Who We Are

   The Diplomat is an exquisite Door County inn consisting of two restored turn of the century estates featuring eleven large and spacious two room suites, individually decorated and furnished with double whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, private bathrooms, antiques, and comfortable linens.


   These homes are on the National Register of Historical Places and are in the Sturgeon Bay Historical and Waterfront Districts. The Diplomat is located in the Historic District of Sturgeon Bay, one block from the bay and one block from the 3rd Avenue Business District.


   These wonderful homes were built in 1870 and 1904 by A.W. Lawrence Sr. and  L.M. Washburn.  Lawrence,  one of the pioneer entrepreneurs in the Sturgeon Bay area, whom, among other things, was instrumental in the building of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal.  Washburn operated the counties largest mercantile as well as the N.S. Washburn Lumber company.


   These buildings were renovated in 2014-2015 to retain their original character and elegance while bringing in modern comforts and amenities.


   Voted Wisconsin's Friendliest Small Town in a readers poll in Wisconsin Trails magazine, Sturgeon Bay is nestled between Lake Michigan and the waters of Green Bay. Sturgeon Bay offers an array of wonderfully quaint and unique gift shops, restaurants, museums, farmers markets, musical and theatre venues. All are located just a short walking distance away from the Diplomat Bed & Breakfast.


   Winter is also a reason to celebrate the seasons in Sturgeon Bay as there are many festivals and activities to fill your days.  No matter what the season, there is always something to see and do in beautiful Door County!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



  • King and queen sized beds

  • Large double whirlpool

  • Private full bathrooms

  • Fireplaces

  • Free Wifi access

  • Large screen smart TV

  • Blu-Ray player

  • DISH Satellite TV with Movie and NFL PKGs

  • Individually controlled heat and  air-conditioning in room

  • Private entrances and balconies  (select suites)

  • Home-made breakfast delivered to your suite

  • Iron & ironing board

  • Hair dryers

  • Toiletries from Gilchrest & Soames

  • Luxurious linens from Comphy

  • Turkish Spa towels, bathrobes

  • Common area with complimentary hot beverages, microwave and popcorn

The Diplomat

132 N. 2nd avenue

Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235