Fish Creek, Wis. (June 7, 2020) – Cautious travelers visiting Door County following Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Safe at Home closure will find fresh, clean and completely remodeled interiors at Fish Creek’s Cedar Court Inn, as well as abundant green space and a spacious pool patio ideal for social distancing.
First-year owners Matt, 46, and Susie Cottick, 45, purchased the historic lodging property in April 2019. The economic impact of COVID-19 and related closures, which has been devastating for the hospitality industry, was especially worrisome for the new business owners. Fortunately, the Inn was already closed for the season. While it re-opened four weeks later than scheduled, both the seasonal and Safe at Home closures provided the ideal timeframe to finish a planned remodel of Cedar Court’s eight motel rooms.
“Our renovated rooms will bring increased peace of mind for cautious travelers as they begin to venture out,” said Matt Cottick. “Visitors can truly relax during their Cedar Court vacation knowing they’re motel rooms are essentially brand new.”
The couple replaced all carpet flooring with new luxury vinyl; purchased all new furniture, bedding, towels, and window treatments; and installed new lighting, bathroom vanities and toilets. Rooms are decorated with locally crafted barn wood doors and accented walls. Besides Cedar Court’s classic motel rooms, the Inn also includes ten specialty rooms, five suites, and a 6,000 square-foot courtyard and outdoor pool with a spacious 1,500 square-foot deck.
Those abundant outdoor spaces, for which the Inn is known, were also updated. The Cottick’s partnered with Sister Bay Furniture Co. and its sister company Prestwick Limited, the hospitality industry’s premiere eco-minded furnishings manufacturer.
Environmental Stewardship a Guiding Principle
“Not only has Sister Bay and Prestwick Limited created a tailored look that reflects the Cedar Court brand, they’re equally committed to long-lasting and environmentally-conscious products,” said Susie Cottick. “Making a positive impact on our environment and keeping the Inn and our surroundings beautiful for generations to come has been a guiding principle for us since day one.”
Outdoor furnishings were manufactured using the highest grade of recycled plastic available. To date, the Sussex, Wisconsin-based manufacturer has converted over 230 million milk jugs which would have otherwise been disposed in landfills into furniture.
“It’s a great feeling to work with clients who not only share our mission of delivering great customer experiences but also do so within a sustainable mindset,” said Kari Lyles, Director of Sales for Prestwick Limited.
The Cotticks plan to pursue Travel Green Wisconsin business certification. Last year they launched a new “Green Stay” program to save water, electricity, and cleaning staff time. The program awards guests that skip housekeeping services with gift cards to local businesses, including the Bayside Tavern. During the program’s first peak season, Cedar Court had 336 Green Stays eliminating the need to wash 672 sets of towels and saving about 5,000 gallons of water.
Other environmental enhancements include a solar cover to help heat the outdoor pool, biodegradable/compostable cups, bamboo stir sticks, eco-friendly soap and shampoo, and the launch of the Inn’s first recycling program. The couple also switched to sustainable transportation which yielded a carbon emissions savings of 2,718 pounds– a ton — literally. For 2020, the Cotticks plan to expand sustainability initiatives by adopting additional energy and water efficient practices and buying eco-friendly cleaning products.
“Inside and out, we’re committed to clean, healthy, and beautiful spaces for Cedar Court guests,” Matt Cottick said.