My Visitor Guide

Ashland Mural Walk

Picturesque Harbors

    Port Washington

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Port Washington  is the county seat ion Ozaukee County on Lake Michigan’s western shores, about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. Its downtown mixes historic pre-Civil War buildings with maritime charm. The city boasts it combines New England appeal, Midwestern friendliness with a historic fishing village and suburban atmosphere, one of my favorite places to visit and stay. I like to stay at The Harborview, in large part because I can get a view of the harbor on Lake Michigan from my room.  The harbor area is a great place to stroll. I have often grabbed a seat on a park bench at Rotary Park overlooking the harbor. It’s a wonderful spot where you can take it all in, watching the many boats go out and come in. It’s fun to watch the boats come in to see if the crew caught any fish. 

There are many shops and restaurants in the downtown area. Among them my favorite is the Twisted Willow. You’ll need a couple extra bucks to dine here, but it is worth it. There are multiple casual places along Franklin Street, the main drag. I’ve stopped in at most of them and enjoyed my time in each. 

I recommend you climb the hill north on Franklin Street and go through the areas overlooking Lake Michigan.  When I visit, I go up N. Franklin and then point my car toward the water. Do that and you will bump into the Port Washington Historical Society and the spectacular St. Mary’s Catholic Church, both worthy spots to see. The church was dedicated in 1884. Its tower clock was installed in 1885.

The view from the harbor

The Rotunda in Rotary Park

The Fisherman

Good fortune

Walking along N. Franklin St.

The Wilson House and Restaurant - 1855

Port Washington Control Building

Berthed in port

St Mary’s

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