Our downtown cottages and historic bed and breakfast in Door County, WI are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and offers visitors an exceptional Fish Creek, WI lodging option.
Romantic & Historic
Meet the Innkeeper: Melanie Camp
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Melanie spent five years as a Naval intelligence officer before joining the corporate world as a systems engineer, moving her way up to become a divisional profit and loss director. After 20 years, Melanie knew it was time for a change. She wanted to leave the stress of her executive position behind and find a new and fulfilling career that would also bring her closer to her family and allow her to experience a strong sense of community. Becoming a bed and breakfast owner felt like the perfect match. Because Melanie had deep family roots in Door County, Wisconsin, it was an easy decision to purchase the Thorp House Inn and Cottages in 2011. This magnificent house was built over one hundred years ago and had been converted to a bed and breakfast in 1986.
Setting her sights on providing guests with the perfect Door County getaway, Melanie has spent several years improving all aspects of the inn both inside and out, including renovating each of the six cottages. Her primary goal is to ensure that guests enjoy a relaxing and memorable visit to this historic property. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to live in such an amazing community surrounded by an abundance of beauty and peace.
Thorp House Inn, 1905
In 1902, Freeman Thorp, nephew of Asa Thorp, founder of Fish Creek, began the building of the house. Tragedy struck on October 3, 1903, when the steamship Erie L. Hackley capsized in a sudden squall, claiming the life of Freeman and 10 others.
Fate necessitated that the widowed Jessie Thorp begin renting rooms to tourists. Later named Cedar Ridge, Breezy Hill, and The Heritage, the Thorp home continued to accommodate guests well into the 1960′s.
In 1986, after extensive restoration, its doors opened to visitors once again, this time as a Door County bed and breakfast. As a tribute to the Thorp women, the guest rooms bear their names.
Inspiration For The New York Times Bestseller, Bitter Sweet
“In Bitter Sweet, LaVyrle Spencer spins a spellbinding tale of true love and postponed romance between two spirited individuals, played out against the breathtaking landscape of Door County. Brimming with emotion, superb storytelling, the richly drawn characters, and spirited passion that make all her books irresistible and exquisitely satisfying. Bitter Sweet is another masterful novel in the heartwarming Spencer tradition.”
- Take I-43 North
- Exit on WI-57 North to Sturgeon Bay
- Stay on WI-42/WI-57 North to bypass downtown Sturgeon Bay
- Just north of Sturgeon Bay there will be a traffic light that splits WI-42 and WI-57
- Stay on WI-42 North to Fish Creek
- At the bottom of the bluff heading into downtown Fish Creek, take your first right onto Bluff Lane (Nicolet Bank will be immediately on your left)
- At the first stop sign on Hill Street, continue straight ahead on Bluff Lane
- We are located on the right approximately 50 yards after the stop sign
4135 Bluff Lane
Fish Creek, WI 54212
PO Box 490
Fish Creek, WI 54212