Our family has been going to Westridge Shores Resort almost every year for over 15 years. Erin & Eric have really strived to make it a vacation destination that our entire family looks forward to visiting. Our teenage daughter & I (Mom) love to hang out at the "craft hut" painting pottery. The organized activities, which vary from year to year, are great. Our 5 & 8 year old love hanging out at the playground and beach making new friends. Every time the kids fish off the dock they catch something. You can rent boats or bring your own & rent a slip. We bring our own boat, and it broke down (again) this year but Eric diagnosed the problem & helped us fix it so we could get back out onto the water - saving us hundreds of dollars & saving the vacation. I can't recommend the place enough. There are a few practicle things that I wanted to pass along. First, every cabin has a view of the water, even if it is not listed as being a "lakeside" cabin. So don't worry that you won't have a great view even if it's not directly on the water. If you have young children I recommend staying at one of the cabins that has a view of the playground rather than getting one of the lakeside cabins - these include cabin 7 (which has an awesome front porch - no stairs for toddlers to fall down) or cabin 10 (great patio area - also all on one level) or cabin 11 (a huge cabin perfect for an extended family). The waterside cabins have a view of the beach, though, so if your kids are more likely to hang out at the beach than the playground pick one of those (such as cabins 1,2,3,4,6,9, or 11). Cabins 8 & 12 are huge & since they are on the end caps of the resort, they are very private. Also, keep in mind that the fishing will be better in early spring, but the water will be too cold for the kids to swim in. Though we have had descent luck with fishing no matter what time of year we went - we just had to switch our technique. Great lake for Northern Pike, Walleye, Bass, Perch & Panfish. Read BDB1990's review - I couldn't agree more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family friendly resort on premium Minnesota lake. Pontoon and ice fish house rentals. Fire places, whirlpools, childrens activities, Art Studio with free lessons at a real old fashioned Minnesota resort. Swim, ski or fish in Lake Mary and roast marshmallows at your own firepit. ... more less