05/06/2013Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark
Wow! What an awesome, fun place for the whole family, with some low points, but, overall, it was great. For handicapped accessibility, it was really bad for me. First, going in the entrance, they directed us to the elevator to go to the room we needed. The wheelchair would not fit, not even a standard wheelchair would fit. We asked the front desk where another entrance with a bigger elevator would be, and they said to go outside and around the building where there is another entrance with a bigger elevator. We head outside down the sidewalk, down a hill, and there is no more sidewalk. There were big rocks and no sidewalk ramp to go down, so KayMarie and I go up the hill and back to where we started to go down the only sidewalk ramp. To get to this entrance with a bigger elevator, we had to go in the parking lot back down the hill. It was dangerous. A car could have backed up or been driving fast around corners. Then, we get to the entrance, but the main doors were too small, so I had to stand up, have the wheelchair brought in around me, (people are standing there waiting, so it was embarrassing), and, then, I swing into the chair. Luckily, I can stand and swivel around, but another person may not have that option. The elevator was bigger, thank god, so now up to the room...The room door was too small, so I had to do my transfer thing. I got in the room, but not enough to turn around to go into the room. And, there was furniture and beds that only left narrow walkways around the room. So, what I had to do was...sit in the hallway, while everyone else was in the nice, cool room. Now, we are going to the waterpark. All doors on the way are still too small for the wheelchair, so have to do my transfer thing. Not knowing that there is anything for the handicapped to do, I didn't bring extra clothes to get wet in. There was nothing on their website indicating wheelchair accessible activities, and no maps or signs showing wheelchair accessibility, so I just sat there and took pictures. I had to go to the bathroom, and, once again, the door into and all other parts of the handicapped restroom were too small. So, I did my transfer thing again, but it was very dangerous. The floor was so wet and slippery, that I could have easily fallen. Jodi and KayMarie had to help me. Jodi slipped in the bathroom. And, I had to stand up to use the bathroom. It was very dangerous. I'm not sure what they were thinking when they put a wheelchair sign on the door with flooring like that. My family and I had been in the waterpark all afternoon, 4-5 hours, and were ready to leave, and a nice lifeguard told us something shocking. The lifeguard tells us where wheelchairs can go in the water at. We had been there all day, no one had told us about that, and there were no signs. We told the lifeguard thank you and that no one had told us that, but we are leaving now. But, most important, the kids had fun, and that made it worthwhile. Jodi went down the waterslide and liked it. KayMarie enjoyed the lazy river, but was afraid to go down the waterslide.Christopher and Jonathan enjoyed everything. They had so much fun, and I'm glad I was able to get pictures and videos. We had lunch there at the waterpark, and the food was good. Pricing was ok. You get decent portions for the money. Jodi and I had cheeseburgers and fries that were good, but not like OMG. KayMarie had a garden salad that was really nice-sized and had a good vegetable assortment. Christopher and Jonathan shared chicken fingers and a cheeseburger. They both liked them a lot, but I think they were more excited to go back in the water. http://familyfriendlyoutings.blogspot.com/
This is a "less is more" accommodation. If you just need a quiet place to think, walk the shore, read, get away, well, this will do nicely. If you are looking for a jacuzzi and a mini-bar and more, I'm sure you can find them elsewhere. When I arrived, I saw another woman who had a reservation and tried to chat her up, but she was not interested--she was on her annual vacation here and she was very interested in peace and quiet and that was great!Cape Superior isn't a fancy motel. It's an older motel that has been gussied up. Don't go here if you want all the fancy stuff. It's clean, affordable, and directly faces Lake Superior between Duluth and Two Harbors. My room had a double bed, a shower, a t.v. and a microwave. It's got internet--gotta go ask for the password. My room was cute--nautical navy blue and white theme in a few furnishings. No smoke smell. Bare minimum in soaps and such. Very clean. To talk to the management, you knock on a door, then wait. Very '50s. There's a restaurant with a liquor license next door if you want food. And the motel itself has an adjacent liquor store, if that's important to you.