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The Cookery's Lodging

4135 Highway 42/Main Street, Fish Creek, WI
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What pairs well with a restaurant serving quality food? Comfortable lodgings for travelers, of course.  The Cookery, in downtown Fish Creek, complements its popular restaurant with overnight accommodations for travelers.

Fish Creek Wi lodging, The Cookery's Lodging, Door CountyTwo options are available in two separate buildings:  The Hanson Suite and the Hanson Cottage.  Read more about each below.

Location/Checking in
The Cookery's Lodging are located on the Cookery restaurant property. They are discreetly situated next door and north of the restaurant.     

Take Hwy. 42 north to Fish Creek and turn right at the stop sign (near the Noble House Museum). The Cookery is two blocks ahead on your right at 4135 Main St./Hwy. 42.

You can park your car in front of the restaurant, and check in at the restaurant.   Parking for The Cookery's Lodging guests is actually available off the street and next to the units. In fact, another way to enterThe Cookery's Lodging is off Bluff St.

The Hanson Suite and the Hanson Cottage
The Hanson Suite and the Hanson Cottage are named for the Hanson family. They were prior owners of the property, which was acquired in the early eighties by Carol and Dick Skare, who established the Cookery back in 1977.

The Hanson Suite is the largest of the two offerings, and the Hanson Cottage, while more intimate, is charming and a nice value.  Both accommodations offer fully equipped kitchens (including coffeemaker, dishes, and utensils), a gas grill, heating and air conditioning, TV/cable, DVD, VCR.  Bed linens are provided, but guests are asked to bring towels.

Fish Creek Wi lodging, The Cookery's Lodging, Door CountyThe Hanson Suite
The Hanson Suite is located in a building next door to the Cookery (above TR Pottery).  It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. But the real attraction is the view of Green Bay waters from the large combined living and dining room, as well as from the spacious side and front decks.

And what we liked is the fact that you can enjoy this view in this private suite/building without feeling like you are in a large hotel with a lot of other people on their decks.  This is a popular spot in Fish Creek, so keep in mind that passerbys may be part of your vista.  As Courtney Holdmann Skare, general manager of the Cookery says, “Fish Creek is busy, but it’s not big city busy.  The main asset here is the view.”

Other pluses about the Hanson Suite are its recent remodeling of the two bathrooms and the kitchen (new countertops, new white appliances, repainting).  You walk right into the kitchen, which makes it very convenient for bringing in groceries and items needed for your vacation time.

The kitchen flows into the dining room, where there are table and chairs for family dining. The living area has a sofa and loveseat along with a TV/cable, DVD/VCR.

The bedrooms are quietly situated in the rear of the suite. One bedroom is outfitted with two full beds, and it may make a nice choice for two children traveling with parents.   The other bedroom has a queen-size bed and a sitting area furnished with white wicker pieces.

The recently remodeled bathrooms in the Hanson Suite have a tub/shower new lighting, vanity and more. They are white and bright.  The Hanson Suite sleeps up to six people.

“We get couples who come up and will stay in the Hanson Suite together, or a family with kids will stay here,” Courtney says of her past guests.

Fish Creek Wi lodging, The Cookery's Lodging, Door CountyThe Hanson Cottage
Meanwhile, the Hanson Cottage is a lovely choice for a couple, a single traveler or seniors who do prefer not to deal with stairs. You walk right onto the deck of this unit—no stairs into the entry.  We liked the privacy fencing and outdoor table and chairs near the door and grill.

The Hanson Cottage was remodeled for the 2009 season: The walls were replastered and painted, new carpeting was installed as well as new interior doors. The bath was remodeled, as well.  As part of the remodel, the ceiling was raised, giving the living area a more spacious feeling. The vintage windows—charming and quite functional--remain.

The living/dining area furnishings include a sofa and a round table that seats four. The galley style kitchen is fully equipped and all you really need for a vacation.

The bedroom has a queen-size bed and affords a quiet view of a yard.

Fish Creek Wi lodging, The Cookery's Lodging, Door CountyEven the bathroom has a window. Also, the vanity has a granite top, and there’s a shower/tub combination.  

The Cookery restaurant—your  neighbor
And don’t forget the Cookery is right next door. This restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, brunch on Saturday and Sunday and has a lovely waterview wine bar on the upper level.

The Cookery was rebuilt and completed in May 2009 after a devastating fire in 2008. The owners incorporate local fresh ingredients in the menu items.  Included are Door County cherries, white fish from Gills Rock, meat from Ottos in Kewaunee County and wheat from Washington Island, as well as abundant locally grown produce items.

Some of the favorite menu choices include the Door County cherry and apple salad and chicken salad sandwich. Entrees include white fish, steaks, lamp chops, vegetarian options and much more.

“The philosophy of the Cookery has always been to provide good tasting food that’s prepared in our restaurant and incorporates local ingredients,” Courtney says.

The waterview wine bar is a great place to come for an appetizer or small plate, a glass of wine (or experiment with a wine flight) or a dessert. Take in the pretty view as well as the ambiance of this wonderfully designed restaurant—built in a sustainable and artful manner. 

In Fish Creek, near it all
But you’ll want to venture beyond the The Cookery's Lodging and the Cookery restaurant. And you really won’t have far to go to enjoy shopping, the beach, the park and more.  They are all within walking distance of the Hanson Suite and Hanson Cottage.

You can also cross Hwy. 42 and go to the beach. Just north of the Cookery is the entrance to Peninsula State Park.  If you are a history buff, take a tour of the historic Noble House Museum.   There are clusters of shops and boutiques south of the Cookery at Founders Square as well as north of your room.

“You can walk to everything in Fish Creek. The kids like the public beach across the street, and a lot of people bring their bikes up here and bike to the park. You can come here, park your car and not drive it if you don’t want to leave Fish Creek,” Courtney says.

Indeed, The Cookery's Lodging is a great bases for enjoying Fish Creek, as well as the rest of Door County. The owners are conscientious about keeping elements of the lodgings updated, and we invite you to give them a call and check out the suite or cottage for yourself. Make sure you refer to their Property ID # DCN4135 when you call, and please tell them sent you!

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