I felt a chill in the air as I was getting the mail this morning, which immediately prompted me to book a long weekend at a lakeside resort to savor what is left of summer. As I was confirming my reservation, I was soothed by the fact that not only are lakeside resorts fun in the summer, they are also great in early fall. Here are three family-friendly Midwestern lakeside resorts to help you make the most of the late summer and early fall.
Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan, WI
Located on Lake Michigan, the nautical-themed Blue Harbor Resort boasts a large water park, a spa (a pedicure for mom and a massage for dad, perhaps?), and spacious themed rooms (like the popular “aquarium room”) that are sure to delight. The city of Sheboygan itself is very kid-friendly, with a children’s museum and farmer’s market in the spring/summer/early fall.
Bluefin Bay, Tofte, MN
If you’re traveling with older kids, then Bluefin Bay’s stellar accommodations and nearby attractions and activities such as hiking, fishing, golfing, sailing, kayaking, and naturalist programs for kids, are sure to please. Bluefin also has a wonderful restaurant and great independent cafés within several miles.
Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark, Lake Geneva, WI
Here’s a great option for families with kids of all ages. With luxury accommodations, a pristine golf course, fun ski hill, thrilling waterpark, and relaxing spa, you really can’t go wrong. The Lake Geneva area is both beautiful and interesting, with tons to do outside of the resort itself.
Tips for enjoying your getaway:
• Subscribe to the resort’s email list so that you are aware of promotions when they happen.
• Most rates drop in October, which is still a great time to spend a long weekend by the lake.
• To maximize your trip, take advantage of fun things to do and good places to eat outside of the resort and in the surrounding area as well.
• Consider renting a large double suite or a cabin with another family that has kids around the same age as yours.
• If you don’t live within driving distance of these spots, no problem. You can fly into one of the area airports, such as the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in MN or the Dane Country Regional Airport in Madison, WI.
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