I plan to take a road trip next summer to Keystone with the family (kids will be 9 & 11 then). I've done a lot of research on places to stay and think I've narrowed it down to a few:
Lone Eagle, The Springs, Settler's Creek and Red Hawk Townhome/Lodge.
The kids will definitely want a nice, decent-sized outdoor pool. I would like a place that isn't totally surrounded by other buildings and/or parking lots. If at all possible, I'd also like a place that has an outdoor fire pit/fireplace and grill (though I know some units have their own grills on the decks).
I really love the pool at The Springs. The pool at the Lone Eagle looks nice and I think they have a fire pit. I love the look of Settler's Creek (the outside of the units and the pool area), but I'm worried that it's a bit far from the River Run area.
Does anyone think one would suit us more than another, based on the limited guidelines I provided? Are there any facilities that I overlooked that might suit us?
How far of a walk/bike ride/car ride would it be from Settler's Creek to the River Run area for meals/shopping/activities?
Are there any disadvantages to renting units through VRBO versus directly through the resort? I checked Lone Eagle and VRBO units were easily HALF the price of the units through the resort's website. I know in some bigger resorts in Florida, if you don't rent through the resort, you either don't get full access to all of the resort's amenities or you have to pay an outrageous fee per person per day to get full access. Not sure if that's the case here, since the VRBO units are so much more reasonably priced!!
Thanks so much for any help!Edited: 10:52 pm, May 21, 2013