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“Fantastic family resort” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pine Grove Resort
Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Ephraim
Madison, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Fantastic family resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

My two young daughters and I have had the great chance to stay at Pine Grove resort in Ephraim, WI, [what I consider the heart of Door County], for the past 4 years. I spent hours searching on-line while planning our first trip to Door County years ago, to find a hotel with perks for kids and a family on a budget. Stumbling across Pine Grove was the answer to all those things!
Perks here included a great indoor pool and whirlpool as well as a game and exercise room to keep kids busy if the weather turns foul. The office lobby, although small, offers a fireplace, internet, games, brochures and friendly staff to help with your questions.
Continental breakfast is served every day, along with free Door County coffee all day and fresh baked cookies at 2pm, [we take advantage of that as our mid-day break, yum!].
Room perks include mini-fridg, microwave, coffee pot, a free bottled water daily for each person in the party and a bag of microwave pop-corn for a late day treat. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and each has either a patio or balcony to afford private viewing of the breath-taking sunsets on the bay.
The resort hotel also offers two outdoor gas grills, one to the rear of the property and one under the picnic shelter on the private beach across the road. The beach area offers plenty of lounge chairs to soak in the sun and waves from the bay. As a note of interest, as this is on the bay side of Lake Michigan, all beaches there are rock, [sand beaches are on the lake side of Michigan].
To make things even better, this great place is walking distance from the famous Post Office restaurant as well as the unsurpassed Wilson's and bay-front activities, [boat tours, para-sailing, jet-skis].
It is true that during peak season, you'll pay more for rooms and the front and middle view rooms are more costly, [although the sunsets on the bay are worth it if you're into that type of thing like we are], if you book ahead of time the back view rooms are just as nice and look unto the woods at the back of the property. If you need your sun-sets on the bay, just head to the beach!
Really, the only thing that could make this place better would be a sand-box and play-set for younger kids in the back, but then again, the downtown city park is minutes away on foot.

Room Tip: Book early to get the cheaper back-view rooms. Middle water view rooms are just as good as the fro...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, IL
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138 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed with our 3 year old daughter for a few nights. Location is great, right across the street from the lake. Our room did not directly face the water, but you could see it from the corner of the window. The rooms were quite large, which was great with an active toddler. We enjoyed the indoor pool every day, both the air and water temperature was kept nice and warm for maximum comfort. The continental breakfast was just okay, they had yogurt, pastries, some fruit, bagels, and coffee and that was about it. I would've liked a little more selection, but it was better than nothing. They also lack a place to eat, so you pretty much have to take food back to your room or eat in the lobby by the front desk. It didn't matter for us because we just took it back to our room right down the hall. Overall it was a nice stay and good service.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank travelerPatti
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Charleston, Illinois
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34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

A last minute decision to visit Door County Wisconsin found no vacancy in the villiages of Egg Harbor and Fish Creek so we chose to drive a few miles further north to Ephraim. Though the town is smaller and does not have as much to offer in shopping Pine Grove Resort was a very nice place to stay. The hotel is older than some in the area but the remodeled rooms are very clean and the staff is nice and helpful. We had a water view room which looks over Eagle Harbor and their private beach, unfortunatly the dock is not lighted which makes it a bit hard to see the water and boats at night. The beds were quite comfortable and the room was larger than most.
The hotel offers a light breakfast included in the room price but I will admit that it is a bit lacking.
Ephraim is in the middle of the three towns with the most shopping and dinning which makes it easy to get to.

Room Tip: Call early for Door County reservations.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cheri S
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed there in Aug for 3 nights. Clean room and nice service. Walk across 42 and there is Resort Private Beach. However, for beach fun, I still prefer Nicolet Beach inside Pen State Park. Breakfast is fully stock, but don't expect gourmet meal. Free cookies and lemonade in the afternoon. The mattress is quiet comfortable, at least all of us had good sleep thru out the stay.

The most worthy point is the sunset view from every balcony.

Room Tip: King Suite has lake facing window to view the the sunset. But I would choose the 2nd floor King Sui...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Iris S
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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

Came up for the Door County Half Ironman. Stayed in Room 114 at Pine Grove. The room was very clean and comfortable. The small deck off the room faced the water and I had full view of the sunset each night which was kind of cool. They have a continental breakfast. It is within walking distance to Wilson's restaurant and a number of other places to eat. My room had a small fridge, a microwave, and a coffee pot which was awesome to have in a room. I did not use the indoor pool but it looked nice. i would stay here again. It is one of few hotels in DoCo that doesn't have cheesy decor.

Room Tip: I got the sense that all the rooms have sunset views.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank chartfan
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Palatine, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

Very nice resort with a small, private beach and adequate continental breakfast. Our room had a private patio and a water view. Lovely grounds. Close to all the activities in Door County and within walking distance to many Ephraim restaurants. Bathrooms clean, but could use upgrading.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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McFarland, WI
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

For our first experience visiting Door County for my Daughter and myself, I chose the Pine Grove Resort in Ephraim for six nights June 24-30, 2012. After booking, I discovered Ephraim is a 'dry town'! We laughed about that; but not to worry. You can bring your own wine, etc., you just can't buy it. As it was we only ended up eating our evening meal once in Ephraim, the other evenings were other delicious eating spots in Fish Creek and Sister Bay. The Pine Grove Resort was above and beyond our expectations! Sure, it's older, but VERY well maintained, and the rooms have been remodeled. We had a 'water view' and what a spectacular view it was!! My Daughter was inspired to run each morning along the very scenic landscape - totally safe too, as there are walking paths on both sides of the street. There is an expanded continental breakfast every morning.........the scones are so addicting! The staff was very helpful and so friendly. I wouldn't hesitate staying at his resort again and again, in fact my Daughter and her Husband have booked Pine Grove Resort to celebrate their 1st anniversary this October!

Room Tip: Get a water view room, it may cost a tiny bit more, but so worth it!! Enjoy!!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wistle
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Property: Pine Grove Resort
Address: 10080 Water Street, P O Box 94, Ephraim, WI 54211
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Ephraim
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Ephraim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pine Grove Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Pine Grove Resort. We are the only resort in Ephraim to have a piece of natural, untouched shoreline, along with a private sand beach that tapers gently into the water.Our rooms are spacious, comfortable and include many amenities free of charge. Our luxury suites include private whirlpool baths. From our heated indoor pool, whirlpool or new pool sundeck, you can gaze down to the sparkling water of Eagle Harbor. ... more   less 
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