Sheboygan Shoreline Getaway

Next Trip: September 2019
Cost: $328 plus options/expenses

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Stroll dune boardwalks.
Transport yourself 2 hours - yet worlds away.
Feel cares wash away with waves
flowing from secluded beaches.
Discover the magic at Harrison Beach.

Join us to:

  • Explore pristine Lake Michigan beaches
  • Stroll boardwalks across rolling dunes
  • Discover ancient Native American effigies
  • Hike through Kettle Moraine’s autumn splendor
  • Kayak the Sheboygan River and marina
  • Try surfing or paddleboarding
  • Enjoy gorgeous shoreline lodging
  • Relax with a spa treatment

On this Sheboygan Getaway…

Hike on pristine Lake Michigan beaches, cross rolling dune boardwalks, and along scenic lakes tucked in Wisconsin forests… Trek an autumn fantasyland of glacial kettles and moraines, hardwood forests and towering pines, tallgrass prairies and fall wildflowers…Explore ancient Native American effigies…Discover why some call Sheboygan the Malibu of the Midwest for kayaking, paddleboarding, and surfing...Relax in a 5-star resort.

Day 1

1 pm:Meet at Harrison State Park, ready for our terrific 3-mile hike.

1:15-3:15 pm: You’ll love this trek through 700-acre Harrington Beach State Park. Stroll a secluded mile-long stretch of Lake Michigan beach, bordered by a forest of white cedar and autumn-tinged poplar, maple, and oaks. Then circle a lovely 26-acre limestone quarry tucked into the forest, fed by springs and tiny waterfalls.

4 pm: Check into your lake-view room at Blue Harbor Lakeside Resort and Spa.

5:30 - 7 pm: Savor a delicious dinner while overlooking Lake Michigan from the Beacon, the hotel’s dining area.

After dinner: Cozy-up with a drink beside the lounge fireplace, join us for table games, be a kid again at the hotel’s water park, or tuck into bed early.

"It’s nice to meet so many ladies who love the outdoors like I do. Gives me faith in good people!" ~Sunflower

"It is so great to get away for a weekend and hike the beautiful outdoors. A much needed break!" ~ PV

Day 2
Learn about ancient effigies
Native Americans built here.
Discover why Sheboygan is called the
"Malibu of the Midwest.”"
Find a quiet place to refresh your spirit
at Kohler-Andrea.

Breakfast: Beginning at 6:30, choose pastries, a breakfast sandwich, and your favorite Starbucks coffee at the grab-and-go Shoreline Café in the hotel lobby. Or enjoy the Beacon’s breakfast buffet in the hotel lobby, beginning at 7 am.

8:30 am: Leave for Sheboygan Indian Mound Park, just 15 minutes away. In this wooded setting 1,000 years ago, Native Americans created mounds in the shape of fawns, adult deer, panthers, cones, and linear formations. Learn the significance of these mysterious mounds, found mostly in southern Wisconsin. This 15-acre gem of a park also features Hartman Creek, beech trees, and signs describing native plants and how Native Americans used them.

10 am: Head to 988-acre Kohler-Andrea State Park, home to majestic sand dunes, Lake Michigan’s shimmering blue water, 2 miles of golden beach, and whispering pines. Cross rolling dunes on a boardwalk and then barefoot-it along the pristine beach on this two-mile hike. We’ll enjoy our trail lunch on the beach or at nearby picnic tables.

12:30 pm: Return to the hotel.

1:30-5:30 pm: Choose your free-time fun: Linger at Kohler- Andrea’s beach and trails … kayak or paddleboard the calm waters of the Sheboygan River and marina … learn to surf (fall is Sheboygan’s peak surf season!) … relax with a spa treatment … shop … read on your balcony … bike Sheboygan’s trails … visit John Michael Kohler Arts Center … sneak sweet treats at Shoreline Café. (See box below for free-time details.)

6 pm: Explore the revival in Sheboygan’s historic district when we dine at the Black Pig. This local favorite serves up yummy food and warm ambience.

Day 2 free-time fun:

  • Kayaking & paddle boarding offered between 1:30-3:30. Kayak or paddleboard upstream on the peaceful Sheboygan River and then float back, head out to the marina, or go on Lake Michigan if conditions are calm. Sign up in advance when registering for the getaway. 5 tandem kayaks, 10 solo kayaks, and 4 paddleboards are available on a first-come basis. Rental includes PFD & equipment (but no wetsuit). Costs are refunded if there are storms or winds of 15+ mph.
  • Surfing: 1.5-hour lesson includes wetsuit, equipment, and instruction. Register in advance. Costs are refunded if there are thunderstorms. If there is no wind/ waves you can cancel or learn surfing basics on calm water.
  • Spa Treatments: Schedule in advance by calling 866-701-2583.
  • Biking: We can recommend bike rental/trails to do on your own.
Hike through Kettle Moraine’s
towering pine plantations...
Day 3

Breakfast: Enjoy a hotel breakfast.

8:30 am: Pack the cars and leave for Kettle Moraine State Park.

9:30 - 11 am: Our 3-mile hike winds through a glacial landscape rich with autumn wildflowers, forests dressed in fall colors, tall grass prairies, "kettle" ponds, and fragrant pine plantations. We’ll also connect to a short section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a 1,200-mile trail meandering through Wisconsin.

Noon: You choose: Head home, join us at the Limping Coyote for Mexican food, or explore more Native American effigies at a nearby park.

About Blue Harbor Lakeside Resort and Spa

Your room has two queen beds, a living area with sofa and TV, a balcony overlooking Lake Michigan, mini-frig, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, WiFi, and iron/board.
amid autumn colors...
and along glacial kettles.

The trip cost includes:

  • 2 nights of lake-view lodging at our 5-star hotel (double-occupancy)
  • Two leaders throughout the getaway
  • Guided hikes & outdoor education
  • Assistance on the river paddle
  • Trip arrangements
  • Packet of information with fun details about the area and its history, the trails we’ll hike, and driving directions.
  • Online photos of your adventures

So that you pay for what you choose to do and eat, the registration price doesn’t cover meals, spa treatments, or paddling/surfing costs.

Day 2 Option costs (not included in trip cost):

2 hours of kayaking or paddleboarding, or combo of both water sports: $30/pp.

1.5-hour surfing lessons. $75/pp for one person, $65/pp for 2-4 people, and $55/pp for more than 4 people.