vacations, beach time and water sports, music and theatre, and all shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries are open.

When school is back in swing, so is the season of color in Door County, and it’s like no other. With the trees turning colors, the scenery around you will be as picture perfect as your honeymoon. Apple picking is as popular as cherry picking, and with the abundance of festivals happening throughout the fall months there is still plenty to do.

And for those looking for golf season, Door County golf courses open in March and April (weather permitting), and Door County has a course for every level golfer. It is not lacking in challenging and beautiful courses with a view either. For the avid golfers, luckily golf season extends well into October so whenever you time your honeymoon in Door County it can double as one of many golf vacations the two of you will take.

Whichever season you pick for your wedding or honeymoon in Door County, there is plenty to do with a beautiful view.

A waterfront Door County resort for the whole family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Thank you for an amazing 50th anniversary season!

Ephraim Shores Resort continues Ephraim, Wisconsin hotels tradition of being family owned

As we have just wrapped up another great season, we are appreciative of all of our guests, old and new, that stayed at Ephraim Shores Resort. We have had the pleasure of having many of our guests come back year after year that are like family to us and are part of our story.

Ephraim, Wisconsin hotels have a rich history dating back to the late 1800s. Many began in the homes of Ephraim residents as tourists were looking for places to stay in Door County on the water in the summer. By 1906 there were eight big hotels, all family run, that could sleep 700 guests. Each hotel has its own story created by the people who owned, worked and stayed as guests.

In 1908 Christina Malmer opened Rest Haven. It was purchased by her son in the 1940s and renamed the Malmer House. He ran it until the 1960s. Ruth and Randall Nelson purchased the property in 1969 and built the Ephraim Shores Hotel and Restaurant.

Ephraim Shores started out as a small 18 room hotel. They not only ran the hotel, but the restaurant as well. The hotel had a flat roof and cedar siding to give it a rustic look which is quite different than it is today.

In 1977 Randall decided to expand and add the North wing that added 18 more rooms. It also included the pool area and game room. This change was a big hit with the families who stayed with us and was appreciated on those rainy days.

While Randall worked on the building, Ruth was constantly changing furniture, carpeting and fixtures during the next 30 years to make sure Ephraim Shores was clean and up-to-date. She wanted to make sure all of the guests had a memorable stay and were well taken care of.

Ephraim, Wisconsin hotels are all about family and friends

Jolynn Nelson, the Nelsons’ daughter-in-law took over the day-to-day operations in 1991 and managed it for five years until long time employee Lana Hall took over as general manager, a position she still holds today. Jolynn still works at the resort and is in charge of bookkeeping and marketing. There are even days you may still find Randall sitting in the back office.

While the building and staff have changed over the years, one thing remains the same, many great memories and friendships have been made here. For those who started with us in 1969 and now have kids and grandchildren of their own and for those guests we met for a first time this year, we hope you will join us again to continue our story. We hope to see you all again next year.

Both Jolynn and Lana work year round so guests can always call in the off season to reserve their rooms for next season, even when the resort is not open. With the holidays just around the corner, don’t forget gift certificates are available at one of your favorite Ephraim, Wisconsin hotels and make a great gift.

A waterfront Door County resort for the whole family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Enjoy Door County’s culinary delights on your next stay at Ephraim Shores Resort

Fine dining in Door County rounds out the perfect weekend getaway in Wisconsin

There is so much natural beauty in Door County that one of the most simple things to overlook is great food. We know most of our guests at Ephraim Shores Resort are looking for a fun weekend getaway in Wisconsin or maybe a full week or more. Daytime activities seem to take the forefront of most vacations, but as the day winds down, there is nothing like a great meal to keep the good times sailing along.

Great food makes Door County more than just an average weekend getaway in Wisconsin

Since we are located in Ephraim, we will recommend a few of our local dining favorites first. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we can’t think of a better place to start off the day than Good Eggs. Their egg wraps are out of this world and made fresh to order.

If you are looking for some great food for lunch with a water view, take a short walk from us and you will bump into Chef’s Hat Café. They always have a unique menu that is sure to please.

Round out your day with a Door County tradition. Nothing says DC more than a fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant. Fresh whitefish caught by local fisherman are cooked in front of you and the final boil-over signals that the fish is ready to serve!

No visit to Ephraim is complete without an ice cream cone from Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor.

Here are some more great Ephraim restaurants to try out as well:

Great dining for a weekend getaway in Wisconsin does not end in Ephraim, however. There are amazing places to eat all throughout the Door that anyone would love.

Here are a few of our other favorites across the rest of Door County:

With so many great choices for dining in Door County, we know that your next trip to visit us will be one filled with many flavors. Don’t forget to call ahead for dinner reservations after you book your stay with us for that perfect weekend getaway in Wisconsin!

About Ephraim Shores Resort

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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Enjoy Door County beaches while staying in Ephraim WI lodging

July is for fun in the sun and staying at Ephraim Shores Resort

Nothing creates memories of hot days on the water and warm nights licking an ice cream cone like staying at Ephraim Shores Resort in July. This is the time of year when summer memories are made with family and friends at Ephraim WI lodging.

Most people that come to Ephraim and Door County are familiar with some of the most popular beaches like the ones at Nicolet Bay in Peninsula State Park or on Lake Michigan at Whitefish Dunes State Park. But did you know Door County has 300 miles of shoreline?

There are plenty of other beaches to explore in Door County. While most of our guests prefer to hang out close to their Ephraim WI lodging at Ephraim Shores, quite a few take day trips all over the county.

Ephraim WI lodging makes a great base for day trips to Washington Island

If you really want a unique experience, a day trip to Washington Island’s Schoolhouse Beach is one you won’t soon forget. After enjoying the scenic ferry ride over from Northport Pier, it’s only a few minutes’ drive to the wonders of Schoolhouse Beach. The shoreline is made up of smooth stones from centuries of waves spilling over them that rounded the edges that allows guests to swim and sunbathe.

While you are there, don’t miss out on the lavender fields which will give all of the budding social media photographers something to share online! Since you are on the island, the two hour Cherry Train Tour is a great way to learn what the island has to offer before you head back to the main land.

So why not expand your horizons and take in a new beach during your next stay with us? Our sundeck will be waiting for you to relax and enjoy the sunset on when you get back.

Ephraim WI Lodging at Ephraim Shores Resort

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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Ephraim Shores Resort celebrates 50 years this summer

Door County family resorts build lasting friendships and memories

It seems like only yesterday we opened our doors for our first season in downtown Ephraim as Ephraim Shores Motel & Restaurant. Our goal was to be one of the premiere Door County family resorts that would provide guests with a lifetime of memories.

While the building has undergone a lot of cosmetic changes since those first days, one thing that has stayed the same is our commitment to making sure all of our guests enjoy themselves. We have watched families come up to Door County year after year and have seen children grow up and bring their kids back up to continue the tradition.

So in honor of our 50 wonderful years, we thought we would share some of the kind words our guests have shared with us.

Words from our guests

To our Ephraim Shores Resort family,

We want to thank you for the warm hospitality, friendship and joy you have given our family for more than thirty years! We have watched our parents, children and now grandchildren embrace Ephraim Shores as a home away from home. Whether it’s our extended family vacation or a short stay for a Packer game, or just when we need to get away and go to a place that makes us relaxed, happy and wonderfully cared for. Your facilities provide great indoor and outdoor fun. And, most importantly, we feel the kindness you have shown to four generations of our family. May our friendship continue for many decades to come!

Happy Anniversary Ephraim Shores and we’ll see you soon!
Richard and Mary Lynn


This October 2019 will make the 31st continuous year we have come to stay at Ephraim Shores Resort. The staff has always been so accommodating to our families. We love having rooms together, the view of the water and the large front lawn and pool for the kids! The waterfront pier is delightful for sipping wine and watching the sunset! And the evening walk to Wilson’s Ice Cream Parlor takes a mere 2 minutes!

Thank you, Ephraim Shores Resort, for all you have done for our families. You have helped make a beautiful family tradition of 31 years!

In appreciation,
Cindy


I always say that in my imagination Door County is forever summer, the way we enjoy it, just waiting for our return. The beautiful gardens at Ephraim Shores always blooming. Each year when it is time to hug our friends goodbye and head home, I truly leave a piece of my heart at Ephraim Shores in my beloved Door County…..and start planning our next visit.

Marilyn


We want to thank all of our friends, family and guests for making our first 50 years magical for all of us at Ephraim Shores. With so many Door County family resorts to choose from, we are glad you have all been a part of our journey!

About Ephraim Shores Resort

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

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The essential guide to family reunions in Door County

The top 6 things that can make planning family reunions in Door County a success

We all know how hard it is to find a night when your immediate family is in town just to have a family dinner. With organized sports going year-round, committee meetings and just trying to get some grocery shopping done, there is very little time left in your average week.

That’s why planning family reunions in Door County can seem even more daunting.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. With the help of Ephraim Shores Resort’s friendly staff and a few tools and tricks, even your most unorganized party planner can seem like a seasoned professional.

Tips for planning family reunions in Door County

  1. Choose a date – Getting the gang together requires a way to figure out schedules. For this seemingly impossible task, we recommend using an online schedule checker like Doodle. You can put a bunch of dates in and send out a link for your guests to select their availability.
  2. Pick a location – You want to stay away from random door county vacation rentals and go right to a resort like Ephraim Shores that can help you book blocks of rooms. As a family-friendly resort with plenty of amenities, there is something for all ages.
  3. Invitations – Once you have a date and a location, send out a formal invitation. Since it is family, make it fun and personal. A great way to send out a fun invitation is through Evite or Facebook.
  4. Food planning – If you don’t want to have everyone bring a green bean casserole, we recommend using a planning website like SignUpGenius to make sure everything gets added to a list and someone is responsible for it.
  5. Tours and events – There is nothing like exploring Door County and enjoying all it has to offer. Booking a tour or two through Door County Trolley is a great way to get everyone involved together.
  6. Photo sharing – By now most people have a Facebook account, so setting up a private group that you can invite your family too is really easy. You can have everyone post photos to it for all to see.

So, don’t put off getting the whole extended family together any longer. Having the right tools and the friendly staff at Ephraim Shores at your disposal can make planning fun-filled family reunions in Door County a lot easier.

Ephraim Shores Resort: A waterfront Door County resort for the whole family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Put a Family Vacation Under Your Tree

Ephraim Shores One of Best Places to Stay Near Wilson’s Ice Cream

Looking for a holiday gift idea that is sure to please? Plan a getaway to Door County with family or friends for next summer. The vacation will create lifelong memories, such as visiting unique shops and the iconic Wilson’s Ice Cream, taking a quiet kayak ride along the shoreline or going on a hike through the woods. When deciding where to stay, consider Ephraim Shores Resort, one of the top places to stay near Wilson’s Ice Cream.

Experiences, such as a vacation with family or friends to Door County, make great gifts since they create countless memories. You can plan a trip with lots of details, including dinners at specific restaurants, a bike ride through Peninsula State Park or a nighttime visit to see the stars at Newport State Park, a designated dark sky park. Or you can go the other direction and let family members help you plan the vacation. In either case, you can write up the plans, place them in a wrapped box and put under the Christmas tree for a loved one to open. As you put your plans together for the getaway, contact us to make a reservation or order a gift certificate for the 2018 season. Beginning Jan. 1, you can also book your 2018 dates online.

Close to Many Activities

The resort is close to village shops and restaurants, including Wilson’s Ice Cream, a true Door County landmark. Ephraim Shores is near the northern entrance of Peninsula State Park, with its miles of hiking trails, a golf course, a beach and swimming area.

As temperatures fall, planning a summer vacation is a lot of fun. There is so much to do in the area from shopping and visiting different restaurants to trying one of the many silent sports in Door County, including kayaking, biking or hiking. Ephraim Shores Resort is a great choice and one of the top places to stay near Wilson’s Ice Cream. With a variety of room sizes and multiple amenities, we are the ideal destination for your family getaway.

A Waterfront Door County Resort For The Whole Family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Embrace Silent Sports in Door County

Make Ephraim Shores Your Basecamp for Outdoor Activities

Most visitors come to Door County to get away from the rush of daily life. One way to embrace that slower pace is participating in a silent sport, such as hiking, kayaking or biking. Silent sports in Door County continue to gain in popularity. After a day outside, head back to Ephraim Shores Resort to relax and recharge.

Silent sports are defined as an outdoor activity powered by human activity. They are called “silent” since the only noise you should hear besides nature is your paddle splashing through the water or your bike wheels spinning. The popularity of silent sports has grown in recent years as more people want to connect with nature while working up a good sweat. Other popular “silent” activities including running, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

With its five state parks and array of county parks and natural areas, Door County is an ideal location for silent activities. You can either bring your own equipment or rent it. Whether you are on land or water, relax as you breathe and enjoy the natural beauty that makes Door County so special.

Relax After a Day of Silent Sports in Ephraim

With its comfortable rooms, Ephraim Shores is the ideal place to kick back and relax after a day outside. If you want to cool off, you can jump in the indoor swimming pool or if your muscles are sore, relax in the whirlpool. At the end of the day, you can watch a beautiful sunset over Eagle Harbor right from the resort. Ephraim Shores has rooms in a variety of sizes to accommodate your group, from two to the entire family.

There is so much to offer visitors, from shopping to Door County winery tours, restaurants, or taking in the beautiful outdoors. The popularity of silent sports in Ephraim continues to grow as people get out and explore their surroundings whether in a kayak, on a bike or on foot. Make Ephraim Shores your vacation headquarters as you discover all that Door County has to offer.

A Waterfront Door County Resort For The Whole FAmily

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Ephraim Shores Resort Ideal Site for Gatherings

Family Resort by Peninsula State Park With Space for Everyone

For many families, August is the ideal time to plan a getaway or an event that brings everyone together. Summer weather is at its peak and there is a desire to do something fun before the kids start school. Ephraim Shores Resort, a family resort by Peninsula State Park, is the ideal headquarters for your family’s plans.

With its spacious rooms, indoor pool, exercise room, game room and large outdoor space, including a jungle gym, and a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort has everything families look for when choosing a place to stay or finding a location for a family reunion. Located in the heart of Ephraim, the resort offers rooms of various sizes, including two-bedroom suites with a kitchenette.

Explore Ephraim With the Family

Nearby Peninsula State Park has plenty of activities to keep your family busy. You can swim or hang out on the park’s beach, take a hike on one of the park’s many trails, ride a bike on the park’s groomed trails, visit a historic lighthouse or explore the park from the water in your kayak. At night, Northern Sky Theater actors perform plays outdoors under the stars. Beyond Peninsula Park, Door County has plenty of activities to keep everyone busy, including shopping, golfing, winery tours and boat tours.

When planning for your family get-together, having enough space is vital. At Ephraim Shores, a family resort by Peninsula State Park, you can choose from a variety of room sizes and enjoy the resort’s many amenities. The resort also has ample green space outside where you can gather with family members to relax while the kids play on the nearby swing set. Guests can also use the resort’s bikes to pedal around the village. As a downtown Ephraim resort, we are in walking or biking distance to restaurants, shops and the marina.

A Waterfront Door County Resort For The Whole Family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Let Your Ephraim Shores Trip Plans Blossom

Resort Offers Best Waterfront Lodging in Door County

The Door County Half-Marathon, which is held on the first Saturday in May, is the unofficial kick-off to the spring season. As temperatures warm, Door County comes out of hibernation as seasonal businesses open and tourists and seasonal residents return. It is also the ideal time to plan a getaway to Ephraim Shores Resort, the best waterfront lodging in Door County.

May is a perfect time to visit Door County. Nature is blossoming and the crowds are smaller. The list of things to do is endless: hit the links at one of Door County’s eleven golf courses and work on your game; tempt your taste buds at one of the many great restaurants or a traditional fish boil; grab your hiking shoes or bike and enjoy Door County’s beautiful landscape; or visit unique shops and boutiques, including many featuring local handcrafted items.

When planning your Door County trip, Ephraim Shores makes a great headquarters. Located near Peninsula State Park and in the heart of Ephraim, our family-owned resort overlooks Eagle Harbor and has everything you need to relax. We offer a variety of comfortable rooms, from those designed for two including a whirlpool to two bedroom suites that include a full kitchen and living area. We also offer multiple amenities, including an indoor pool, hot tub and an exercise room. You can also sit on our private waterfront sundeck to watch one of the area’s famous sunsets. We truly offer the best waterfront lodging in Door County.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend of shopping and visiting wineries or a more active weekend of playing golf or hiking, book your hotel reservation today for your getaway. One of the best hotels near Peninsula State Park, Ephraim Shores Resort offers well-appointed rooms and a variety of amenities, including a private sundeck and an indoor pool. Waterfront lodging is a must in Door County and Ephraim Shores overlooking Eagle Harbor has everything you need for your weekend away. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at ephraimshores.com to make your reservation.

Door County Events Roll Right into Fall

When It Comes to Ephraim Hotels, Door County’s Ephraim Shores Is Ideal Place to Stay

The leaves are changing, ushering in fall — Door County’s most beautiful season. While the temperatures are cooler, the weather remains pleasant and there are plenty of activities and events to keep you busy. With so much to do, finding a place to stay the weekend is a must. When it comes to Ephraim hotels, Door County features many offerings, with Ephraim Shores standing out with its comfortable accommodations and centralized location.

Throughout the fall, popular Door County activities including winery tours and tastings, eating at unique restaurants, shopping, visiting galleries or enjoying time in the outdoors continue. In the fall, there is even more to do as several fall-themed weekend events help you celebrate the season:

The Pumpkin Patch Festival, which is held Oct. 8-9 in Egg Harbor, is a fun-filled weekend with family activities, music, arts and crafts vendors and food.

Sister Bay hosts its 71st annual Fall Fest on Oct. 14-16. The event, which started as a way to reward summer employees for their hard work, is now one of the largest fall festivals. Fall Fest features a parade, arts and crafts fair, food booths, entertainment and children’s activities.

On Oct. 22-23, Ellison Bay is hosting its annual Fall Art Crawl. Nine established galleries and studios open their doors for demonstrations, refreshments and prize drawings. The galleries will also have an array of artwork available for sale.

All three events let you spend time in the outdoors, soaking up the crisp fall air and views of the gorgeous leaves.

Ephraim Shores is your ideal headquarters for your stay in Door County. With our mix of accommodations, we are the perfect spot for a romantic weekend away, for the entire family or a group of friends. Located on Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores’ amenities include a beach sundeck, indoor pool and whirlpool, game room, exercise room, bicycles for guests to check out and free Wi-Fi.

We close for the season after Oct. 23 so the time is now to book your visit to Ephraim Shores. In Door County, Ephraim hotels are a favorite since they are close to every part of the Peninsula. When it comes to Ephraim hotels, Door County’s Ephraim Shores stands out with its plentiful amenities and well-trained staff. Visit our website today or call us at 877-854-2371 to make your reservations for your Door County fall getaway.