Same as the girl below me, I also saw the negative comments recently posted on here, and decided that I had to set it right. I don't believe it is fair to give this place such a bad rap. I believe the negative posts before me have been posted out of misunderstanding. To really enjoy and love this place, you must first UNDERSTAND it! Scharenberg's is not supposed to be a luxurious, elegant, trendy, posh resort. If that is what you are looking for, then yes, stay far away. Scharenberg's is actually more about getting AWAY from all of that! It's about getting back to yourself and nature and family and friends and the simple things in life. In a world full of technology and obsessed with luxuries, where things go in and out of style faster than a person can process, a person needs a place like scharenberg's to remind us all to come back down to earth. And only once you understand that, can you look at scharenberg's how everyone that loves it as a second home does, can you see the amazingness all around you.
No, the cabins are not the cleanest they could be, and no, you won't be getting brand new furniture and kitchen appliances. But that's part of the experience. Of course the cabins are not spiffy clean because sand is everywhere at Scharenberg's. It is inevitable. But the cabins are not soiled and disgusting like some have said! I go up there with many family and friends and hang out in many of the cabins, and I have yet to see anything "disgusting" and just terribly unclean. The cabins are old, and they are rustic. They hold history and memories and traditions, and it shows. And that is exactly why I love them and wouldn't trade them in for a posh, sparkly clean hotel, not in a million years. That is why I actually don't like the Abbey 1 and 2; they are new and don't have the same feel as the rest of the place. What you get is very good for the money too; they could be charging a lot more for a week.
Scharenberg's is the place that all of my family, cousins, and friends that I've met up there love. We count down the days in the weeks before Scharenberg's, and when we are finally there, the week goes too fast. There is so much to do and so much fun to be had. Whoever said the place was not for kids is very much mistaken. The place was made for kids! Tons of kids go there and run around all day long on the beach and around the resort. The place is relaxing and crazy fun all at the same time. There just isn't another place like it in the world. The beautiful lake sparkles clear, and when the sun sets, the lake lights up into a million colors.
I think, when it comes down to it, Scharenberg's isn't for everyone. You have to be a certain kind of person to enjoy it, a special kind of person. Every year, I forget how much I've changed when I go back.. I bring so much stuff. Too many shoes, too fancy of clothes, make-up, jewelry, you name it. And when I get there, I don't even use or need most it. Scharenberg's isn't about the clothes you wear or impressing anyone, Scharenberg's is about friends and family and fun. It is about just being alive and well. Again, I'm reminded not to get too caught up in all that jazz. Scharenberg's is refreshing and real. Some people don't like being pulled out of a world of luxuries and into the simple life, but I do, and I wouldn't change a thing about the place.
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