My family (husband & teenaged boys 14 &15) and I stayed Sunday and Monday, August 5 & 6th. We had a family suite with a balcony facing the lake. We arrived a few hours before the check-in time, but we were given wristbands so that we could go to the waterpark. This waterpark is small compared to the bigger waterparks we have stayed at in the Dells (Kalahari, Great Wolf & Mt. Olympus). I think that this waterpark is perfect for younger children,because you don't have to worry about a young child getting lost, but this waterpark is not for teenagers. My kids went on a couple of the slides and used the hot tub, but they are accustomed to the larger waterparks. I saw lots of younger children having tons of fun in the waterpark, so if you have children under the age of 12, this waterpark is the perfect size. The Blue Harbor has an outdoor, supposedly heated pool, but the pool did not feel heated, the water was freezing. My kids enjoyed playing basketball in the pool, because there are two basketball nets attached to the pool.
The lobby is gorgeous, it is open and bright.This is the most beautiful lobby I have ever seen. The people at the front desk were friendly and helpful. As I stated earlier, we got to the hotel a few hours before check-in and we asked if they could call us when our room was ready. Our room was available at 2:15pm and we were allowed to go up to our room at that time. We got the family suite with a lake view. The room had two queen beds, a fireplace, obviously not necessary in August, a separate sitting area with a couch, nice size bathroom and plenty of space for all of our stuff. Our room was clean with plenty of room for a family of four. When my oldest son knew I was writing this review he said, "Mom, don't forget to write about all the outlets in the room." As you know, travelling with teenagers often means they travel with lots of electronics; phones, ipads, ipods, laptop, etc., and my family was no exception, this room had lots of outlets so we were all able to charge our various items. Our room had a balcony that was facing the lake and it was a gorgeous view (minus the coal-fire plant south of the resort). At night we left our balcony door open and it was nice to go to sleep listening to the waves and we all slept really well. I think we slept so well, because the hotel was nice and quiet.
As mentioned on the Blue Harbor website, there is no direct access to the beach, but that didn't stop families from climbing down the boulders to go to the beach and it didn't stop my family. There was also a sort of trail created out of the sand so you could access the beach, so that is the way I accessed the beach, because I certainly wasn't going to climb down any boulders like my children did. I don't know why the resort doesn't create direct access to the beach, maybe they would then they would have to have lifeguards patrolling the beach. Who knows?
In the back of the resort by the heated pool, there was an area to play bocce ball and adjacent to the bocce ball area, you could play on the putting green, which we all had a lot of fun playing. On our last day, my kids went miniature golfing at the mini-golf place across from the resort, but the place only takes cash. My kids enjoyed the miniature golf, as it was a beautiful day and the place is located near the water. Other than the miniature golfing, there wasn't a lot to do, outside of the Blue Harbor Resort area. Sheyboygan is a small town and doesn't have a lot to offer at this time, hopefully that will change. My husband and I really enjoyed the resort and our boys had fun, but once the waterpark closed at 9pm, there wasn't a lot for them to do. Though we did use the fitness center at 11:00 pm and played bocce ball at 10:30pm.
The only restaurant we ate at during our stay was the Beacon Restaurant, we ate dinner on the back patio facing the lake. We had a gorgeous view and the food was delicious. In the resort there is snack shop where you can get breakfast, so one morning I sent my children downstairs to purchase four McMuffin type breakfast sandwiches and I gave my kids $20.00 and told them to bring back the change, when they came back, my oldest son hands me a nickel and I asked him, "What's the nickel for"? he said, "That's your change from breakfast." If I had known the price of the sandwiches ahead of time I wouldn't have purchased them. The McMuffins from McDonalds taste better. Oh well, live and learn!
Overall we had a nice time and it is a beautiful resort. Our room was nice and had a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. I would definitely stay here again, but only with my husband. The resort doesn't offer enough activities for teenagers, but for families with younger children this is a perfect resort, because the waterpark isn't too big or crowded like the larger waterparks in the Dells.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Harbor is the largest resort on Lake Michigan. We are located in charming downtown Sheboygan. We have multiple restaurants, lounges, conference space, a spa and an indoor water park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Harbor Sheboygan
- Blue Harbor Hotel Sheboygan