The Bridgeport Waterfront Resort on Sturgeon Bay’s west side opened in June 1997, one of the first condominium properties in the downtown area. Dave Holtz, who was named general manager eight months earlier, has seen the 60-suite facility become a top-performing resort in Door County.
Bridgeport includes one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchens, living rooms, Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, Wi-Fi and sleeping facilities for four, six and eight people, as well as hotel suites perfect for business travelers.
Many of the suites have private balconies with water views, and there’s also a patio with water view just off the lobby — a perfect spot for morning coffee. (A complimentary coffee, tea, juice and milk bar is available 24/7.)
Forty-five percent of Bridgeport’s reservations are repeat business. The resort can accommodate 250 to 300 guests when it’s full, as is often the case. Frequent renovations and updates — new carpeting, paint, granite countertops, fixtures, furniture and bedding — have kept the facility in top condition.
There is an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, whirlpool and dry-heat sauna, an indoor splash park, a play park for kids that includes a ball pit, Lego table and video arcade games that are popular with families, and a fitness center for adults. Three conference rooms can accommodate groups from five to 75. A variety of audio-visual equipment is available.
Amenities also include a fitness room, coin-operated laundry facilities on each floor, complimentary movies, as well as board games and a library in the parlor. Outside are three gas grills and covered bike storage.
A recent addition is a gift/snack shop just off the lobby. While food service is not available on-site, it can be provided by several local caterers. The resort also partners with five restaurants where guests can receive a substantial discount by presenting their key cards.
Bridgeport maintains a list of recommended babysitters. The entire resort is smoke-free. Pets are not allowed, but information on boarding kennels is available.
One of the resort’s greatest advantages is its location on the beautiful walkway along the bay that leads to nearby Otumba Park, with playground equipment, picnic tables and grills, basketball and tennis courts (complimentary rackets and balls are available at the front desk) and a sand swimming beach. The walkway also leads to the Door County Maritime Museum and across the bridge to downtown Sturgeon Bay, with Third Avenue and several other sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also within walking distance are unique shops and art galleries, the Door County Historical Museum, restaurants and coffee shops, marinas and shipyards, Third Avenue Playhouse (live professional theater), a Saturday farmers market, and seasonal festivals.
Holtz’ standard for operating the resort is good people, good process and good product.
“It’s tough to find enough good employees in an area where many businesses are seasonal,” he said. “Bridgeport has an advantage because we’re open year round. Many of our people have been with us for years. Their salary is competitive, and they have a good benefit package. We’re all — top to bottom — committed to providing excellent service, and our facilities and amenities compare well with any in the county.”
A strong presence on social media is important to Holtz and his staff. These comments September guests posted on Trip Advisor are typical: “Loved my stay here. A suite to end all suites with three rooms — open concept living room and kitchen, a fireplace in the living room and a two-sided one in the bedroom and bathroom. Every night was spent in the Jacuzzi with the fireplace on. Outstanding room, fabulous service, beautiful location.”
“Helpful, accommodating staff. Swimming pools/splash area at the resort, as well as a park within walking distance for the grandchildren. Nearby restaurants and activities for the adults. Very relaxing mini-vacation. Wonderful facility. We’ll definitely stay here again.”
“The resort was affordable even for the two-bedroom suite with a water view. The multiple sleeping areas gave room for the kids to have their own area, while my wife and I could have our own bed and TV in the evening. Great location. Parking was convenient right outside our room, and the staff were helpful whenever we encountered them.”
Every comment on the Trip Advisor website receives a personal response from Holtz.
Bridgeport Waterfront Resort
50 West Larch St.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
(800) 671-9190 or (920) 746-9919
Photography by Len Villano.