Holiday Music Motel

Holiday Music Motel: The Holiday Music Motel, Photo credit: Ty Helbach
Door’s first motel. Steps from the bay and the city’s best shops & dining. Newly renovated! Vintage furniture, local art, great beds. Pets welcome. Free breakfast, picnic space, fire pit, live music weekly. Cute, clean, comfortable. Friendly staf

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Nearby Attractions & Services

The Shops of Third Avenue
one block
The Waterfront
one block
Yoga Studio
less than 1 blk
Art Gallery
less than 1 blk
Sturgeon Bay's Finest Dining & Bars
one block
Several Public Parks
two blocks
Public Beach
two blocks
one block
2 to 3 blocks
three blocks

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Surrounding Area

Wisconsin's Door County penninsula is rich in history, natural beauty, and a thriving arts scene. A welcoming atmosphere of community pervades the county. Integral to this community is the music scene of Sturgeon Bay. The county seat, Sturgeon Bay is a bustling little city with a full calendar of community events, street festivals, and fine arts performances. Each year in June, Sturgeon Bay hosts the Steel Bridge Songfest, a singer/songwriter showcase begun by a group of preservationists and musicians in order to raise money to save the endangered historic Michigan Street Bridge. The effort was a success, and now the annual festival raises funds for the bridge's (and other local historical sites') maintenance. During Steel Bridge, singers and songwriters fill the Holiday Motel, where they collaborate in the creation of new music for the Steel Bridge Songs albums, which are also recorded at the motel. The Holiday also hosts an annual Halloween songwriters' event called Dark Songs, wherein musicians gather to write original music together for a week, culminating in several live performances in local venues over the Halloween weekend. One block north of the waterfront and one block south of Sturgeon Bay's Third Avenue, home of the city's best shops and dining, the Holiday is THE place to stay in the heart of downtown Sturgeon Bay!


The motel's grounds feature ample free parking, well-maintained gardens, and a beautiful tree-lined lawn where guests can relax in white adirondack chairs, have lunch at a picnic table, or enjoy a crackling campfire by night. The exterior of the building looks much the same as it did when it was first built in 1952. Inside, however, you will find the motel has been lovingly restored. Great care was taken to ensure the recent renovation did not compromise the historical charm of Door County's first-ever motel, but the changes that have been made make the Holiday a comfortable as well as interesting place to stay. Using exclusively environmentally-friendly construction materials and building practices, the motel was renovated to include brand new carpeting, mattresses, linens, and funky, retro-print drapes, contributing to the clean, inviting atmosphere and complementing the 1950s laqured metal frame Simmons writing desks, bedside tables, bench seats, and lounge chairs that are original to the motel and can be found in each guest room. The walls are hung with original works by local artists, and the hand-blown glass light fixtures were created especially for the Holiday by Sturgeon Bay's Popelka Trenchard Glass. In the cozy lobby you will find an accoustic guitar, a ukulele, a one-string bass, and a cajon on hand, all available for guest use.


Your room at the Holiday is artfully appointed in a 1950s-inspired color palate. The en suite four-piece bathrooms feature original vintage tile, and the charming Simmons furniture in the rooms is original to the motel as well. Your bed features a luxuriously comfortable new pillow-top mattress dressed in crisp white, freshly laundered linens. All of our guestroom windows face South for warm, beautiful light, and they actually open to allow the bay breezes in! Each room has its own flat-screen color television with over seventy free premium cable channels, a writing desk, a lounge chair, a coat closet, clock radio, telephone, and refrigerator/freezer combo. A number of our rooms also have their own microwaves and coffee pots.


Every morning, from 7 till 12, we serve a complimentary breakfast in our diner. Cereal, oatmeal, toast, bagles, muffins, danishes, doughnuts, milk, juice, filtered water, fresh-brewed coffee, hot chocolate, and tea are offered, and the microwave, toaster, coffee pot, and refrigerator in the diner are available for guest use 24/7.

We provide our guests with free high-speed wireless internet, both in their rooms and in the motel's public spaces, as well as over 70 free cable channels.

There is wheelchair access to our first floor.

Pets are welcome for a low $5 fee.

Use of our picnic space and campfire pit are complementary.

Services Offered

Our friendly staff is on hand and ready to assist you in any way, whether you need directions or restaurant recommendations, help with your bags, weather forecasts, event schedules - you name it! Service is our aim at the Holiday Motel!

Policies & Restrictions

The interior of our facility is 100% smoke-free! We have, however, provided designated outdoor smoking areas for the convenience of our guests.

Pets are welcome for just $8/night!

Rates & Availability

With rates between $45-$115, not to mention free parking, free internet & cable, unbeatable pet rates, complimentary breakfast daily, and free live music weekly, the Holiday Motel is Door County's best lodging value! Call for current pricing!

Other Information

The Holiday Motel is a unique lodging establishment. Not only is it a year-round full-service motel, but the Holiday also boasts 3 songwriting events per year, a variety of house concerts and an on-site recording studio manned by our in-house Grammy-nominated sound engineer.


If your heading towards the Holiday Motel from the South, you're likely travelling North on 42/57/Green Bay Road. When you get into Sturgeon Bay, after the first stop light, take the Business District exit to your right. Follow this road into town, then turn right to cross the bridge to the North side of town. When the Michigan Street Bridge is under construction, take the new bridge by turning Right onto Maple off Madison. If you crossed the water via the Michigan Street Bridge, you will see the Holiday Motel just ahead on your left. If you crossed the water on the Maple Street bridge, turn left immediately after the bridge onto 1st Avenue. The Holiday Motel will be one block ahead on your right. Feel free to give our friendly staff a call if you need help getting here!

Discounts Offered

We offer discounts to AAA and AARP members, working musicians playing in Door County, and active members of the armed forces. Just ask our front desk attendant if one of these applies!

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Listing Amenities Amenities

Business Facilities
  • Fax Machine
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities & Service
  • Breakfast - Free
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Parking - Free
  • Pets Allowed

Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • High Speed Internet
  • Microwave
  • Modem/Dataport
  • Refrigerator
  • Telephone - Free Local Calls
  • Television - Free HBO/ESPN

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Holiday Music Motel
Holiday Motel
30 N. 1st Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

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