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Ephraim Motel 2.0

Ephraim, Door County, Wisconsin

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  • Quiet, tucked-away location off the main road 
  • Lovely grounds with gardens, picnic area, nature trail, and orchards
  • Rooms include microwaves, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and HD flat-screen TVs
  • Heated outdoor pool with lounge chairs
  • Continental breakfast included in room rate
  • Free bike rental
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Computer available for guests' use
  • Free parking
  • Fireplace in lobby


  • Property not open year-round
  • No on-site restaurant
  • No elevator to second floor rooms
  • No pets allowed (a pro for some)

Bottom Line

The Ephraim Motel is a quaint, quiet budget property that offers a good base for exploring Wisconsin's Door County. The 26 air-conditioned rooms include mini-fridges, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi. Lounge chairs surround the heated outdoor pool, and the landscaped grounds include a picnic area, fire pit, barbecue grills, hammocks, a playground, a nature trail, and apple and cherry orchards that are ripe for the picking. A free continental breakfast is served daily, and bikes can be rented for free. Be aware that the Ephraim Motel is open only from mid-May through mid-October. Travelers seeking a hotel closer to the heart of Ephraim that's open year-round might want to check out the Waterbury Inn, a condominium property that's within a five-minute drive of town.

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A serene, homey spot with its own nature trail and orchards ripe for picking

The two-story Ephraim Motel, with its yellow-and-turquoise exterior, white railings, and windowed cupola evokes a cozy, country home. Outdoor hallways offer their own seating, and the lushly landscaped grounds include picnic areas, seating around a fire pit, a three-person swing, and hammocks. The motel has its own nature trail and apple and cherry orchards, where guests can pick their own fruit. The lobby, a mix of shabby chic and retro furniture clustered around an inviting fireplace, offers magazines to peruse and a computer for guests' use. Several small tables on the wraparound deck offer quiet places where guests can have their continental breakfast, or read a book from the motel's lending library. This tranquil atmosphere draws mostly couples and families.


On outskirts of Ephraim, near Peninsula State Park

This motel, tucked away down a quiet lane, is located on the northern edge of Ephraim, about an eight-minute drive to the Sister Bay Marina. A miniature golf course and Joe Jo's Pizza and Gelato sit across the street, and a few other restaurants and shops are within a two- to three-minute walk, and other Ephraim and Sister Bay restaurants are within a few minutes’ drive. The Northern Sky Theater is a six-minute walk or a one-minute drive from the motel, and it's a three-minute drive to the lakefront. Peninsula State Park, which includes a golf course, is about a 10-minute drive, while Sturgeon Bay is a 40-minute drive, and Potawatomi State Park is close to an hour's drive. Egg Harbor is a 25-minute drive. Ephraim-Gibralter Airport is a 10-minute drive from the property, Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay is a 90-minute drive, and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee is a little more than a three-hour drive.


Spacious rooms include mini-fridges, microwaves, HD flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi

The 26 rooms at the Ephraim Motel, which include Standard Doubles and Queens and Deluxe Rooms, get high marks for cleanliness. While decor varies, rooms share a common theme of print quilts -- some with a floral design -- gray-tone carpeting, oak-framed windows and doors, and a hodgepodge of furniture that ranges from faux-country (some might call it "shabby chic") to light-wood veneer. Plaid armchairs or gray couches pop out in some. All rooms include 32-inch HD flat-screen TVs and DVD players, microwaves, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Deluxe Queens come with sofas. Some rooms have painted dressers or nightstands, some of which are aqua blue. Many rooms have oak vanities positioned outside the bathrooms, and all have shower/tub combos with curtains, hairdryers, and basic toiletries. 


Outdoor heated pool, free breakfast, parking, and Wi-Fi

The Ephraim includes a continental breakfast in the room rate, and free coffee is available in the lobby throughout the day. The grounds include a picnic area with umbrella tables and gas grills. Yard games, such as croquet, are available, as are books and board games. There's a heated outdoor pool with lounge chairs and a children’s playground. The motel has its own nature trail, lovely landscaped gardens, and orchards, where guests can pick their own cherries and apples. Bikes can be used for free, and there's a computer station in the lobby for guests' use. On-site parking is free, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.

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10407 Hwy 42, Ephraim, Wisconsin 54211, United States

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