The Holiday Music Motel is the world's only fully operational motel
featuring live music, collaborative songwriting retreats
and a radio station that exclusively broadcasts the music
created within its own walls.
Call us 920-743-5571 for  reservations and information.
     Watch The Holiday Music Motel in
      'Bare Feet and Rock Star Sweets'
     as was featured on Travel Channel's
                'Hotel Showdown'!!!
(now available on and iTunes!)



Learn more about Sturgeon Bay in 'Around the Corner with John McGivern'!

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Find us in USA-TODAY, ranked as one of the TOP TEN Retro Motels in the county!!!

Read our Chicago Sun-Times feature HERE

30 Minute Music Hour on WPT!!!

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See what's nearby...

Click HERE for a printable walk-around map of our immediate
surroundings, along with detailed information about
neighborhood bars, restaurants, and MORE.

"Walter's Dogs" on display at The Holiday!!!

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After an amazing concert in our intimate studio
“Walter’s Dogs” have now found a home
on the 1st floor of The Holiday.  

Stop by to see and adopt one for your very own!!! 

Travel Green Wisconsin Certified!!!

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Proud to be in the Travel Retro Family!!!!!

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Did you know…?

> The “Holiday Motel–Hotel” opened in 1952, one month before the world’s first Holiday Inn. “H” and “M” flashed alternately on its neon sign to render the full name. Years later, either the “H” broke or the owners opted to go with “Motel.”

> Taken over by well-meaning musicians in June 2007, it became “The Holiday Music Motel.” Then, after only six weeks open to the public, a devastating electrical fire closed its doors for nearly two years.

Lovingly “retrovated” by the same well-meaning bunch, it reopened in 2009 (with all the latest safety systems) and immediately struck a chord with musicians and tourists alike, becoming one of Door County’s top ranked hotels.

> During annual songwriting festivals, over a thousand song have been collaboratively written and recorded onsite.

 An unusual amenity: All rooms are wired for potential hookup to the onsite recording studio.

 HMM’s board president is a recording engineer, the motel manager plays electric cello, and the creative director is a hit songwriter who plays cigar box guitar.

More fun facts:

Of’s 10 Top-ranked Door County Hotels…

> Five are Resorts, two are Inns, two are Motels, and one is a Lodge.

> Nine are in Sturgeon Bay or Ephraim, and one is in Sister Bay.

> The top two (as well as three of the top four) are in Sturgeon Bay.

> Four of the top five are Resorts and one is a Motel.

Before you check in, check out our ranking:

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Every Thursday from 7-9 pm!!!!!

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In our lovely little Tambourine Lounge (right next door at 59 N.2nd Ave)

Tarl Knight House Concert - Thurs 9/22

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Dark Songs - Coming October 28 & 29, 2016

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Forty (40+) Performing Songwriters haunt the Holiday and create a musical Halloween extravaganza in less than a week!!! Shows are Oct. 28&29, 2016.

Love On Holiday Feb 10 & 11, 2017

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Steel Bridge Songfest June 8-11, 2017

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