Thorp House Inn & Cottages

4135 Bluff Lane P.O. Box 490, Fish Creek, WI 54212 USA (Show map)


Conveniently centered in the heart of Fish Creek village, just one block above Main Street. A dense forest and limestone bluff provide a natural backdrop for the property which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn was the inspiration for LaVyrle Spencer's bestseller "Bittersweet". The 5 Inn guest rooms are authentically detailed with antiques and documentary wall coverings. Our 6 cottages are decorated in country antiques - most with fireplaces and whirlpools. Upon arrival, guests may not want to get back into their car for days. The waterfront and beach are just a block away and Peninsula State Park...just another 2 blocks. The many attractions within Fish creek include: fine dining, boutiques, galleries, live theatres, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and the Historic Noble House (both open for touring in summer). The Inn and its Cottages are open all year and host the first stop on the "Fish Creek Historic Inns Progressive Dinners" held on the first three weekends of December and also on the first weekend of January. Please see our website for more information.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Atradition of summer vacationing at the Thorp House

4.4 on August 27, 2012

The Thorp House has been our family's summer vacation home for more than twenty years. Three generations of our family have experienced the Thorp House experience. The staff and properitors are always there to serve and make our vacations relaxing and comfortable. They also provide an affordable two week vacation for us. I highly recommend the Thorp House Inn and Cottages to anyone. Allen Vogt

3 Days in the Door.

4.2 on August 23, 2012

The location, staff and house were wonderful. Everyone was very helpful and kind during our stay. The breakfast was not very good...actually really kind of disappointing. On our last day we refrained from eating it, and ate breakfast down the road.

Anniversary trip

3.6 on July 09, 2012

Wonderful location, very beautiful room. The whirlpool was wonderful to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. lack of hot water in morning routine. Would have enjoyed a little more substantial breakfast (pancakes, omelet, anytype of breakfast meat) instead of fruit, muffin, boiled egg and a artichoke strata. Staff seemed friendly, didn't spend much visiting time with us. Also had let them know it was a Anniversary Trip and thought they may leave a surprise in our room. (heard the Thorp Inn had done this in the past) Overrall would recommend to others.

Girls' Weekend

3.6 on May 20, 2012

The location could not be better, the shops and restaurants of Fish Creek are right outside your door. The pictures online didn't do our cottage justice. That is something I worry about when I see pictures online, that they will be better then the real thing. No worries here. The cottage was adorable, comfortable, and the dining nook was larger then it appeared online. I was annoyed that a place, clearly designed for more then 2 people, had a per person fee. It had 3 beds in two bedrooms, yet you have to pay $20/night for each person over 2. They do tell you this up front, so it isn't a surprise. But it makes me question the value, especially in the off season. They don't clean daily, and you are expected to do your dishes and remove your trash when you leave. I am not sure what extra cost there is to them to justify charging me $40 a night extra for 4 people instead of 2. As far as the service, the room was spotless. However our DVD player didn't function. When we asked about it, we basically got blew us off by saying she didn't know anything about how to set it up so she could take a look but it wouldn't be much use. So we decided to figure it out ourselves. Eventually we realized something was broken, so we called back to see if we could get a new one. The innkeeper told us she was off site, so it would be a bit before she could get there. We eventually get a new DVD player, which we were very appreciative of but I do feel like the situation should have been handled more professionally and that we shouldn't have been made to feel like we were inconveniencing them. There is no breakfast included for cottages, so I can't speak to the food. Over all. Location was great. Cottage was adorable and clean. Value was okay. Service so-so. I would consider staying there again, but they haven't earned my loyalty and on my next trip I will probably give somewhere else a shot.

Great Place

4.8 on February 09, 2012

Great rooms, great bathrooms, and even better service. Fantastic breakfast.

Winter at Thorpe House Inn

4.6 on January 27, 2012

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Thorpe House. We loved the eclectic library collection, fireplace and cozy accommodations. Our hostess, Lelah was outstanding-very warm, welcoming and helpful. We will visit again!

Progressive Supper - Jan 2012

4.4 on January 11, 2012

The food presented during the progressive suppper was not as expected given the circumstances.. Otherwise, the stay at the THI was exceptional.

The Quail Cabin

3.4 on January 05, 2012

In addition to the main building B&B, Thorp House has several small cabins on the property. We stayed at the Quail cabin. It was a quaint site in a quaint town (Fish Creek), nicely decorated in country style, with two bedrooms (larger than expected), a living area with fireplace, breakfast nook, small but fully equipped kitchen, and bath with a jacuzzi tub. All in all well worth the really rather modest price. I will stay there again.

Perfect Getaway

5 on January 03, 2012

Great hosts and great facilities. Very quaint getaway and the perfect diversion from the big city.

First time at a B&B Thorp House Inn

4.8 on December 24, 2011

This was our first time staying at a B&B. The Thorp House was very romantic and enchanting! The decor of the house was absolutely beautiful in every detail. All bedding arrangements were comfortable. Our room and community quarters were exceptionally clean. The owner and Innkeeper were friendly, hospitable, and gracious. They made our first time memorable and enjoyable. We visited over the Christmas holiday season and were able to enjoy various activities at the state park and local towns. The community of Fish Creek, WI made us feel welcomed. I highly recommend visiting at the Thorp House Inn & cottages. We plan on staying again in the future.

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Rooms & Rates


A luxurious ceiling to floor canopy with side curtains surrounds an ornately carved queen size bed. The European Victorian furnishings, including the design of the documentary wallcovering, date back to the 1800's. A cozy reading nook and warm colors enhance the soothing quality of this room. French doors open to an opulent bath featuring a double whirlpool with skylight overhead and separate shower. Adults only. No Pets.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Elegant Neo-Classical style with lavish ornamentation. This room has it all. A 16 ft. cathedral ceiling, fireplace and double whirlpool make this room the luxurious hideaway you've been searching for. Seven shuttered windows view dense forest or a cobblestone courtyard. French doors reveal a private balcony. Queen size bed, private bath with shower and separate whirlpool. Adults only. No Pets.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


"English Style" rose chintz wallcovering in soft tones surrounds carved oak antiques from Europe. Two wing chairs provide cozy reading comfort. Fringed damask draperies frame a glimpse of the bay. Queen size bed. Private bath with shower only. Adults only. No Pets.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Serene shades of soft aquamarine and ivory lend a dreamy quality to this room. A hand tied lace canopy covers a queen-size four poster bed. The furnishings are in English scrubbed pine antiques. Windows are draped in creamy lace. A reading nook and glimpse of the bay make this room a favorite of many guests. Private bath with shower only. Adults only. No Pets.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


High Victorian in every detail. The queen size carved walnut bed with its eight foot headboard and matching armoire date back to the Renaissance Revival period. Adjoining the bedroom, through an arched entrance, is the "dressing room" with a double whirlpool and fireplace. A private bath with shower connects to the "dressing room". Both rooms are decorated in documentary wallpapers, oriental rugs and authentic period detail. Adults only. No Pets.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Small town


Green Bay, WI (GRB-Austin Strauble Field)

Directions to property:

From Green Bay take Exit 185 (Route 57) North to Sturgeon Bay. Route 57 will join with Route 42 which will take you up the Door County peninsula into Fish Creek. Upon entering the village , you will wind down a steep hill (the bluff). Turn right on Bluff Lane (first street on the right) which is one block before you reach Main Street. Thorp House Inn and Cottages will be 1.5 blocks down Bluff Lane on your right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Peninsula Art School, Historic Noble House, Golf Courses, Door Community Auditorium, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Telephone

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Historic Guided Walks, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Cottages Only
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 3 nights on Summer, Fall and Holiday weekends, 2 nights during week
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of 50% is required on all reservations.
  • Cancellations: Inn Room refunds will be made on cancellations received 14 days prior to the arrival date of the reservation. Cottage refunds will be made with 21 days prior notice to the arrival date. Deposits on cancellations with less than the required notice will be refunded only if the space is re-rented. Moving an existing reservation to a future date is considered a cancellation. Refunds are not available for late arrivals or early departures. Reservations for a single night stay require a 100% deposit. Reservations for groups booking 3 or more units (Inn Rooms and /or Cottages) for the same dates require a 100% deposit which is non-refundable (notification prior to the deadline is not honored). A cancellation fee of $25 per room/cottage booked is subtracted from all refunds.



Melanie Camp, Innkeeper

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Continental Plus

  • Cost: Inn rooms only
  • Time Served: 8:30-10:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area