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Capt. John's Maple Grove
Retro Motel & Pavilion

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A Hidden Jewel Called The Maple Grove Motel

Greetings, My name is Capt. John and I’m glad your here checking us out. We’re located at the tip of the Door Peninsula at a place called Gills Rock, Wisconsin and we’re surrounded by water and were approved PET FRIENDLY. We even have a Secure Outdoor Kennel for your pet if you want to go shopping! The Bay of Green Bay on one side and Lake Michigan on the other. Just down the road is the Washington Island Ferry that crosses the Death’s Door Passage to Washington Island.  The Maple Grove was built in 1949 and was one of the first motels up here. It’s a great place to relax after a big day enjoying all that the near-by harbor towns have to offer. Like Restaurants, Winery’s, Cherry’s, Festivals, Art Galleries, Pottery, Outdoor Theater, Kayaking, Boating, Charter Fishing, Hiking, Beaches, Music, Clothing Shops, Quilt Shops, Biking, Marathons, and so much more! We only have 6 rooms, a cabin, an Open Air Pavilion so it’s quiet, secluded, surrounded by nature and best of all NO Crowds! We have a huge”Green Space” where you can walk in the woods amongst 100 yr. old Cedar and Maple trees that produced 100’s of gallons of Maple Syrup back in the day!  Within a short walking distance is the Island Clipper Tour Boat, Charlie’s Smoke Fish, Hedge Hog Gift Shop, Mariner’s Park and the Maritime Museum! If that’s not enough, you can walk to a fabulous restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining with a million dollar sunset view overlooking the Bay of Greenbay!  Not to mention the Best Fireworks on the July 4th!

Door County

The Maple Grove original 1951 postcard

 At the end of your day you can retreat to our Quiet North Woods, maybe catch some live Acoustic music when scheduled in the our Open Air Pavilion that has Keurig Coffee, Micro Wave and a Gas BBQ Grille. Or maybe explore our Green Space that has a U-Pick Organic Garden, Campfire, Hammock, Volleyball, Badminton, Ping Pong, Toys and BIRDIE GOLF PRACTICE! Night time out there is breathtaking because we’re in a “Dark Sky Zone”!  When the stars come out, their so bright “you can almost touch them”.  You might even see our famous Northern Lights,  a Deer, Hoot Owl or Bald Eagle!  The Maple Grove is not the Hilton and we intend to keep it that way! Who’d want to go “Up North” and stay at the Hilton? The Maple Grove is the Original Door County that has captivated 1000’s of people down through the years. We’re a quiet getaway to unwind, reconnect with family, make friends, or even rekindle romance in our Outdoor Man Honeymoon Room!

The Maple Grove Will Take You Back To a Simpler Time

Open Air Music Pavilion
Green Space
Minutes away from the beach




Amenities Unlike Any Other

As our guest, you will enjoy amenities unlike any other. After spending a long day, relax on our huge green space around a camp fire or walk among 100+ year old cedar and maple trees  or kick off the boots and enjoy an evening having a barbeque in our pavilion. 

Motel Amenities

  • Retro Decor takes you back to the Original Door County and A Simplier Time with Rotary Dial Phones, Antique Bluetooth Radio, Hunting & Fishing Gear, Nostalgic Sports Photos & Payphone.
  • Only 6 rooms & Cabin on 5 acres of primo North Door County. Quiet, Nature & No Crowds
  • Approved Pet Friendly with Secure Daytime Kennel should you want to go shopping alone.
  • Open Air Music Pavilion – Picnic Tables, Gas BBQ, Keurig Coffee, Microwave & Snacks.
  • Live Acoustic Music – Wednesday afternoon JAM-OKIE, Saturday afternoon Concerts.
  • U-Pick Organic Garden – Strawberries, Raspberries & Cherry Tomatos & Pumpkins
  • Green Space – Volleyball, Badminton, Hammock, Chaise Lounges, Swings & Toys.
  • Dark Sky Zone Star Gazing & Campfire
  • Fabulous Attractions All Within Walking Distance – Smoke Fish, Gift Shop, Restaurant, Island Clipper to Washington Island, Car Ferry just down the road, Maritime Museum, Mariner Park, Weborg Boat Launch, Bea’s Home Made Jams & Bakery PLUS  A Million Dollar Sunset & July 4th Fireworks over the Bay of Green Bay!
Retro Furnishings
Vintage Pay Phone circa 1957
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Player Piano

King Bed Room

Room Amenities

Our fully furnished retro style spacious rooms will make you feel right at home. Our rooms provide all the necessities for a comfortable stay. All rooms are furnished with comfortable mattresses.
  • Deluxe Sealy Posture-pedic Mattress
  • Guest Chairs, Table & Desk
  • Standup Shower
  • High Def Flat Screen TVFree Roku Channel
  • Free High Speed WiFi Internet
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Air Conditioning & Electric Heat
  • Keurig Coffee, Microwave & Gas BBQ In Pavilion
  • Close On Site Parking
  • Access to U-pick Organic Garden, Campfire, Hammock, Chaise Lounge, Volleyball, Badminton, Swings & Walking Trail

Our reviews

Maple Grove is the kind of place where your kids can’t wait to get out of the car to check the garden for raspberries, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, sunflowers, or any other surprises that may be there. They run free and sleep hard, get excited about hot chocolate for breakfast in the pavilion and completely forget we even brought the iPad. It’s close enough to everything amazing in Door County (along with some hidden gems only Captain John will tell you about!) but also a world away so you can disconnect to reconnect and create the memories we always wanted together.There is also a very neat outdoor pavilion in the center of the grounds where we have enjoyed sharing breakfast, swapping stories, meeting other people, and famous jam-okie sessions. We like to say this motel is ‘north of the tension line’ leaving lots of cares far away, and we usually have our next trip planned before we leave.Local highlights:*Newport Beach*Charlie’s Smokehouse*Kick Ash Coffee*Twelve-Eleven Provisions
Betsy Bie-EigenbergerBetsy Bie-Eigenberger
05:35 15 Jul 22
Was just thinking I was going to have to rough it in my car or head back toward Sturgeon Bay when I stumbled upon this gem at 9:45pm. Capt. John was so accommodating at such a late hr and when I told him that on my way to Door county I listened to Bluegrass (and discovered we both love Old Crow MedicineShow) he offered up the Music Rm (#9).I want to come back with a group to take advantage of the Pavillion and show them all the cool retro decor!
b jb j
20:26 03 Jul 22
Wonderful location plenty of parking for your boat a fabulous owner with many great stories lots of amenities throughout the property we totally enjoyed our stay, It's an older motel but no complaints and like I say wonderful owner great service!
Sarah KoenigsSarah Koenigs
11:30 28 Jun 22
Found this place by luck a few years ago, and have been back every summer! Highlights:- close to the Washington Island ferry, and Newport state park- kid friendly. My kids loved running around the field behind the motel, playing badminton and volleyball, and making s’mores over the campfire- social. We love the pavilion for hanging out or eating meals, and have loved meeting other guests and making new friends. There’s also FREE live music on the weekends. And the owner, Captain John, is pretty much the sweetest person on the planet.- It is rustic (literally in the woods) and retro (straight outta 1970’s), but that’s part of the fun!
Ankit ChainaniAnkit Chainani
01:44 17 Oct 21
Truly a hidden gem in the door county!A mile from the famous curvy road and northport.I wiukd def recommend this place, captain john is an amazing person.I just found him over the google maps and my communication was smooth.I was lucky enough to stay there for one night during door county fall fest.Good vibes, laid back and def def beautiful.

Our location

Check-In    3:00 PM
Check-Out    10:00 AM
Phone Number
(262) 339-7844
797 WI-42
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Pet Policy
Pets Allowed:Yes
Pet Fee: $25 Per night

Pet must be approved, not allowed in pavilion and on short leash at all times. Not left unattended in room.