I previously rated Second Story restaurant (located above the motel) not realizing the restaurant and motel were considered the same business in Trip Advisor, so by the TA rules, I had to wait to post this review of the motel:
I stayed at Ephraim Shores Motel at the end of last season. In some ways it is a very typical motel with the usual room lay-out. The decor appeared newer, though in an out-dated 1980s style. The rooms are on the pricier side for a motel, but that is due to the unbeatable location and views of Eagle Harbor in very charming Ephraim. A very short walk from the front door across the road, the motel has prime waterfront footage with sand and chairs reserved for motel guests. (It was too chilly and windy in late Oct to do more than a quick explore, but it would be an amazing sunset view). The rooms were incredibly clean (and I'm picky). Despite the lackluster decor, the rooms offered nice amenities like a small wet bar area with microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, small table with chairs. I loved the little complimentary packet of dried cherries, great Door Co touch. The room had one recliner which was fine on this trip because I was alone, but if I'd not been alone, a second comfy chair would have been appreciated. Staff was friendly and helpful. Ephraim has plenty of eating options in easy walking distance. As others have noted, Ephraim is a dry town (no alcohol sold). I'm not sure why this perturbed some reviewers. It is only a few minutes to locations where alcohol is available, and the fridge/wet bar area works out nicely for carry-ins brought from home or picked up at wineries on the peninsula or from any number of locales that do sell alcohol. If you plan ahead, you can still enjoy your tipple in Ephraim. The Second Story Restaurant upstairs is handy. It has a large menu with big portions of basic but reliable offerings. The daily specials are a good bet. I usually stay in resort-style accommodations in Door Co when I travel with a companion, and will likely continue to do so. However, on this trip alone (for some early Christmas shopping) I very much enjoyed Ephraim Shores, and hope to repeat the experience this year.
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- Ephraim Shores Motel And Restaurant
- Ephraim Shores Motel & Restaurant Hotel Ephraim
- Ephraim Shores Hotel
- Ephraim Shores Resort Door County, WI