Blue Harbor Resort & Spa Review – A Sophisticated New Look

Sometimes you see a get-away vacation spot on a television commercial that is so breathtakingly beautiful, you wonder if it’s for real.  My husband and I both wanted to know if the commercial measured up to the real deal, so he booked a three-day, 2-night stay for us at the Blue Harbor Resort & Spa in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Now I know why a picture is worth a thousand words.

First, the massive Victorian style architecture of the Blue Harbor Resort & Spa sits majestically, like a castle on a bluff, the only hotel in town overlooking Lake Michigan’s spectacular views.   David Sanderson, the General Manager, says it’s truly “a classic lakeside resort & spa, which he’s proud to share with year-round hotel guests as well as conference attendees.”

The resort, first opened in 2004, recently had a multi-million dollar renovation and upgrade by its new owners, Claremont New Frontier LLC, in 2011. Their goal is to widen the appeal to families, couples, golfers, boaters, destination weddings and corporate groups. And it seems to be working as the hotel, though filled with guests, still has an airy, spacious look as we wandered around.  We enjoyed the common areas, including a beautifully upgraded lobby with panoramic vistas of the Lake in the background.  It was a pleasure to relax in the lobby’s comfortable chairs and sitting areas with a good book or the complimentary USA Today.


According to Sanderson, all 182-guest suites have been updated recently to create a more sophisticated feel and capitalize on lake views and the in-suite fireplaces. Each suite has new plush pillow top bedding, flat screen TVs and updated bath amenities.  As we were due for some rest and relaxation, my husband and I took advantage of the time to catchi up on some catnaps and television shows we never have time to watch. Stephen, my husband, had a Cheshire grin on his face as he bathed in the whirlpool bath.

People watching became our vacation hobby as we watched couples, parents with children of all ages, groups of teenagers and, especially, a family reunion with several generations and an extended family enjoying their time. Personally, I love the refreshing idea of a resort that is able to cater to all generations at the same time – without one group monopolizing all the activities or special areas at one time.


So, what else made us happy?  First, the food at The Beacon, with its three areas including the outside patio, the separate dining area and its lobby tables, was innovative casual American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We also ate from The Beacon’s menu in the beautiful bar area, with its magnificent ceiling artwork of ships and oceans.

Latitude, the fancy dinner restaurant, wasn’t open when we arrived, but the waiter was kind enough to walk over to its kitchen to bring me a steak, which melted in my mouth.  It’s moments like this, when staff graciously accommodates guests, above and beyond, that I take note of and cherish when I go away.

When it was beauty time, I booked our first-ever Couple’s Massage.  I hardly knew Stephen was in the room as I drifted off into massage heaven.  Thanks to Sue Ellen Conn and Josie Ortiz for that.  A really nice touch was when the two masseuses were waiting for us to get dressed; then handed each of us fresh water with lemon to rejuvenate our relaxed bodies and minds.

Thanks to Lee Ann Maniaci, the delightful spa manager, who coordinated our spa treatments.  I had an Aveda facial with Audrey Schmeling, who had me smell some of the luscious facial creams that brightened me up until my next one.

Other new enhancements include a new outdoor swimming pool and poolside facilities in the waterpark area.   The Resort has also renovated almost 17,000 square feet of meeting space, with a Grand Ballroom, which can be partitioned into seven meeting spaces.

Would I recommend Blue Harbor Resort & Spa? Yes, I give it the five-star Cutler award for ambiance, amenities, staff, spa, food…and I hope I didn’t leave anything out.

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, the resort is completing a multi-million dollar upgrade and renovation

This Classic Lakeside Resort is less than a two-hour drive from Chicago and one hour drive from Milwaukee. The 182 all-suite Blue Harbor Resort & Spa is a beautiful Victorian landmark on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The resort is located in Harbor Centre District at 725 Blue Harbor Drive in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 53081. For more information and reservations visit: or call 866-701-2583 (BLUE).


Photos: Courtesy of Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

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