Rowley's Bay Resort was just perfect for my girlfriend and me. We had a lovely water view from the balcony of our third floor room. The whole resort has been around a long time, but that's what made it unique and full of history. It was very, very clean and the rooms were very spacious. It is family-run and everyone was friendly, particularly Jewel, at the front desk.
The resort seemed to be a hub for many activities. Everyday a group of bicyclists met for breakfast and spent the day touring. We tried out the Segways, which were brought right to our doorstep. "Steve" was a fun instructor for our group of eight and we had a great time riding on the trails through the woods and down to the beach. We also enjoyed the private pontoon tour of the bay into Lake Michigan with "Capt. John." We stepped right onto the boat from the pier at Rowley's. We brought along a cooler full of "beverages" and local smoked white fish and cheese and had a marvelous time. Everyone said how Rowley's has the best fish boil. And it was true. A great 84-yr old gentleman told the story of the history of Rowley's Bay while the fish "boiled" and then an awesome buffet, including homemade baked items from their Swedish Bakery, complimented the fish boil.
If you like a hectic pace, fighting crowds, maneuvering around traffic, finding parking spots, listening to kids scream, and spending a lot of money, then you won't like Rowley's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Door County's Affordable Waterfront Resort Rowleys Bay Resort offers the best of both worlds-a waterfront destination with affordable lodging options. Whether you prefer a traditional room, suite, cottage or vacation home, all are just steps away from our 700 feet of shoreline. As the largest waterfront resort in Door County, we accommodate and cater to the needs of a wide range of groups. The atmosphere is casual, relaxed and friendly. With our restaurant, bakery, banquet hall, meeting rooms and other amenities all under one roof, families and groups feel safe and connected. 100 Acres of Solitude on a Pristine Bay Rowleys Bay Resort is situated on 100 secluded acres dominating a pristine, undeveloped bay on Lake Michigan. Think of our unique, peaceful setting as a cul-de-sac without noisy through-traffic and bumper-to-bumper people. Be as one with nature as you hike our five miles of trails and enjoy four-season bird watching on our never frozen bay and the unique Mink River Estuary. Nature's light show on the water at sunrise and sunset come at no extra charge!Water Sports Access at Your DoorIf you have a passion for water sports, you have to come to Rowleys Bay Resort. From canoeing and kayaking to sailing and fishing, you won't find a better place in Door County for aqua adventures. The marina and DNR launch are your gateway and quick getaway to Lake Michigan and the Mink River. It's like having your own private playground on the water. Kayak rentals and tours, as well as charter fishing boats, are available dockside.All-You-Can-Eat Restaurant OfferingsIn addition to an all-day full menu and bar, Rowleys Bay Restaurant features Door County's longest buffet and salad bar, providing you with variety, flexibility and tremendous dining value. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night the generous buffet includes the area's only all-you-can-eat fish boil. The restaurant's famous Sunday Brunch buffet includes pecan rolls and other scrumptious treats from Grandma's Swedish Bakery. Historic Swedish Scratch Bakery For 40 years, Grandma's Swedish Bakery has been tantalizing the taste buds of Door County visitors and natives with homemade pastries, decadent sweet rolls and other from-scratch bakery items. Family recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, ensuring that you will receive the same authentic Swedish delights originally baked by Grandma. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rowleys Bay Hotel Ellison Bay
- Wagon Trail Hotel
- Rowleys Bay Resort Ellison Bay, WI - Door County