Frankly, most of the beaches that we saw in Wisconsin were kind of gross (even a lake as big as Lake Michigan is still a closed system, I suppose), but nevertheless our little family needed a mindless getaway after the garage sale weekend, and fortunately we made our reservations at Beachfront Inn in Bailey's Harbor, and it had a private beach that, although it was still plagued by algae, was by far the best beach we saw.
The kids, at least, had no problem in wading in water dosed with a good helping of algae at the shoreline:
Matt and I became quite good at ladder ball:Don't ever buy one of those ladder ball games, because they look highly DIY--some PVC pipe, golf balls, and rope.
Every evening the owner of the inn starts a nice big fire on the beach, feet away from the water:
She gives you all the fixings for the making----and consumption of smores:
There was even a real live dock for standing at the end of and gazing out into the fog:Add to that the whole stack of Sookie Stackhouse novels that I was burning through at the time (nine books in seven days--they're real good), and you've got yourself one happy camper: