Disclosure: Bayfront Resort at Crossview invited us for a hosted weekend stay. All opinions within the review are 100% ours.
We’re a sports family. Our kids have played travel and club sports for over a decade. We’ve spent many weekends on the road for baseball, softball, basketball and soccer tournaments.
Recently, we traveled to Sandusky, Ohio, for a baseball tournament at Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center. The facility is a short one-hour drive from our house, so we typically don’t stay overnight. This trip, though, was just me, my son, and a nephew, so we decided to turn it into a guys’ weekend. Plus, we love the Shores and Islands Ohio area. We’re also Cedar Point season passholders and planned to visit the amusement park after their games.
Sandusky, Ohio, was recently voted the #1 Best Coastal Small Town in USA Today. As a popular midwestern tourist destination, Sandusky offers several hotels and other accommodations for various needs. We’ve enjoyed our fair share of Sandusky hotels in the past, and we’re looking for a unique experience.
That’s when I discovered Bayfront Resort at Crossview.
Bayfront Resort at Crossview is a luxury
Here’s a closer look at what makes Bayfront Resort a perfect option for your next weekend getaway.
Bayfront Resort Location
Bayfront Resort at Crossview is located in Sandusky, Ohio. Specifically, it’s on First Street, which is important to know. That’s because it’s the last street before you head over the causeway to Cedar Point Amusement Park. It’s unbelievably close to one of the best amusement parks on the planet (and our home park).
It’s so close that we decided on a 9 PM whim to hit the park for a few late-night rides before closing. We’re season passholders, so we could park for free and navigate to our favorite coasters quickly.
The property is somewhat tucked away along the street, making it a welcome retreat from the park and tournament crowds.
The location also puts Bayfront Resort minutes from the Sports Force Parks ballfields. It’s also a short drive to Cedar Point, the ferries to Put-in-Bay and Kellys Island, and other Shores and Islands Ohio attractions.
Bayfront Resort at Crossview Address: 1231 First Street, Sandusky, Ohio, 44870
The resort has 39 concrete
Bayfront Resort is pet-friendly, with eligible pets allowed for
RV site amenities include:
- Full Hook-up (water, 30/50 amp electric, sewer)
- Concrete site with patio
- Picnic Table
- Grill at each site
- Free Wi-Fi
Bayfront Resort Cottages
The cottages! Where do I start?! Our cottage was the last in the row, closest to the boat launch and breakwall. The exterior looked incredible, with an inviting front porch perfect for enjoying my morning coffee (provided it’s not Mayfly season).
Walking into the cottage, I couldn’t believe how spacious and luxurious it was considering its exterior appearance. There were only 3 of us, but you can fit up to 6 people in a cottage. With four teens, we value separate beds and space. My son is tall, so fitting in the bunk beds was challenging, but he made it work.
Somehow my nephew scored the private bedroom, complete with its own TV, closet, and dresser. A huge ceiling fan too! He’s a good kid, so I let him enjoy the private space.
That left me with the loft all to myself. Real talk. The steps are steep, and the ceiling is low. It’s not made for hanging out or walking around, which is totally fine. Think of the cottage like a tiny home. Everything has a purpose, and the loft is a place to sleep. The bed was quite comfortable, and the view of Cedar Point lit up at night was perfect. I liked the loft. I’m not sure Barb would’ve appreciated it as much.
Cottages come with a full bathroom, complete with a shower. There was also a washer and dryer, perfect for sports families in town for tournaments. If our team had performed better, I probably would’ve washed uniforms. The kitchen was stocked with basic utensils, more than enough for most needs during a stay. Having a kitchen area and counters was super helpful for making and packing food to take to our tournament. There was also a little breakfast bar area to sit and eat.
We didn’t use the living room area much, but it looked great. There was a large smart TV, a built-in fireplace feature and a comfy couch and ottoman. We did use the free WiFi. After the games, the guys retreated to their beds and phones.
A grill, picnic table, and fire pit were on the side of the cottage exterior. We used this area briefly, but the Cedar Point lights were too much to pass up.
Cottages come equipped with linens & towels. We found a basket of bath towels for use during our stay. The cottages are also air-conditioned.
Bayfront Resort at Crossview is a luxury RV and cottage resort located in Sandusky, Ohio, The resort features 39 RV sites with full hookups and 10 stunning, fully furnished cottages, each with its own picnic area, grill, and fire pit. Bayfront Resort features a refreshing heated pool, a clubhouse full of family-friendly games and activities, and a walkable breakwall along Sandusky Bay.
Bayfront Resort Amenities
While the resort is an
Despite some rain during our visit, we enjoyed the resort pool several times. It’s advertised as a heated pool, but it felt pretty cold. Luckily, it was a hot weekend, and the cold water was the perfect way to cool off after a day of baseball.
We saw a few guests using the pool area during our visit, but it was empty each time we swam. The boys took full advantage of the space, whipping a ball as hard as possible at each other (and me).
Clubhouse with shower and laundry facilities
Next to the pool was a brand-new, air-conditioned clubhouse with several seating areas, vending machines, and tons of family-friendly games. I wish we had more time and more family with us to enjoy all of the available activities.
Further down the same building are full shower facilities and changing areas, and a laundry area for resort guests. Our cottage had a shower, washer, and dryer, so we didn’t need to use the facilities at the Clubhouse.
While checking in for the weekend, I noticed a small general store in the main office. We didn’t buy anything, so I can’t speak to specific items it carried or pricing, but it looked well-stocked with snacks, beverages and essential items you might need during a stay.
Our cottage was next to the shoreline and had a breakwall, which you could walk along during posted times. Some signs are posted with guidelines to follow as you enjoy the beautiful views of Sandusky Bay. There’s also a boat and kayak launch for eligible CVB guests. Fishing is allowed from the bay side of the breakwall for those with a license.
Check out a video tour of our cottage and the resort from our weekend getaway.
Benefits of Staying at Bayfront Resort
Besides being an incredibly unique place to stay, Bayfront Resort at Crossview offers several benefits for resort guests:
- Convenience: The resort is minutes from Cedar Point, Sports Force Park, Downtown Sandusky, and other Shores and Islands Ohio attractions and experiences.
- Quiet: The resort has quiet hours in the evening until morning. It’s generally quiet there, although the other guests we met were extremely friendly.
- Lake access: You’ll enjoy gorgeous views of Lake Erie up close at Bayfront Resort.
RVhookups: It’s the perfect spot for RVowners and those who want to rent an RVfor the weekend.
- Top-notch amenities: The pool, clubhouse, shower and laundry facilities and boat launch areas are spectacular.
- Donuts: The resort provides donuts from a local donut shop every Sunday morning for guests.
Other Details You Need To Know
We loved our stay at Bayfront Resort, but here is some information to know about before you book a stay.
Bayfront requires 2-night minimum stays for
Check-In / Check-Out Times
Check-in time for
The resort is so nice that many geese have decided to call it home. It added to the resort’s entertainment value but is sometimes a nuisance. Plus, lots of goose poop. Bayfront staff mentioned they’ve been working on several inventive strategies to get the geese to relocate.
RV sites are allowed up to 2 domestic pets, which must remain restrained at the resort.
Pets are not allowed in the resort cottages. Special accommodations are available upon request for registered service animals. Other pet guidelines restrictions apply while staying at Bayfront Resort.
Bayfront Resort Quiet Hours
Resort quiet hours run from 10 PM to 8 AM.
Bayfront Resort Parking
One vehicle parking space is allowed per reservation. Additional parking is available for an extra charge in designated areas. Contact the resort for other parking considerations, like boats, personal watercraft, and trailers that do not fit in the designated parking space.
Book Your Stay At Bayfront Resort At Crossview
Whether you’re in the Shores and Island Ohio area for a sports tournament or just looking for a unique weekend getaway spot, consider booking a stay at Bayfront Resort. We absolutely loved staying in the cottage, but also love the idea of renting an
You can check rates and book a stay directly through Bayfront Resort’s website. You can also contact Bayfront Resort by phone at 419-502-2555 to book a cottage or
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