One of the aesthetic features of the main floor living room is are wood burning stove. Used 3 seasons to heat the Lodge, it is not only great looking but highly functional. Some of our other features include a full walk around deck, a finished basement and sleeping quarters with bar and pool table, and a full kitchen with a massive butcher block for preparing any thing your heart desires. In addition to a full kitchen, we provide a charcoal BBQ. The Lodge is very open, very social perfect for a small group and sleeps 9 comfortably. We offer seasonal accommodations for our guests close proximity to Schoolhouse Beach, the Town of Washington and wildlife. From our deck, we typically see wild turkey, pheasant, squirrels, fox, geese and deer. You’ll find 9 acres of forest to explore and countless miles to hike on nearby trails. For the 2013 Summer, I still have great dates available in both July and August. If you are planning a week long holiday in Door County for you, your friends or family, give us a call. We’d love to show you everything that Washington Island has to offer....Read More
These are some pictures of the incredible solitude one can experience in May on the Island. On a windless day and the Green Bay water incredibly stable for several months, the water around the Island is crystal clear. Its not uncommon to see 20 – 4o feet down. On this particular day, we watched the sun set from West Harbor road and checked out all the critters in the harbor ready to spawn. There were smallmouth, carp, some largemouth and a several very aggressive Paddle fish. But their quiet movements in the shallow West Harbor was trumped by the noiseless woods, marsh and lake surrounding this inlet. At one time, West Harbor was an awesome port for small fishing boats and ideal for the Salmon fisherman. With a boat launch just off the road and harbor only half mile to 100 feet of water, fisherman enjoyed short trips to Denny’s bluff, the Little Island the Ferry channel or even Boyer’s Bluff further north. West Harbor offered immediate access to all the fishing opportunities on the west side. Unfortunately, Lake Michigan is at record lows for water level. And with the water being this low, the harbor is more of a wetlands today than a sportsman’s fishing port. We can only guess that the water levels in Lake Michigan will return to more normal levels. But captured around the harbor, you’ll find all the docks, piers and improvements offering a rich history to this seascape ready for when it...Read More
Dawn on the Island is always loaded with such possibility. A new day ahead, it always feels like there is so much to do. More often than not, you’ll find me fishing some where. In the summers, its typically on my boat salmon fishing on the East or West Side. In the early fall, I may be at the ferry dock hoping to catch lunch. However, you may find yourself perfectly happy sleeping in then heading for the beach. The lodge faces east where each morning you’ll wake to some spectacular sunrises. Sitting on the west side of the Island’s “mountain”, we get our morning sun a little later, but not much. If you are runner or cyclist, the mornings are generally low key around town, very little traffic. It’s a great time of the day to get some exercise in. And just out our driveway is the two largest hills on the Island. So prepare yourself for a fast start or a challenging finish. They are only for the brave....Read More
The pine trees, @ Cathedral Pines, pre-date our family by roughly 10-years. When we arrived in 1988, most of the trees were under 10ft tall. 25 years later, these trees are 30 to 50 feet. We have a mixture of spruce and white pines. These surround our house creating an amazing back drop and wind break. At night, the trees absorb ambient noise, so the world is extra quiet. By day, the trees are home to red squirrel, turkey, whitetail deer, pheasant, and rabbit. A variety of birds bounce from branch to branch throughout the property. In addition to the pines surrounding the house, the family planted almost 2500 trees in the lower field where you will see corn today. Our intention was to use the lower 15 acres as a tree farm. In the late 80’s, the market for scotch pine, white pine, balsam and spruce as Christmas trees was very good. The Island was producing between 1,000 to 3,000 trees annually for holiday sales. Our family hand planted pine sapling in the spring of 2008. Due to a terrible drought that summer, the only trees that survived were the Scotch pines in center of the corn due south of the...Read More
In 1994, the Lodge was built into the side 60 foot tall ridge that runs North-South on the property. At the center of the Island and one of the Island’s most elevated points, the Lodge offers exceptional views with this dramatic change in elevation. Except for a very few elements, the entire Lodge has a rustic, natural wood appearance or finish as you see from this...Read More
Some say the mixture of confirous and decidous trees combined with the limestone outcroppings littered throughout the Island reminds them of New England. All across Door County there are stands of fantastic white birch trees. In my opinion, these trees simply dance against the green of the forest. At the Highview Lodge, there is 9 acres of hardwoods with scattered birch timber...Read More
There’s nothing like the promise of a new day. What a better place to experience with the many exceptional views. We call it Highview for a reason. I can just smell the coffee brewing.Read More
....find out what living North of the tension line is about.
Offering everything from beach days at Schoolhouse to sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, hay rides, to museums, the Island’s rich history and local fare is ready to explore year round.
Offering opportunities for trophy Northern Pike fishing in the spring, summer long Salmon fishing and trophy Walleye and Smallmouth bass in the fall. Here, a local fisherman landed a hefty brute on a fly rod.