We recently had the experience to go to Fern Resort as part
of a conference for Life with Baby. This was our second trip. We loved
everything about it! We were there for a weekend, returned home, then went car camping
the next day – Fern was so much easier than camping! While I enjoyed the
camping trip, my Fern trip was so relaxing in comparison!
FERN: There was so much for the
kids to do at Fern Resort. As part of the conference, I spent one day in a
meeting. My kids were with my husband, and they went on a free pony ride (there
were multiple sized ponies, so each child went on a different horse!!), they
played at the kids club – climbing the climber and sliding into the ball pit! There
was a splash zone, and many different toys. My children wanted my husband to
stay with them, but others were there under the staff supervision.
Once the conference was done, I
went swimming with the kids, then had dinner, and took my son on a kayak ride
in their bay. It is great that it is all included in the package!
For the bonfire, it was started
each night at 8:30. We were able to enjoy it as a group on the Friday, then
some of our families enjoyed it on the Saturday night, and one friend brought
marshmallows for us.
My kids, being 5 & 3, had
never seen a juggler – I wasn’t sure what to expect – but my 5 year old was
laughing so hard at the antics of juggler dad Craig Douglas!
He did a great performance that kids of all ages were able to enjoy and understand!
CAMPING: While there was lots to
do for children at the campgrounds, most of it involved us generating
entertainment for them, by having scooters, wagons, and toys available. None of
this was needed to pack for Fern.
FERN: They went swimming in two
of the three pools – they were mostly in the “deep” pool with my husband, but
they spent some time in the children’s pool. The children’s pool is also where
they have the adorable lounge chairs!
the three pools was a slightly different temperature – so when we got too cold
in the “deep” pool (closest to the lake) then we moved to the middle pool!
Then, we got out, got a drink, and the kids played in the children’s pool! The
children’s pool is only a few feet deep and very gradual, so they could walk
in, jump in and play on their own.
While we were camping, the lake was very rough in the afternoon – causing waves
and undertow that were knocking over adults. My son had fun splashing in the
waves, but my younger daughter did not. When we went to the lake in the
morning, it was calm for everyone to swim in.
kids also went fishing. We brought their fishing rods, but sticks and strings
are available at the boat dock. Live worms are also available which we used on
our kids rods (bonus – the staff put the worms on the hooks for the kids!). My
son caught a fish on his first cast! It was just a little fish, but my kids
were so happy that they didn’t care! My husband was very busy pulling fish off
hooks for the next hour!
CAMPING: We tried fishing while camping, and there were no
signs of fish, other than a dead one on the beach.
FERN: As others have discussed, the food at Fern was great.
To have a buffet with each meal, we would order our food off the menu, then get
food from the buffet for the kids. This meant that they were not hungry and
waiting for us. It would be my only complaint with Fern that food took a long
time. For example, for breakfast they had an omelet, but can only cook a few
omelets at a time. Thankfully, as the place is very kid friendly, once my kids
were done they were able to squirm around and play around our table! There are
extras that you can buy, such as popcorn for the comedian, and blender drinks
by the pool!
CAMPING: Thankfully, my mother-in-law provided most of the
food for our camping trip. However, it wasn’t eggs benedict with fresh fruit
each morning! My in-laws camp out of a pop up trailer, so they had all the
serving ware, but it was so much easier at Fern! We also didn’t need to lug
water from the communal tap and wash our own dishes.
FERN: For Fern resort, we packed clothes, and puddle
jumpers. We packed a few books, and tablets for the kids in the room.
CAMPING: We had to pack everything for camping! Linens,
towels, tent, beds, pillows, in addition to our clothes. After Fern, I had one
load of laundry. After camping, it took me days to finish all the blankets and
extras we had packed! Even just going to the beach required a wagon full of
stuff, where as at Fern, we just needed our swimsuits and puddle jumpers – we
could get our towels at the front desk on the way!
So while I had a great time at both vacations, the trip to
Fern was FAR more relaxing and even though I didn’t get any spa treatments
done, I felt very pampered! I will certainly go camping again – we have two
more camping weekends booked this summer, I will be wishing I was at Fern!