My wife and I stayed at the Waters Edge Retreat from the 29th through the 1st of August. Check in time is a little late, at 3pm, but that gives you plenty of time to check out the beautiful views and excellent food that Kelly's Island has to offer. The Waters Edge staff uses that extra time to make the place perfect. It's a beautiful home, inside and out. Every room is peaceful and relaxing. I just read another review from someone who had to have been in a room right beside us and I never knew they were there.
When we wanted to explore the island, Tim Hermes, who runs the place with his wife Beth, recommended every place on the island for each of their specialties: if we wanted wine, go to the winery, there's an excellent pizza place here, this place did excellent ribs when these people owned it... He seemed to know the owners and the menu of every place on the island. We ate, we drank, we were merry, and then we went to sleep in the coziest room I've ever stayed in. The sound of the water here is peaceful and constant, completely different from the shore at the ocean.
Perhaps the best part, however, it's the breakfast. The staff puts out a pretty good spread, all of which is excellent. On our first morning, Beth had made apple strudel. Sadly, the apples on the trees outside the retreat weren't ripe yet, so it was made with bought apples. It was no less delicious however. The next morning there was a spiced apple pound cake. It was moist and amazing. Tim and Beth were there each morning to make sure the accommodations were good for each guest.
All in all, the Waters Edge Retreat was perfect. If you want thrills, the whole of Kelly's island might not be for you, Waters Edge included. If you want great food, views, and relaxation then you should definitely check out Waters Edge Retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Why Drive or Fly a thousand miles to enjoy an ocean when we have a Fresh Water Ocean on the North Coast of Ohio, Kelleys Island. Our Waterfront Luxury, Relaxing, Romantic Getaway. Great for Honeymoon, Anniversary or Special Occasion.Gourmet Breakfast Feast, Weddings too! Rated "Best of the Best" by Travel & Leisure (Great Lakes)Three Diamond Award AAA, Featured on NBC's Today Show with Al Roker and Peter Greenburg. Rates run from $199 (off season) to $369 for Honeymoon (High Season)Includes full Gourmet Breakfast Buffet, Sangria Hour with snacks at 4:15, Bicycles each day, Artery Clogging Chocolates in the Foyer in the evening. Access to our Two Large Beach Decks with Rockers, and our Garden Hot Tub Spa. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- A Water's Edge Retreat Resort Kelleys Island, Ohio