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Quintessential Door County Cabin on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Waterfront cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, fireplace, fully equipped (Sleeps 6)

Killasonna Lodge is the quintessential Door County cabin, ideal for your vacation or weekend getaway. Located along Lake Michigan, a mile south of Jacksonport (Door County), Killasonna Lodge is secluded in a tranquil forest of cedar, birch, pine, poplar and maple. The woods are home to deer, fox, turkey, woodpeckers, and great horned owls. The shore is a haven to geese, ducks, hawks and gulls.

A local field-stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the great room, which opens to a broad covered porch facing the lake. The lodge features heavy timber beams and rafters, rough sawn knotty pine paneling, and rustic details and ambiance.

The three bedrooms comfortably accommodate 6 persons. There are 2 bathrooms with showers, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Enjoy swimming, hiking, bicycling, fishing, antiquing, first-rate golf, and scenic drives through picturesque countryside and quaint villages. Killasonna Lodge is a place for those that treasure their time together. Indulge yourself and escape to Killasonna Lodge for a relaxing getaway. Or, give a Gift Certificate to parents or friends 'who don't need a thing.'

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John Brzezinski
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017

About John Brzezinski

We are both Chicago natives, now living in Evanston, IL. Carolyn is an architect and formerly the municipal building official in Evanston. John managed major design and construction projects for Northwestern University. We are now semi-retired and started a business called University Icons. In a nutshell, we sell fine art photographs of iconic university buildings. The business draws on John’s long standing avocation of photography, our combined enjoyment of travel, and our mutual interest in architecture. We also own a rental house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, called Casa Palermo, that we visit a couple of times per year. We each have two daughters from previous marriages.

John Brzezinski purchased this cabin in 2003

Why John Brzezinski chose Sturgeon Bay

After years of vacationing in Door County, we began looking at cottages and land in the summer of 2002, with the idea of either buying or building a summer cabin. We clocked hundreds of miles, over many weekends, driving back and forth across the peninsula in search of the right property. Nothing seemed just right. Carolyn had a yearning for a cabin on the lake, or at least a view, but our budget was slim. Eventually we found ourselves along the Lake Michigan shore, staring into dense woods. In the foreground a sign read, For Sale - 1.5 acres. Curiousity forced us to take a walk through the woods. Of course, we fell in love with it the moment we stepped on shore. The price of the land exceeded our total budget (Isn't that always the case?), but we had fallen in love and there was no stopping us. We concocted a scheme: We would rent the place out to vacationers and enjoy it ourselves when it was free.

As soon as our offer was accepted, we began sketching potential designs like mad. We closed on the property in early December, 2002 and cleared the woods for the driveway before Christmas. Construction started the following March, and by the end of the year, the bulk of construction was finished. On January 1, 2004 we launched our website and signed up with VRBO. We spent that spring building and hanging doors, sealing the cabinets, shopping for furniture, etc. It was a photo finish. When our first guests arrived that spring, the paint on the shed doors was still wet.

Killasonna Lodge is situated in an area that was developed in 1922 by an enterprising young woman named Annie Reynolds. She called the plat of subdivision “The Killasonna Plat.” We borrowed the name to commemorate her vision.

What makes this cabin unique

Carolyn swears that the best therapy is to simply collect kindling in the woods for the fire place or the fire pit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Sturgeon Bay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathrooms are equipped with showers. i.e. not tubs. (Note: We do not provide towels.)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Bedroom #1 (1st floor): 1 Premium queen size bed. Bedroom #2 (2nd floor): 1 Premium queen size bed Bedroom #3 (2nd floor): 1 double bed Bed linens provided.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Tranquil Door County lakefront location, with wood burning fireplace in a dramatic 2-story great room; large covered porch faces Lake Michigan, fully equipped kitchen. Walk out to the lake. Stone terrace overlooks Lake Michigan. Swimming, 1.5 wooded acres provides privacy and solitude.


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(24 traveler reviews)

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Quintessential Door County Cabin on Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My husband booked a short weekend getaway for my 30th birthday. We had an amazing time in Door County/Killasonna Lodge. Everything was as described-no surprises. The owners made the stay so easy. Plenty of directions and details on the property itself and Door County. The lodge is beautiful. My favorite thing was falling asleep to the sound of the waves crashing, and having coffee on the deck in the morning. My husband also loved the property. We plan to go back again asap.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Chelsea, Thank you for such a nice review, especially in light of the fact that the oven was broken. (The next time you come you will find a new 5-burner model.) We're always happy when others enjoy Killasonna as much as we do. All the best, John & Carolyn
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Spacious, private get-away

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal property for our family. It's spacious, quiet, and feels secluded even though neighbors are nearby. Great proximity to state parks and other villages in Door County. Owners responded to all questions quickly and completely. Especially appreciated all of the owner's tips on jogging and biking routes. Cabin was clean, in great condition, and in a gorgeous setting on the lake...would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lori, Thank you so much for taking time to post a review; and such a nice one. We truly appreciated it! We are always delighted to learn that others enjoy Killasonna Lodge as much as we do. Enjoy the remaining days of summer! All the best, John & Carolyn
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Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 adults and a 1-year-old spent a week at this wonderful, truly "quintessential" cabin in Jacksonport WI. Roomy enough for the whole family, this 3 bedroom home provided a spacious deck where we ate most of our meals. Each room is tastefully decorated, the kitchen well stocked with all the essentials for making your own meals. One of my favorite memories will be of the nightly fire pit right on the water's edge. S'Mores! The location of the Lodge is perfect....close to all the parks and beaches, and just a short drive to all the towns and shopping. I found the owner of Killasonna Lodge to be very responsive and full of great suggestions and information about the house and the area. So appreciated and useful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with our family.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing such a nice review Julie! We get tremendous satisfaction knowing that others enjoy Killasonna Lodge as much as we do. We're going up in September and can't wait! Have a wonderful rest of the summer. John & Carolyn
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Excellent Choice!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this Lodge looking for woods, lake, peace and quiet; this property has it all.

The owners are great to work with and very responsive to questions.

I would recommend this property to anyone visiting Door County; only wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sherri, for taking time to write a review. We're so glad that Killasonna Lodge met your needs and that you enjoyed your time there. All the best, John & Carolyn
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Great cabin in the woods by the lake.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful pine cabin w/ all the comforts of home. Owners were excellent w/ details & communication. Good local 4 sightseeing, charter fishing, Packers' practices & more. Loved the sunrises & sunsets sitting on private beach. Will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Total Relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

I spent a week in this beautiful home with my husband and two boys (ages 15 and 20). This house is in a perfect location in Door county, it was very central to all the adorable small towns close by but away from the crowds. The house feels very secluded. There are neighbors on either side but there are a lot of trees so you have to look hard for the houses. We loved the long driveway leading to the house. Made the house feel even more secluded. The house was very clean and roomy. My one and only complaint (and it's minimal) is that I wish they provided bath towels. (They do provide bedding) We traveled from Texas and didn't have room in our luggage for towels, so we had to purchase towels and leave them. Not a huge deal, but towels would have been an added bonus for us. We took advantage of the fire pit every night. The star gazing was amazing. I am a photographer and got awesome pictures of the night sky and many shooting stars. We also spent many hours just enjoying the porch and my boys hung hammocks in the trees. We did get in the water a few times but I advise to wear shoes as the beach is rocky. We loved the rustic of the beach. It was tree lined and rocky which made us feel the seclusion (we really like seclusion if you haven't figured that out) and from the beach you can't see many houses. The weather was warmer than normal when we were there. We were a little concerned since the house doesn't have air conditioning but I can assure you, the house stayed very comfortable, plus there were ample fans if needed. The house also supplied basic spices and condiments. We ate out most meals at all the fabulous restaurants close by.

We did a kayak tour one day. We were going to do the tour close to the house but it was too windy so they took us to the other side of the peninsula. It was still beautiful and we had a great time. We went to Cave Point county park a few times to jump off the cliff. This is super close to the house and easy to get to. I recommend going during the week to avoid huge crowds. We rented a speed boat from Sister Bay one day. We skied and tubed and just explored the shoreline. Definitely a highlight of the trip. We explored the small towns on the peninsula and I really enjoyed just driving the countryside and admire and photograph all the beautiful red barns. There was so much more to do while we were there but we opted for more relaxation at the house than being out and about.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy, It sounds like you had a wonderful stay at Killasonna Lodge. It was brilliant to rent a boat. We were up there the week after you and rented a pontoon boat in Ephraim. It was so enjoyable. We used to own a boat, but renting is so much less hassle. About the towels: We really do wish we could provide towels, but with one washer/dryer the housekeeper barely has enough time between guests to wash all the bedding and make all the beds. Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks again for choosing Killasonna Lodge as your Door County accommodations.
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Nearest Airport
71 Miles
Austin Straubel International Airport (Green Bay)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mike's Port Pub in Jacksonport
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Maxwelton Braes
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Town Hall Bakery, Mike's Pub, Mr.G's Supper Club
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lakeside Park, Jacksonport
Car: necessary

There is no end to the things to do and discover around Killasonna Lodge. Whether it's as simple as sitting on the terrace overlooking Lake Michigan or exploring the peninsula, there is something for everyone and your days will be filled with lasting memories.

There is a festival of some kind virtually every summer weekend someplace on the peninsula. There are over a dozen golf courses, loads of antiques stores, boutiques, hiking, biking, zip lining, State Parks, and lots more. You can walk to Jacksonport for breakfast, lunch or dinner or hop in the car to find an endless supply of restaurants throughout the County.

"Not one piece of drywall!" was our mantra when we designed and built the house. Killasonna Lodge has a rustic ambiance, but with modern conveniences. Plentiful windows and a tall stone fireplace dominate great room. Rough sawn pine walls and massive beams lend a determined lodge ambiance.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700
Tax Rate 11.0%

During summer season (June, July & August) we rent only by the week, Saturday to Saturday. In the case a renter must cancel, the deposit and/or rental amount is refunded if Owner can re-rent Killasonna Lodge for the same time period to another party. Owner will return security deposit to Renter immediately upon receiving Renter’s cancellation notice.

50% of rental amount is required as a reservation deposit. Remaining 50% of rental amount, 11% tax and a $700 security deposit are due 60 days prior to arrival date. Payment should be made via PayPal. The party initiating a transfer (i.e. renter or owner) is responsible their PayPal transfer fees (if any).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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