Recently, I was struck by a comment one of our guests made to me at registration. When I asked to confirm the number of people scheduled to be in the room during his stay, he replied with a strange answer by saying, “Well they don’t ask that at real hotels in other places.” I hesitated before answering him, then I said, “This is a hotel, more specifically, a condo hotel, and we need to verify the number of persons assigned to a room for emergency situations. My  response led him to ask, “So what’s a condo hotel?”  Following is my explanation to him, which may also help you to understand our condo-hotel description. Birchwood Lodge and many of the larger hotels you pass across the peninsula or in other resort areas around the country are condo-hotels. Condos are  owned by individuals, giving owners a unique opportunity to decorate their unit in a way that reflects their personal taste and style. In Door County, this reflects the lifestyle of the destination, which is all part of the experience. Some  of the larger units, Village Homes in particular, are decorated in a nautical theme, farm style, cottage style and country style, too. Remember, every suite in the main building and some of the Village Homes are all privately owned and are part of the rental system. Suites in the main building are similar in terms of furniture requirements, but owners add their personal touches with wall decorations  and small accessories. Anyone who has ever stayed in a condo-hotel knows why they are a preferred way to travel. But what are some of the advantages of staying in our beautiful condo-hotel suites? With the space and comforts more like an apartment, as well as the possibility of other bonus amenities such as grills or tennis courts, condos are especially great for short duration or extended stays. Along with a full or partial kitchen in our units, guests can save money by cooking meals in their condo in ovens and microwaves. Our condos give you access to a patio or balcony with your own private access. You also get more spacious accommodations for the price. If you were to get a two-bedroom condo, you could split the costs with others while having the space for some independence. That includes private bathrooms and bedrooms, plus a living room with a gas fireplace for a central place to gather. So there you have it. When you decide when you want to come up to Birchwood Lodge in in Sister Bay, be sure to let us know which suite or Village Home you want to rent. To make reservations at our real condo -hotel, call 866-854-7185, or reserve on-line at 866-854-7195.


o most people who stay with us, there are no perceptible differences between our hotel and others. Except for having an on site restaurant and bar, we offer the same or more amenities than most chain hotels and a higher degree of service. A condo hotel means that the rooms that are rented for visiting guests are all owned by someone,  as an investment opportunity and as a way to secure