Long time visitors and summer vacationers alike are regularly heard describing Robertson’s as their ‘happy place’, their ‘home in Idlewild’ or, ‘a little slice of heaven on earth’…  That being said, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify any details in regards to life at Robertson’s Cottages at Idlewild. We appreciate your unconditional understanding as we attentively navigate the ins and outs, and the ups and downs of anything and everything that arises in these remarkable, old time, rustic and vintage cottages. 

Since the late 1930’s the Robertson-Yount family has welcomed guests to Robertson’s Cottages, making numerous special and lasting friendships. Guests so often ask about the history of Robertson’s Cottages. The following is a historical account of the chain of events which manifested this special place into what it is today.


This unique wooded peninsula surrounded by the pristine waters of both Green Bay and Lake Michigan attracted the Robertson ancestors to Door County in the late 1800’s.  Michael Robertson immigrated from Norway as a young man, and in 1874 he appeared before the Door County Clerk of Court renouncing his allegiance to King Oscar II, King of Norway and Sweden, for good.  He wanted to be an American!