Great Stay and Awesome Calamari at Sawmill Creek Resort
We Had An Enjoyable Stay At Sawmill Creek Resort
Dave and I were invited to visit Put-in-Bay Island and stay at the Sawmill Creek Resort, for a review. The resort was about 1/2 hour away from Catawba, where we got off the ferry. It’s situated on Lake Erie, although you can’t see Lake Erie from the room we were staying in. a
As we drove into this golf resort, Dave realized he had stayed here several years ago, when he was on a company outing. My Dad also recalls staying at the Sawmill Creek Resort. My Dad recalls wonderful meals, great golf and a very nice resort. Dave went on a fishing expedition when he stayed, and was pleased when he realized it was the same place he had stayed before.
The decor is very outdoor, western comfortable feel. I love this atmosphere, and I know Dave would much rather have this style of decorating rather than “hotsy-totsy” fancy.
We went to our room and it was an instant.. “Oh, this is NICE!”. You know, that initial impression you get when you first open the door to a new hotel. Nice, light colors, very clean and inviting. I loved the fireplace we had in the room, and the couch that you could sit on to relax. The king size bed had the most comfortable pillows! I will say that the mattress itself was ok. There was some kind of harder ridging on the edge of it, that kind of hurt the back of my legs when I first got in. Dave thought that maybe it was some kind of handles to move the mattress?? But once you were in, it was pretty comfortable. I would have loved a balcony to sit out on. I felt like the room should have one. But we did have a nice big window to look out of.
We went back to the front desk and were given a ride on a golf cart to see the beach area and go to the restaurant. It was a nice little ride down to this area. I’m not sure if you have to always ask for a ride, or if you are able to take your own golf cart.. but it would be a bit of a walk without one. Cars can’t fit on the path.
They have recently laid sod, and will soon be able to host weddings here. What a beautiful setting!
The beach is just beyond this grassy area. It was kind of a wet, cool, rainy afternoon when we were there, so no one was on the beach – but it looks like it would really be nice. I love that it’s secluded. To have your own beach front is always nice.
The manager then dropped us off at one of the restaurants at the resort, Mariner’s at the Mariner’s Village Marina. It was a fine dining restaurant and it was nice to have the owner there to greet us. We chose to eat out on the screened in porch, overlooking the marina. They have plastic chairs and tables out there, but still have them dressed up to look very nice.
I took up the waitress’s suggestion for a mint patty drink (and it was ok, but I should have just stuck with a glass of wine). They brought out some bread that I thought Dave was going to die over! I think I had two small pieces and he finished the rest of this. Butter galore, but it had a bit of a crisp edge to it. I’m not sure how it was prepared, but it was great.
I love Calamari, but so often it’s a little rubbery or tough, so I’m always a little apprehensive when I order it. We did get it.. and I have to say – to this date, this is the BEST calamari that I have ever had. OMG… I didn’t know it could be this tender. I think Dave had just a couple and I ate most all of this. I had it with the pesto sauce. Just writing about this, I have a craving for it again!
Dave ordered the Seared Duck that was one of their specials, from the advice of the owner. He loved it. I had a bite of it too, and it was really good. I’ve not had that much duck to compare it to, but I know it was good.
I had the Lake Erie Perch for my meal. It was good, I don’t know that it stood out from other perch I’ve eaten, but I enjoyed it. We walked back to our place. We weren’t real sure how to go, but took a path that lead through the golf course and made our way back.
I would recommend staying at the Sawmill Creek Resort, without hesitation.. but you know what I’m also going to suggest too.. right? If you go, you have to eat at the Mariner’s Restaurant and order Calamari!
Our stay at the hotel was taken care of, but we paid for our own meal at The Mariner’s Restaurant. The thoughts, opinions and pictures are all my own.
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