Last Updated on January 25, 2023
“Coming home” is the calmness which swept over me when pulling into the driveway and then entering this lovely Two Rivers, Wisconsin vacation rental. The comfortable, welcoming home has plenty of room for gathering, visiting and relaxing in the beach towns of Two Rivers and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Known as the maritime capital of Wisconsin, Manitowoc is just across the ‘pond’ from Two Rivers. Usually introduced together, Two Rivers and Manitowoc share much of the preserved history in the region and some of the most stunning Lake Michigan coastline and recreation in the state.
Two Rivers, Wisconsin rental
About ten blocks from downtown Two Rivers, this beach town vacation rental is located in a casual, quiet neighborhood. Three light-filled bedrooms with a full bath upstairs along with a queen bedroom, and a half-bath downstairs in this spacious house can comfortably sleep eight guests. Every room is functional, clean and cozy.
Rosalee is the owner and manager of the Two Rivers, Wisconsin vacation rental. She recalls with fond memories watching her parents work hard to make a cottage ready for “anyone who wanted to come and enjoy some free time away in this beach town called Two Rivers.”
She prides herself on keeping the home washed, stocked, and in good repair so that “all is ready when everyone is there to relax and enjoy a good time.”
The list of amenities here is extensive. The most important feature for me is internet accessibility and this guest home has free, secured, high-speed Wi-Fi. Other essentials include linens and towels (lots of fluffy large ones in the upstairs bathroom), heating and air conditioning, and paper products for the bathrooms and kitchen.
The well-stocked kitchen has everything you need to make just about anything you want, with enough dishes and utensils to prepare and serve most meals. There are even dishes and cutlery for the kids as well. Add the coffee grinder, coffee maker, blender, microwave and full refrigerator and you’ll find that nothing is missing – all the comforts of home!
A large capacity washing machine, dryer, and an iron and board occupy the basement.
There are age-appropriate toys, games, and books for kids if you have babies or toddlers in your group. Though I was a solo traveler on this visit, I enjoyed scouting around and seeing how every age group was considered throughout the property.
In-house entertainment includes a television with a Roku remote and satellite/cable where you can access YouTube, Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN. The music library offers a fun arrangement of CDs and even a stereo boom box in the kitchen.
Guests will appreciate the host’s notebook filled with brochures of local places to eat and things to do in Two Rivers, Manitowoc, and surrounding towns. You can add information from your experiences as well.
Rosalee’s mother used to work at a bookstore and developed quite a collection. She lovingly keeps a rotation of her mom’s books sprinkled throughout the house for visitors to enjoy.
The front covered porch has a swinging loveseat, chaise lounge, café table and chairs, and movable benches. The porch offers shelter from sun and rain and a comfortable spot to enjoy the neighborhood. For outdoor experiences on property, the garage has a ping-pong table, a trunk with blankets, beach towels, and toys, a grill for BBQs, and outdoor chairs.
Bicycles are also available in various sizes. Just ask the host.
The driveway easily accommodates three vehicles and overnight street parking is permitted during spring, summer, and fall.
Beach and Coastal Fun
Two Rivers and Manitowoc have 17 beaches. Between historic maritime collections, the Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary, lighthouses, kayak water trails, and swim beaches, there is no lack of coastal activities to keep you entertained.
Neshotah Beach, listed as one of the best beaches in Wisconsin, is only about a mile away from this Two Rivers, Wisconsin vacation rental.
The six-mile-long Mariners Trail connecting Two Rivers to Manitowoc makes biking, strolling, or running enjoyable. I relished the longest, continuous scenic view of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin on a walk amongst sculptures and gardens when I was there in the fall.
Kayaking and fishing are available along either of the two rivers (East Twin River and West Twin River) from Washington Park, located just blocks from the house. A riverside trail is only four blocks away.
During winter, you can ski in/ski out on excellent cross-country trails at Point Beach State Forest.
Things to Do in Two Rivers
While there are dozens of things to do nearby my Two Rivers, Wisconsin vacation rental, here are some of my favorite suggestions for a long weekend visit:
Explore Rogers Street Fishing Village where you can climb the 1886 Pierhead Lighthouse. It’s the only publicly accessible pier lighthouse on the Great Lakes and served Two Rivers from 1886 until 1969.
Request an appointment to visit London Dairy Alpacas. Learn about Agri-tourism and raising alpacas. How can anyone resist those darling little faces?
Take a trip down memory lane at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Americana is preserved in the world’s most extensive collection of types and tools. Two students from Rome were working on their Ph.D. in Graphic Design under the tutelage of an expert typesetter at the museum when I was there.
A hike around Point Beach State Park brings you to Rawley Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse and grounds are not open to the public. However, you can still get a great view on the trail and from the beach.
The Ice Age Trail for hiking is accessed by Point Beach State Park.
Restaurants in Two Rivers
When you travel, you eat, right? And when you’re in Wisconsin, you eat fish.
Water’s Edge Restaurant at the Lighthouse Inn on the Lake offers incomparable views from the dining room. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but I enjoyed a table near the panoramic windows overlooking the beach.
Wisconsin is synonymous with whitefish, so I ordered the Great Lakes Parmesan Baked Whitefish with green beans–their signature dish. The fish was moist and flavorful, the beans fresh and crisp.
Many restaurants in Two Rivers offer a fish fry on Friday nights. Because I left on a Friday afternoon, I missed the opportunity to experience this or an old-fashioned supper club, but they come highly recommended.
Supper clubs are famous throughout Wisconsin. They typically serve hefty portions of fish or meat along with rolls or rye bread and plenty of butter. Vegetable sides usually feature baked potatoes covered in sour cream as well as corn, beans and/or coleslaw.
As much as Wisconsinites love their beer, they also love their brandy Manhattan’s – the cocktail is a standard across the state’s 300-plus supper club – more than the other 49 states combined!