These waterfront havens are not only the perfect spots for watching boats of every size come and go, they're also home to fresh-from-the-dock restaurants and colorful inns and hotels.
Two lighthouses, pre-Civil War buildings, and great views of Lake Michigan make Port Washington a real charmer. A few miles north of Milwaukee, the town boomed as a commercial fishing port in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The marina now serves mostly pleasure boats and a sizable charter fishing fleet. Visitors can climb the deactivated circa-1860 light station, or walk a half mile along a breakwater to the striking (and functional) Art Deco lighthouse marking the harbor entry; 800-719-4881 or