Blue Harbor Resort
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Motorcycle: 9 miles The S.S. Badger departs at 2:00pm so we have a little time to relax this morning. An antique shop is next to the motel so we peruse inside. A few things grab our interest, but we know we are packed tight! Next we take a ride to the docks and recon the area. The ferry ride is four hours long and ...
Woke up early and showered, ate, and packed and was at the ferry dock at 8 am. I did not know I had to provide my own tie downs, but they were nice enough to sell me some. The ride is 60 miles across Lake Michigan that takes about 4 hours. It was VERY foggy. I am always amazed that people used to make these trips with very ...
... tune while packing up. The net effect was that I and lots of other stuff got free showers and laundry. Made it to Manitowoc in time for pastry, coffee and the ferry. Currently I am on the coal-fired SS Badger to Ludington MI. Adios to the beautiful rolling farm and woodland of WI. Word has it this ferry has only 2 years to switch from coal or cease operation due to the obvious environmental ...
Departed Fish Creek and motored to Harrington Beach State Park, about 40 miles north of Chicago. Mark wanted to check out as they used to own the Harrington Beach Caravan Park back in Aussie on the coast there in NSW. Parked up the vans and then took a look at park. Went down to the beach and then took a look at an old quarry which is now ...
Traveled east on I 90, through more lush green plains, vast cornfields, herds of cattle and huge, huge windmills! As soon as we got close to the Mississippi valley and the border of Wisconsin it started to look like New England to me! We crossed over the mighty Mississippi for the 2 nd time on our adventure. As soon as we were in Wisconsin, the terrain changed, beautiful lush trees, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Harbor Resort Sheboygan
Driving up to the Blue Harbor Resort entrance we all said WOW the building is beautiful and HUGE!
Our first impression was that this brand new resort resembled the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in size and presence. It is an impressive sight when viewed from end of the pier just outside the facility. We stayed in a 4 bedroom condo that featured granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, a spacious master bedroom and small deck off the living room. The accomodations were clean and there was enough room for 12 people. The housekeeping, however, was not what we expected. The housekeepers were cordial and asked what we wanted to be done if we were present. Apparently, the normal service primarily includes replacement of towels. Beds were not made nor sheets replaced. We were not aware of any vacuuming or cleaning done during our 4 day, 3 night stay. As you can imagine, things can get messy quickly with 12 people. The beach is fair at best. The weather was not warm enough even during our August stay to venture into the chilly Lake Michigan waters. The view includes a warehouse next door and a power plant with 2 tall smoke stacks. We were also concerned of reports of sewage dumping by nearby Milwaukee. The facility still has its kinks to work out. The sprinkler system outside our condo did overtime and created a small and smelly quagmire. Our front door would not close unless we forcefully closed it. The waterpark was average at best and intended more for younger children. We also had the buffet dinner by the main lobby. The food was average and there weren't many choices. We all agreed it didn't even compare to Old Country Buffet. All in all, it is a nice facility that needs to work hard to overcome its very average location.
My family and I (3 children and my husband) absolutely adored our 3 day stay at Blue Harbor. We thought the staff was exceptional and all were eager to assist us with any problem we encountered. The girls in the gift shops were very knowledgeable about the city and gave us great tips and directions to area locations. If you're looking for a GREAT souvenir or gift, look no further! The waterpark was awesome, my kids played all day, great for a parent looking for a break. They also had a "Crew Club" program that held many activities for the little ones. I would recommend this resort to everyone who is looking for a getaway. On our second day, we took a charter fishing tour and caught some pretty huge fish, it was a great memory. Also, all this talk about the "dirty" beach is not exactly true. The beach is very swimmable! Most of the people who have posted reviews for this resort must not be familiar with the Great Lakes, there is a little seaweed and YES it is cold...all year 'round. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone...enjoy your trip!
First of all this resort is the next best thing to happen to Sheboygan besides the PGA Championship!! For all of you harping on the beach being cold and dirty. What do you expect? Ocean front property!!! This is Lake Michigan here people! Average water temp is around 63 to 68 in July and August!!! And it's not the resorts fault for it being dirty either. Why blame them, blame the city for not cleaning it not the hotel. And the parking lot view isn't that bad either you get a good view of the river marina and shanty's along the river. I do agree however prices are a little high. So if you are looking for 80 degree water and super clean beaches pay $3,000 and go to Sandals or something. And stop and the visitor center a block away if you get bored sitting at the hotel and find something else to do! There is plenty to do through out the city. And please don't compare it to Wis. Dells because we are not Wis. Dells. So if you like the Dells go to the Dells, but if you want to try something different this is a place for most people...
Proud to have it in sheboygan
I have been to Blue Harbor at least 4 times since it opened. It has quality, class and is a jewel on our lake front.
Just got back from three days and two nights. We had a great experience! The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to say hello. When I asked about the location of an ice machine, the person saw the cooler I had and took it into the kitchen area and filled it!
Blue Harbor was the BEST!
We stayed at the Blue Harbor in the middle of July in one of the family Fireplace suites. The room was nice and big, and we had a really nice view. We actually didn't have the lake view, but beyond the parking lot there was a river and birds. It was nice. We got checked in nice and quickly, and the food was good. Our kids had a lot of fun at the waterpark, and everyone was really nice. Even the housekeepers said "hi" to us. We had a balcony in our room, too. It was really nice. Two thumbs up!!!!
My family and I encountered an unacceptable reservation snafu situation at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan on 4th of July weekend.
We stayed at the Blue Harbor in July, 2004. It was very nice, The kids aquarium room had a nice queen size bed, a pull out sofa and an alcove with bunk beds and a seperate TV. Only complaint about the room, no sheets on the bunks and my son ended up on the plastic covered mattress. We ate at the Main restuarant twice. Dinner buffet and breakfast buffet. Out waitress was Katherine, she was great. Everone in the place asked us how our stay was and made us feel very welcome. The waterpark is designed for smaller children, there aren't many height restrictions. 42" without adult, no restriction for child with Adult for the slides, there is a lazy river, LARGE jacuzzi, swimming pool with some toys for the kids to climb on. As far as Lake Michigan, unfortunately it is dirty, we noticed that in Port Washington too. Lots of Algae growing, but that's not the resorts fault. It's nice to look out your window anyhow if you have the lakeview. They have a midweek afternoon 3-10pm pass if you just want to use the waterpark for $12.00 Great deal if your local. Overall, it was probably the highlight of our trip to see the grandparents. That and the Maritime Museum in Manitowoc....But that's another story!
Beach Closed/Bacteria/Decided to Cancel
After I read the first review, I called to confirm the beach situation. Manager did not return my call. After 3 hours I called again, spoke to concierge. Ends up beach is closed because of pollution, due to Milwaukee dumping waste into Lake Michigan. The resort I am sure had no intention of calling me. One of the reasons I booked was because of beach. Would have had disappointed kids. The resort I am sure had no intention of calling me before my stay. Thank you to the first reviewer.