Welcoming Matt & Darlene Ranzau, new owners of The Thorp House Inn & Cottages

Thorp House Inn owner Matt snowblowing at their Door County Inn

When in 2018 we decided to purchase a business, we had no idea it would lead to owning The Historic Thorp House Inn & Cottages!

On January 3rd of this year we became official owners of this wonderful and beautiful inn in the heart of Door County, WI., the place we honeymooned in 1993 and then celebrated our 25th anniversary by staying in that same cottage in 2018.

What a journey it’s been! This last month and a half has been a crazy roller-coaster ride, not the least of which has included record cold temperatures, massive snowfalls, days filled with fixing frozen and broken pipes and snow removal; all the while having to learn the business during our first Wisconsin winter as innkeepers. Meanwhile, wife Darlene is maintaining a household in Tennessee until our youngest daughter graduates from high school later this year.

As I get to know the ins and outs of the hospitality business, I am discovering new things about myself that have been both challenging and uplifting. It is so good to be finally meeting people in the community who care and who are supportive. I am happy to be calling this community my new home town. Enjoy the article below by Liz Welter of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. She spent time getting to know us and our story and it really comes through in her work. Best wishes to all of you and we look forward to meeting you sometime at The Thorp House Inn.

Matt & Darlene Ranzau, Owners


Second honeymoon results in purchase of Door County’s Thorp House Inn

An article written by Liz Welter of the Green Bay Press-Gazette

Exterior of Thorp House Inn with signFISH CREEK – When Darlene and Matt Ranzau married and honeymooned at the historic Thorp House Inn and Cottages, owning a business together was the furthest thing from their minds. Matt was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and Darlene planned to raise their family wherever Matt’s career carried them.

Fast forward 25 years to their silver wedding anniversary, the couple, then living in Franklin, Tennessee, celebrated in an unlikely fashion. They bought the Fish Creek inn and its cottages, nestled on the bluff two blocks above the village’s downtown.

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