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Ephraim Shores Resort
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Ephraim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 31, 2009

We read the reviews of this motel and decided to stay one night on a quick trip to Door County. We were offered three rooms at different prices and shown each one. We choose a side view of the lake and were extreemly impressed with our room and all the facilites of the motel. The pool and hot tub were wonderful and we found everyone to be helpful and I agree about the housekeeping staff everywhere was spotless including all the pool areas and corridoors. Highly recommended.

Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2009

As we drove down into Ephraim, along North Highway 42, it felt like we were out east along the coast of New England. We soon came upon the village center, a gazebo, where it was obvious a concert was about to begin. Turns out they have them every Monday evening during the summer! Just across the stree is a famous spot in Ephraim...Wilson's Ice Cream shop! Just a few hundred feet down on the right was our motel! It was so nice! Exactly as it had been pictured in their website. The rooms were amazingly clean and had spotless bathrooms! The motel is older, but it is very, very clean and well cared for...each room has a mini-fridge, microwave oven and little wet sink kitchenette. We had a new bed and new bedding that was heavenly...firm, but comfy soft! Our room opened up into the courtyard and we could see the bay from our first floor location. The restaurant was great! We had lunch there and a few of our dinners, as well. All were wonderful! We were so pleased with the location of Ephraim because unlike its neighbors to the north and the south, it is much quieter, less commercial, and just a prettier town! We found it to be a great spot to travel up and down the western coast of the county, even up to Washington Island. There is so much to do right there in Ephraim...you can rent boats of all types, go on tours, attend plays, concerts, visit galleries, get to meet its famous artist Charles "Chick" Peterson if you are lucky, take a carriage ride, a bike ride (on the bikes that ESM supplies for all of its guests to use for free), and there is even an old fashioned outdoor theater with first-run movies! We loved going out to the large cemet breaker and lounging in the sunshine on the lounge chairs or sitting in the Adrondacks chairs watching the sunsets over Green Bay or the sailboats. It was so serene! We cannot wait to bring our grown sons and their families to ESM&R next year! We have been on some wonderful vacations, but this was the most memorable of them all. We would love to live in Ephraim...maybe right at Ephraim Shores Motel...if they'll let us!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank chicagosuz
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Reviewed June 23, 2009

Our folk music group and spouces arrived 12 people strong and had a wonderful trip, excellent service, clean neat rooms and great food at the 2nd Story Restaurant. What a View ! Best Cherry Pie in Door County ( we think)

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank FolkMusicRob
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Reviewed June 19, 2009

My family and I recently returned from a wonderful 5 night stay in Door County, and we picked Ephraim Shores Motel and Restaurant because of previous good reviews. We were not disappointed! The motel is central to the town of Ephraim, and located across a 2 lane highway to Eagle Bay, which is part of Green Bay. The motel has beachfront access for its guests, as well a lounge chairs to watch the lovely sunsets and daytime boating activites. We stayed in the South Garden Kitchenette Suite, which was ground floor with a sliding glass door opening into a cute playground set for kids. The parking lot was close as well, never walked more than a few steps to our room! The indoor pool and hot tub were located a few steps away from our room, yet there was no noise from traffic outside. The kitchenette had a stove top, micro, sink, and fridge. Pots, pans, plates, silverware were all there as well. We did some hot dogs and grilled cheese for lunches with no problem. Our suite was very comfortable with 4 (2 adults, a17 and a 12yr. old. Two queen beds, and a sleeper sofa...and wifi in the room. Everything was clean and cared for...the people running the motel could not have been nicer. We even saw them every morning across the street cleaning an wiping down the lounge chairs! The restaurant was very reasonable, with good cherry pancakes, sour cream coffee cake, and norwegian meatballs. Lots of local stuff to do within walking distance, and the ice cream parlour, Wilson's was a 5 minute stroll!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank neocortex
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Reviewed September 25, 2008

My wife and I had never been to Door Co. so the first thing I did was go to Tripadvisor, and it made our trip the best ever.
You will love this motel!!
when we checked in the lady at the front desk was unbelievable--she gave us great tips on where to eat, shop, etc...
The room we had did not face the water, but it was fantastic--very large, with the cleanest bathroom ever. (and believe me it mattered to my wife)
The room had everything we could want, from a small microwave, and fridge, to color TV.
Every surface in this place seemed clean and well kept---I know this sounds like a paid person, but I am not.
We were given the names and directions to several restaurants in the area, but the best was the one right upstairs in the Motel.
The sunsets have to be experienced from this restaurant---in fact since it was just the two of us for supper, the waitress seated us both next to each other to watch the sunset---it was so beautiful.
It is true nothing happens after 10 pm in Ephraim, but when you and your wife are trying to reconnect---is that all bad?
Please stay -----believe me---you will run into us again

Stayed: September 2008
1  Thank 12755huskr
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Reviewed August 20, 2008

I have to agree with all of the great things that everyone here has said about the Ephraim Shores Motel, from the friendliness of the staff to the suprisingly huge rooms with pretty much everything you need to be comfortable. The free bike usage was like going back in time -- just tell them that you borrowed one and it's yours for as long as you need. As for the town being dry, the next town that isn't dry is only about 3-5 mintues away by car, so it's not much of an issue unless you really don't want to drive. The most striking thing about this place -- besides the amount of room -- was that it was so clean. We really couldn't see a spec of dirt anywhere. Coming and going was so easy. We were on the ground floor so could either go through our sliding glass door or one of the other main entrances and through the hallway. We couldn't have been more pleased.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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3  Thank karinosPittsburgh
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Reviewed July 12, 2008

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Ephraim Shores Motel. The room was huge - had a kitchenette and sofa bed. The property is well-kept and clean. The room was immaculate. Staff are exceedingly friendly and helpful. The restaurant is excellent and convenient. Our kids liked it so much we ended up eating there for three meals. We really enjoyed the free use of the bicycles on the property as we used them to tour the village and the bayshore. Overall I would highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank SAFamily5
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Address: 10018 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Ephraim
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Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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#3 Romantic Hotel in Ephraim
#8 Family Hotel in Ephraim
Number of rooms: 46
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