“Sauble Beach is amazing, clear water and huge waves and it's only a few hours drive from home!!!”
My husband and I stayed at Lakeview Motel in Sauble Beach for two nights in August 2008. We called three weeks ahead to make a reservation and they ask you for your credit card to hold your reservation. However, 48 hours prior to your arrival, your card is pre-authorized but not charged. They charge it at time of check-in. I would recommend reserving a motel room ahead of time as there were many people driving around looking for motel rooms and none of the motels had any vacancy (and this was not even a long week-end).
Lakeview Motel is located on Main Street in Sauble Beach and is owned by an extremely friendly couple, Gail and Randy Porter. They go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. They seem like they genuinely care that their guests have a great time while there. They are also very helpful in recommending local restaurants and other places of interest in case you decide to go sightseeing. The reception office has tons of brochures and books with maps in them you can use to go sightseeing. Those who are interested in sightseeing can visit Sauble Falls and Bruce’s Caves which is not too far of a drive from the motel. We even attended a traditional Pow-Wow that was being held at Cape Croker Indian Park.
The motel rooms were pretty spacious and clean. There was a mini-fridge in the room as well as a table with two chairs, double bed, dresser, mirror, TV (basic cable), A/C (no phone so take your cell phone, no iron, alarm clock or hairdryer in case you are wondering). Our room also had a little deck with an umbrella and two chairs outside. On the premises, there was a heated swimming pool (chlorine) and a hot tub that you could use from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. My husband and I really enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub on our last night there. There was also a badminton net in the back of the premises as well as bonfire pits. You could have a bonfire but only up to a certain time (10:00 or 11:00 pm, I’m not sure) as we never used them. Check-in time is not earlier than 2:00 pm and check-out was at 10:30 am. If you checked-out half an hour later, you were charged $40 extra and I think an hour or so later, you are charged for an additional night’s stay. So be prepared to check-out on time.
If you’re getting a room, make sure to request one towards the back of the motel as our room was facing the main road (Main Street) which can get noisy at night. Also, the street lights make it hard to sleep.
Gail mentioned on the phone that the beach was only 8 min walk from the motel. We never walked to the beach but drove instead and it only took a couple of minutes to get there. If you want to park right on the beach, then it’s $10 for parking. You can also park on the side street and get a ticket from the parking meter.
Sauble Beach is amazing, the water is really clear and the waves were huge and it reminded me a lot of Barcelona. Compared to Wasaga, I would have to say Sauble is more family-oriented as there were lots of kids at Sauble. Didn’t really see lots of kids at Wasaga which had mostly teenagers.
Here is the website for Lakeview Motel: http://www.bmts.com/~lakeview/welcomepage.html
They also have cottages you can rent but I think they only rent them out on a weekly basis in the summer.
As for food, ask the owners of the motel (Gail or Randy) for menus of the local restaurants in the area so you can decide which ones you prefer. You might also have to make reservations for some. For good breakfast and dinner, we went to Sauble Dunes Restaurant, just a minute drive from the motel which was pretty reasonable and had delicious food. They also have a patio, bar and pool table (also Karaoke on Saturday nights). Closer to the beach, on Main Street, there is a little Cafe called “Amici” where they serve delicious Cappuccinos and other specialty coffees. They have a little patio outside which is great to sit and sip on your cappuccinos.
With regards to shopping, Valu-Mart is just down the street if you need to buy groceries. There are tons of little shops closer to the beach that’s all typical beachwear and I found these shops actually cheaper than the ones in Wasaga (I ended up buying a Western hat for almost $10 cheaper than what I saw in a Wasaga beach store). Royal Bank is right across the motel in case you need more cash.
The Sauble Beach Amusement Park is also just a couple minutes down the road. Dairy Queen is also located on Main Street closer to the beach area. There are also couple other restaurants closer to the beach with outdoor patios (can’t remember their names).
Overall, my husband and I had a great week-end at Sauble Beach and we would most likely stay at Lakeview Motel again in the near future.
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