Top rated rentals — Sturgeon Bay
Destination guide

Fishing culture in Sturgeon Bay

Tucked into the middle of the thickly-forested Door Peninsula, Sturgeon Bay is a beautiful city of busy waterways and endless trees that transform into a wonderland of color every fall. Sturgeon Bay vacation rentals are close to the Sturgeon Bay, where a colorful stream of boats and shipping provides endless entertainment. Fishing and shipping are at the heart of Sturgeon Bay, and everything from the museums and restaurants celebrate the culture and history of this maritime area. Whether you love to get in on the action, or watch the bustle of the marina, Sturgeon Bay is a full of delights.

Things to do

Fire trucks and fireboats in Sturgeon Bay

The Farm is a great day trip for families, a living museum where kids can bottle-feed lambs, baby goats and piglets, and explore pioneer log buildings. The Door County Historical Museum allows children to sit in a restored 1920 fire truck and see a spectacular diorama of Wisconsin wildlife. Sturgeon Bay vacation rentals are close to cultural activities such as concerts in a restored barn and live theater at the Third Avenue Playhouse. Taking a trip aboard the historic Chicago Fireboat is a brilliant way to explore Sturgeon Bay while learning about heroic firefighters from 1937 to the present.


Horseback riding and cooking classes in Sturgeon Bay

From community fish boils to cooking classes and traditional Wisconsin supper clubs, the fresh fish of the region is celebrated with mouthwatering recipes to try. Sturgeon Bay vacation rentals provide ideal home bases from which to explore the region and discover elegant lighthouses, tour historic buildings and taste fresh produce at local farms and orchards. The gorgeous countryside beckons lovers of natural beauty with 100s of trails for horseback riding, cycling, biking and hiking, while cross-country skiing and exciting snowmobiling are an option in winter. In summer, the glistening waterways open for sailing, fishing and fun afternoons skimming the waves on jet skis.


Snowy winter and colorful fall in Sturgeon Bay

Straddling both sides of Sturgeon Bay on the Door Peninsula, the city of Sturgeon Bay is a place of cold, snowy winters and hot summers with humidity. Summer temperatures hover around 78 degrees during the day, but cool breezes blowing in off the bay make the heat easier to bear. Winter temperatures plummet to 10 degrees, and snowfall is moderate compared to other parts of Wisconsin, with about 49 inches falling throughout the season. Early fall is a beautiful time to visit Sturgeon Bay. With little rainfall, temperatures in the 60s and fall colors on display, it's worth the trip.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Sturgeon Bay

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Sturgeon Bay is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Potawatomi State Park (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
  • Cave Point County Park (12 mi / 19.3 km)
  • Egg Harbor Beach (15.4 mi / 24.8 km)
  • Kangaroo Lake (17.4 mi / 28 km)
  • Fish Creek Public Beach (21.3 mi / 34.3 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Sturgeon Bay

The nearest airport is in Green Bay Austin Straubel Intl. Airport (GRB), located 43.8 mi (70.5 km) from the city center.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay?

The heart wants what it wants, and right now that's a vacation. Now's the time to pack your suitcase and retreat to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay:

  • Around 45 miles from the center of Sturgeon Bay, it's hard to top "Cute Northwoods Cabin". It has 2 bedrooms and handy features including a fireplace and an iron and ironing board.
  • Alternatively, get comfortable at "Fall/winter Dates Still Available". Around 55 miles from the heart of Sturgeon Bay, it has 3 bedrooms and comes with cable/satellite TV services and nearby birdwatching activities.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Sturgeon Bay vacation rental for you.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Sturgeon Bay?

Often found in pristine natural spaces, log cabins offer a charming retreat from the busyness of everyday life. If you're ready to switch off and take a break, take a peek at these log cabins to rent in Sturgeon Bay:

  • If you want to try out kayaking and golf while you're staying in Sturgeon Bay, "Waterfront Swedish - Style Log Cabin On Sand Bay" in Sturgeon Bay will be a great fit.
  • Alternatively, consider "Log Cabin House On The Water - Waterfront". Try some mountain biking or hiking and biking or just kick back at this Idlewild getaway.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Sturgeon Bay?

Forget about those household chores — weekends were made for having fun. Settle into one of these weekend getaways in and near Sturgeon Bay and take advantage of all the wonderful things to do close by:

  • "Retro, Cozy Cottage - Peninsula St. Park" is a top option around 25 miles northeast of the center of Sturgeon Bay. You'll never have to go far to find something interesting to do around this property. Get out and discover Eagle Trailhead and The Garden Door. Activities like kayaking and basketball will perfectly round off your whirlwind stay.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a more leisurely pace of life at "Wild Cedars - Cana Island - Lake Michigan". About 25 miles northeast of Sturgeon Bay, activities around here include kayaking and sailing. Rather go sightseeing? Don't miss Fish Creek Public Beach and Potawatomi State Park.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Sturgeon Bay?

Immerse yourself in the culture of Sturgeon Bay from the comfort and privacy of your own studio apartment. Whether you'd like to take time out on your own or have some fun with pals, you'll find the ideal studio apartment for rent in and around Sturgeon Bay:

  • Unpack your suitcase at "Guest Bedroom At The Quarry House". Amenities including nearby birdwatching activities and spa and beauty services will make you feel at home here.
  • Another top choice is "Spectacular Water View Condo". Make the most of coffee and tea making facilities, air conditioning and other convenient amenities during your stay.

There are loads of sights around Sturgeon Bay you shouldn't miss. Feed the culture vulture within with a visit to Grand Opera House and Thrasher Opera House.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay?

Finding a short-term rental in or near Sturgeon Bay won't be a problem if you only have a weekend to spare. Whether you'd prefer a one-bedroom apartment just for one or a property for all your family members you'll find the perfect place on Vrbo. Here are a handful of our best options:

  • Positioned close to the center of Sturgeon Bay, "Door County Waterfront Home With Private Beach" is perfect for a short break. Use it as a base to check out some of the nearby attractions including Larson's Famous Clydesdales.
  • "Retro, Cozy Cottage - Peninsula St. Park" is another great property that welcomes short-term guests. Make the most of your brief visit by exploring local hot spots, such as Little White School House.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Sturgeon Bay?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend rendezvous. If you're eager to spend a couple of relaxing evenings away with your sweetie, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Sturgeon Bay that will get your heart racing:

  • Located around 25 miles from Sturgeon Bay, "Bay Breeze Cottage - 4 Season Fully Outfitted Vacation Getaway" is the perfect place for doting couples. Winery tours and beauty services are some of the amenities here.
  • Otherwise, spend your break canoodling and sipping Champagne at "Door County Waterfront Home With Private Beach", around 14 miles from Sturgeon Bay. A fireplace and a nearby bay will help ramp up the romance.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay?

Sneak a look at these large group vacation rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay and don't worry about leaving anyone off your invite list:

  • Providing space, comfort and privacy, you'll get everyone's seal of approval at "Door County Waterfront Home With Private Beach". Up to 18 people can be accommodated at this escape which has 7 bedrooms, a nearby waterfront and a lake view. This group getaway is around 14 miles to the north of Sturgeon Bay.
  • Invite as many as 18 of your favorite people to "Excellent Location/ Spacious For Family" and fill its spaces with laughter and love. This option has 6 bedrooms and is around 20 miles to the north of central Sturgeon Bay. It's crammed with features to keep large groups occupied, such as a fireplace and ski-in/ski-out facilities.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Sturgeon Bay?

A pool is often a must-have when deciding where to stay, particularly if you've got kids in tow. Browse these houses with a pool in or near Sturgeon Bay and fill your days with laughter and fun:

  • Treat the gang to a memorable stay at "Lake - House With The Best View Of Cana Island And It's Lighthouse You Can Find". There's plenty to love about this escape besides its pool, such as a barbecue grill and a smart TV.
  • "Guest Bedroom At The Quarry House" is the sort of place you go to get away from everything and appreciate your surroundings, starting with its awesome pool. Free toiletries and a fridge are also on hand to make your visit a memorable one.

Sturgeon Bay has a humid continental climate, with average summertime temperatures fluctuating between 60 ºF and 70 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summer to visit! Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the ideal Sturgeon Bay vacation rental and plan your escape for any time of year.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay?

Every catch-up with the family should be memorable. Whether you're planning some time away with the kids or a reunion with the extended family, our large family vacation rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay offer a comfy home away from home with ample space for everyone:

  • Located about 14 miles to the north of Sturgeon Bay, "Door County Waterfront Home With Private Beach" has 7 bedrooms and can sleep up to 18 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including a nearby bay and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • "Beautiful Log Home On 5 Quiet Acres With Private Beach" is also a top pick for families. It's about 30 miles to the northeast of Sturgeon Bay, has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 people. Useful amenities here include childrens activities and a barbecue grill.

When you want to venture outside and explore, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions in the area to keep everyone entertained. Menominee Park, Children's Museum of Fond du Lac and Pollock Community Water Park should be at the top of your agenda.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay?

Escape the busyness of life and treat the people you love to a vacation of a different kind. Stay in one of these family cabin rentals in or near Sturgeon Bay and get the camping experience — but with all the creature comforts you're used to!

  • "Stunning Door County Cabin In The Woods" - Around 14 miles northeast of the center of Sturgeon Bay, this family-friendly getaway comes with childrens activities and a garden.
  • "Cozy Cabin In The Woods: Between Fish Creek And Ephraim" - This property is also perfect for a family getaway and is around 25 miles northeast of Sturgeon Bay. Offering cable/satellite TV services, a separate dining area and more, it'll get your group's nod of approval.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Sturgeon Bay vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.