Our 15 person extended family ranges in age from 2 to 67, and we stay for a week at Westridge Shores every summer. We love that everyone is entertained, from the little ones who love the play equipment and bikes, to the tweens and teens who spend the mornings in the pottery studio and the afternoons in the water. Grandpa says the fishing is pretty good, too!
This resort has a mix of cabins, from the typical older fishing cabins you find all over Minnesota, to brand new, luxurious ones. Erin and Eric, the owners, work hard to continually update their facilities. All cabins are kept very clean and are well equipped. Every cabin has a gas grill, a front porch for relaxing, and a fire ring for campfires. A large dock area provides room for boats and fishing, and there is a very large shallow swimming area that is enclosed on two sides by the dock. At the end of the dock is a deeper swimming area and a swim raft / platform.
Part of the reason we chose this area was the proximity to Alexandria, because we figured we might need more entertainment options as the kids in the family get older. So far, there has been no need to leave, other than for groceries. The resort owners and their own children plan family-oriented activities almost every day: we've tie-dyed t-shirts, watched outdoor movies on a huge screen, had a family scavenger hunt, and even enjoyed a free pizza night, with minnow races for entertainment and ice cream sundaes for dessert!
Prices here are a little higher than fishing resorts we've stayed at before, but they were just that -- fishing resorts. Westridge Shores is a hybrid of a fishing resort with bait, equipment, and a fish cleaning house to keep your anglers happy, a pottery and jewelry studio on site for your artists, and enough family activities, play equipment and swimming opportunities to keep the kids entertained all week. Overall, a relaxing place to reconnect with family of all ages!
- 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
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