I stayed with my family from June 1-3, 2017 and we could not have been happier! From the moment we pulled up, saw the Bay, resort, and then my son spotted the basketball hoop in the back and said, "Mom, you did a great job of finding this place!" we felt right at home. My son is a young adult with special needs and as we walked into the lobby, we saw other guests with special needs, so we really thought this must be a great place.
The room (lakeside, with 2 Queen beds and porch) was reasonable, clean, and large. The buffet that night had Prime Rib and SO much delicious, homemade food that we thought our tummies would burst from all the goodies! But somehow we had room by the next morning for the best breakfast buffet EVER (and at $10.99, a true bargain). We didn't need to eat again until dinner. And that Friday night we attended our first fish boil, too. Now, my guys don't really like fish, but WAIT....the buffet offered with the fish boil takes care of that problem! Chicken, battered cod, au gratin potatoes, salad bar, and the DESSERTS...YUM! Grandma's Swedish Bakery is attached, and all those homemade buns, cookies, and desserts are worth the drive up from Chicago themselves. Bob, the storyteller at the fish boil, did a great job, as did all the staff. Even Jewel the owner was available for us to talk to. Say hello to the nice lady in the Pub after 4 for cocktails and bumper pool. We didn't have time to jump in the pool...next time, I hope.
For an affordable, quiet, down-to-earth and DELICIOUS stay in Door County, for my money, Rowley's Bay Resort checks off all the boxes. We are spoiled now and can't wait to go back!
- 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