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Earthshine Discovery Center

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1600 Golden Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747 (Formerly Earthshine Mountain Lodge)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rutherford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place if very special! Upon arrival I was a little freaked out about the isolation of it all, a couple of families in a cabin, scheduled meal times and events and not much happening after the 7:00 evening event. Overall, it was amazing. The kids have free run of the place and they meet other kids which keeps them... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't want to be too redundant with all the other positive reviews. Just be sure that your expectations are for activities, good home-style cooking, mingling with other families, and the nicest most helpful staff anywhere. Parents can give kiddos a long leash to play with new friends and explore a little bit. Apparently, the current owners keep things cleaner... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son (12) and I spent 3 days here. It is a beautiful setting close to lots of waterfalls (a short drive). There is really no need to leave the property as they have two activities every morning and two every afternoon and an evening activity. We did high ropes and zip lining and a scavenger hunt. Three full basic... More 

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Estero, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best family vacation we have ever had. Our kids had an amazing time and my husband and I the most relaxed ever on a vacation. One of the only vacations the kids were not bored and didn't have any complaints! We only booked 2 nights but ended up staying longer and will definitely be back next year!

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Having spent several past years at Tyler Place in Vermont, this year we looked for a similar all-inclusive and close to nature summer getaway for the family, closer to home, and found Earthshine. Beyond the description above, comparisons to Tyler Place fall apart, as Earthshine provided an entirely different feel and experience. Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge of Western... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Earthshine is so hard to describe because it is so unique. Part lodge, part camp, part resort and ALL FUN. It is summer camp for the family. There is no way to relax during the day, we could not wait for the next adventure. It was fun for my 3 (3,4 &5 year olds) children and my wife and myself.... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We just returned from 6 nights and 5 full days at Earthshine Discovery. It was a perfect vacation for our children and grandchildren. There were 13 of us ages 5 to 65. The accommodations were great ....very clean and comfortable! It is all-inclusive and the meals were delicious. We liked the fact that apples were always available as a snack... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Earthshine is truly a hidden gem located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Our trip to Earthshine exceeded the expectations of our whole family! The activities entertained and educated all ages, the food was delicious, the lodging was comfortable and convenient, and the staff was well-trained and more than exceptional!!! Our girls, ages 2 and 5, were absolutely... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This place was exactly what I was looking for. Somewhere on the the mountains with lots of green and NO Wi-Fi and TV. At first my kids didn't want to go but after they said it was the best vacation ever. The staff is extremely nice, the food is good and they offer daily activities that all of us enjoyed... More 

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Hebron, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Our week at Earthshine proved to be our most favorite family vacation. The mountain get-away gave us the perfect place to relax and reconnect as a family. The scheduled activities gave us the adventure and surprise that really made our vacation exciting. The food was fantastic!! The staff was top rate. knowledgeable and friendly! The staff kept us engaged at... More 

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