If you don’t understand this reference, you did not watch Home Alone often enough as a child! When I found out three years ago that my boyfriend’s family goes to Sheboygan every year for a family reunion, my first thought was of Gus Polinski, the Polka King of the Midwest! The Kenosha Kickers are huge in Sheboygan! But as it turns out, there are other attractions in the town as well, including the Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center where I have spent one weekend for the past three years with Adam’s family.
I am going to let the pictures do most of the talking in this post to highlight the tranquil beauty of Blue Harbor Resort. It really is a beautiful, contained, and relaxed space and I have enjoyed my visit every year. We spend our days hanging out, lounging by the pool or outside of the townhomes, attending the local art festival (we missed it by two weeks this year but I went the two previous years!), or fishing in Lake Michigan.
This year one of the highlights was lighting Chinese lanterns and letting them loose over Lake Michigan. Our plan kinda backfired once we realized that the wind was blowing them back over land and towards the resort building… but we put up 4 before we realized the wind effect! They were harder to light than we expected, you really had to hold onto them for a while and let the flame fill the balloon until it was able to fly and not crash into the water. Adam and I took a walk to follow their flight paths and watched the flame burn out high in the sky and the balloon slowly drift back down to the ground. Since we didn’t burn down any buildings, it ended up being a really fun activity!
Other highlights from our visit last weekend include getting to know the two new fiances of Adam’s nephews who were able to attend this year for the first time! Also watching Adam play with his young nephew (who is obsessed with Adam!), everything from catch to just yelling “You’re silly!” at each other. They were adorable! Adam’s parents organize the weekend every year and the siblings take one meal each (breakfast or dinner) and then one sibling handles the alcohol and snacks. They only stay from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, and share three townhomes with about 6 bedrooms. It makes for a tight fit and forces everyone to hang out together all the time, but in a good way! I think there were 26 there this year with ages spanning from early 70s to a couple months old.
I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of Adam’s family during this weekend every year. It gives me a chance to get to know his family in a way that isn’t possible in single holiday events. They are a very caring, open, and warm group of people who love him and have accepted me immediately into their club! I look forward to future Sheboygan trips!
- Does your family have an annual event that everyone attends?
- What are your favorite family activities with a large group?