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The White Gull Inn

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 March 2021 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Some things get old, while others get better with time. There’s no doubt about the category in which Fish Creek’s jewel, the White Gull Inn, belongs. At age 124, it still reigns at the end of Main Street, as it has since 1896. Inside, the cozy warmth of the early American décor continues to charm diners and houseguests.

When Herman Welcker of Milwaukee brought his family to vacation in Fish Creek in the mid-1890s, he found a bustling village whose primary business was shifting from fishing to summer tourism. The only housing for those visitors was a boarding house owned by Asa Thorp, the village founder.

Like many tourists today, Welcker decided to stay in Door County permanently. He built what is now the White Gull Inn, named it The Henriette for his wife, surrounded it with cottages and acquired more land for a dock and a farm that produced food for the inn.

During the 1950s and ’60s, many of Door County’s historic inns were torn down or “remuddled” beyond recognition. The Henriette, even while going through several ownership and name changes, escaped that fate when Andy and Elsie Redmann purchased it in 1959. They renamed it the White Gull Inn; created a warm, early American look; and started a fish boil on a flagstone patio under century-old maple trees.

The Coulsons bought out the other partners in 1981 and began years of intensive work, creating an exquisitely restored interior inside a charming, old shell. They also acquired two houses for their staff and two more rental properties, including the historic Lundberg House, built in 1895 by Fish Creek’s first grocer.

Today the White Gull Inn – which long ago earned its place on the State and National Registers of Historic Places – has become a favored dining and bed-and-breakfast spot for generations of locals and tourists.

The property, open year-round, includes 13 two-person rooms and four cottages that accommodate from two to eight. Every room has been meticulously restored, maintained and decorated with antiques, coordinating prints and fabrics that retain the warm, turn-of-the-20th-century flavor. Amenities are strictly up to date, and a full breakfast is included in the room rate.

And then there is the famous cherry-stuffed French toast. That is what we always came for, but they were not serving during the pandemic in 2020 when we visited. It was expected, so it was not a surprise.

Photo captured August 20, 2020.

NIKON D7000 1/45 second F/9.5 ISO 400 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Great inn. The cherry-filled toast feels interesting.

4 Mar 2021 5:11am

Martine from Brest, France

Jolie maison avec son grand balcon.

4 Mar 2021 5:35am

Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Very beautiful hotel in which it must be good to rest for a few days. It looks good and thank you for the explanations on its creation.

4 Mar 2021 5:45am

jpla from Anjou, France

Un bel hôtel

4 Mar 2021 7:28am

PAPOU from Aubusson (Creuse), France

Très belle image. Dommage pour la voiture qui vient "griffer" ta prise de vue.

4 Mar 2021 8:16am

yo from Entre Seine et Loire, France

Un séjour doit être agréable ici !

4 Mar 2021 8:18am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

So attractive appearance, I like it a lot!!!

4 Mar 2021 10:16am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

If it were the carriage that was in the picture with the house...

4 Mar 2021 10:29am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

just lovely with its porch and balcony. timber frame at its best

4 Mar 2021 10:47am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Looks like a great place to enjoy a drink. Excellent building.

4 Mar 2021 10:53am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful photo of this super inn with nature's colors !

4 Mar 2021 10:55am

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely to see this inn maintained very well after restoration..happy that the rooms are still very comfortable..
Very nicely you have given the history here..
I sure would love to have that French Toast with stuffed cherries...aw!! I am drooling here...

4 Mar 2021 2:42pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


4 Mar 2021 4:11pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

How cozy and inviting this looks

4 Mar 2021 4:37pm

Daniel from Perpignan, France

Cool !

4 Mar 2021 4:41pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

very nice

4 Mar 2021 6:10pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I love inns like this with a history and lots of character. Beautiful shot. Sorry you missed the famous cherry-stuffed French toast. It sounds delicious.

4 Mar 2021 6:28pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely house & colors.

4 Mar 2021 8:27pm

Rose from United States

This is such a beautiful place...just now googled the Garfield Park Garden, now want to google this.

4 Mar 2021 10:22pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

beautiful shot of this classic.

5 Mar 2021 1:23am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Beautiful. You certainly have wonderful building to photograph around there.

5 Mar 2021 2:12am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Une belle tradition d'hospitalité à maintenir en ces belles demeures traditionnelles.
Merci pour toutes les informations historiques, jointe à cette belle image.

5 Mar 2021 2:22am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such a beautiful place and so old. I'd like to try the French toast. ;-)

5 Mar 2021 2:43am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Such a beautiful inn! It is just so inviting! It has quite an interesting history. I am glad that it didn't go the way of other inns. I would love to stay there. This is such a charming image.

5 Mar 2021 3:00am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Superb building presented with excellent detail for us to admire.

5 Mar 2021 3:14am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

If I looked that good at 124, I'd die and go to heaven! HAHA!

5 Mar 2021 6:24am

jean pierre from Paris, France

belle batisse!!

5 Mar 2021 9:20am

willy from Belgium

Un bel hôtel restauré Steven

have a nice day

5 Mar 2021 9:40am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Indeed in this building, the older the more beautiful.
Great and inviting hotel to see

5 Mar 2021 1:07pm

suzanne from Belgium

Une image de toute beauté !!! :-)

5 Mar 2021 2:02pm

Hootin' Anni from Corpus Christi, United States

Stately, charming, and perfect style!!

5 Mar 2021 6:03pm

Hootin' Anni from Corpus Christi, United States

PS...just now looked up(googled) king Alfred daffodils (from your comment)... gorgeous! And huge!

5 Mar 2021 6:27pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Un lieu Charmant où l'on a envie d'entrer . Jolie prise.

5 Mar 2021 6:28pm

Diane from Parksville, Canada

I know I've said this before but I really appreciate when people have the vision to save and maintain properties like this. The White Gull Inn is a great name but it does look a bit like a Henriette! I would love to enjoy a meal there.

5 Mar 2021 9:17pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Looks so delightful.

6 Mar 2021 3:25pm

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Hum.....on doit doit vraiment ëtre bien accueilli par ici ...Magnifique !!!

7 Mar 2021 7:50am

Urspo from Phoenix, United States


7 Mar 2021 7:23pm

CrashRyan from New Jersey/New York City area, United States

A very cool inn! Wouldn't mind staying there

8 Mar 2021 4:35am

Sam from Chennai, India

A fine capture of this beautiful old inn with lovely details. Thank you for the interesting information. Excellent. :)

8 Mar 2021 1:18pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Such a really wonderful old home! But looking as fresh as a daisy - well loved, obviously!! Thank you for all that information!

9 Mar 2021 2:07am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

it reminds me of Eureka Springs, Arkansas

love, love

10 Mar 2021 10:58pm